This year that was Redemptorist ATH Russell Gage. He excelled as both a WR and CB during one-on-drills, going against some of the top talent in the state and country. Gage returned that next weekend for the 7-on-7 tournament, where he again was one of the standout performers on both sides of the ball.
With the LSU coaches keeping a close eye on his play, that week really set things off for Gage's recruitment.
"He did a good job when he went to camp and that put him on the radar," said Redemptorist coach Terence Williams. "Obviously he likes them. We have two Redemptorist guys there (Jeremy Hill and La'El Collins) and that's his home school. But he's a kid and he's going to play this thing out and see what happens. Right now, he doesn't have an offer from LSU so he's not just living and dying by that LSU offer."
Whether or not Gage receives that offer will be one of the big storylines to follow for the remainder of the 2014 recruiting process. The LSU staff is definitely taking a hard look at his ability.
"[Raymond] spent quite some time [at the game]," Williams said. "They're just going through their normal evaluation process. We're not worrying about it. We have our own things that we need to focus on. He's doing the things he needs to do to help us win. Whatever happens on the recruiting end will play itself out."
Three schools have offered the two-way player — Southern Miss, Tulane and Louisiana Tech. While Gage is still lean at 6-foot, 180 pounds, he's physical on both sides of the ball, and LSU thinks his future is on the defensive side of the ball.
"He's not concerned with adding weight," Williams said. "He just wants to get stronger and faster. He understands that will happen when he gets to college."
Though DB may be his future, Gage is Redemptorist's biggest offensive weapon right now. Gage appears at every offensive skill position for the Wolves while also playing defense.
Though Williams demands a lot from his star player, Gage has the kind of ability that requires that kind of attention.
"The offense has to go through him," Williams said. "He just makes plays. Bottom line. He's our playmaker. Go to get the ball in his hands. He's our best tackler on the team. He has great ball skills. He's your typical Division 1-A guy."
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