2008 La. Prospect Watch: Luther Ambrose

It's never too early to start talking about who the top prospects will be for the Class of 2008 and one of the top running backs in Louisiana be St. James product Luther Ambrose.

Luther Ambrose (5-10, 165, 4.5) is an elusive scat-back type but the thing that stands out when you see him with the ball in his hands is his speed.


Over the course of his freshman and sophomore campaign, Ambrose carried the ball 150 times for 1,054 yards and 17 touchdowns while sharing the load with others. He amassed another 500-plus yards and five scores receiving and returning kicks to give the Wildcats a spark in other phases of the game.


The emergence of Ambrose did not surprise anyone at St. James because he has been with the varsity team since the eighth grade. In 2006, head coach Rick Gaille and the Wildcats plan to jump on his back for a long ride that will hopefully carry them all the way to the state playoffs and possibly even the Dome.


"He's a terrific player," Gaille said. "He should be our most productive back. We never really made him the feature back but this year he is going to get a lot more touches."


When you think of running backs for the Class of 2007, the first one that comes to mind is John Curtis' 5-star back Joe McKnight.


McKnight is known for having excellent speed and if you use him as a measuring stick then the same must be said of Ambrose.


"He beat Joe McKnight a couple of times in the 100 (meters) last year," Gaille said.


Word has already gotten out on Ambrose as he is getting mail from LSU, Colorado, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Mississippi State. With his size and credentials there is sure to be talk of him getting recruited as an athlete but Gaille feels very strongly about what lies ahead in his future.


"He will be a running back," said Gaille. "There is no doubt in my mind. He is too explosive not to be. He runs well; catches the ball well and has very good speed. He is very solid."

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