Julien is Under the Radar

Despite sharing carries with another running back, Nick Julien (Loreauville HS) surpassed the 1,400-yard rushing mark in 2010. The junior, however, is evidently one of Louisiana's best kept secrets, because he's not getting much attention from colleges yet...

Loreauville High School showcased a potent offense last year, en route to an 11-2 mark and a berth in the Class 2A quarterfinals.

With offensive mastermind Rhett Peltier calling the plays, the Tigers scored a ton of points: 49-7, 62-8, 53-3, 61-31, 54-20...those are the final scores in a handful of Loreauville's wins last fall.

LHS boasted not one, but two 1,000-yard rushers: senior B.J. Greene and junior Nick Julien.

"I ran for 1,400 yards with 16 touchdowns," said Julien (6-0, 185, 4.6). "I enjoy running the football, but I'm not sure which position I'll play in college. People say that I can play on both sides of the ball and it doesn't matter to me, as long as I'm on the field."

The Tigers' lone regular season loss came to district rival Ville Platte. In the playoffs, Loreauville won two games before encountering eventual state champion Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) and five-star DE Jermauria Rasco (LSU signee) in the quarterfinals.

"He's one of the best defensive players I've gone against," said Julien of Rasco. "The praise he gets is well-deserved. He's an outstanding player."

Julien isn't receiving much attention yet from college recruiters.

"Not so much," he replied, when asked whether he was receiving mail. "I'd like to hear from LSU, UL, and other schools in-state."

Loreauville will be a force again in 2011, with the likes of Julien and '13 star Jermaine Antoine returning.

"We should be just as good as last year," said Julien. "We lose some good seniors, but that shouldn't be a setback. We have lots of weapons. J.J. (Antoine's nickname) has a lot of potential. He's a young athlete who is still developing and the sky is the limit."

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