Kendrick Cellestine Has LSU On His Mind

One of the top high school athletes in Louisiana, Mamou's Kendrick Cellestine (6-0, 190) has caught the attention of several of coaches, including Les Miles and the staff at LSU.

Kendrick Cellestine, who turned in a 4.4 time in the 40 at one of Nike's combines this summer, played quarterback for Mamou last season, when he was named All-District, All-Parish and All-Central Louisiana.


For the year, the 3-star prospect accounted for more than 1,400 yards of total offense and 16 scores despite missing three games with a high ankle sprain.


Despite his success as the signal caller, many coaches feel that Celestine's future lies at wide receiver or at cornerback; positions he moved to prior to the 2006 season.


"The highlight film that everyone has seen is of me at quarterback," Cellestine said. "The coaches have said that they want to see how I can catch the ball, which I'll get to do more this season. I really want to play wide receiver, but I could play defense, too."


To date, Cellestine has received offers from Auburn, Ole Miss, Colorado and UCLA, along with a handful of in-state schools, but says that there are really four schools he is interested in.


"I really like LSU, Miami, Auburn and Ole Miss," he said. "LSU and Miami haven't offered me yet but I'm hoping they will."


Is there a leader in that group?


"I wouldn't say that have a leader but I really want LSU to offer," Cellestine explained.


Cellestine also said that he plans on taking his official visits to his top four schools, with a fifth trip to either Michigan or Notre Dame, but has not planned out when he will go.


"I know for sure I want to check out a game at LSU," he said. "I got to visit there for junior day in the spring and liked it a lot."


"I also got to talk to coach Miles while I was down there, and he was cool. He's a real straight up and honest guy. I want to talk to him more this fall."


Kendrick has also been in contact with LSU linebacker coach Bradley Dale Peveto, who came to watch him practice in the spring, but hasn't been able to contact him lately.


"My phone broke a few weeks ago," he said, "so I haven't been able to get any text messages, which is the only way I can talk to him right now. Hopefully we will be able to talk more come September 1."


In addition to the trip to LSU's junior day, Cellestine also participated in junior days at Ole Miss and Miami, both of which left him feeling good about the schools.


"They both have nice facilities, and I was impressed by them," he said, "I haven't gotten to go to Auburn yet, so the only thing I know about them is what the coaches have told me."


Academically, Cellestine claims a 16 on the ACT, and is scheduled to retake it in September. His GPA was unknown.


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