PROFILE: Terrance Calais

If strong family ties are any indicator of where one of the top safeties in Louisiana will play his college football at then Patterson's Terrance Calais will be an LSU Tiger.

Calais, a 6-1, 202-pounder with 4.5 speed, is not only the son of former Tiger safety Ivory Hilliard but two of his closest uncles also donned the purple and gold in former LSU great Dalton Hilliard and Mike Calais.

Whether or not Calais signs with the Tigers is a question that will not get answered for more than 11 months but you can bet he will be playing big-time college football down the road barring some drastic change of events.

College coaches stopped by Patterson High School during the 2005 campaign to get a look at Lumberjacks' running back William Griffin who ended up turning down an offer from Michigan to sign with Louisiana Tech.

During their stop they also got a good look at Calais and odds are he was pretty impressive considering that outstanding year he had.

As a junior, Calais was a tackling machine for head coach Tommy Minton's troops as he registered an astounding 162 total tackles (97 solos), 17 tackles for a loss and forced nine fumbles. He was voted first team all-state by the coaches and sports writers in Louisiana for his superlative season along with picking up several other post-season awards.

With Calais' size some project him as a strong safety once he moves on to college and others feel that he will put on some weight and play outside linebacker. Minton has had the luxury of coaching Calais for three years and he feels that he will find a home in the secondary.

"At times Terrance plays free safety for us and at other times he is down in the box as a linebacker depending on down and distance," Minton said. "I think he is a strong safety type at the next level because he plays so good in the box and stops the run real well."

Minton said that while Calais' ability to snuff out the run is one of his strong suits don't rule out the possibility of him playing free safety down the road.

"That guy has a nose for the ball and is real aggressive but he also has good hips," said Minton. "He can drop back and cover the middle of the field for us when we need him to. Athletically he is so gifted."

Minton just sent out Calais' highlight film to several coaches who have requested it and he said that once they get a chance to evaluate it he expects the offers to start rolling in.

"I just sent his tape to Ole Miss, LSU, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Miami and a few others," said Minton.

LSU defensive backs coach Doug Mallory recruits the Patterson area for the Tigers and he likes what he sees in Calais.

"Coach Mallory said he fits the mold of a lot of the kids they signed last year," said Minton. "They like those kids who are considered "tweeners" because they could play linebacker or safety. He likes Terrence a lot and the things he talks about the most is the way he makes so many plays."

Calais plans on attending junior days at Ole Miss and LSU over the next two weeks and Minton said there is a good chance he could pick up offers from both schools on his unofficial visit.

If LSU offers the standout safety will he pull the trigger?

Stay tuned to Tiger Rag as we will be here to give you a full report on who attends LSU's Junior Day on March 4 and which players give their pledge to Les Miles and the Tigers.

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