That was at least until the middle of the 2005 campaign because word got out that the Hornets had a big-time receiver in Toddrick Bajoie.
The term "freak" has been used a lot more often in the past couple of years describing some high school athletes but in Bajoie's case it may be the best way to describe this young man's physical attributes.
Bajoie stands in at a shade under 6-foot-3 and tips the scales right around 200 pounds. During his junior season he was timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash and he posts some impressive numbers in the weight room with a 275-pound bench, a 405-pound squat and a 260-pound clean.
Those are some solid credentials for a young man who has never really put much of an emphasis on heavy weight lifting but the spring that he has in his jump is really off the charts.
"Physically Toddrick passes the eye test in a big way," said Catholic-Pointe Coupee head coach Neil Weiner. "He gets in there and loves to work out now. A funny story about him is when we tried to measure his vertical he jumped off the chart we have in the gym. It's somewhere between 39" and 43" but we really couldn't tell exactly what it was because he jumped higher than we could measure. He is just an amazing athlete."
Last season was Bajoie's first year of playing football at the high school level because he always put more of an emphasis on basketball. After the stunning performances he had during that campaign the hardwood may take a permanent back seat to the gridiron.
Bajoie hauled in 36 passes for over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Hornets and was a first team all-state selection. He averaged over 30 yards a catch and finished with over 1,500 all-purpose yards.
It is easy to see that Bajoie is ahead of his competition from a physical standpoint but it is the little things he does that are just as impressive.
"Toddrick works very hard in practice and gives 110 percent on everything he does," said Weiner. "He is a real quiet kid but he hates to lose. All of the other kids work so much harder when he is around because they see how hard he works."
Weiner said Ole Miss assistant coach Frank Wilson told him they are going to extend an offer and LSU, Arkansas and Auburn are just some of the schools that are also showing a lot of early interest.
Bajoie may head down to Ole Miss this weekend for junior day and then he plans on going to LSU's Junior Day on March 4. Once those coaches get an up close and personal look at him word is sure to get out on a much bigger scale.
"Physically he passes the eye test better than anyone I've ever seen," said Weiner. "When I was at Catholic (Baton Rouge) we had Travis Minor, Kevin Franklin and several other guys. Then when I was at Redemptorist we had some good looking guys but they weren't Toddrick."
By the Numbers: 275-Bench/405-Squat/260-Clean.
PROFILE: Toddrick Bajoie
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