Capitol has several players to watch

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 Capitol City this spring to see him in person.


"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 linebacker."


One thing that coaches will not see on film is something that Germany thinks is a great asset for Smith.


"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."


Germany said 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 Miss.


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 fumbles.


If Williams hits some camps and combines and performs well then his stock will rise significantly due to his physical tools.


"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 will change.


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 touchdowns.


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.

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