Talented Bastrop trio has Rams on the move

The Bastrop Rams surprised some folks last year by winning the Class 4A State Championship and with all of the talent returning in 2006 many have labeled them the team to beat again.

At least three members of the Class of 2007 have a chance to play major college football after they leave Bastrop led by standout receiver DeAngelo Benton.

Benton (6-3, 190, 4.5) was a first team all-state selection as a junior after catching 41 passes for 869 yards and 11 touchdowns. Last year was his first significant action at the varsity level and big things are expected from him during his senior campaign.

What makes him such a highly coveted prospect?

"Well, he has good size, he runs well and has the ability to make plays," said Bastrop head coach Brad Bradshaw. "He does a good job of getting downfield and blocking too. To sum it all up he is 6-3 and he can run and jump."

To say he can jump is an understatement because Benton has been measured with a 40" vertical.

Coaches from all over the land have been burning up the phone lines at Bastrop to inquire about Benton and Bradshaw said he has several scholarship offers from Division-I programs.

Bradshaw has a policy where he does talk about who has offered his kids until the May evaluation period but he did say that Benton has a close eye on five schools.

"I do know he plans on visiting LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn and Arkansas soon," said Bradshaw. "He wants to visit all five of those for sure either for junior day or going to one of their camps."

Bradshaw wants Benton to put recruiting on the backburner so he can concentrate on his academic situation. He will exhaust all of his athletic eligibility after next season and he needs to make up two classes from his freshman and sophomore year so that he can graduate with his class.

Bradshaw said that is the focus right now and if he gets his academics in order recruiting will take care of itself.

Many of the same schools showing interest in Benton are also recruiting Bradshaw's two big defensive linemen Kentravious Aubrey and LeMarcus Williams.

Aubrey, a 6-3, 285-pounder with 5.2 speed, plays on the end but is projected to play inside at tackle at the next level. He has excellent strength with a 380-pound bench and is very tough to block one-on-one when he gets the inside edge.

Like Benton, Aubrey was also a first team all-state selection after recording 81 tackles, 10 sacks and 13 tackles for a loss. Some question his speed but the same thing was said about Kyle Williams when he came out of North Louisiana four years ago.

"I see Kentravious playing on the inside because his speed is a question off the edge," Bradshaw said. "He makes up for it with good technique and good lateral movement."

Williams (6-0, 275, 5.1) teams with Aubrey to give the Rams a dominating defensive line and one that played a key role in their undefeated season of a year ago. He was a second team all-state pick that was credited with 72 tackles, five sacks, six tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles.

There aren't too many defensive tackles at the major college level with his height but Bradshaw feels that he will have plenty of opportunities to continue his playing career after high school.

"What he lacks in size he makes up for with technique," said Bradshaw. "He makes a lot of plays in the backfield and runs a lot of plays down. He is a great sideline to sideline player for someone his size."

Benton, Aubrey and Williams are all planning to attend LSU's Junior Day along with their teammate and star quarterback Randall Mackey who will be one of the top athletes in the country for the Class of 2008.

LSU's Junior Day is always a big event and this year is shaping up to be a huge gathering of the state's top prospects for 2007.

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