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1. Jai Eugene CB 6-1, 185, 4.35 Destrehan
2. Al Woods DE/DT 6-4, 327, 5.1 Elton
Colleges: *LSU and *OU leads *USC, *
Woods is a physical specimen that leaves coaches in awe once they see him in person. He looks like he has been in a college strength and conditioning program for years and has incredible strength for someone his age with a 415-pound bench press. He has a quick first step and actually looks faster than his reported forty time. Last season, Woods played the tackle and end position for Elton and could probably play either at the next level. He was a nightmare for the opposition with more than 100 tackles to his credit and garnered first team all-state honors.
Skinny: LSU and
3. Ricky Dixon
Colleges: *LSU and *
College coaches noticed
Skinny: The chance to play with Perrilloux for another four years is too
4. Chaz Washington DT 6-3, 288, 5.1 Destrehan
Colleges: *OU leads *LSU, *USC, *UCLA, *Ole, *FSU, *
Skinny: Rumor has it that
5. Charles Scott RB 6-0, 225, 4.5 Jonesboro-Hodge
Colleges: *LSU and *OU leads *USC, Aub, *Clem, A&M, Bama
There seems to be a little debate over who the No. 1 player is in
6. Richard Murphy RB 6-1, 197, 4.5 Rayville
Colleges: *LSU leads
Murphy will be one of the top players in the state for 2006 despite coming off a torn ACL he suffered in the playoffs. He will be a four-year starter for coach Bo Barton's squad and will have a chance to finish his high school career with more than 8,000 rushing yards. As a junior, the standout back racked up 2,147 yards and 24 scores on the ground and picked up first team all-state honors. He has a nice blend of size, speed and athleticism. He runs well between the tackles and is very exciting when he gets to the outside and in the open field. Word out of Rayville is that he is on schedule with his rehab and is expected to make a full recovery. Fully qualified.
Skinny: LSU is looking good on this front and could pick up a commitment from Murphy over the summer. Murphy and Scott could be the next coming of the Dalton-James Gang.
7. Shomari Clemmons
S/LB 6-2, 205, 4.6
Colleges: *LSU leads
Clemons is the latest gem to come from the Rebels' high profile program. As a junior, he played linebacker for head coach Don Shows' troops but he will move back to safety next season. He played in only five regular season games for the Rebels and recorded 60 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles. Clemons has a reputation for being a headhunter and will make a great strong safety at the next level. There is no doubt surrounding his ability to perform on the gridiron but he does have some work to do in the classroom to qualify.
Skinny: A commitment to LSU could be on the horizon. The question is will
he play linebacker or strong safety?
Colleges: Geor leads LSU, *Ole, OU,
Hollins is very raw because his major focus has always been on basketball. Last season was his first significant action on the varsity squad and he responded with 91 tackles and 12 sacks. The post-season awards were plentiful for Hollins as he took home first team all-state honors and was named his district co-defensive MVP. His best asset is his ability to rush the passer and get in the backfield. He has a good first step and exceptional quickness. Hollins realized he has the potential to be a dominant player on the football field and has decided to give up basketball so he can maximize his potential on the gridiron.
Skinny: Hollins has been a
9. Jacob Cutrera LB 6-4, 225, 4.5 Scott-Acadiana
Colleges: Committed to LSU over *Ole, *Clem, Bama, N Dame, OU, Aub, A&M
Cutrera has all of the physical tools to be a great linebacker at the college level. He is one of those guys that is a tremendous talent with a desire to play hard all the time. He has outstanding speed and good quickness in the middle. Since cracking the starting lineup for Acadiana two years ago, Cutrera has been a mainstay on the Wrecking Rams defense. He finished his sophomore season with 118 tackles and logged 112 in 2004 despite missing two games with a shoulder injury. The highlight of his season was his performance against Carencro where he tallied 30 total tackles. Fully qualified.
Skinny: If he improves his strength and technique he could be an All-SEC player down the road.
10. Chris Brown
5-10, 195, 4.4
Colleges: *Bama and *Miss St lead
Blue chip running backs are plentiful in the
Skinny: If the LSU coaching staff can convince Brown to move to receiver then he may get offered. As of now, though, it looks like Charles Scott and Richard Murphy are ahead of him on the wish list.
11. Troy Giddens S/LB 6-0, 205, 4.4
Colleges: *Ole, LSU, Aub, OU,
Giddens plays linebacker for
Skinny: Giddens is considered a "tweener" because he is built like a safety but plays like a linebacker. He is very impressive because he has excellent speed and hits like a truck. If Les Miles thinks he can play linebacker then look for him to get an offer.
