St. Charles Catholic LB is one to watch

Scout.com continues its look at the top junior prospects in Louisiana. In this segment, we introduce St. Charles Catholic linebacker La'Jaylin Smith.

"Last year, I had 75 tackles with 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and three recovered fumbles," said St. Charles Catholic DE/OLB La'Jaylin Smith. "My game involves being quick to the football. I have quick feet and quick movements. I'll set up the offensive lineman to the inside, then beat him to the outside. I'm very strong: 335-pound bench press, 525-pound squat, and 565-pound dead lift.

"I'm getting mail from a lot of schools: Arizona, Ole Miss, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, ULL, ULM, and Tulsa. I really like LSU. I attended their Junior Day and really like their campus. I also like Southern Miss and I wanted to go to their Junior Day, but we had a baseball tournament. I'm attending Ole Miss' Junior Day on April 6th."

Under highly-respected veteran head coach Frank Monica, St. Charles Catholic has strung together several consecutive successful seasons, but Smith (6-0, 215) thinks the Comets may have their best team ever this fall.

"Most of our best players will be back," he said. "Jeffrey Hall, Marcus Hall, and Lazedrick Thompson will all be seniors. We'll have a good receiving corps. We have to do some rebuilding in the secondary, but we have some good offensive players who could switch over to defense."

Not many players work harder than Smith.

"I hit the weight room hard," he said. "I love running the (Mississippi River) levee, and I also play baseball to keep in shape."

The Comets went 12-2 in 2010, advancing to the Class 2A semifinals before dropping a 35-15 decision to eventual state champion Evangel Christian. The LaPlace-based school will move up to 3A for next season.


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