Jesuit teammates have college potential

LSU head coach Nick Saban had many of the state's top prospects for 2004 in for the Tigers' annual Spring Game on April 11.<br><br> Chris Markey and P.J. Zimmerman, a pair of teammates from New Orleans-Jesuit, are two players Saban will keep an eye on next year and do not be surprised if at least one of them ends up wearing the purple and gold somewhere down the line.

Markey is a 5-foot-10, 195-pound running back who is getting attention from some of the nation's major football programs. LSU, Auburn, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Southern Miss and Minnesota send him tons of letters and most have already said they will see him in person when Jesuit starts spring practice.

"He is heck of a player," said Jesuit head coach Vic Eumont. "He's an I-tailback with great vision and he's a good north-south runner. He doesn't have great speed but when he puts that uniform on he is faster than guys who have more speed than him on a track. He'll run over you too. He's not afraid to run over anyone."

Zimmerman, a 6-4, 220-pound deep snapper, may not be awarded an athletic scholarship because he is not a full-time center. But that has not prevented schools from recruiting him.

"LSU has seen him and they like him," Eumont told Tiger Rag. "They saw him at one of the camps he went to last year and he was the best snapper from around the country."

Eumont said Zimmerman has qualities on the gridiron that make him a prize catch for some lucky Division-I coach.

"He is the best deep snapper I've had as a high school coach," he said. "He could start for a lot of people in college right now. He gets the ball back there quick. We didn't have any punts blocked last year and it was not because of our blocking. He is a valuable asset. He might make some money one day doing that."

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