12. Dan Kreamer S 6-1, 195, 4.5 Shreveport-Evangel
Colleges: Bama, LSU,
Kreamer plays free safety for the Eagles and has the skills to play there at the college level but he will also get a good look at the strong spot. The blue-chip prospect is a tremendous hitter and has the mentality coaches love to see in their safeties. He is very physical and is always looking to hit someone. As a junior, Kreamer piled up 136 tackles and four interceptions to lead the Eagles secondary. He covers a lot of ground and has a strong resemblance to current LSU safety Craig Steltz. It amazes me that Kreamer has yet to pick up an offer but it is only a matter of time. Fully qualified.
Skinny: Kreamer listed the Tigers as his favorite in the early going but
Colleges: Committed to LSU over
Skinny: The LSU staff has kept close tabs on
Colleges: LSU, *Ole, *
Lockett played in the shadow of Rashaad Russell (
Skinny: Lockett grew up an LSU fan and would love to stay close to home
but Ole Miss and
15. Brian Duncan LB 6-2, 230, 4.8 Baton Rouge-Tara
Colleges: Aub, LSU,
After starting the season at defensive tackle,
Skinny: Coaches are taking a wait and see approach with
16. Jarrod Shaw DT 6-5, 310, 5.0 Lafayette-Northside
Colleges: UCLA, USC, LSU, OU, Ole,
Last season, Shaw was an integral part of Northside's run to the state championship game giving the Vikings an imposing figure in the trenches. The season ended on a sour note with Northside finishing runner-up to John Curtis but he was rewarded with first team all-district and honorable mention all-state awards after he posted 98 tackles, seven and a half sacks and an interception. He spends a lot of time in the weight room and recently maxed out his bench at an impressive 340 pounds. Academically qualified.
Skinny: Do not be surprised if LSU offers Shaw with the notion of moving
him to the offensive line. If he is willing to make that move then there is a
good chance he ends up in
17. Chris Mitchell WR 6-2, 195, 4.4 Marrero-John Ehret
Colleges: Ole leads *
Ricky Dixon gets all of the press as the top receiver in the state but Mitchell is right on his heels. Mitchell has all of the tools coaches are looking for. He has good size, good speed and solid work habits. He is scheduled to move to quarterback for his senior season so he can get the ball in his hands more often so it will be interesting to see how that affects his recruitment. The feeling here is that the move will not play much of a factor and he will have plenty of offers to choose from. Academically qualified.
Skinny: Ole Miss signed Mitchell's brother, Jabarre, in the Class of 2005 and the Rebels have a good shot at reuniting the two siblings in 2006.
18. Doug Stroud OT 6-7, 330, 5.3 Shreveport-Evangel
Colleges: Bama and Ole leads,
Stroud is the top offensive lineman in the state and he has all of the tools to be a solid recruit. While he has great size for an offensive tackle, it's his excellent footwork that makes him such a good prospect. He also has good strength with a 305-pound bench and he squats 505. Stroud is an excellent student and plans on majoring in pre-med once he gets to college. Academics will play a huge role in choosing a school and will probably have a bigger influence than the football program. Fully qualified.
Skinny: In the beginning LSU was not showing a lot of interest but that should change during the May evaluation period. Stroud has family ties to Ole Miss but watch out for UCLA and Stanford.
19. Jarred Mitchell ATH 6-1, 190, 4.4 New Iberia-Westgate
If everything goes according to plan for Mitchell, professional baseball will come calling the summer after he graduates from Westgate. If baseball does not work out then he will have football to fall back on. He plays quarterback for Westgate and amassed more than 2,600 yards of total offense and 20 touchdowns last season. If things fall through on the diamond and he does go the football route receiver would be his most likely position but he could also play in the secondary. Academically qualified.
Skinny: All signs point toward Mitchell heading straight to pro baseball but he is still regarded as one of the top playmakers in the state.
20. Kendrick Lewis ATH 6-0, 175, 4.5 New Orleans-O. Perry Walker
Colleges: Committed to Ole Miss
Lewis committed to Ole Miss before the Rebels had even put their finishing touches on their 2005 class. Former O. Perry Walker head coach Frank Wilson is a member of the Ole Miss coaching staff and he played a large role in landing his former player. Lewis was a true utility player last season as he played quarterback, running back, receiver, cornerback, safety and returned kicks. He totaled more than 2,200 yards of total offense including 860 passing, 740 rushing and 660 receiving with a total of 34 scores. Defensively, he logged 71 tackles and six interceptions.
Skinny: Lewis may be
21. David Boyce DE 6-7, 240, 4.7 Covington-St. Paul's
Colleges: Ole leads LSU,
David Boyce is a good looking defensive end prospect but he could wind up
at tight end at the college level depending on how much he fills out his frame.
