"They only return one true 'game-playing' linebacker; all three starting linebackers were lost to graduation. I have some big shoes to fill, coming behind Mark Newbill. He was the career-leading tackler at Southeastern with 401 tackles. I'm going to be wearing his old number - #11 - and I hope that I'm up to the challenge."
As a senior, Tourelle and St. Paul's went 12-1 with their only loss coming on the road to eventual state champion Acadiana in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
"It was a great ride," Tourelle said. "I wish we would have gone 15-0, but that's just how it worked out. We did some great things, we had a great group of guys and a great group of coaches. Our hard work paid off."
Tourelle led the Wolves in tackles, garnering approximately 100 stops. St. Paul's defense was ferocious in 2010, holding their first 11 opponents to 15-or-fewer points.
What does Tourelle think about the other prospects in Southeastern's incoming class?
"We have the two players from Ponchatoula: Jonathan Kinchen and Kaleb Muse," he said. "Kinchen is a great defensive lineman who won the district most valuable player over (four-star St. Paul's DT) Mickey Johnson.
"Muse is a linebacker who I got to know a little at the all-district luncheon, and we also got a quarterback from Texas named Tyler Boyd. He was 48-2 as a starter in high school."