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St. James High School turns out college prospects on a yearly basis and the Wildcats have a couple of outstanding players returning this fall, including RB Kenneth Armant.

"I'm hearing from UCLA, Colorado, Memphis, and West Virginia," said Kenneth Armant. "Colorado and Memphis seem to be recruiting me the hardest. Coach (Galen) Scott is recruiting me for Memphis.

"I hope that West Virginia will offer, because I feel like I fit their offense very well. I'd love to hear from Oregon, Missouri, and Washington. I like Missouri's offense, and it seems like a nice school."

Last year, Armant carried 74 times for 716 yards in St. James' Wing-T offense. With the arrival of a new (yet to be determined) head coach, however, it's possible that the Wildcats will switch to a different style of offense.

"We might stick with the Wing-T, but we might move to the spread. If we go spread, it's possible that I'll be more of a slot guy.

"I kind of hope we keep the Wing-T, because the defense never knows who is getting the ball."

Armant is also highly-effective as a receiver (12-150, 1 TD) and return man (2 punt returns, 165 yards; 6 kickoff returns, 196 yards).

He recently turned in a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash at the Big Show Combine (held at Destrehan HS), and he posted a vertical of 34 inches.

Armant's 40 time was good for second place (tied along with Destrehan's Rickey Jefferson and Hahnville's Johnell Celistan). His vertical was the best of the combine (Jefferson was second with 32 inches).

Armant also finished second to Jefferson in the broad jump.

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