Louisiana Notebook

LSU landed four-star Brandon Harris, the nation's No. 7 signal-caller, when the 6-3, 195-pounder announced his decision at a press conference last week on the Parkway campus in Bossier City. Read on for a comprehensive recap of recruiting news and notes from around the state...


Several in-state studs made commitments last week, including the aforementioned Brandon Harris, who should post big numbers once again this fall under the direction of Parkway head coach David Feaster. Parkway reached the 5A quarters in 2012 and almost upset eventual state runner-up Barbe in that contest.

Harris and his teammates rolled up more than 100 points in a spring scrimmage versus Alexandria Senior High, which has its own LSU pledge in three-star WR D.J. Chark.

The commitment by Harris has the LSU faithful hoping for a domino effect of future commitments from four-star WR Trey Quinn (Barbe), five-star RB Leonard Fournette (St. Augustine) and five-star OT Cameron Robinson (West Monroe). Quinn and Harris already have a tight relationship, and Robinson recently took to Twitter to voice his support of Harris' verbal to the Tigers.

Two days ago, Arkansas racked up a nifty quartet of Louisiana commits from two of the state's premier 5A programs when Dutchtown's Torrance Mosley and Corey McBride and Archbishop Rummel's Dwayne Eugene and Henre' Toliver pulled the trigger. McBride is a tall, swift receiver with 4.37 speed, while Mosley is an all-purpose athlete who could see action at CB or multiple positions on offense.

Eugene and Toliver are both defensive backs from the defending state champion Raiders. Toliver, a three-star corner, dashed the hopes of Oklahoma, Nebraska and numerous other BCS schools.

Arkansas is also the leader for Evangel Christian WR Jared Cornelius, who drew widespread praise for a stellar camp outing in Fayetteville. DB Santos Ramirez, an Evangel transfer from Captain Shreve, also holds an offer from the Razorbacks. Ramirez earned a camp offer from LSU earlier this month. Some feel that Evangel DE Chris Bradley, a physical specimen with uncanny athleticism at 6-2 and 250 lbs., could be the Eagles' top 2014 prospect.

LSU nabbed another pledge when East Ascension three-star RB Sione Palelei was offered and promptly committed following a sterling camp workout in front of Frank Wilson. The 5-10, 200-pounder surprised many by beating out John Ehret's Darrel Williams (who reportedly ran a sluggish 40) in the battle to secure a coveted 2014 RB offer from the Tigers, who are saving one other scholarship at the position for Fournette.

Utah got its quarterback of the future in 6-4, 230-pound Donovan Isom of Destrehan. Isom visited on July 16 and, as expected, departed as a member of the Utes' 2014 recruiting class.

South Lafourche three-star offensive tackle Bailey Granier gave a verbal to the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Tulane took a pledge from Donaldsonville WR Leondre James.


Westgate three-star DL Tae Thibodeaux turned heads at LSU with an inspiring performance. He didn't get an offer, but Thibodeaux gained a great deal of respect. Washington State is a new school that's recruiting the 6-2, 260-pounder, who lines up at DE for head coach Ryan Antoine but is projected at DT. Harvard offered Thibodeaux earlier this month. His teammate, 2014 K/P Aaron Bird, visited Cambridge recently.

Last night, Louisiana Tech offered Woodlawn-Shreveport 2014 DB Donovan Wilson following camp. Wilson, like Thibodeaux, did well at LSU camp and, while he didn't get offered, the Shreveport safety certainly improved his standing on the Tigers' board.

Arkansas State offered Holy Cross safety Travis Crawford this weekend. The hard-hitter from New Orleans is getting lots of love from the Ragin' Cajuns in Lafayette, as well. Cajuns defensive coordinator James Willis is very high on Crawford, as is San Diego State.

Livonia athlete Darius Hammond reported new offers from Austin Peay and Southern Miss. Hammond camped with the Golden Eagles yesterday. Austin Peay is determined to make its mark in Louisiana with recruiter Brandon Jordan, an Archbishop Shaw product, relying on his savvy and connections.

LSU, Arizona State and the Cajuns all offered East Saint John 2015 CB Xavier Lewis, who camped with the Tigers and Alabama earlier this month. Lewis' wallop of an O.P. Walker receiver during the ESJ/OPW spring game has become a YouTube sensation.

