Where They Stand: State Track Meet

TSD catches up with several of the state's top recruits at the LHSAA Outdoor Track State Championships.

LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium was filled this past weekend with some of Louisiana's top athletes for the State Championship Meet.

Many of the state's top football prospects were in attendance, and TSD's Hunter Paniagua was there to catch up with several of them for the latest on their recruitments. Look for more interviews throughout the week, and also check out this photo gallery of some of the athletes in action.

Below you'll find a rundown of the notable names participating in the track meet, with some of the more pertinent notes as it regards to LSU's pursuit of these top in-state targets.


Destrehan ATH Kirk Merritt has taken the country by storm this spring after strong performances in camps and on the track. He had one of the top qualifying times for the 5A 100m dash, and he finished in second Saturday with a time of 10.68 seconds.

Name a school and they've likely joined Merritt's offer list in recent months. LSU extended him an offer during Junior Day earlier this year, and since then he's jumped to the top of the Tigers' board for in-state prospects. LSU's recruiting him as an athlete that would be used as a receiver and a running back, and the Tigers would love to add this offensive weapon to their system.

He was last on the Tigers' campus for the Spring Game, and he said he'll probably return for the Bayou Picnic on May 31. He plans to take a number of visits this summer, though he hasn't started to narrow down his list of suitors. He'll participate in The Opening this summer after posting the nation's second best Nike SPARQ score.

Merritt isn't in a hurry to make a decision, so LSU will have plenty of competition for his commitment through the next few months.

"I'm just open to everybody right now," Merritt said. "I'm probably not going to make a decision until next year, maybe on Signing Day or at an All-American Game."

ND commit Jerry Tillery's still open to LSU


LSU's top offensive lineman in Louisiana is already committed to another school, but that hasn't stopped the Tigers from pursuing him.

Evangel four-star OT Jerry Tillery remains committed to Notre Dame, but he's given LSU fans reason to be optimistic. Tillery made a trip to campus for "Boys from the Boot" in February and returned for the Spring Game in April. He said this weekend that it's possible he makes another trip to Baton Rouge for the Bayou Picnic later this month.

A big reason why LSU's got his attention is because of new OL coach Jeff Grimes. Since joining the LSU staff, Grimes has made Tillery one of his top priorities, and the state's best tackle has taken notice.

"He's great," Tillery said. "He's a really cool coach."

But it will still take some work for LSU to pull him from the Irish. Tillery reaffirmed Saturday that he's solid with Notre Dame, and he plans to head up to South Bend for a visit in June, which would be his first since September.


The Class of 2016 in Louisiana has the potential to rival the star power produced by the 2014 class. The Tigers have already offered nine in-state prospects ranked four-stars or higher, so that class is shaping up to be a big one for LSU.

One of the top targets is Devin White, who finished eighth in the 3A 200m. He landed an offer last summer at camp, which was his first at the time. Since then a number of other programs have joined the mix, with Alabama also coming hard for his services.

White's built a strong relationship with some of the other top recruits in the state for his class, and he said that they've already started talking about the possibility of playing together.

"They're like brothers to me," White said. "Most of them want to go with me and build a national championship team somewhere. We basically have all the same schools looking at us, so we can maybe make that happen in the near future."

A couple other top 2016 targets were in action this past weekend as well. Rummel's Kristian Fulton, who already has a LSU offer, stumbled on one of the final hurdles and finished last in the 5A 300m hurdles. Four-star CB Shyheim Carter (Kentwood) doesn't yet have an offer from LSU, but he plans to camp in Baton Rouge this summer. He finished third in the 1A 100m dash.

Trey Quinn finished seventh in the 5A 100m dash


Two commits from LSU's 2015 class were out on the track this weekend. East Feliciana WR Jazz Ferguson's best finish came in the 3A long jump, in which he finished fourth.

He said that he has not spoken to any other college coaches since committing to LSU in February. He has no plans to look elsewhere, and he's eager to finish high school so that he can get to LSU. He said the Tiger coaches intend to employ him on the outside as a complement to 2014 signee Malachi Dupre, and at 6-foot-5, Ferguson would certainly be a big target for the LSU quarterbacks.

David Ducre was the other LSU commit in action this weekend. He finished sixth in the 100m with a tie of 10.95 seconds and seventh in the 200m with a 22.62 second time.

Though he didn't finish on the podium, those times are still promising for the prospects that projects to be a fullback on the next level. According to sources on the LSU side, they're very excited about what Ducre will bring to the table as you'd have a hard time finding someone with his size that can bring so much to the position as both a fullback and a tailback.

In addition to the two 2015 commits, three signees from the Class of 2014 were involved in the state meet. William Clapp finished last in the 5A shot put. Trey Quinn finished seventh in the 5A 100m dash with a time of 10.92. RB signee Darrel Williams was on the John Ehret relay team that finished last in the 5A 4x100m run.


LSU's camps this summer should attract some of the state's top talent, with many in search of an offer from the Tigers.

Several of those types of recruits were on-hand for the State Meet this weekend, and TSD caught up with several to confirm their plans. Pine ATH Derrick Dillon, Patterson WR Daylon Charlot, Kaplan DE Jalen Bates, Dutchtown S Justin Reid and Riverdale CB Donte Jackson were just some of the recruits that said they'll be at LSU camp this summer.

Dillon already has several offers as a wide receiver, but the Tigers are interested in him as a CB. Bates is another that's blown up this spring, and LSU will give him a look not only as a defensive end but also as a tight end this summer.

Charlot's been committed to Alabama for quite some time, but he's not ruling out the Tigers should they come through with an offer. He plans to camp this summer at LSU.

"It's my home school so I have some interest in them," Charlot said. "It would be an offer I would consider, but I can't really say it would mean this or that because I really only think about the schools that have offered."

Jackson's landed offers from schools like Oregon, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Oklahoma lately. LSU would be a big one for him if he can land that offer this summer.

"I'm close to an offer from LSU, so that would be a big deal," Jackson said.

Reid is another one to keep an eye on. The younger brother of former LSU great Eric Reid has offers from schools like Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech and TCU. He plans to camp at LSU this summer, and the coaches will have a close eye on him considering his genealogy.

"As of right now I'm treating them like everybody else," Reid said.

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