Fortier linebacker considers LSU offer

NEW ORLEANS -- Over the years, the LSU Tigers have been able to pluck a number of players from the New Orleans Public School system and watch them develop on the football field.

Fortier's Charles Smith, Karr's Robert Royal, Carver's Dwayne Pierce and McDonogh's Clint James are a few of the players who have represented inner-city New Orleans in the purple and gold.

This season a pair of Fortier stars have made the list of players who LSU coaches will keep an eye on in 2001.

Defensive end Tory Collins has the speed and aggressiveness college coaches look for along the defensive front, and offensive lineman Justin Moore has the size (6-3, 315) and potential to be a standout in the trenches.

According to Fortier head football coach Robert Welch, Collins is making everyone's list.

"Right now, everyone is looking at Tory," Welch said. "LSU has offered, and he is getting along very well with (defensive line coach and New Orleans recruiter) Pete Jenkins."

While Moore is at the project stage, Welch feels he will improve markedly this season. His size and athleticism are keys to his success, but he still has a lot of developing left.

"He will be a very good player for someone," said Welch. "He is well-mannered and has a lot of growing left. He is a four-year starter for us. Since people have been seeing him on film, a lot of schools have become interested."

Collins (6-3, 255) never takes a play off and was very productive as an all-district selection last season. The attention he has received thus far has been amazing; Welch has been overwhelmed by the response to his star.

"The number of schools recruiting Tory is incredible," he said. "He has received more interest than any player I have ever coached here, including Charles Smith."

Collins' grades are in line to qualify and he is awaiting his ACT score. Moore also needs to past the test before he will be eligible, but Welch feels both should be qualified for their college freshman season.

Although both players remain wide open in their choices, LSU appears to be in the mix along with everyone else. Collins planned to attend the one-day camp during Louisiana High School All-Star weekend, and Moore is looking forward to the upcoming season.

"Tory's biggest asset is his motor," Welch added. "It doesn't stop and he doesn't know how to quit. This will be his fourth year starting, and it is rare for someone to come in and play as he did.

"Justin moves very well for his size and is excellent at locking on his man. He has also played for four years, but he will mature a lot over the next couple of years."

With Jenkins working the New Orleans area, LSU will be on top of their game in the Crescent City, and Fortier will become a popular place for college coaches during the 2001 season.

Easton fullback drawing interest: Warren Easton fell to West Monroe in last year's Class 5A playoffs, but Eagles' fullback Louis Daggs managed to gain over 100 yards against the Rebels and looks to pick up where he left off in the 2001 season.

At 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, Daggs has the power to run over would-be tacklers and enough speed to break away from the secondary. The returning all-district selection could play fullback or tailback, but Easton coach Steve Costa feels Daggs could be a standout ball carrier rather than a blocking back in college.

"Daggs plays fullback in our wing-t offense but I think he could be an excellent tailback at the next level," said Costa. "His role is similar to (former LSU star) Rondell Mealey's at Destrehan.

"He has gained 25 pounds and not lost any speed. He has the ability to run through tackles, and we are stressing his pass receiving skills. Once he gets a full head of steam, he is extremely tough to bring down."

Daggs, a former tight end, has received interest from a number of state schools including LSU, and he is close on his test score. A passing grade and a big senior season will certainly push Daggs up the ladder in the eyes of recruiters.

ESJ linebacker backer impressive: LSU is keeping an eye on East St. John linebacker Bryson White. While academics could be a stumbling block, White's play on the field has been impressive. East St. John head coach Ronnie Stephens feels White's foot speed could carry him far.

"He is a great worker who has good speed, but he needs to get a little stronger," said Stephens. "He does a good job of getting into the flat and is solid against the pass."

White must receive a passing test score in order to become eligible, but at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, he is full of potential. The three-year starter was an all-district selection as a junior and should have another big season.

Thibodaux's Coleman a threat: LSU has shown some interest in Thibodaux running back Paul Coleman, but he has to get his academics in order to get schools serious about his recruitment. At 5-11 210 pounds, he has excellent size and speed coming out of the backfield and Thibodaux head coach Shawn Preston feels Coleman is a threat any time he touches the ball.

"He can score from anywhere on the field," Preston said. "Once hit gets through the first line of defenders, he is a threat to score."

Preston has spent much of this summer working with Coleman on his receiving skills. At the Nike Camp in Baton Rouge, Coleman was clocked at a 4.5 in the 40. While all the state schools are interested, Preston said many SEC schools, including the Tigers, are also inquiring about Coleman's progress.

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