Lutcher Prospects Discuss Spring Training

The Lutcher Bulldogs are hungry after getting upset in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs last year. Today, the Bulldogs scrimmaged and spoke with a trio of Lutcher stars afterward...

"We went first-team offense versus first-team defense today, and the offense had the upper hand," said Lutcher DB Kyron Jackson. "We've had several colleges come through this week to watch practice. ULM, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, Pittsburgh, Tulane, and Minnesota (and more) came to the school.

"Minnesota wanted to perform an eye-test on Daniel Taylor and Jordan Batiste, so they could see exactly how tall those two guys are."

Which programs are recruiting Jackson the hardest?

"ULM and Grambling State," he replied. "Coach (Bryan Applewhite) from ULM says they're waiting to make offers until the date that written offers can be made (September 1rst).

"I talked to Coach Doug Williams from Grambling, and he wants me to come to their summer camp in Baton Rouge. I think they might offer me then."

Batiste (CB) has five scholarship offers and has been drawing rave reviews for his performances at the recent Badger 7-on-7, as well as last weekend's Nike Football Training Camp in Houston.

"I'm planning on committing around August 1rst," said Batiste. "There's a couple of offers that - if made - would probably speed things up for me in terms of making a decision.

"Those schools are Miami, Clemson, Georgia, and TCU. I like Clemson's swagger; the way they run that hill at their stadium, and their tradition. They've been recruiting really well. I noticed how they jumped 10 spots in the recruiting rankings in a span of just one year.

"I can't really put a finger on what I like about Georgia. I just like them. I'm not hearing from them yet. TCU has sent me a couple of letters, but nothing serious. I'm hearing a little bit from Miami."

What was Batiste's reaction to today's scrimmage?

"Daniel Taylor and Dorian Semien were shredding some of our younger DBs," he said. "I'm not going to lie."

Semien, a '12 wide receiver, says SMU is giving him (and Taylor) a close look.

"Coach (Jeff) Reinebold (SMU wide receivers coach) is coming to watch us practice next Thursday," said Semien. "He wants to get both Daniel and me in a package deal to SMU.

"Daniel got his first offer back in eighth grade from SMU's current staff - when they were at Hawaii. He hasn't forgotten about the fact that they were the first to offer. Daniel is open to the two of us going to SMU. He likes their wide-open offense."

Semien, just like Batiste, has been the recipient of much praise for his efforts at the Badger 7-on-7 and the Nike Football Training Camp.

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