LSU commits: Playoff watch

Nine future Tigers are still alive in the postseason.

Of the 20 commitments LSU has secured for the 2012 class, nine prospects are still alive in the high school playoffs.

Before settling in for the SEC Championship game on Saturday, here are the future Tigers to keep an eye on Friday night.

Patrick Miller – Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer

Looking to bring a state championship back to Palm Beach Gardens and powerhouse Dwyer, offensive lineman Patrick Miller and the Panthers did away with a Broward County opponent for the second week in a row.

Dwyer beat Ely – led by LSU wide receiver commitment Avery Johnson – 28-0 in the regional quarterfinals, then topped Northeast 45-14 in the regional semifinals last Friday. This weekend, the Panthers face St. Thomas Aquinas in the regional finals.

Vadal Alexander and Reid Ferguson – Buford (Ga.)

Alexander and Ferguson, both offensive linemen for the Wolves, have helped keep Buford undefeated in 2011.

Sitting at 13-0, the Wolves were ranked No. 7 in the Week 13 Scout Top 50.

The outcomes of recent playoff games haven't been close. So far this postseason, Buford routed Temple 49-13, Jefferson County 31-0 and Elbert County 49-13.

This week they take on Carver in the Georgia Class 2A semifinals.

Ronnie Feist – West St. John

Feist has come back strong this season after a back injury (small fracture) kept him out of pre-season camp and most of September, and the No. 26-ranked outside linebacker now has the Rams one game away from the Class 1A title game in New Orleans.

After a 15-8 win over Haynesville this past weekend, sixth-seeded West St. John takes on No. 2 seed Vermilion-Catholic – which went undefeated in the regular season and captured the District 8-1A crown.

Dillon Gordon – John Curtis

Looking to get back to the state title game and avenge its loss to Evangel Christian last season, John Curtis – 12-0 and the top-seeded team in Class 2A – meets up with the Eagles again, but this time for a trip to the Superdome.

Gordon and John Curtis had no trouble taking care of No. 25 Kinder last Friday, holding the Yellow Jackets to 68 total yards in the first half of a 56-21 rout.

Lamar Louis, Travin Dural and Kavahra Holmes – Breaux Bridge

Representing one-third of the LSU commitments still alive in the postseason, the Breaux Bridge trio takes on its biggest test yet: Neville-Monroe – the No. 1 seed in Class 4A.

In a 48-14 win over No. 21 Alexandria on Friday, it was Dural that turned in the biggest performance – grabbing two touchdowns, including a 23-yard touchdown reception that helped dig the Tigers out of an early 7-6 deficit.

For Louis, the next week will be about studying game film in order to slow down the Neville spread offense – led by junior quarterback John Diarse, who is being recruited by LSU and is considered one of the top underclassmen in the state.

Derek Edinburgh – Edna Karr

Edinburgh, the anchor on the Karr offensive line, finds himself a win away from a return trip to the Superdome for the Class 4A championship game – which the Cougars lost to Franklinton last December on the final snap of the game.

After Karr clawed its way to a 35-31 win over No. 2 St. Thomas More on Friday, the Cougars get a date with No. 3 Lutcher. In the win over STM, Karr was down 31-28 with 1:38 left in the game and drove 93 yards to get the winning touchdown, which the Cougars scored with 21 seconds left.

A quick look back…

By the semifinal round of the 2010 Louisiana playoffs, seven current LSU freshmen and their high school teams were still alive and kicking.

Safety Ronald Martin and No. 15 White Castle were en route to winning a Class 1A state title, taking down No. 3 Oberlin 20-0 in the semifinals before upsetting No. 9 Ouachita Christian 32-20 in the Superdome.

Defensive end Jermauria Rasco was also in the process of winning it all at Evangel. The second-seeded Eagles took out No. 3 St. Charles 35-15 in the semifinals before beating No. 1 John Curtis 28-14.

Things didn't turn out as good for running back Kenny Hilliard. Patterson landed a big break in the fourth quarter to secure a 22-21 win over West Feliciana in the semifinals, but dropped the Class 3A state championship in a 24-20 loss to Parkview Baptist. Hilliard carried the ball 12 times for 41 yards in the loss.

Running back Terrance Magee and defensive tackle Anthony Johnson met at this time last season, when No. 6 Franklinton – quarterbacked by Magee – hosted No. 15 O. Perry Walker in the Class 4A semifinals. Franklinton won 36-6, and then delivered a game for the ages in a 34-28 win over No. 1 Karr in the finals.

In Class 5A, wide receiver Paul Turner and West Monroe fell short of a state title at the hands of safety Micah Eugene and Acadiana. Eugene was tough to corral, finishing with 121 rushing yards and a touchdown and 63 receiving yards. Turner, held in check by the Wrecking Rams defense, finished with 32 yards on 15 carries and completed just two passes.


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