As if this weekends Sun Belt conference opener against ULL wasn't enough reason to get fired up about, the ULM Warhawks will also be hosting between 15-20 high school propects as well.
ULM (1-3 0-0) will open Sun Belt play this Saturday when they host Louisiana-Lafayette (1-3 0-0) at 6PM in Malone Stadium.
The Warhawks jumped out to a fast start on the recruiting front securing 7 verbal commitments before the 2008 season started.
Both Moore and Browning are off to torrid starts to the 2008 season. Browning who's MaBank team is off to a 2-2 start, has already thrown for a shade under 1,200 yards with 15 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The southpaw (#73 ranked qb in the nation) has been doing it on the ground as well rushing for 150 yards on 27 carries with a score in his last game out.
For Charlie Moore(Top 150 athlete in the nation), 8 is the lucky number as in 8 touchdowns in one game. In a 53-32 victory, Moore was 12/19 for 175 yards and four passing touchdowns. He equaled those 4 passing with 4 more rushing on 13 carries for 193 yards. Bullard head coach Jim Taylor told the Tyler Morning Telegraph his thoughts on Charlie.
"The thing about Charlie, he cannot only run a 4.5 in offseason testing; Charlie is a football-speed 4.5. I think he's very (deceiving) on his running, no doubt. If you're just watching him individually, it will look like he's gliding. But when you watch him (against opponents), he blows by them."
Another early commitment to visit ULM will be big Offensive Lineman Andrew Russell. Russell 6'4 287 is the #23 ranked center in the nation according to scout.com. Russell chose the Warhawks over UNLV, Baylor, LaTech, UTEP, and is looking to major in Business.
While the list of committed visits is impressive the list of prospects looking to get a closer look at ULM is also impressive.
Central HS safety Josh Johns(#93 ranked S in the nation) is traveling North on an unofficial visit to take a look at what ULM has to offer. Johns father Doug has ties to the ULM program as he played one year before an injury shortened his career.
First and foremost academics will be the #1 thing Josh looks at followed by coaching staff and the character of that staff. The opportunity to play is also something Josh will take a look at", said father Doug.
One of the states most explosive backs will also travel North in O.P.Walkers Tyrone Duplessis. Duplessis(#87 ranked RB in the nation) has been slowed by a knee injury but that hasn't slowed his recruitment. North Carolina, ULM, Southern Miss, and Louisiana Tech have all offered the scat back.
While Tyrone will probably be back in the lineup next week he had this to say about his recruitment. "My education is real important to me," said Duplessis. "I want to know how many of their players graduate. I want to see all of the academic facilities and see how good their study halls are and things like that."
O.P.Walker teammate Torell Miller will also join Duplessis. Miller a 6'2 185 Safety has two offers currently as ULM, and Louisiana Tech are looking to land his services.
Another standout back to visit the Warhawks will be Cecilia's Marcus Wiltz. Marcus had a stellar junior campaign rushing for just under 1,200 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns. A standout in the classroom too (20ACT 3.0GPA) already holds offers from ULM, ULL, and McNeese.
RB Marcus Wiltz
Another big name to keep an eye on this weekend will be that of South Grand Praire's Will Adams. Adams is a 6'0 181 pound lock down athlete is being recruited by ULM as just that, an athlete. Will excels all over the field on both sides of the ball for SGP and has holds offers from ULM, Air Force, and UCF. While Adams holds three offers, many schools are well aware of his talents.
Will "Biscuit" Adams
It's no doubt the Warhawks have been all over Brownsboro defensive back Tristan Warren and will look to gain more of his interest this weekend. Warren is a big physical defensive back that coordinators love to coach. The 6'2 185 pounder is used on offense, defense, and special teams and holds offers from ULM, Louisiana Tech, UTEP, and SFA.
"ULM was the first team to contact me since teams can resume contacts", said Warren. SFA contacted me a day after ULM but I haven't heard from anyone else".
The Warhawks will look to take 2 more interior lineman and one more guard and they are hoping one of those is Arlington offensive lineman Eric Walker. Walker 6'3 290 will make his first visit to the city of Monroe and take in the ULM game this Saturday. Walker was a standout at the ULM Shreveport camp earlier this summer.
Staying in the state of Texas the Warhawks will also get a visit from Fossil Ridge high school Defensive end Lavonne Andrews. The Warhawks are thin on the edges due to injuries and are looking to add depth to that position.
Traveling all the way from the state of Georgia will be an impressive looking LB by the name of Andrew Glaize. Glaize (6'2 215) is an opposing figure who patrols the middle of the Landmark Christian defense looking to make plays. Andrew also is an accomplished tract star as he competes in the 100 (12.1 best), 200, and 400 meter dashes. Long jump, triple jump, as well as the 400 meter hurdles and 800 meter run.
Although Glaize is being recruited as a LB, his talents are used in a a big way on offense as well. So far Glaize has rushed for over 400 yards with 8 touchdowns and caught another 3 scores. The pre-season All State LB has also tallied 33 tackles and a forced fumble.
Getting back into South Louisiana, the Warhawks will get a visit from Kentwood HS Cornerback Tevin Goggins. Goggins is another one of those under the radar athletes and that's just the kind the Warhawks like to land.
Check back with WarhawkNation.com as we update this weekends visitors and find out how their visit to the campus of ULM went.