Lafitte Louisiana is as far south as you can travel with out hitting up Cresent City Charters for a boat ride into the Gulf of Mexico. That is where ULM has traveled to find their most recent commitment in Tavyn Cagins.
As you can imagine coming from a small school in a small town, Cagins did it all for the gators, playing basically every position and also staring on the baseball team.
"I actually have been talking to ULM since the end of my Junior season", said Cagins. I attended the summer camp at Pan America stadium and ever since then we have stayed in touch".
While Cagins was getting interest from a number of Louisiana schools he waited patiently for all of his options to roll in.
"I got that letter from coach Berry in December offering me a scholarship and I was ecstatic", said Tevyn. "That really pulled me closer to ULM and wanting to go to school there".
Cagins traveled north this past weekend for his official visit and found Monroe was not what he was expecting.
"I was surprised that Monroe was actually much bigger than I thought with plenty of things to do". "Their campus is beautiful and everything was very convenient". "The academic counselors were very helpful".
Cagins was hosted by former John Curtis star Lincston Jones. "He was actually at JC when I was in the 8th grade and we played them". "Lincston is someone I can look up to".
The Warhawks began recruiting Cagins as a wide receiver, but that changed to defensive back as the recruiting process progressed before finally getting his offer at a position that even shocked Tevyn.
"I am signing as a line backer and will probably play the OLB position", said Cagins. "I was just as shocked because I am only 185 pounds right now".
"I was playing in an All Star game and the staff saw me drop down into the box and play the LB position so I guess they saw something they liked".
Cagins said putting on the weight is something he knows he can do.
"I was 165 pounds coming into my senior season last summer and I am 185 now. ULM wants me to be at 200lbs by August".
Cagins used a current linebacker as an example of that it can be done. "Cameron Blakes came in as a safety weighing 190 pounds and now he is a 235 pound senior OLB".
Cagins is also a standout baseball player who has been playing on the varsity team since he was a Freshman. "I hit over .511 my last 3 seasons and can play every position except first base".
Coach Berry told me football comes first as well as my grades but if I took care of business I could play baseball at ULM if they were interested". "I can run the balls down in the outfield, that is where I am at my best".
Coming from New Orleans where food is king, Cagins will have to load up his backpack with plenty of the bayou's best food to get a jump start on his journey at ULM.
"With hard work, eating right, and staying the weight room, I will make my 200 before August". "I am excited to be at ULM and look forward to signing day".
ULM fans can get a closer look at Cagins below.