West Monroe defenders in recruiting spotlight

If there is one high school in North Louisiana that college coaches can always count on to have high-profile D-I football prospects it has to be West Monroe.

Each year, Rebels' head coach Don Shows seems to develop a couple of his players into blue-chip recruits and he has done it again for '07.

West Monroe has the top defensive line duo in the Bayou State and the tandem of defensive ends Will Blackwell and Luthur Davis could quite possibly one of the best in the nation.

Scout.com recently profiled Blackwell and today Tiger Rag will take a closer look at Davis and a pair of his defensive combatants.

Davis stands at 6-foot-3, weighs in at 260 pounds and recently posted a 4.78-time in the 40-yard dash. As a junior he finished with 74 tackles, three sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and 14 tackles for a loss.

In the early part of his junior season most opposing coaches were more worried about Blackwell but by the end of West Monroe's run to a Class 5A state championship Davis was talked about in the same breath as his defensive line counterpart.

"Luthur really improved over the last five games when we hit the postseason," said West Monroe assistant coach Jerry Arledge. "The light really seemed to come on. He started playing a lot more instinctively and using his leverage to escape blocks."

The improvement Davis made on the field last season has already paid big dividends as several schools have stepped up with scholarship offers.

"So far, Notre Dame, LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Southern Miss," have offered Davis said.

Davis was expecting scholarship offers to come his way based on what college coaches told him but he was kind of caught off guard when he received his first offer and which school it came from.

"Coach (Les) Miles called coach (Don) Shows on signing day and he offered me right away," said Davis. "He said he wanted me to be a part of LSU's signing class 365 days from now."

There is a long list of former West Monroe players who went on to play for LSU and that is something that Davis has taken note of.

Does that make LSU the early team to beat?

"Absolutely without a doubt," said Davis. "A lot of the people from West Monroe who went to LSU are either in the NFL or they are on their way to the NFL. Their success is something that you can't ignore."

Florida State is also a team to keep an eye on because Davis said he grew up a Seminole fan and he feels that FSU could be close to offering.

One thing that could hurt the Seminoles chances, though, is distance because it could play a big factor in the big defensive end's decision.

"I want my parents to be able to see me play and I'll also be looking at the depth chart at each school," Davis said.

Is there a chance that an early commitment could be on the horizon?

"I've talked about it some with my parents but it would probably be June or July at the earliest," Davis said. "Some say that recruiting can get hectic and I don't want it to interfere with my senior year."

Davis will head down to Baton Rouge with Blackwell on March 4 for LSU's Junior Day and a couple more of his teammates will also make the trip.

First team all-state linebacker C.C. Carpenter is one of them and he will be someone to keep an eye on for 2007.

Some consider Carpenter a little small for the college level at 6-foot, 220 pounds but the kid is always around the football.

Many feel that Carpenter was more of a force for the Rebels' defense last season than LSU signee Shomari Clemmons and his stats support that claim. He led West Monroe in tackles with 122 and he added four sacks and 12 tackles for a loss.

"The kid has a great attitude," said Arledge. "He was very productive for us and was one of our leaders. He has a great motor and is very aggressive."

Another player Arledge is very high on is his defensive back Terry Carter.

Carter (5-10, 170, 4.4) has blazing speed that does not come around too often and he will also have a chance to run track in college. He is one of the top sprinters in the South with a time of 10.3 seconds in the 100-meters.

On the football field Carter is also drawing a lot of praise from coaches based on his production last season that included 58 tackles and three interceptions.

Arledge said he feels that Carter will be a cornerback at the next level and that he will have plenty of opportunities to play college football.

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