Scout's Take: Northside/Teurlings Catholic

Two of the best Class 4A teams in south Louisiana - Northside and Teurlings Catholic - tangled on Friday night in Lafayette and Scout brings you a report on what happened with the top college prospects for each squad. Pictured at left is Northside defensive tackle Tyler Porter, who holds six scholarship offers.

Trailing at the half, the Northside Vikings came out of intermission with a vengeance in Friday night's 40-27 shootout win over neighborhood rival Teurlings Catholic.

There were a number of college prospects in action, the most prominent being Northside senior defensive tackle Tyler Porter. At a shade under 6-foot-0 and weighing in at 300-310 pounds, Porter is a squatty block of muscle who lines up at nose tackle for the Vikings (4-2 overall, 2-0 in District 6-4A).

While most of Porter's offers are from FCS schools (with Louisiana Tech being the exception), there's no question that he possesses the ability to be successful on the FBS level.

While Porter lacks ideal height, he's extremely well-proportioned and appears to be in great shape. Porter has been timed at 5.1 in the 40-yard dash, and he consistently shows up at the bottom of the pile on running plays and short screens to either side.

On the high school level, he faces a strong level of competition in Class 4A and opposing coaches, as a general rule, employ double teams against this nose tackle. Friday night, those double teams freed up linebackers to shoot the gap and shut down Teurlings Catholic on several running plays.

Not surprisingly, Porter plays with good leverage, as you would expect from a prospect with his build. On the next level, he'll need to work on lowering his pad level when firing off the ball.

Another impressive facet of this senior's game involves his maturity. Porter rarely lets his temper get the best of him, as shown Friday night when an opposing player made a concerted (and unsuccessful) effort to rile up the 300-pounder after the whistle.

Friday night, Porter logged time on both offense and defense, which was a first this season.

"We put in those offensive packages this week," said Porter after the game. "I played offensive guard at times during the game, including an entire drive. I thought I played pretty well, considering that it's my first time to play offense since my ninth grade year."

Late in the contest, Porter sacked Teurlings standout QB Dshaie Landor.

An exciting junior, Landor had a strong effort in the loss. On Teurlings' opening drive, Landor fired a perfect 73-yard pass into the outstetched arms of his receiver for a TD.

A slick field general, Landor is efficient with his movements in the backfield and he keeps his cool when the pocket collapses. The junior is able to get rid of the football instead of taking a big loss on a sack.

With 4.7 speed, Landor isn't blazing fast, but he's a dual-threat QB who can hurt defenses with his legs. The junior, who plays faster than his 40 time would indicate, picked up huge yardage on a finely-executed bootleg during the game.

For the night, Landor's numbers weren't eye-popping (12-of-24, 165 yards, three TDs, one INT; 7-26 rushing), but those stats were skewed by Northside's pass rush (four sacks) and stout overall defense. Much of the time, Teurlings' offensive line was overmatched up front.

At 6-0/6-1, Landor doesn't have prototype height, but he compensates for that with his confidence and overall awareness. The junior can zip the football into tight places and he can also loft a beautiful fade into the corner of the end zone (which he did Friday).

Other senior prospects in action Friday included the Northside trio of RB Terrell Alfred, WR Malcolm Glaze, DB Tevin Narcisse, and WR Dwayne Benjamin.

Alfred, who rushed for 125 yards and four TDs on 26 carries, hasn't been 100% healthy for most of the season, but he turned on the jets in the second half Friday night.

Through two quarters, Alfred appeared to be a little tentative and sluggish out of the gate, but as the game wore on, he got stronger and more confident behind an aroused offensive line that played better after half-time.

Alfred does a phenomenal job of staying on his feet and gaining yards after first contact. He plays with excellent balance and is not easily brought down in the open field. Alfred isn't a speedster, but he's a slasher with above-average cutback ability. He's not very accustomed to catching the football and that was apparent on a dropped screen pass.

Glaze, a 5-foot-10, 185-pounder, is a speedster. In the first quarter, Glaze beat two defenders down the sideline for a gain of 80-plus yards. Also a return threat, Glaze almost broke two punt returns for touchdowns.

Narcisse is a cornerback who flashed great potential at times, including a big deflection on a third down pass. He does an above-average job in getting out of his breaks.

Benjamin, a 6-foot-6 wide receiver, caught a long (85-plus yards) TD pass. He has terrific speed for a tall WR. There's been discussion that Benjamin could continue his career at a prep school such as Hargrave Military Academy.

Former Northside (and LSU) running back Keiland Williams spent a season at Hargrave.


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