SPRING RECRUITING: Louisiana's Top 30 - and beyond

Tiger Rag presents the Louisiana Top 30 prospects plus 10 more to watch. Also, Tiger Rag recruiting editor Sonny Shipp has tacked on 10 more prospects flying beneath the radar.

Louisiana Top 30 Prospects – And Beyond

 

Check out Tiger Rag Recruiting Editor Sonny Shipp's picks for the top 30 prospects in the state of Louisiana. Sonny profiles each athlete, points out which school is in hot pursuit of their services and gives you his opinion of who is going where. Also, Sonny gives you 10 other players to watch outside of the top 30 as well as 10 others that are currently flying below the radar screen in Louisiana.

 

*-Denotes scholarship offer

 

1. Jai Eugene CB      6-1, 185, 4.35  Destrehan

Colleges: *LSU and *Tenn leads *Miami, *Geor, *Fla, *OU, *USC, *Ole

Eugene is one of the fastest players in the state with a reported 4.35 forty-time and a time of 10.3-seconds in the 100-meter dash. He spent half the season at quarterback to give Destrehan a threat on the offensive side of the ball and will start there again in 2005. Eugene accounted for over 2,450 yards of total offense and added three interceptions at corner. Cornerback is where he will make his mark at the college level and he will be one of the most sought after corners in the country. Schools with successful track programs will have the best shot at landing this speedster because he plans on participating in track during the spring. Projected to qualify.

Skinny: Eugene is one of the top cornerbacks in the entire country and is worthy of a five-star ranking. While he lists the Vols as his co-leader the feeling here is that LSU leads by a large margin.


2. Al Woods   DE/DT                        6-4, 327, 5.1    Elton

Colleges: *LSU and *OU leads *USC, *Miami, *Tenn, * Neb, *UCLA, *Ole, FSU

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 Oklahoma are his top two schools at this point but in the end the Tigers will beat Oklahoma again.

 

3. Ricky Dixon           WR     6-3, 206, 4.5    Reserve-East St. John

Colleges: *LSU and *Fla leads *FSU, *Texas, *UCLA, *Miss. St., *Tenn

College coaches noticed Dixon's skills when they went to scout Ryan Perrilloux and he has already landed numerous prominent offers. Dixon is a great looking receiver with good body control and good speed. He is very smooth in running his routes and he has excellent hands. He was Ryan Perrilloux's top target in 2004 and he led the Wildcats with 66 receptions for over 1,200 yards and 16 scores. Dixon is very close with his GPA and needs a qualifying test score to be a full academic qualifier.

Skinny: The chance to play with Perrilloux for another four years is too good for Dixon to pass up. LSU will once again fend off the out-of-state powers for an East St. John player.

 

4. Chaz Washington  DT      6-3, 288, 5.1    Destrehan

Colleges: *OU leads *LSU, *USC, *UCLA, *Ole, *FSU, *Miami, *Aub

Washington has good size and quickness for his position but the thing that separates him from others is his strength. He has schools from all over the country knocking on his door. During the course of his junior campaign, Washington emerged as a leader on Destrehan's defense. He finished the season with 52 tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles despite drawing double and triple teams. The blue-chip prospect has been a huge LSU fan for years and it will be tough for anyone to steal him away from the Tigers. He is a good student and only needs a qualifying test score to be a full academic qualifier.

Skinny: Rumor has it that Washington is close to giving Oklahoma a commitment but even if that happens LSU is still very much in it. Odds are LSU gets his signature on signing day.

 

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 Louisiana for 2006 but there is a general consensus that Jonesboro Hodge running back Charles Scott is the best at his position. He is a dynamic looking back with tremendous power and good vision.  Throw in the fact that he is a legitimate 4.5-guy and you have the makings of a big time back at the next level. Scott set the tone for Jonesboro Hodge's offense with 184 rushes for over 1,700 yards and 18 scores. This may sound like a cliché but Scott has the total package. Fully qualified.

Skinny: Oklahoma will give LSU a battle but Les Miles has Bob Stoops' number on the recruiting trail. At least in the Bayou State.

6. Richard Murphy   RB      6-1, 197, 4.5    Rayville

Colleges: *LSU leads Texas, OU, *Ole, *USM, Fla, Tenn, Bama, Aub, A&M

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    West Monroe

Colleges: *LSU leads Ark, Aub, Fla, Tenn, *Sou Miss

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?

8. Jonathan Hollins   DE      6-4, 240, 4.7    Baton Rouge-Redemptorist

Colleges: Geor leads LSU, *Ole, OU, Miami, Clem, UCLA, Neb

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 Georgia fan for years and he is real fond of the Ole Miss coaching staff. The Bulldogs are his leader but I feel like an LSU offer would change that.

