Roussel waiting on offer from LSU

Three schools have already extended scholarship offers to Boutte-Hahnville (La.) defensive tackle Rashad Roussel but it would be safe to say that those are not the only three he will pick up.

"Right now I've got offers from Colorado, West Virginia and Mississippi State," Roussel told Tiger Rag. "I'm looking at those three and LSU, Auburn, Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma. I get stuff from them all of the time."

Roussel (6-2, 260, 4.9) earned All-State and All-District honors as a junior in leading Hahnville to a state championship win over Evangel. He figures to play a bigger role as a senior with the hopes of bringing home another state crown.

"The No. 1 thing about Rashad is his quickness off the ball," said Hahnville coach Lou Valden. "Coming out of his stance he is tremendously quick. He is a physical kid and a great pass rusher."


Valden coached a player with similar physical attributes to Roussel when he was at Reserve-East St. John and he thinks Roussel can enjoy the same type of success when he gets to the college level.


"He reminds me a lot of Greg Gathers who went to Georgia Tech and became the ACC sack leader," Valden said. "He is very comparable to him. The same size as Gathers but maybe a little stronger. Rashad hasn't reached his potential yet. His body can handle 20 more pounds and still be as quick as he is now."          


Roussel likes to spend his spare time in the weight room and he currently bench presses 305 pounds and squats over 500. He plans on attending summer camps close to his home but he said one he will definitely make is the LSU camp.


"This summer I plan on working on my speed and quickness and putting on some good weight," he said. "I also want to get my body fat down."


As for academics, Valden said Roussel is close to having a 2.5 grade point average and he will take the ACT in April.

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