In the past, Baton Rouge (La.) Capitol has turned out some of the nation's most highly sought after recruits on the hard court.
This year coaches will be on campus
to check out the blue chip recruits on the gridiron and there are four for the
2007 class on the radar.
John Smith, a 6-3, 245-pounder with
4.8 speed, is attractive in the sense that he could play on either side of the
ball at the next level.
As a junior, Smith started at
defensive end and tight end for the Lions. He logged 69 tackles and four sacks
coming off the edge and added 21 catches for 288 yards and three touchdowns on
the other side.
College coaches are just now
getting Smith's highlight film and it is very likely that many of them will be
traveling to the Bayou State's
City this spring to see him
"John has good speed, good range
and is very athletic," said Captiol head coach Chadwick Germany. "He has
a great pair of hands and catches everything he gets them on. He has a big
upside because he can play tight end, defensive end or
One thing that coaches will not see
on film is something that Germany thinks is a great asset for
"He is very respectful and
coachable," said Germany. "He has great leadership
skills and a strong will to win. He gets better with coaching and is going to be
a good Division-I player."
that LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher has called to inquire about Smith
and a couple of his other players. The other schools that are writing and
requesting film include Auburn, Alabama, USC, Texas, UCLA, Florida State and Ole Miss to name a few.
Fisher is also showing some
interest in Lions' cornerback Dave Clark (6-1, 175, 4.6).
Clark was one of the top cover corners in his district as
a junior and ended the year with two interceptions, 12 pass break ups and 40
tackles. Opposing teams did not test Clark's
side of the field too often but when they did they rarely had any success.
In addition to LSU, Clark is also
hearing from Auburn, UCLA, Indiana and Ole
Germany said that Clark is ideal for playing in the secondary at the next
level but is unsure exactly where he may end up.
"He is a great man-to-man and zone
cover guy," Germany said. "He may not be as fast
as most corners in college but he has great instincts that make up for his
speed. He has great technique too."
Big hitting safety Jimmy Williams
(6-2, 185, 4.4) teams up with Clark to give the
Lions one of the top secondaries in the area.
Williams is just now starting to
get some exposure because last season was his first at Capitol. He responded
with 68 tackles, four interceptions and five forced
If Williams hits some camps and
combines and performs well then his stock will rise significantly due to his
"This guy has good speed and hits
real hard," said Germany. "He is very aggressive and
fast. He runs a 10.5 in the 100-meters and that alone will give him a great
opportunity to play beyond high school. He is unexposed for now but all of that
Speed kills and speed is the best
way to describe Capitol wide out Andrew Scott (6-2, 180, 4.4).
Scott hauled in 43 passes for 630
yards and 14 touchdowns last year and returned three kickoffs for
Some label him as a track guy
playing football but there have been plenty of those types of players college
coaches have taken a chance on.
Germany said all
four of his players are involved in either track or baseball right now so he was
unsure of how many junior days they would be attending. He did say that one was
definitely on all of their agendas as they all are planning on heading over to
LSU on March 4.