Louisiana's crop of defensive tackles was the best in the country in 2004.
This year's group may not be as deep and talented but a player to keep an eye on is Ruston's Thad Waters.
The 6-foot-2, 280-pounder is
a huge run stopper in the middle who finished last season with 38 tackles
despite being double-teamed most of the time. Waters has been compared favorably
to former Ruston and current LSU defensive
tackle Kyle Williams but those are some pretty big shoes to fill.
"He's not as mean as Kyle but he is
in that mold," said Ruston tight
ends coach J.P. Dunbar. "He's a pretty good competitor and he plays pretty hard.
His intelligence and his size and strength are what really stand
Waters carries a 3.8 grade point
average and is very impressive in the weight room with a 400-pound bench and a
610-pound squat mark. He took home one of the Bearcats' most prestigious
off-season awards called the "Catiator" which measures strength, size, agility
"This boy is as strong as a bull,"
Dunbar told Tiger Rag. "That squat was not even his max
but we made him stop because of the stress it puts on your knees."
As for a college destination Waters
said he will choose a school that has the best to offer in athletics and
"I'm getting letters from a bunch
of schools and out of that group I like LSU,
Illinois," he said. "I'd like to
hear from Texas and Virginia Tech
Is there a leader in that
"Not right now because I hadn't had
a chance to see any of them," he said.