Louisiana Notebook

Cameron Robinson, the nation's No. 2 overall prospect, will announce his commitment on Friday. Get additional details on the five-star OT from West Monroe and more info on recent statewide events inside...


As reported last night by recruiting analyst John Garcia, five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson won't keep expectant fans in suspense much longer.

Robinson has consistently maintained that his recruitment is a two-horse race between LSU and Alabama, and the heated SEC rivals each have arguments in their favor when it comes to predicting where Robinson will commit Friday.

On the LSU side of the pendulum, it would break form for Robinson to publicly commit to Alabama this early, at least in light of how five-star safety Landon Collins handled his recruitment.

The reasoning behind a delayed announcement closer to National Signing Day -- or, in his case, near the mid-year enrollment deadline -- is that Robinson would be able to avoid in-state backlash by putting off the announcement until it's almost time to depart for his frosh year.

Moreover, West Monroe has been a pipeline to LSU during the era of veteran WMHS head coach Don Shows. The Rebels have sent a plethora of players to Baton Rouge during Shows' tenure but only one -- defensive lineman Luther Davis -- to the Crimson Tide.

Alabama fans are encouraged by the timing of four-star WR Cameron Sims' commitment to the Tide. Sims, who made his decision last weekend, and Robinson are former teammates at Ouachita and have remained close friends following Robinson's transfer across the Ouachita River to West Monroe a year ago.

Sims stated many months ago that he and Robinson planned to commit together to Bama during the summer and while that didn't materialize, Tide fans are hopeful that perhaps it will now.


Kyle Bogenschultz with GoBlueWolverine.com reported that Leonard Fournette, the nation's No. 1 overall player, will visit Michigan, in addition to LSU, Miami, USC, Alabama and Florida.

Fournette and his teammates at St. Augustine undertake a brutal schedule that begins next week and includes John Curtis Christian, Edna Karr and Archbishop Rummel, among others.

This is jamboree week in Louisiana with teams playing scaled down contests in what could be aptly described as a "dress rehearsal" (game uniforms are worn and the festivities have more of a regular season than scrimmage feel to them).

Dudley Dawson with HawgsIllustrated.com reported that Evangel Christian 2014 DB Santos Ramirez will take a visit to Arkansas at a date to be announced. Ramirez is down to Arkansas and LSU, according to Dawson.

His transfer from Captain Shreve to Evangel kicked off a media firestorm recently when Captain Shreve's coach expressed his views on the matter with the local paper.

Hawaii three-star DB commit Daniel Lewis will unofficially visit Tulane this week for the Wave's opener vs. Jackson State. Look for a high-profile week seven matchup featuring Lewis vs. Barbe four-star WR Trey Quinn (LSU commit) when the Buccaneers travel to New Iberia to face Lewis and his NISH teammates.

A trio of Louisiana defensive ends - East Saint John's Daren Williams and St. Augustine's Tim Dawson and Peter Woullard - all added a recent third star. Woullard is a Tulane pledge.

Catholic-New Iberia 2015 QB Jason Pellerin, who holds an offer from the Cajuns, checked out the New Orleans Bowl champs at a team scrimmage and came away impressed, stating that head coach Mark Hudspeth's troops had the look of a squad destined for a top 25 ranking.

Donaldsonville 2015 WR Jaquel Gant will be in Houston this weekend to watch Oklahoma State tangle with Mississippi State. Gant is being recruited by OSU coach Eric Henderson, who has ties to the New Orleans area. He and Henderson talk every day, Gant said.

St. Paul's 2015 WR Jalen McCleskey was timed in the 4.47-second range in the 40-yard dash this summer at Tennessee camp. He has the bloodlines as his dad, a former Vol, played in the NFL as well. More details coming on McCleskey in a separate article.

Nationally-ranked Edna Karr ripped through Amite, a traditional 3A power, in a preseason scrimmage with four-star Speedy Noil going largely unchecked en route to scoring multiple touchdowns. Karr won the 4A state title last year and has made three straight championship game appearances.


LSU upped its total to three 2015 commitments when University Lab RB Nicholas Brossette and East Saint John DB Xavier Lewis joined the class Monday. Brossette is the number one junior in the state. The duo were preceded by the Tigers' first 2015 pledge, Florida five-star DB Kevin Toliver (nation's No. 1 junior cornerback).

As mentioned earlier, Alabama nabbed four-star WR Cameron Sims last Saturday. The country's eighth-ranked receiver out of Ouachita Parish, Sims was named as national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons' number one performer at a Georgia camp.

Arizona State continues to hit the bayou, pulling in three-star RB Darrel Williams yesterday. Williams is in his senior season with the John Ehret Patriots. He first rose to stardom a couple of years ago at another West Bank school, L.W. Higgins.

The Sun Devils reeled in another West Bank star, three-star offensive lineman Alex Anderson, in the waning weeks of summer. Anderson's old school, O. Perry Walker, merged with L.B. Landry this year.

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