SHIPP: Prospects prepare for recruiting rush

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Most high school football players preparing for their final season on the prep level will spend their time traveling to different camps in hopes of improving their status in the eyes of college football coaches.


Some prospects are fortunate enough to have a handful of scholarship offers before their senior season begins but others have to show off their skills and continue to develop in order to make that jump to the Division-I level.

A quarterback from the Bayou State who is going to take advantage of camps with hopes of improving his stock is St. Thomas More signal caller John Hundley.


Hundley has good size for a quarterback at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds with a very strong arm. He sees the field well and can make all of the throws.


One camp he plans on attending is the Elite 11 Regional Camp at Texas A&M. It is a camp that is by invitation only and it brings in the top quarterbacks from each region.


Another camp stop that he will make is the Nike Combine in Baton Rouge that is sure to draw some of the best talent in Louisiana and surrounding states.


Darrell Nevis (6-2, 190, 4.7) of New Orleans-John Ehret is another quarterback who may have been flying under the radar so to speak but a strong showing at the MSL Combine in his hometown has given him some much due notice.


Most observers agreed that Nevis was the second best signal caller at the event behind Ryan Perrilloux of Reserve-East St. John.


Nevis has the tools to be successful at the next level and he showed good touch and accuracy on his throws while also showing he has good mobility. He only played in four games as a junior due to injury but when coaches get a glimpse of him in live action the interest will surely pick up.


The state is loaded with offensive linemen for the Class of 2005 and a couple you may not have heard much about is Eric Block of New Orleans-Jesuit and Troy Phan of Monroe-Neville.


Block is a 6-foot-3 265 pound offensive tackle for Jesuit but he will more than likely move inside to guard in college. One thing that makes him a great guard prospect is his ability to pull and get out in front of his ball carriers.


At 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, Phan is built rock solid. He is only 16 years-old so he has a lot of room to continue to grow and get stronger. One of his coaches said Phan is the best offensive linemen he has ever been around and he is also an honor student.


A defensive back that is starting to get more attention is Lafayette-Northside's Tyson Andrus (6-2, 190, 4.5). He started his junior season at cornerback and made a huge impact with five interceptions in three games.


He was forced to move to quarterback before the midway point in the season so he saw a lot less action in the secondary. He could end up playing in the secondary or he could see time at receiver depending on which school he ends up signing with.


I will continue to profile the state's top prospects over the next several months and in my evaluations there are many other players I will run across who you'll start hearing more about.

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