Manuel Mukes on LSU's radar

Another local name - Manuel Mukes - has jumped into the picture at LSU for the Class of 2013.

Parkview Baptist coach Kenny Guillot has been teaching the game of football longer than a lot of his peers around the state.

Guillot began his coaching career in 1968, making stops at the college level as an offensive line coach at Nicholls State for six years and McNeese State for three years.

In his 12 years as head coach at Parkview, Guillot has guided the Eagles to three Class 3A state championships and sent double-digit players to college programs.

So last week when Guillot handed over game film to the LSU staff on 2013 cornerback Manuel Mukes and told them to play close attention to the rising senior, Tigers recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson did just that.

"The LSU coaches wanted film on some guys, and I told (Wilson), and some of the other coaches, that they had to watch out for Manny," Guillot said. "He's going to be playing at a high level on Saturdays, if not at LSU then somewhere else. Coach Frank said he would be watching out for (Mukes) and will get him into camp."

Why has Mukes been able to fly under the radar this far into his recruiting process?

Guillot has a couple of different explanations.

For one, the LSU staff's meeting with Guillot was his first chance to breakdown his 2013 crop to college coaches, a shift from the usual amount of traffic coming in and out of the school during the spring semester.

"I haven't seen a whole lot of recruiters come through here this year," Guillot said. "It's just been LSU. I will call coaches and try to get stuff to them, but other big schools wait until they come down to get film.

"With LSU, they come and get it early."

Guillot also points to Parkview Baptist's style of play, a run-based offense that minimizes defensive possessions by keeping the ball out of opponent's hands.

"We don't play a lot of man, we play a lot of zone, and that affects how much one-on-one action Manny gets," he said. "We run the football 55 plays a game, so the defense gets maybe 30 snaps out there. He isn't really tested much.

"As a prospect, he reminds me a lot of (former LSU and NFL cornerback) Blue Gay. He has real long arms and is already weighing 180 pounds. He played well last year, and he is going to be a lockdown corner for us this season."

During an offseason workout session last week, Mukes recorded the fastest 40-yard dash time of any Parkview Baptist player.

"He ran a (hand held) 4.4 last Tuesday," Guillot said. "If we get into a game where a receiver or running back has speed and can go the distance, we know Manny is the one back there to catch him."

Though the Tigers don't have a pure cornerback committed for 2013, the staff has landed verbal pledges from Jeryl Brazil (5-9, 176) and Tredavious White (5-10, 170) – both of whom are listed as athletes by Scout.com.


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