Louisiana Notebook

LSU and Alabama fans eagerly await the upcoming announcement from Neville four-star DB Laurence "Hootie" Jones. Read on for the latest news from the Jones family and much more...


Recruiting analysts John Garcia Jr. and Hunter Paniagua have done stellar work covering the recruitment of Laurence Jones, who is expected to select either Alabama or LSU on November 25.

As Panigua reported, Jones recently decided to push back his announcement date to November 25, 10 days after the originally scheduled date.

Jessica Carr, mother of the nation's number six safety, said she didn't accompany Jones on his latest Bama visit but planned to make the trip with him "in two weeks" when LSU travels to Tuscaloosa.

Neville is 8-0 after a come-from-behind 34-32 road win at district nemesis Bastrop last night. Bastrop is home to one of the most intimidating venues in the state.

Carr said: "I would love for (Jones) just to decide on a place that makes him happy and that he feels comfortable at."


East Ascension 2014 running back Sione Palelei, a three-star LSU pledge, was thought to be lost for the season after suffering an injury in his team's game vs. Lutcher (October 4). There's talk, however, that Palelei may put the surgery on hold until after the season.

He hopes to return to the field this fall. With Palelei pacing the offense, East Ascension had scored a minimum of 35 points in four of its first five contests, and the team had only lost once. The absence of the speedy senior was markedly noticeable last night when the Spartans were held to six points in a loss to Dutchtown.

The 5-10, 200-pounder was comforted shortly after the injury by LSU head coach Les Miles and running backs coach Frank Wilson, who reassured Palelei that they're backing him 100%.


LSU OL commit Garrett Brumfield lined up at tight end and hauled in a scoring strike from University 2015 QB Manny Miles in the Class 3A No. 1 Cubs' 49-14 romp over Port Allen. The country's 12th-ranked 2014 offensive guard, Brumfield and Ragin' Cajuns' commit Drew Moore have opened vast holes for 2015 four-star RB Nicholas Brossette -- and done superb work with pass protection. The Cubs have hung a minimum of 42 points on the scoreboard in each of their last five outings. Brossette is the top-ranked junior in Louisiana.


John Curtis Christian lost to St. Augustine in a contest pitting two nationally-ranked New Orleans juggernauts. 2015 WR Stanley Morgan snatched a game-winning two-point conversion pass from QB Toi Jackson to lift the Purple Knights to a 29-28 decision. Curtis 2014 LB Kenny Young accounted for 25 solo stops in the loss to St. Aug and five-star RB Leonard Fournette, who carried 36 times for 263 yards and a score. The country's overall number one player, Fournette caught three passes for 38 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown from Jackson that set up Morgan's heroics.


Calvary Baptist 2016 QB Shea Patterson, an Arizona commit, will visit LSU today, according to his father, Sean, who said the sophomore has completed 23-of-29 passes with 10 TDs and 597 yards (with no interceptions) over a span of six quarters. The Cavaliers are in the midst of a three-game winning streak. Head coach John Bachman's troops began the year 0-3 with losses to 5A No. 2 Parkway, 4A No. 3 St. Thomas More and 5A No. 4 Byrd. The team also overcame the loss of four-star 2015 DT T.D. Moton, who transferred to Woodlawn after week one.


  • Westgate three-star DT Tae Thibodeaux was offered by Nevada, which is coming after him hard, along with Tulane. Thibodeaux didn't make last weekend's trip to Louisiana Tech due to illness.

  • Arkansas coach Michael Smith, a New Orleans native, offered Holy Cross 2016 RB Tre Turner. Tulane was Turner's initial offer.

  • Southern Miss offered Holy Cross three-star junior WR Michael Chigbu, who provides a legit deep threat for an undefeated 5A club ranked sixth in the state. The Tigers put their perfect mark on the line vs. St. Augustine tonight. Chigbu and Texas CB commit Jermaine Roberts could see a lot of each other in this Catholic League headliner.

  • Louisiana Tech offered Catholic-NI QB Jason Pellerin, the second offer for the 2015 star. Pellerin had tossed 13 touchdown passes with no interceptions heading into last night's game vs. Opelousas Catholic. Coaches from Vanderbilt, Minnesota, USC and TCU are following Pellerin on Twitter.

  • Patterson 2015 three-star WR Daylon Charlot reported a new offer from the Ragin' Cajuns. He visited head coach Mark Hudspeth last weekend with his mom. Charlot hopes a USC offer could be in the works.

