Busy summer in Louisiana

Over 20 Louisiana prospects made their college commitments this summer. Scout.com takes a look at which programs cashed in.

The state of Louisiana is never short on college football prospects, and the months of June and July brought plenty of action on the Bayou State’s recruiting trails.

Scout.com takes a look at where the dominoes fell.

 

Quadry Antoine5-11, 210 – S

Belle Chasse High – Belle Chasse, La.

Committed to… Mississippi State – June 6

Skinny… After spending the weekend with the Mississippi State coaches in Starkville, the Belle Chasse safety decided on the Bulldogs over scholarship offers from the likes of Oregon State, Pittsburgh, and Southern Miss. LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper visited Antoine during the spring evaluation period, but an offer was never extended.

 

Jordan Batiste5-9, 170 – CB

Lutcher High - Lutcher, La.

Committed to… Ole Miss – June 7


Batiste joined on with Ole Miss after the team's June camp

Skinny… A December graduate, Batiste said he was ready to make a decision before his senior season got underway. After he camped in Oxford, Miss., Head Coach Houston Nutt pressed Batiste to come aboard. A couple of days after returning to Louisiana, Batiste made the call and committed, picking Ole Miss over a lead group that included Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt.

 

Kavahra Holmes – 6-1, 175 - WR

Breaux Bridge High - Breaux Bridge, La.

Committed to… LSU – June 7

Skinny… After Holmes camped at LSU for two days, he returned to Breaux Bridge with hopes of continued contact with the coaches. A day later, the staff decided that the speedster was the right fit for the third wide receiver spot in the 2012 class. Holmes drove back to Baton Rouge to meet with Head Coach Les Miles, which is when he picked up his offer and committed to the Tigers. With Holmes, LSU gets speed. In May, his 400-meter mark of 46.3 seconds was good for best in the nation.

 

Davante’ Bourque6-2, 200 – RB

Crowley High - Crowley, La.

Committed to… LSU – June 8

Skinny… Bourque was Texas A&M’s biggest 2012 coup in Louisiana, but the LSU staff flipped the Crowley, La. native back to the home state team when he visited for the team’s first summer camp. The opportunity to play running back for the Tigers was enough for the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder to give Miles his verbal pledge eight months out of National Signing Day.


LSU was able to flip Bourque away from his commitment to Texas A&M

 

Jontrey Tillman5-9, 165 – DB/WR

West St. Mary – Baldwin, La.

Committed to… Stanford – June 10

Skinny… Tillman followed Daijuan Stewart (SMU) and Jerald Hawkins (LSU) as the third West St. Mary prospect to commit to a college for the 2012 class. Tillman picked up his offer while he was in Baton Rouge at LSU’s camp, and with academics in order - 25 ACT and 4.0 GPA – he decided that a scholarship to Stanford was too much to pass up.

 

Lorenzo Phillips6-2, 210 – OLB

Patterson High – Patterson, La.

Committed to… Florida – June 15

Skinny… Phillips goes down as Louisiana’s most dramatic recruitment – at least through the summer months. After he committed to Texas A&M in March, a trip to Baton Rouge the following day saw Phillips pull his pledge and open his process back up. Just when it appeared to be a race between the Tigers and Aggies, a trip to the Florida campus pushed Phillips to commit to Head Coach Will Muschamp. The nation’s No. 20-ranked outside linebacker said he wouldn’t be making any more visits.

 

Torrey Bell6-5, 225 – DE

John Curtis Christian – River Ridge, La.

Committed to… Mississippi State – June 14

Skinny… Bell said his goal was to land in the SEC, and after camp visits to Auburn, LSU, and Mississippi State, he decided on spending his college days in Starkville. Bell, the sixth pledge to Mississippi State’s 2012 class, said the chance at early playing time was another big factor in his decision to head away from Louisiana for college.

 

Ryan Brown6-5, 240 – DE

Archbishop-Shaw - Marrero, La.

Committed to… Mississippi State – June 16

Skinny… The Archbishop-Shaw defensive end was once committed to South Florida, but an offer from the Bulldogs changed his stance. Brown said that playing in the SEC was a top selling point from Head Coach Dan Mullen, and his role will now turn to recruiting the state of Louisiana for LSU’s Western Division rival. “We are going to try and encourage guys in our area to check out Mississippi State,” Brown told Scout.com after his commitment. Mullen picked up three Louisiana prospects this summer.

 

Jaydrick Declouet5-10, 175 – WR

Patterson High – Patterson, La.

Committed to… Vanderbilt – July 2

Skinny… First-year head coach James Franklin welcomed Declouet’s commitment on a day when four prospects pledged to the Commodores. Declouet, who holds double-digit offers, became the second Lumberjack to commit to an SEC school this summer.

