This year the Tigers will have three prospects on the recruiting radar led by Kentrell Lockett.
The 6-4, 235-pound defensive end has 4.6-speed and tons of athleticism. He was overshadowed by Rashaad Russell (West Virginia) last season but he could have a breakout year as a senior.
"Kentrell has good size and quickness and he plays hard every single play," Valdin said. "He has a full motor on every single play. I think he is a D-I player because he has size and that is something you can't give a kid. He will fill out too so he has a huge upside."
Lockett is also a standout basketball player for Hahnville so he does not get to spend as much time in the weight room as Valdin would like. His playing weight last season was in the 240-range and Valdin said he expects him to be back in that vicinity by the time August rolls around.
If Terrance Issac (5-8, 180, 4.4) were two inches taller then he would probably be one of the top running back recruits in the state. He is a big playmaker when he has the ball in his hands and is a threat to take it the distance on every touch.
In 2004, Issac rushed for 1,696 yards and 27 touchdowns on 237 carries and earned a spot on the Class 5A All-State team. Valdin compares him favorably to another Louisiana running back that had a stellar college career and is now in the NFL.
"He knows how to run and move his hips," Valdin said. "Guys can never get a good shot at him. He can run, block and catch kind of like Mewelde Moore from Tulane. We're going to give him a lot more carries this year and get him the ball in different situations."
When coaches travel to Hahnville during the spring to scout Lockett and Issac, it will be hard for them not to notice Brian Singleton (6-0, 170, 4.4).
Last season, Singleton played receiver but he may move back to the secondary for his senior campaign. He had a good junior year with 33 catches for more than 600 yards with seven scores and showed a good blend of speed and athleticism.
"I think he could play either spot at the next level," Valdin said.
Valdin said Singleton reminds him a lot of LaRon Landry and that he will have a chance to play somewhere once he leaves Hahnville.
Sonny's Take: For recruiting purposes, Lockett will probably get the most attention out of this trio. He is very athletic and his best days are ahead of him, especially once he starts spending his off-seasons in the weight room. Terrance Issac may have to move to receiver in college so he can be utilized in the slot where his size could play to his advantage. The kid makes plays despite his stature and that is something coaches simply cannot overlook. Valdin said Singleton is probably one of the best basketball players to ever play for Hahnville but he has a brighter future on the gridiron than on the hardwood. That in itself speaks volumes about the kid's potential. Like Lockett, his best days are ahead of him if he puts everything into football.