Breaux Bridge high school is know for producing an abundance of D-1 talent and this season is no different for the Tigers. Johnelle Derouselle is a 6'1 175 4.49 dual threat athlete that has committed to play for the ULM Warhawks in 2008.
"I drove up Friday with my mom, my brothers and my step dad for my official visit", said Johnelle. I met up with Darrell McNeal and a couple of the other players and just hung out for awhile. Really I felt so at home with those guys, that's one of the reasons why I committed".
Derouselle says he was being recruited by Nate Kazcor and that the coaching staff had a big impact on him. "Those guys where straight up with me from start, and that goes a long way. When Coach Weatherbie offered me a scholarship, I committed on the spot".
While ULM was recruiting Johnelle the hardest to come to ULM they were not the only ones. In fact Derouselle was a sout after prospect coming off his junior season. Before his senior season began he was already holding offers from Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, and Louisiana-Lafayette. Houston and Arkansas had moved in on him as well, but during the course of his senior season Johnelle's grades started to dip, scaring team's off.
"Yea teams backed off of me because of that but since then I have been working hard to make things right, and ULM saw that. So close is Johnelle, that the Warhawks made their move and offered. "ULM wants me to come and play wide receiver for them", said Derouselle. If they need me to come and contribute as a true freshman I will be ready but, I would not mind red shirting so I can get bigger and stronger".
"Overall it was just a very positive trip and and it made me feel more comfortable about ULM. I meshed real well with the staff and players. My parent were impressed with the coaching staff and knew I would be in good hands at ULM".
As a senior Johnelle was named 1st team All class 5-4A on offense.