He is very quick coming off the edge as a pass rusher and has a great wingspan.
Last season, he had a solid junior campaign for
Skinny: Boyce's brother, Ben, is a center for Ole Miss so he is very familiar with what the Rebels have to offer. An LSU offer would make things interesting but my money is on the Rebels.
22. Moncell Allen RB 5-9, 211, 4.6 Chalmette-Holy Cross
Colleges: *Ole and LSU lead
Allen is a powerful back that combines good quickness and excellent vision and cutting ability. He looks so smooth running the ball because he has excellent balance. As a junior, Allen rushed for over 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns on 195 carries. Heading into his senior campaign, he has a chance to do something that is rare on the prep level and that is rush for more than 1,000 yards all four years of high school. Allen should have more touches now that quarterback Sean Santos has graduated and he will be expected to carry a much larger role in the Holy Cross offense.
Skinny: LSU has always been Allen's favorite but Ole Miss is the team to beat. The Rebels are on him hot and heavy and have done a good job of showing him the love in the early going.
23. D'Anthony Smith
6-3, 312, 5.2
Colleges: LSU leads Aub, Ole,
Smith was a Class 2A All-State selection last season after he totaled 96
tackles, nine sacks, and nine tackles for a loss. He plays end for
Skinny: Once Smith gets in a college strength and conditioning program and spends all of his time on football we will see just how good he is. The kid is very athletic and has a lot of agility but needs to get stronger.
24. Josh Robinson TE 6-5, 250, 4.7 Tioga
Colleges: LSU, OU, Ole,
There aren't many tight ends in the state that have the ability to stretch defenses vertically and seal off the edge in the running game but Robinson is definitely one of them. He has great upper body strength and a lot of athleticism that could allow him to move to defensive end. Robinson transferred from Jonesboro Hodge shortly after his junior season wrapped up because of the death of his mother so the big question is how will he recover from that tragic event?
Skinny: If Robinson was still at Jonesboro-Hodge then his name would be mentioned a lot more often because more coaches would see him in action. Hopefully, the move to Tioga will not hurt his chances of getting to the next level.
25. Darius Smith
6-2, 230, 4.7
Colleges: LSU leads Ole, Aub, UCLA, *
There are several linebacker prospects in
Skinny: Smith has gotten a lot bigger since the end of his junior year and if he can still play with the same speed and intensity he showed last year then he will be a solid player for someone.
26. Josh Van Buren S 6-2, 190, 4.5 Houma-Terrebonne
Colleges: LSU leads UCLA,
Skinny: Van Buren's ability to play anywhere in the secondary makes him very attractive to college coaches. The offers should start coming his way during the May evaluation period.
27. Daverin Geralds OL 6-3, 285, 5.1 Baton Rouge-Scotlandville Magnet
Colleges: LSU and
Geralds emerged as one of the state's top offensive linemen in this class last season when he missed nearly six weeks of his junior campaign but still managed to earn first team all-district and all-metro honors. He graded out at over 90 percent in the games he did play in and quickly earned a reputation as a dominant run blocker. Although Geralds plays tackle he is better suited to play inside because of his size, but more importantly, because of his ability to pave the way for ball carriers. The kid is very strong with a 350-pound bench and he has good explosion off the line. Academically qualified.
Skinny: Geralds is on pace to graduate valedictorian and academics will be a big factor in his decision-making process. Duke seems to be on him the most as of now but the Tigers need good offensive linemen and Geralds is one the staff is keeping an eye on.
28. Tommy Connors S 6-1, 200, 4.6 Marrero-Archbishop Shaw
Colleges: LSU leads
Some big time programs are showing interest in Connors largely due to the fact that he is versatile enough to play both safety positions. Last season, he earned honorable mention all-state and all-metro after he posted 132 tackles and five interceptions. Whether he came up and threw a lick or dropped back and defended passes he showed he has the skills to play major college football. Connors does both real well but he may end up at strong safety once he gets to college because he is all about being physical. Academically qualified.
Skinny: There are so many good safeties in
29. Terrance Issac RB 5-8, 180, 4.4 Hahnville
Colleges: LSU and Ole lead So Miss, Tulane,
If Issac were two inches taller then he may be just as highly recruited as the three running backs ranked ahead of him. 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. He has been compared favorably to former Tulane star Mewelde Moore because he performs well in all phases of the game. He can run, block and catch the ball out of the backfield.
Skinny: Issac may not be able to be an every down back at the next level due to his size but he is explosive enough to be a dangerous threat in the return game and a solid third down back.
