Jaydrick Declouet’s recruitment has seen his recruitment pick up steam as of late, pulling in all three of his offers over the past three weeks.
“Memphis came through and gave me that first scholarship, then Central Florida came the next week,” he said. “I went over to Hattiesburg and visited Southern Miss for their Junior Day and really liked it, and coach (Larry Fedora) ended up offering me at the end of the trip.
“Each school seemed like they were ready for me to commit. I’m excited that things are getting rolling.”
The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder had a solid junior season with Patterson, highlighted by a touchdown grab in the final minute of a dramatic comeback win over West Feliciana in the Class 3A semifinals.
“That game was wild, and it’s one that I won’t ever forget,” said Declouet. “It just gets me pumped for my senior year. I had about 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns on 60 catches last year, and I want to top that this time around.
“Those schools have been sending lots of letters and I’ve talked with some of the coaches,” he said. “I know coach Frank (Wilson) recruits the area down here, so I’m excited to get up on a visit and meet with him. I think I will visit sometime this spring with some of my teammates.”
In the meantime Declouet spends his time on the baseball diamond, a transition from football that was made without much slowing down.
“I don’t think I’ve stopped working out and playing sports all year,” he laughed. “We wake up in the morning and go to workouts and lift from 6 a.m. until 7 (a.m.). Then I go to school, end the school day with our football conditioning class, and then go straight to baseball practice or a game. It doesn’t stop, but I’m keeping in good shape with it.
“We ran 40 times today, and I ran a 4.37 on a stopwatch. I feel like I am as fast as I’ve ever been. I can be a threat in the slot our outside, but at Patterson I’m being used a lot on the outsides. I might move inside some this year.”
As for a potential offer from the Tigers, Declouet has the Les Miles Summer Camp circled on his calendar.
“That’s when I want to go and prove myself,” he said. “We are going to camp there this summer as a team, so the coaches will get a look at me up close. If they offered, I don’t know what I would do. They would definitely be in a great spot.
“I went there for the Alabama game this year and it was one of the craziest things I had ever seen. And I know I will get back this year to be able to see Kenny (Hilliard) in purple and gold.”