  • Ole Miss was the eighth offer for John Curtis three-star junior safety Hunter Dale, who has intercepted five passes for the Patriots, ranked 27th in the nation and second in Class 3A.

  • Louisiana Tech extended offers to a trio of Destrehan underclassmen: 2015 WRs Kirk Merritt and Alfred Smith and 2016 DL Glen Logan. Smith has four offers, Logan holds two and Merritt's first was from Tech coach Jabbar Juluke. Destrehan is 8-0 and ranked No. 7 in 5A.

  • Tech also offered West Monroe 2016 QB Jon Randall Belton at the Bulldogs' home game vs. North Texas last week. Head coach Skip Holtz himself did the honors, according to Belton.


    Quite a few signal-callers are having banner seasons, such as Utah commit Donovan Isom (Destrehan). Through seven games, Isom had passed for more then 1,500 yards with 23 touchdowns and only one interception. Loreauville 2014 sleeper Raymond Bonnette had 1,520 yards through the air with 14 TDs and three picks entering last night's game vs. Westminster. Moreover, Bonnette is among the Acadiana area's leading rushers with 637 yards and 12 touchdowns. Patterson's Spencer Landry was the only 2,000-yard passer entering week eight.


    Tulane nabbed a new in-state commitment from Holy Cross 2014 LB Zach Harris to complement its recent recruiting success in Florida. The Green Wave staff is making a strong push for Hawaii commit Daniel Lewis, who has rushed for 800-plus yards for NISH. Hawaii recruiter Daronte' Jones is expected to fly to Louisiana to watch Lewis live in the near future. Jones cut his teeth coaching prep football in the New Iberia area. Lewis hasn't taken or scheduled any official visits.

    The Ragin' Cajuns - also contenders for Lewis - got a verbal from University 2014 OL Drew Moore, who has been a driving force for a University offense that has scored 56 points twice and topped the 40-point threshold five times. Moore's blocking has been a big catalyst for Nicholas Brossette's 925 rushing yards (18 TDs).


  • Edna Karr 2014 DB Juwan Offray added a third star. Offray committed to Oklahoma State over the summer, as did teammate Joyan Williams, a three-star defensive lineman.

  • San Diego State commit Jerrell Jackson is expected to take an unofficial visit to Tulane today. Jackson lines up at QB and DB for the state's No. 1 Class A team at Haynesville.

  • East Saint John 2015 DB Xavier Lewis, an LSU commit, went from unranked to four stars in the latest reshuffling of the Scout 300. His classmate, DB Antonio Parks, is rated three stars.

  • Byrd 2015 TE Michael Dunman attended LSU/Florida, as well as Notre Dame/Arizona State. The 6-5, 245-pounder was a guest of Notre Dame when the Irish and Sun Devils clashed in Texas.

  • John Curtis Christian 2014 CB Terrence Alexander was in Oxford to watch Ole Miss upset LSU. The Rebels were first to offer the state's top-ranked corner.

  • New Iberia Senior High 2014 defensive back Michael Sam was the subject of much discussion after he did excellent work covering Barbe four-star WR Trey Quinn (LSU commit) in the Yellow Jackets' 31-28 win. Sam has the size (6-2, 200) to play corner or safety in college. He's reportedly going to junior college next year and mentioned Auburn as a school of interest during a past interview. NISH, ranked 10th in 5A, held off Carencro's upset bid Thursday.

  • 2015 three-star WR Rhashid Bonnette says UL head coach Mark Hudspeth has been recruiting him. The Loreauville standout is second in the state in receiving. He has offers from Louisiana Tech and Houston and was averaging 21.5 yards per catch prior to last night. Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen and several members of his staff are following Bonnette on Twitter. He camped at MSU during the summer.

  • Marquee wide receivers took the field en masse last week for Patterson vs. Donaldsonville. Patterson, which prevailed easily, has four-star 2016 wide-out Mykel Jones and Charlot, while Donaldsonville has four-star Stephen Sullivan (2016), three-star Jaquel Gant (2015) and 2014 Tulane commit Leondre James.

  • St. Thomas Aquinas DL Ed Alexander is the only in-state 2016 prospect with a five-star ranking. Five more sophomores were awarded with four-star rankings: North Webster RB/LB Devin White, Dunham WR Drake Davis, John Curtis Christian OL Willie Allen and receivers Jones (Patterson) and Sullivan (Donaldsonville). Jones is fourth in the state in receiving and is averaging 19.9 yards per catch.

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