'12 Intro: Slidell DE/OLB Gavin Toussaint

Gavin Toussaint had over 60 tackles last year with more than 1/3 coming behind the line of scrimmage. In addition, he led Class 5A Slidell with 14 sacks...

"I play weakside defensive end, but I'm projected as an outside linebacker for college," said Gavin Toussaint. "Last year, I led the team with 14 sacks. I had 60-plus tackles. In the Hammond game (35-28 Slidell win), I had eight tackles with a sack and two forced fumbles.

"I'm mainly a speed rusher, but I switch it up. I'm versatile and my coach gives me a lot of freedom."

Toussaint is attending Nicholls State's Junior Day on April 9th, and he'd also like to hear from a couple of other in-state schools.

"LSU is definitely one of my dream schools," said Toussaint. "Tulane is another program I want to hear from; I know a lot of people who are playing there, and I know a lot of the players from New Orleans who signed this year."

Scout's Take: Toussaint is an undersized defensive end who makes up for a lack of measurables with intensity and relentless effort. He expects to play outside linebacker in college, but his skill set may be better suited on the inside. His size and ability reminds me somewhat of Kaleb Muse (Ponchatoula HS, Southeastern Louisiana signee).

Despite giving up dozens of pounds to offensive linemen, Toussaint is an effective pass rusher who frequently manages to overpower his foe. He plays in Class 5A, which is the highest classification in Louisiana.

Toussaint uses his low center of gravity to shed blocks from tight ends. He plays faster than his listed 40 time and manages to get down the line and halt inside running plays before the ball gets to the line of scrimmage. He has quick feet and displays good form when making tackles.

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