2008 Prospect Watch: Alonzo Landry

Sonny takes a look at one of the top junior running backs in the South for 2008.

Carencro High School has had some guys over the years to put up some lofty numbers running with the football but it seems like 99 percent of the time they were quarterbacks.


Junior running back Alonzo Landry (5-11, 210, 4.5) broke that trend last year when he rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore, and according to Carencro recruiting coordinator Tony Courville the best is yet to come for his promising young runner.


"I've been fortunate enough to coach Kevin Faulk, Derrick Beavers and Damien James over here, and coach Guidry coaches Cecil Collins at Leesville," Courville said. "Alonzo deserves to be and he will be mentioned in the same breath as those guys."


That is a strong statement from Courville considering that Faulk and Collins are both considered folklores around the LSU community albeit for different reasons.

Faulk is the school's all-time leader in all-purpose yards and was the driving force for the Tigers' turnaround under Gerry Dinardo.


Collins, on the other hand, showed flashes of brilliance, and some even considered him a better running back than Faulk, but rather than making it to the NFL like Faulk he is now serving time in a Florida prison.


So, what does Courville see in Landry that warrants such strong praise?


"He can be a finesse runner and he can be a power back," Courville explained. "I've seen him make moves that make guys look silly and I've seen him get past the line of scrimmage and just flatten people out. He's got really good vision, good cut-back ability and unbelievable balance. He runs a 4.5 (40) as soon as he gets out of bed in the morning. He has a lot of speed."


Landry has the traits that make up a good every down back but his versatility gives him an advantage that others do not have.


"There are a lot of good running backs in the state but what separates him from others is his hands," said Courville. "He makes hard catches look routine. He made two catches the other day in practice that was unbelievable. He also returns punts for us and took one back in the jamboree for a touchdown."


College coaches face a lot of restrictions when it comes to recruiting prospects for the Class of 2008 but Courville is already getting flooded with mail for Landry.


As a result, he may have to do something he has not had to do in a while to deal with the issue.


"We are already hearing from all of the big schools in the Southeast and big schools like USC, Illinois and Michigan," said Courville. "We are going to have to do like we did with Kevin (Faulk) and Damien (James) where we had to just get him his own mailbox. It's going to be that crazy."


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