30. Lance LaCoste WR 6-3, 192, 4.5 Chalmette-Holy Cross
Colleges: LSU leads Ole, Aub,
LaCoste gives quarterbacks a big target with his good hands and deceptive speed. He finished his junior season with 48 catches for 1,017 yards and eight touchdowns. Over the last two years he averaged just under 20 yards a catch so he is much more than just a possession type receiver that some have labeled him. LaCoste will likely spend his senior campaign at quarterback for Holy Cross and those who have seen him throw the football say college coaches may want to keep him there. Fully qualified.
Skinny: If LaCoste does in deed move to quarterback for his senior campaign that could have an effect on his offers. He will need to make some summer camps to show his skills as a receiver to make up for the move. But, all in all, he is definitely D-I material at wide out.
(In no particular order)
Thompson has good size and he bench presses 375 pounds. Last season, he
recorded over 80 pancake blocks to lead East.
Tyler Unsworth OT 6-8, 280, 5.1 Slidell-Northshore
Unsworth has several major colleges looking at him because he passes the eye test. He has as much of an upside as any of the linemen in the state but coaches want to see him perform in person. On the field, he has good feet and is exceptionally strong. He has been invited to several camps and plans on attending LSU's lineman camp over the summer.
Josh Lavalais DT/OT 6-6, 275, 5.2 Marksville
Lavalais could end up playing on either side of the ball at the college level because he has the physical skills but is very raw. Last season was his first year of football on the prep level and he showed that he has the potential to be a good player. Once he learns to play the game and gets his technique down pat then the sky is the limit.
If Greathouse continues to develop his game then by the time his senior year wraps up he will be one of the top 30 players in the state. He has a good first step and enough speed to come off the edge and cause havoc on the quarterback. In 2004, Greathouse recorded 60 tackles, including 24 for a loss, and 10 sacks last season at defensive tackle but he may be better suited for end.
Mark Snyder OT 6-7, 275, 5.1 New Orleans-Brother Martin
Snyder plays tight end but his future is at offensive tackle. He has exceptional feet for a big man and should play in the 300-pound range at the college level. He has the size and agility coaches are looking for but can he overcome a torn ACL? The news I have gotten is that he will make a full recovery and be ready to go in August. Fully qualified.
Alan Rogers QB 6-3, 205, 4.7 Shreveport-Evangel
Ramon Broadway CB 5-8, 180, 4.35 Shreveport-Evangel
Broadway has lightning quick speed and reminds many of former Evangel and
William Milton RB 5-11, 200, 4.5 Patterson
Chris Butler RB 5-10, 205, 4.6 Brusly
Coppage has only played football for two years and to land a spot on the all-state team speaks volumes of his ability. He tallied more than 650 yards receiving as a junior and used his big play ability to find the end zone 12 times. He has great hands and once he gets more reps and gets a firm grasp on the position he will be a dangerous player at the college level. Fully qualified.
10 Flying Under the Radar…For Now
(in no particular order)
Terrance Gay S/CB 5-11, 174, 4.6 Brusly
Gay is considered a "tweener" because he may not have enough speed to play cornerback or free safety. However, the same thing was said about his brother Randall, who is now in the NFL.
Jimmy Rome QB 6-2, 185, 4.6 Baton Rouge-Parkview Baptist
Derrick Williams S 5-11, 180, 4.5 Shreveport-Evangel
Williams was a Class 5A All-State selection last season and may be better suited for free safety. If he has a strong showing during his senior campaign he will move up the charts in a big way.
Louis Lee WR 5-8, 165,
Lee lacks the burst of speed to make up for his size deficit but he has real good hands. Teams that play a lot of four and five-wide out sets will give him a strong look.
Andre Jones DT 6-4, 321,
Jones transferred from a high school in
Nick Narcisse S 6-1, 190, 4.5 St. James
Depending on how much Narcisse progresses between the May evaluation period and next season will determine what level he plays on. He has potential to play Division-I football but could end up at the I-AA level.
Arthur Green LB 6-1, 220, 4.8 Higgins
If Green can improve his 40-time and quickness his name could be mentioned more frequently in coaches' circles. He is a big hitter on the prep ranks but can he take his game up a notch or two to get to the next level?
Brian Lewis LB 6-1, 230, 4.8 Hahnville
Lewis is also a heavy hitter that functions as a coach on the field because of his deep knowledge of the game. He has the physical tools coaches are looking for but speed is a question mark.
Brian Singleton WR 6-1, 170, 4.4 Hahnville
Last season, Singleton played receiver but he may move back to the secondary for his senior campaign. He is a great leaper and could get a good look from college coaches at corner.