Loreauville 2015 WR Rhashid Bonnette had a busy weekend. He spent Saturday at LSU with teammate Lee Paul Castille. The following morning, Bonnette returned to the Baton Rouge area for the NUC Five-Star Showcase. He impressed onlookers at the NUC and received positive feedback from the LSU coaches. Go inside for more details...
Rhashid Bonnette and 2016 OL Lee Paul Castille (6-2, 340) spent several hours at LSU Saturday. Both underclassmen met with their position coaches; LSU receivers coach Adam Henry applauded Bonnette for playing with a "chip on his shoulder" and mentioned the possibility of an offer.
Bonnette didn't get any individual awards at the NUC Five-Star Showcase, but he impressed a group of onlookers who were expecting big things from the sophomore. Two other standouts from the New Iberia area -- Gabe Fuselier (Catholic) and Bryson Bourque (NISH) -- were named WR Co-MVPs. Fuselier has been on fire this spring, recording the fastest 40 (4.45 laser) and shuttle (4.06) at the Houston Nike SPARQ Combine. He is going to be a steal at slot receiver in college.
Four-star WR Malachi Dupre (John Curtis Christian) attended a recent LSU practice. The country's No. 7 wide-out praised Tigers true frosh quarterback Anthony Jennings. As expected, Dupre was dominant in field events at Saturday's Sugar Bowl Relays. Dupre and/or four-star MLB Kenny Young could accompany Curtis DB Mattrell McGraw on a UCLA visit next month. McGraw also set an April visit to Oregon. He'll attend Alabama's spring game and is considering a Texas trip.
Four-star wide receiver Cameron Sims (Ouachita) added an Auburn offer to his extensive list. Sims went to Mississippi State's junior day along with teammate Nigel Dora, a 1,000-yard rusher in 2012.
Airline DT O.J. Smith was at Texas for junior day. On Sunday, Smith reported his first offer from Hawaii, which has also offered East Ascension RB Sione Palelei. The 5-10, 200-pound speedster will journey to Wisconsin in April. Palelei was a favorite of the media at the NUC, where he garnered Overall MVP honors. BYU, Hawaii and Arkansas (and possibly Missouri) will all play host to Palelei prior to the end of summer.
Destrehan QB Donovan Isom trekked to Tuscaloosa earlier this month to check out the national champs. Miami is showing interest in the 6-4, 230-pounder, who has a Tulane offer. Keep an eye on teammate Rae Juan Marbley, an undersized (6-0, 215) OLB with big game (and a Green Wave offer).
Jazz and Jay Ferguson, the West Feliciana brother tandem, saw LSU practice last week. Tulane is the latest offer for Jazz (2015 WR) and Jay (2014 DE), who are coached by Robb Odom.
2015 offensive lineman Garrett Thomas travels to Auburn this weekend for junior day. The massive Many tackle got his first offer this month from Michigan. Thomas has been to LSU, Texas A&M and Alabama this spring.
Last week, the LSU staff rolled out the red carpet for RB Nicholas Brossette, who watched the Tigers practice. Action was halted as the coaches greeted Brossette. The sophomore was ushered into the huddle where he got an up-close view of the offense.
Brandon Harris is the state's top-ranked signal-caller. On Sunday, Harris reported new offers from Tennessee, Nebraska and Houston. He nabbed QB MVP at the NUC Five-Star. The affable Parkway passer plans to hit the road in earnest this summer when he'll camp with LSU and Texas A&M, among others.
Harris will be forced to hit the road in the playoffs after the LHSAA hit the Panthers with seven sanctions. Parkway won't be allowed to host a playoff game this fall. The punitive measures are fallout from last year's playoff game vs. Live Oak. (The LHSAA ruled that Parkway's principal acted inappropriately during a pregame dispute with Live Oak)
St. Augustine o-lineman Joseph Paul committed to Florida. St. Aug reportedly has five or six 2014 prospects (including Paul) with Tulane offers. Purple Knights DB Jermaine Roberts is a U.S. Army All-American.