Porter in preseason action

Northside and menacing DT Tyler Porter visited LaGrange in Lake Charles for a preseason scrimmage Friday night. How did Porter do? What are his plans for visiting schools this fall? He's thinking about committing on a specific date. Find out the significance of that day. Read further to get the details.

"The scrimmage went well," said Tyler Porter on Saturday, "and I feel like I did well. I had six solo tackles and maybe three assists. I had a bunch of quarterback hurries. Whenever I would get close to the QB, he would makes sure to get rid of the football. It was clear that he didn't want to take the sack or take a big hit.

"I was in the one-tech position at defensive tackle, and they were double-teaming me a lot. Once, they even triple-teamed me. Most of the time, one of their big guards was crashing down to try and help block me."

Despite the double and triple teams, Porter was able to put a signature hit on LaGrange's best player, Darius Edwards, at the conclusion of the scrimmage.

"They ran a little shovel pass up the middle," said Porter, "and I was right there to put the big hit on him. After that, tempers started to flare and the officials ended up prematurely ending the scrimmage. There was a little skirmish, but I stayed completely out of it."

Northside, according to Porter, will likely rely on its defense in the early weeks of the fast-approaching season.

"The offense was a little shaky," he said. "We're breaking in a new line, and the quarterback was a little rattled back there. He's a new starter too.

"We moved the ball pretty well, but we had trouble punching it in. Basically, we didn't do as good as well as we could have. The timing wasn't quite right between the quarterback and the wide receivers, and with the new o-line having some issues, our running back, Terrell Alfred, wasn't able to really do his thing."

Porter, who has offers from Louisiana Tech, Southern, and McNeese State, among others, then switched the focus to recruiting.

"I'm taking an unofficial visit to the Tech/Grambling game," he said. "My cousin, Kenneth Batiste, plays for Grambling, so I'm looking forward to checking that out. I'm going to be at the Bayou Classic later in the season, and I might go to Southern's homecoming game."

What are Porter's thoughts about a commitment date?

"I'm just taking it day-by-day," he said. "My grandmother passed away on October 8th, so I'm thinking about committing on that date, in honor of her. When I feel comfortable in my decision, then I'll go ahead (and commit)."

Porter and Northside face Catholic (New Iberia) next week in the jamboree. Catholic will be without the services of its best player, WR Devin Boutte (Tulane commit), who is out for the season after tearing an ACL Friday night vs. Westlake.

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