Ruston's Thad Waters has ties with LSU

Louisiana's crop of defensive tackles was the best in the country in 2004. <br><br> 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 out."


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 and toughness.


"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 academics.


"I'm getting letters from a bunch of schools and out of that group I like LSU, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky and Illinois," he said. "I'd like to hear from Texas and Virginia Tech too."


Is there a leader in that group?


"Not right now because I hadn't had a chance to see any of them," he said.

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