Tech Offers Patterson Duo

The spring evaluation period is underway in the Bayou State, and Louisiana Tech assistant coach Pierre Ingram has been hitting the road hard in south Louisiana. Which pair of Patterson Lumberjacks did he offer yesterday?

"Louisiana Tech offered Jaydrick Declouet and me yesterday," said three-star junior DB Trevon Stewart. "Tank Hilliard-Calais -- from Patterson -- plays at Tech, so we know about their program. We're keeping our options open and giving all college programs an opportunity to recruit us."

Declouet, a speedy wide receiver, now holds eight scholarship offers.

"Trevon and I both like Tech," said Declouet. "Coach Ingram told me to keep up the good work. I also got offered this week by Tulane, and I got an offer recently from Vanderbilt."

Patterson reached the Class 3A state finals last year before dropping a defensive struggle to Parkview Baptist in the Superdome. Although the Lumberjacks lose four-star RB Kenny Hilliard and standout DB Dexter Aucoin to graduation, many analysts are penciling Patterson in as the early favorite to win the state title in '11.

"We've had two good days of practice," said Declouet, when asked about spring training. "I'm thinking we're going to be the 3A state champs. From what I've seen, we may be weak at some spots, but we're continuing to get stronger and better."

Stewart echoed those sentiments.

"We lost Kenny and most of our offensive line, but we're already coming together," he said. "We're going to spread it out more on offense this year with one back. It will likely be either Mark Jones or myself at running back.

"Deondre Skinner ('13 prospect) is a big threat. He'll play either wide receiver or tight end. He's a big body. We're also going to use (four-star LB) Lorenzo Phillips at running back some of the time."


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