TIGER RAG's "Dirty Dozen"

A look at Tiger Rag Magazine's Dirty Dozen (and second dozen).

QB/CB            Jai Eugene       6-0, 195, 4.4    Destrehan

Committed to Michigan over LSU, Miami, USC, Tennessee and Florida

Scout.com tabbed Eugene as the No. 1 cornerback in the land back in August and he held onto that ranking all throughout the recruiting season. Eugene shocked everyone when he committed to Michigan at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. The Wolverines are getting a player with a lot of speed and one who has the potential to be an All-American before his college days are over. As a senior, Eugene spent most of his time at quarterback and finished with over 2,000 yards of total offense. He also picked off four passes in a limited role at corner.



OL       Zhamal Thomas           6-4, 315, 5.2    New Iberia

Selected LSU over Florida, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Arkansas

LSU has a big need for offensive linemen and Thomas will go a long ways towards helping Les Miles fill those needs. He was an overpowering run blocker that completely destroyed anyone who got in his path during his senior campaign. He finished the year with over 50 pancakes and 50 knockdowns and was a first team all-state selection. Thomas worked hard in the classroom during his senior year and he is now on pace to qualify academically. LSU got a good one in Zhamal Thomas.



DE       Kentrell Lockett          6-5, 215, 4.6    Boutte-Hahnville

Committed to Ole Miss over Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi State

Lockett has as much potential as any defensive end or linebacker in the state but some coaches are concerned with his weight. He has great quickness coming off the edge at the high school level but he needs to add some weight to his frame to stay at end for the next level. If the weight continues to be an issue once he gets in a college strength and conditioning program then look for him to be a pass rushing specialist. Lockett was a First Team Class 5A All-State selection after registering 62 tackles 13 tackles for losses and 12.5 sacks.



RB       Richard Murphy          6-1, 195, 4.5    Rayville

Picked LSU over Florida, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Texas

LSU added Murphy to the fold over the summer and he has remained solid with his commitment. He is a talented back that is more of a slasher and will help give the Tigers the best running back class in the country. Murphy was a Class 3A All-State selection after rushing for 1,559 yards and 22 touchdowns on 183 rushes. He also returned several kickoffs for touchdowns and handled the kicking chores for Rayville. Needs one point on the ACT to qualify.



LB       Jacob Cutrera  6-4, 235, 4.5    Scott-Acadiana

Committed to LSU over Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Clemson

Cutrera was named the Class 5A Defensive MVP after he led Acadiana to a runner-up finish in the state's highest classification. He finished the year with 98 tackles, 17 tackles for losses and three sacks. Cutrera committed to LSU early on and never even looked at any other schools. He has the size and the strength to play in the middle and he plays sideline to sideline. Cutrera has a lot of speed and could be a special player at LSU. Fully qualified.



RB       Chris Brown    5-10, 185, 4.4  Alexandria

Picked Oklahoma over Arkansas, Mississippi State, Alabama and Texas A&M

Brown committed to Oklahoma running backs coach Cale Gundy on an in-home visit to give the Sooners a dynamite back for the future. He has excellent speed and is very patient for letting his holes develop. Brown started since the middle of his freshman year and finished his career with more than 6,000 yards and 75 touchdowns including 1,934 yards and 23 scores as a senior. He is one of the Top 10 career rushing leaders in Louisiana. Fully qualified.



LB/S    Shomari Clemons        6-2, 205, 4.6    West Monroe

Chose LSU over Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Florida

Clemons was an all-state linebacker that could play linebacker or strong safety on the college level. As a senior teams ran away from his side as he finished with 54 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. He gave an early commitment to LSU over offers from Ole Miss and Arkansas. Tennessee, Florida, Alabama and Auburn continued to recruit Clemons and were close to offering but they all backed off when he told them he was LSU bound. Clemons does have some work to do in the classroom or he may have to go the juco route.



ATH    Chris Mitchell 6-1, 185, 4.5    Marrero-John Ehret

Considering LSU and Miami

Like many in the New Orleans area, Mitchell's senior season was anything but normal. He played in seven games as a senior mostly at quarterback and averaged over 300 all-purpose yards a game. In addition to quarterback, he also played receiver, running back, safety and cornerback. Mitchell's future is at wide receiver and he has all of the tools to be a great one. He has size, speed and good hands, but his athleticism makes him a danger to take it the distance every time he touches the ball. Mitchell visited Colorado, Nebraska, Tennessee, Miami and LSU, but his decision will likely come down to Miami and LSU.



ATH    Ricky Dixon    6-2, 206, 4.6    Reserve-East St. John

Committed to LSU over Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida, Florida and Tennessee

Tiger Rag considered Dixon the No. 1 receiver in Louisiana for 2006 but he never got a chance to back up that ranking because he was forced to play more than half the season at quarterback. He did not put up flashy numbers but he accounted for 22 total touchdowns receiving, rushing and passing. Once he gets to the college level, Dixon will settle in at receiver and he should have a bright future. He has good hands, deceptive speed and a knack for getting open and making plays.



LB/S    Troy Giddens  5-11, 200, 4.4  Hammond

Chose LSU over UCLA, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Texas A&M

Giddens is a very versatile player who can play linebacker of safety. His size allows him to play linebacker, but his speed allows him to play in the secondary. As a senior he logged 150 tackles, eight sacks and two interceptions in eight games. That pushed his totals to 321 tackles over the last two years. Giddens is originally from the Los Angeles area and took a trip to UCLA, but says he is firm with his pledge to the Tigers.