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        RB      5-10, 195, 4.4  Alexandria

Colleges: *Bama and *Miss St lead Fla, Tenn, *Ark, LSU, *So Miss, Ole, A&M

Blue chip running backs are plentiful in the Bayou State for 2006 and Brown definitely belongs in that category. He rushed for over 2,000 yards the last two years for Alexandria and finally received the recognition he deserved after his junior year when he earned a spot on the Class 4A First Team All-State squad. Brown is a tough runner that has tremendous vision and he can cut and accelerate without missing a beat. Once he gets past the line of scrimmage and into the secondary there are very few players in the state that have the speed to catch him. He is good enough to play running back at the college level but he would also make a great receiver because he has the best set of hands on his team.

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    Hammond

Colleges: *Ole, LSU, Aub, OU, Neb, Miss St are all even

Giddens plays linebacker for Hammond and the jury is still out on where he will end up once he gets to college. One thing that is not in question is his ability to produce on the field. Last season, he tallied 141 tackles and two interceptions to lead Hammond's charge. He has great speed and is always around the ball, which is evident by the number of tackles he registered. The thing with Giddens is he doesn't just tackles ball carriers he punishes them with vicious hits.

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, Fla, Ole, Mich, Miami, Tenn are all even

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 Alabama is the team to watch out for because his good friend Zack Shreiber signed with the Crimson Tide in ‘05.

 

13.  Lazarius Livingston       DE      6-3, 252, 4.8    Ruston

Colleges: Committed to LSU over Ark, Ole, A&M, Okla St, Tx Tech, Bay

 Livingston tore his ACL early in his junior campaign but that did not stop Les Miles from giving him an offer during the May evaluation period. In the two games he played in he showed he was an aggressive player with a lot of quickness. Before the injury he had a great first step and was very explosive coming off the edge. If Livingston makes a full recovery and then he will have a bright future in the purple and gold.

Skinny: The LSU staff has kept close tabs on Livingston's progress and Stacy Searels gave him a formal offer after seeing him in action during the spring. Searels saw a kid that is well put together and has great quickness.

 

14. Kentrell Lockett  DE      6-4 ½, 230, 4.8            Hahnville

Colleges: LSU, *Ole, *Miss St., *UCLA, Aub, Clem, *West Va are all even

Lockett played in the shadow of Rashaad Russell (West Virginia) last season but by season's end he was the talk of the town. He finished with 70 tackles, 15 sacks, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and 15 deflections in his first full season as a starter. Lockett is also a standout basketball player for Hahnville so he does not get to spend as much time in the weight room as coaches would like. Nonetheless, he is a tremendous pass rusher coming off the edge and only needs to get stronger to become an every down defensive end at the next level. His best days are definitely ahead of him.

Skinny: Lockett grew up an LSU fan and would love to stay close to home but Ole Miss and Mississippi State will give the Tigers a run for their money.

 

15. Brian Duncan      LB       6-2, 230, 4.8 Baton Rouge-Tara

Colleges: Aub, LSU, Fla, Miami, OU, Texas are all even

After starting the season at defensive tackle, Duncan eventually moved to his more natural spot at linebacker. Along the way, though, he also contributed at fullback and every spot on the offensive line. Despite moving around so much, Duncan still enjoyed a solid season with 83 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles. His performance impressed enough high school coaches to earn second team all-state and first team all-district as a linebacker. He stops the run real well but needs a little work with his pass coverage. His style of play is very similar to Lionel Turner when he came out of Walker. Fully qualified.

Skinny: Coaches are taking a wait and see approach with Duncan because he has moved around so much during his career. However, he will land some big-time offers and if he gets one from the Tigers he will not travel too far to his play his college ball.

 

16. Jarrod Shaw        DT      6-5, 310, 5.0    Lafayette-Northside

Colleges: UCLA, USC, LSU, OU, Ole, Tenn, Fla, Miami are all even

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 Baton Rouge.

 

17. Chris Mitchell      WR     6-2, 195, 4.4    Marrero-John Ehret

Colleges: Ole leads *San Diego St, LSU, Fla, Tenn, Miami, Aub, FSU, Texas

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, Tenn, Aub, LSU, UCLA, Stan

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

Colleges: LSU, Fla, Ole, Aub, USC, UCLA, Neb are all even

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 Louisiana's most versatile player and was a solid pickup for the Rebels. If he changed his mind and headed to another school it would be a huge shocker.

 

21. David Boyce         DE      6-7, 240, 4.7    Covington-St. Paul's

Colleges: Ole leads LSU, Fla, Geor, Tenn

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 St. Paul's that put him on the radar of some of the top programs in the South. Boyce finished the year with 50 tackles but it was his 13 sacks and 19 quarterback hurries that stood out.  The thing to watch with him over the next year or so is how much weight he can add. That is an area college coaches will watch closely over the next eight or nine months. Academically qualified.
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 Aub, Tenn, Texas, Mich, Neb, USC

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            DT      6-3, 312, 5.2    Pickering

Colleges: LSU leads Aub, Ole, Fla, Ark, Bama, USM

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 Pickering but will move inside when he makes the leap to the college ranks. The knock on Smith is that he is not as strong as he should be but that is because he also plays basketball and does not spend as much time in the weight room during the off season.

