Rome a sleeper at QB in Bayou State

Last year, Louisiana had the most talked about quarterback in the land in Ryan Perrilloux. <br><br> This year, the Bayou State does not have a signal caller of that caliber but there is a sleeper prospect to keep an eye on that nobody knows about. <br><br> Jimmy Rome has waited patiently for his time to come with Baton Rouge-Parkview Baptist and that time has finally come now that Jacob Lennox has moved on.

Rome, a 6-2, 185-pounder with 4.6-speed, started at free safety as a junior and finished with 52 tackles and three interceptions. He did not get as much action as your typical free safety because LSU signees, Darry Beckwith and Lyle Hitt, took care of things up front.

This year, Rome will get back to doing what he does best and that is finding the end zone as opposed to keeping others out of it. He knows it will be tough for him to get the attention of major college coaches since he has only one year to start under center but he plans on making the most of his opportunity.

One of the top quarterback coaches in the South, Darin Slack, recently flew to Baton Rouge for a weekend workout session to see if the youngster has what it takes to make the leap to the college level. It only took a little while for Slack to see what college coaches will see when they scout the talented signal caller during the spring.

"Jimmy has a lot of raw talent with good speed, good feet and raw toughness," Slack said. "He throws a nice ball and he has good touch. He has a great understanding of the game and he reads defenses really well. I threw a lot at him and he was able to absorb a lot very quickly."

Slack went on to say that Rome, who is a full academic qualifier, has to work hard between now and August but if he continues to develop the opportunity to play Division-I football will present itself.

"What is going to set him apart from others is his ability to go out and put it all together on the field," Slack said. "He'll go to some Nike camps and some other summer camps and impress some coaches. How much he progresses will determine what level he plays at."

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