ATH    Jared Mitchell 5-11, 185, 4.5  New Iberia-Westgate

Committed to LSU over South Carolina, Ole Miss and Texas A&M

In December, Mitchell narrowed his field down to LSU (12/9), South Carolina (1/13) and major league baseball. He was the Class 5A Offensive MVP after running and throwing for over 2,400 total yards and 27 touchdowns in 2005. He is projected as a receiver at the college level because he is so exciting when he has the ball. Whether he ever steps foot on campus will depend on how much money gets throw his way because Mitchell is projected as a possible first round draft pick in the Major League Baseball Draft in June. He is a terrific center fielder who could have a bright future on the diamond as well as on the gridiron.



DE       Lazarius Levingston    6-4, 270, 4.8    Ruston

Committed to LSU over Arkansas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State

First Team Class 5A All-State honors came Levingston's way in 2005 after he made 82 tackles, 18 tackles for losses, and eight sacks. He played defensive end as a senior but he could be forced to move over to tackle because he has put on 20 pounds since the end of his junior campaign. He has good strength and showed good quickness coming off the edge. If he retains that quickness and continues to get bigger then Levingston will be a force to be reckoned with in the SEC.




The 2nd Dozen


LB       Brian Duncan  6-2, 240, 4.8    Baton Rouge-Tara

Selected Texas Tech over New Mexico State and Baylor

Duncan tallied 114 tackles and was first team all-state along with earning the District 7-4A Defensive MVP award in 2005. He is a good looking middle linebacker prospect who is physical and is always around the ball. Academically qualified.



RB       William Griffin           5-11, 195, 4.4  Patterson

Picked La. Tech over Michigan, Arkansas and Texas A&M

Griffin was the Class 3A Offensive MVP and led Patterson to the state quarterfinals by carrying the ball 237 times for 1,996 yards and 23 touchdowns. He is a solid all-around back that is physical enough to pound it between the tackles and fast enough to get to the edge and take it the distance.



QB      Steven Esnminger       6-2, 199, 4.8    West Monroe

Committed to Auburn

After transferring from Opelika, Ala. before the start of his senior season, Ensminger led his West Monroe squad to a Class 5A state championship. He completed over 63 percent of his passes for more than 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns which was good enough to earn first team all-state honors. Ensminger is not flashy but he plays within himself and makes good decisions.



OL       Daverin Geralds          6-3, 285, 5.1    Baton Rouge-Scotlandville

Considering Duke, Stanford, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Cincinnati

Scotlandville threw the ball a lot more in 2005 and that allowed Geralds to become a more complete offensive lineman. He established himself as a dominant run blocker as a junior and many feel that he has a bright future as a guard. Geralds is an excellent student and is on pace to graduate valedictorian of his class.



DE       Jonathan Hollins         6-4, 245, 4.8    Baton Rouge-Redemptorist

Picked Texas Tech over Houston, Ole Miss and Southern Miss

Hollins was the Class 3A Defensive MVP after he racked up 103 tackles, seven sacks, 14 tackles for losses and eight quarterback hurries. His main focus has always been basketball but he is a solid football player who will only get better once he dedicates his time and efforts solely on football.



RB/CB                        Jeremy McGee          5-10, 170, 4.5  Baton Rouge-McKinley

Committed to UCLA

UCLA picked up a commitment from McGee back in August just before Hurricane Katrina destroyed everything he owned. He was forced to relocate to Baton Rouge and finished his senior year at McKinley. McGee finished with over 1,300 total yards and 11 scores including over 550 yards in kickoff and punt returns. He was one of the top return men in the state with a total of five kicks going all the way back for scores. He is projected to play corner or receiver for the Bruins.



DT       Jarrod Shaw    6-4, 325, 5.2    Lafayette-Northside

Chose Tennessee over UCLA and Arkansas

Shaw took home all-state honors for the second year in a row. He finished the season with 85 tackles, 14 tackles for losses, eight sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He is a good run stopper but he may find a home on the offensive line at the next level. Academically qualified.



DT       D'Anthony Smith       6-2, 310, 5.2    Pickering

Considering to Tulane, UL-Lafayette and UL-Monroe

Many of the big schools backed off of Smith but he will find a home at one of the state schools. He was a two-time all-state selection after recording 76 tackles and five sacks.



OL       Mark Snyder   6-6, 270, 5.2    West Monroe

Committed to LSU over Mississippi State and West Virginia

When Snyder transferred to West Monroe early during his senior campaign is when his stock began to rise. He bounced back nicely from a torn ACL he suffered as a junior and has a bright future in college. West Monroe head coach Don Shows says that Snyder can be one of the best offensive linemen he has sent to LSU and that includes guys like Andrew Whitworth and Rodney Reed.



OL       Tyler Unsworth           6-7, 280, 5.4    Slidell-Northshore

Selected Southern Miss over Mississippi State, Texas A&M, La. Tech and UL-Monroe

Unsworth was one of the top tackles in Louisiana heading into his senior year but he never really got to show the scouts what he could do on the field due to Hurricane Katrina. He has a nice upside because of his size and was a good pickup for Southern Miss.



DT       Chaz Washington        6-3, 285, 5.2    Destrehan

Committed to Miami over Oklahoma, Nebraska, UCLA and Tennessee

Washington entered his senior season as one of the top players in the state but a foot injury held him back. Despite the injury he still managed to record close to 60 tackles and six sacks. In a year or two look for Washington to be playing on the offensive line because many feel that he is better suited for that side of the ball.



DE       David Boyce   6-6, 235, 4.8    Covington-St. Paul's

Chose Southern Miss over Arkansas and Ole Miss

Boyce only played in six regular season games due to Hurricane Katrina but he was a menace to the opposition. He finished the regular season with eight sacks and showed that he was a good edge rusher. Once Boyce puts some weight on his frame he could be a solid player for the Golden Eagles.

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