Ouachita Standouts Visit Tech

Jarett Triplett and Jamarcus Marshall made the trip from the east side of Monroe to Ruston late last week to meet with Louisiana Tech assistant coach Stan Eggen. Triplett wowed the crowd at the recent Lafayette NUC, running a 4.48 and bench pressing 185 pounds for 26 reps. He posted a 40 inch vertical at the FCA Combine and finished fifth in Class 5A in the shot put at the state track meet...

Ouachita Parish expects to make their customary appearance in the playoffs this year, and two of the team leaders are seniors Jarett Triplett and Jamarcus Marshall.

Triplett, a 5-foot-8, 205-pound nose guard/running back, is among the best overall athletes in the state. Earlier this month, Triplett won the Leadership Award at the Lafayette National Underclassmen Combine, and he made a run at the Combine King (which was won by D'Andre Dartez).

The senior ran a 4.48 and a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash and was easily the most impressive-looking prospect from a physical standpoint.

Triplett is under the radar on the recruiting scene, primarily because he spent last year as an undersized nose tackle.

"I like it at the nose," he said. "As a sophomore, I strictly played running back at times, such as the Rayville game. Coach (John) Carr plans to use me on both offense and defense this year, and there's a few packages where I'll stand up on defense."

A few days ago, Triplett and Marshall - who has an offer from Southern Miss - visited the Louisiana Tech campus.

"Coach (Stan) Eggen let us in and showed us around," said Triplett. "We talked about everything; what type of grades we need to have.

"Jamarcus was injured for part of last year and there's not much film of us. Coach Eggen said it would be very important for us to get a lot of film of the first three games to their staff.

"He said he was already planning to come watch us play against Ruston, depending on his travel arrangements and whether he'd be out of town."

ULM's staff has echoed those sentiments.

"Their running backs coach said the same thing as Coach Eggen," said Triplett. "He saw me make a few runs last year in the jamboree, but I played mostly nose tackle after that. They want to see film of me from early this season."

Triplett's resume as a track and field star is impressive.

"The other guys who finished ahead of me in the shot put at the 5A state meet were all seniors, so hopefully I'll win next time," he said. "I've thrown the shot 50 feet.

"I qualified for the regionals in four events: shot put, long jump, high jump and the 100 meters. Prior to regionals, I only ran the 100 one time and that was at the district meet."

Triplett, who competed in the NUC Ultimate 100 today in Texas, says he's also thinking of taking up the discus.

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