Veal-Falkins chooses Tulane

West Jefferson head coach Marcus Scott talks about wide receiver Niguel Veal-Falkins, a transfer from Carver who committed to the Tulane Green Wave today...

When rumors began that Carver would soon close the book on its storied football program, WR Niguel Falkins found a new home for the final year of his varsity career and he's settled in quite nicely at West Jefferson, according to Buccaneers head coach Marcus Scott.

Scott provided a glowing review of Falkins, who decided to stay home for college when he committed to head coach Curtis Johnson and the Tulane Green Wave.

"He may be the best one we've had at receiver," Scott said, "and last year we had Ronald Lewis (Arizona State) and Devin Scott (Cajuns in Lafayette).

"I'd say (Falkins) is more like Ronald than Devin. He's absolutely a great addition to our team and he's as good a person as he is a player, which is saying a lot."

Scott said Falkins is an elite talent.

"Let me say this," he explained. "He's rated 25th in the state and there's no way there are 25 better players in what's a loaded Louisiana (2014) class.

"He doesn't have one C on his transcript. He has a 20 on the ACT, and is as humble a kid as you'll meet."

The Buccaneers are 0-2 on the year after facing two tough foes in Destrehan and Warren Easton but the offense, buoyed by Falkins and QB Chavin Gougis, has put points on the board.

"Thursday night (versus Easton) he had four touchdowns by halftime," Scott said of Falkins* "His strengths are his elusiveness and change of direction. He's an elite player the way he can stop and change directions.

"He's 5-11, 180 pounds. He likes what Tulane is doing locally and felt they were a good pick. I do believe it'll be a battle to hold onto him. A lot of people don't know much about him; they lost track of him after he left Carver, but he's an elite player in a loaded in-state class."

Scott says Falkins fits the prototype for what Tulane's current staff set out to target on the recruiting trail when Johnson took over as head coach a few years ago.

"This kid is exactly what they've targeted at Tulane from day one (of Johnson's tenure)," Scott said. "He's an unbelievable prospect with his grades, character and athletic ability, and his work ethic is outstanding."

*now goes by Niguel Veal-Falkins


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