If you are for Louisiana prospects that were flying under the recruiting radar then Mamou athlete Kendrick Cellestine needs to be at the top of your list.
Notice the key word, though, is "were" because several coaches have thrown their name into the hat and the young man's offer list is approaching double digits.
The only reason Cellestine did not crack Tiger Rag's initial Top 40 in the Bayou State was the fact that I never had the chance to see him in action or on film. All of that changed this past weekend and you can expect him to make the biggest jump of any other player in the state when the rankings are updated in July.
What I saw in Cellestine (5-10 ½, 180, 4.4) was a young man who is built like a brick house and looks every bit as fast as the 4.4-time he reportedly ran at a combine last month. It was obvious that the young man is as talented as advertised because he went up against some good competition over the weekend and no one could stop him.
As a junior, Cellestine played quarterback for Mamou and accounted for more than 1,400 yards of total offense and 16 scores despite missing three games with a high ankle sprain.
Desselle plans to use his star athlete at receiver, in the secondary, and in the return game during his senior campaign and that is exactly where all of the coaches are projecting him at.
"He is the most explosive player I
have ever coached in terms of speed and explosiveness," said Desselle. "Frank
Wilson at Ole Miss said he is one of the best players they have seen in the
country. I know Ole Miss and
Linebackers' coach Bradley Dale Peveto is the ace recruiter for LSU and he is the one who is on Cellestine's trail.
There has been talk of the Tigers recruiting him strictly for the defensive side of the ball but it appears that playing offense is not completely out of the question.
"They are recruiting me for both sides," Cellestine said. "Coach Peveto text messages me a lot saying how they want me to go to camp in July. They want to see how I run my routes and catch the ball. If I do well then he said they will offer me a scholarship."
How would that offer sit with him if he gets it?
"That is the one I'm waiting on," he said.
Note: Cellestine is retaking a biology class this summer and that should get his core GPA, which he claims is currently a 2.33, very close to the required 2.5. He also reports a 16 on the ACT so although he is not academically qualified, he is well within striking distance.