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, Aub, Fla, Ark, Bama are all even

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        LB       6-2, 230, 4.7    Metairie-East Jefferson

Colleges: LSU leads Ole, Aub, UCLA, *New Mexico St, Tenn, Neb, Fla, Colo

There are several linebacker prospects in Louisiana that are getting recruited by some of the top schools around and Smith is one of them. He has a nose for the ball and exceptional feet for a big kid. Last season, Smith was a force at middle linebacker for East Jefferson with 51 solo tackles, 61 assists, three sacks and two fumble recoveries. Football is in his blood since his uncle is former NFL star Otis Smith and he learned a lot from watching his mentor over the years. Smith has a great work ethic on and of the field and projects to be a full academic qualifier.

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, Tenn, Clem, A&M, Ole

Louisiana is deep at the safety position and Van Buren is another one that has a chance to play for a high-profile program. He plays both safety spots for Terrebonne depending on the opponent's scheme and finished the 2004 campaign with 47 tackles and two interceptions. He also saw some time at cornerback and could possibly end up there at the next level. College coaches like Van Buren because he has real good speed and hits like a linebacker. Academically qualified.

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 Tenn lead Duke, USC, Stan, OU

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 Aub, Ark, Ole, Tenn, UCLA, So Miss, TCU

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 Louisiana that Connors may have to go out-of-state to play major college football. He is an SEC-caliber player but the Tigers may have not room for him.

 

29. Terrance Issac     RB      5-8, 180, 4.4    Hahnville

Colleges: LSU and Ole lead So Miss, Tulane, Aub, Fla, FSU, Tenn, Ark

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, Tulane, Ark, A&M, Kent, Okla St, Mich St

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.

 

 

Louisiana's Next 10

(In no particular order)

 

Jamarr Thompson    OL      6-6, 312, 5.5    Reserve-East St. John

Thompson has good size and he bench presses 375 pounds. Last season, he recorded over 80 pancake blocks to lead East. St. John's linemen. He has a tremendous upside based on his size alone but he needs to improve on his footwork to handle the quick defensive ends at the next level.

 

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.


Greg Greathouse       DE      6-5, 245, 4.8    Shreveport-Evangel

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

Rogers spent last season at Shreveport-Calvary but is back at Evangel to wrap up his prep career. In six games last season, he threw for 1,898 yards and 19 scores. Rogers should blossom in the Eagles' high-octane offense because he has a good arm and can make all of the throws. In the right kind of offense he will make a solid quarterback once he learns the system.

 

Ramon Broadway     CB      5-8, 180, 4.35  Shreveport-Evangel

Broadway has lightning quick speed and reminds many of former Evangel and current Tennessee cornerback Jonathan Wade. He has good cover skills and will be a four-year starter for the Eagles. Broadway has too much speed to get passed over by major colleges and will get a strong look from by the big boys.

 

William Milton           RB      5-11, 200, 4.5  Patterson

Milton is a physical runner with deceptive speed. Some label him as just an inside runner but when he gets in the open field he can take it to the house. Last season, Milton rushed for over 1,400 yards and 19 scores to lead Patterson. Bigger things are expected of him in 2005 and coaches are waiting to see if he comes through in crunch time. 

 

Chris Butler   RB      5-10, 205, 4.6  Brusly

Butler started on both sides of the ball last season and many feel that he could play running back or strong safety at the college level. He plays with a lot of instinct and has a vast knowledge of the game. In 2004, he rushed for 1,347 yards and 22 scores, and totaled 77 tackles and two interceptions. Someone will get a good versatile athlete in Butler. Fully qualified.

 

Will Coppage             WR     6-2, 175, 4.4    Alexandria

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

Rome has waited patiently for his time to come as the starting quarterback for Parkview. He has a strong arm and is very accurate with all of his throws. No question he has the tools but can he put them all together?

 

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.

 

Howie Lake    DT      6-2, 280, 5.1    Baton Rouge-Parkview Baptist

If Louisiana was not so deep at defensive tackle Lake would be getting a lot more attention. He has the skills to play but will coaches overlook him in favor of the other tackles around the state?

 

Louis Lee       WR     5-8, 165, 4.6    Reserve-East St. John

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, 4.9    Reserve-East St. John

Jones transferred from a high school in California midway though his junior year and is a big unknown at this point. The coaches at East St. John say he looks good to the naked eye and they are anxious to see him in pads. 

 

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.

 


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