East Saint John 2015 DB Antonio Parks reported offers from Memphis, Alcorn State and Akron. Those are the first three offers for Parks, who says he's being pursued as a "nickel corner."

Destrehan 2015 WR Alred Smith nabbed an Alcorn State offer, his first.

Lakeside speed demon Chris Lewis was looking to earn a Louisiana Tech offer yesterday. No reports yet on whether that went as expected for the two-time defending 2A state champ in the outdoor 100 meters. Lewis looks forward to reuniting with rangy WR Maurice Moore for their senior campaigns at the Sibley school. Moore spent last season at Glenbrook Academy, located short distance north of Sibley in Minden.

Warren Easton 2015 WR Tyron Johnson reported an Oklahoma State offer this week. He camped at Texas A&M this weekend with teammate Darrell Clark (has Missouri, Tulane offers). Johnson emphatically wants to hear from Oregon, and don't count out Texas Tech, which is benefiting from the relationship that Coach Kevin Curtis has forged with Johnson.

Lakeshore 2015 RB David Ducre named LSU and Mississippi State as his recent favorites, but wants every school to know that he remains wide-open. The Tigers and Bulldogs haven't yet offered Ducre, although Tulane, Arkansas State and Southern Miss have.

Louisiana Tech offered Patterson underclassmen Mykel Jones (2016) and Daylon Charlot (2015). Charlot has prior offers from Arizona State and Mississippi State, although the status of those offers is up in the air after contact between Charlot and those two schools ceased for many months.

Jones, on the other hand, is getting chased heavily by USC, Florida State, Tennessee and LSU.

TCU recently offered Many 2015 OL Garrett Thomas, who was at LSU's OL/DL camp this weekend. Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Auburn and Michigan are all in the hunt to get Thomas.

St. Thomas Aquinas 2016 DL Ed Alexander was offered by Florida, as was University Lab 2016 CB Tre Jackson. Akron offered U-High 2016 DB Malik Antoine, who tested well at LSU camp.


The nation's No. 1 WR, John Curtis Christian senior Malachi Dupre, is visiting Alabama early this week. The 6-3 jumping jack recorded a vertical of nearly 43 inches at LSU's July camp.

Ouachita four-star WR Cameron Sims named Alabama as his leader several months ago, but there are rampant rumors that Ole Miss is now the team to beat for the nation's No. 9 wide-out. National recruiting analyst Chad Simmons named Sims as the top overall performer at Georgia camp earlier this summer.

University Lab 2017 athlete Dylan Moses surpassed the double-digit offer mark when Georgia and Notre Dame jumped on board. Two weeks ago, Moses participated in Georgia's Dawg Night, taking home an offer after running a sub-4.5 in the 40-yard dash. The 6-2, 220-pounder repeated that speed feat a couple of days later at Alabama.

Three-star Louisiana Tech commit Jay Ferguson (West Feliciana) camped at Alabama, while younger brother Jazz Ferguson (2015 WR) went through the paces the same day at LSU.

Three-star CB Terrence Alexander (John Curtis Christian) will visit Stanford next. At The Opening, Alexander told Jacquie Franciulli that his favorites are Ole Miss, Ohio State, Stanford and Northwestern.

University Lab 2015 RB Nicholas Brossette plans to visit Auburn, Florida State and Florida during an upcoming trip. Brossette is already coming off consecutive nice outings at Southern Miss and LSU. Notre Dame is a school he wants to visit for a game this season.

Hunter Dale, 2015 S from John Curtis Christian, will attend Florida's upcoming Friday Night Lights. Dale has held an offer from the Gators for many months.

Brusly 2015 athlete Deven Hammond camped with the Ole Miss Rebels this week. Hammond felt good about the skills he put on display in Oxford.

Holy Cross 2016 RB Tre Turner has been turning in some astounding times at camps this summer, and we'll have more details sure to follow. Tulane offered Turner, his first, at camp a while back.

Westgate OL/DL Taylor Fondal raised eyebrows and earned a look at another position when he ran a 4.80-second 40-yard dash at LSU (at 6-3, 280 lbs.). After displaying that level of speed as a big young lineman, the LSU staff switched Fondal to defensive end for some reps, and the freshman felt good about things at DE. He followed up by camping with the Cajuns yesterday.

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