 

Dwayne Benjamin – 6-5, 195 – WR

Northside High – Lafayette, La.

Committed to… UTEP – July 18


UTEP Head Coach Tim Floyd scooped up Benjamin - arguably the state's top WR - for basketball

Skinny… If things stick Benjamin will go down as the biggest mystery on the 2012 Louisiana recruiting trail. Considered by many to be the state’s top wide receiver prospect, Benjamin – whose academic status remains in limbo – committed to the UTEP basketball program and Head Coach Tim Floyd after the UTEP staff made trips to watch him at camps in Indianapolis and New Orleans.

 

Derek Edinburgh6-7, 325 – OT

Edna Karr High – New Orleans, La.

Committed to… LSU – July 19

Skinny… With offers from the likes of Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Michigan, New Orleans offensive tackle Derek Edinburgh decided to commit to LSU during the Les Miles Camp. Though the massive New Orleans lineman works exclusively at left tackle for Head Coach Jabbar Juluke at Edna Karr, Edinburgh projects as right tackle at the college level.

 

Otha Peters6-2, 210 – OLB

Covington High – Covington, La.

Committed to… Tennessee – July 21

Skinny… With coaching stops at LSU and Louisiana Tech, Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley has grown familiar with the Louisiana recruiting scene. In late July, he snagged one of the state’s top uncommitted linebacker prospects when Peters decided to cut his process short, giving Tennessee their third linebacker into the 2012 class. While Peters worked out for LSU Defensive Coordinator John Chavis at LSU in June, he passed on a return visit the following month and committed to the Volunteers shortly after camp.

 

Darrien Batiste6-2, 245 – DT

Dutchtown High – Geismar, La.

Committed to… Louisiana-Lafayette – July 24

Skinny… Despite the full-court press from Louisiana Tech, Batiste committed to the Ragin’ Cajuns at the team’s July camp, following in the footsteps of Dutchtown prospects Effrem Reed, Sean Osborne, and Brendan Wilson.

 

Tyren Alexander6-1, 190 – OLB

Breaux Bridge High – Breaux Bridge, La.

Committed to… Louisiana-Lafayette – July 25

Skinny… Alexander finished his junior campaign with 68 tackles and six sacks, and the UL staff quickly put on the press by inviting the local prospect onto campus for Junior Day and the first camp of the summer. With offers also in from Louisiana-Monroe and Southeastern, Alexander made the call to stay home for college.

 

Dominick Jones5-11, 187 – CB

St. Augustine High – New Orleans, La.

Committed to… Louisiana-Lafayette – July 25

Skinny… With an offer from Memphis and interest coming from Houston, Jones used the summer to grow closest with the UL staff – visiting for both of the team’s summer camps. Jones said that his decision sunk in when Head Coach Mark Hudspeth told the St. Augustine rising senior that he was the top cornerback on the staff’s board.

 

Alex Paul6-6, 310 – OT

Isidore Newman – New Orleans, La.

Committed to… Tulane – July 27

Skinny… Tulane offered Paul in late June, and by the end of July the local prep star was committed to Head Coach Bob Toledo. Paul marked the fourth Green Wave commitment to come from Louisiana, and the third out of the New Orleans area.


Obioha camped at LSU, but soon after he committed to Texas A&M

 

Julien Obioha6-3, 220 – DE

Brother Martin High – New Orleans, La.

Committed to… Texas A&M – July 28

Skinny… Nebraska jumped on Obioha with an early scholarship offer, which quickly sent other college coaches to Brother Martin’s campus. LSU assistants Frank Wilson and John Chavis both made stops during the spring evaluation period, and Obioha later camped with the Tigers. Without an offer in hand, the New Orleans native ended his process with a pledge to Texas A&M.

 

Royce LaFrance– 6-2, 215 – OLB

Helen Cox High – Harvey, La.

Committed to… North Texas – July 30

Skinny… After a junior campaign where he totaled 111 tackles and intercepted two passes, LaFrance’s breakthrough offer came from Arizona. Back home, he fell victim to a deep in-state linebacker class, picking up an offer from only Louisiana-Monroe. Then came a weekend spent on the North Texas campus, and LaFrance went home as the latest Mean Green commit. “I feel like I can play my freshman year at North Texas,” LaFrance told Scout.com after he pledged on July 30.

 

Trevon Stewart5-10, 185 – CB

Patterson High – Patterson, La.

Committed to… Houston – July 30

Skinny… Stewart spent the summer as one of Louisiana’s top uncommitted defensive back prospects, but the final weekend of July brought closure to a recruitment process that had taken him across the Southeast. With offers from Houston, SMU, Tulane, Memphis, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, and Louisiana-Lafayette, the Patterson High cornerback decided on the Cougars after his campus visit.

 


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