Tiger Rag's Top 40 in the Bayou State

The high school football season has come to an end in Louisiana and Tiger Rag Senior Recruiting Analyst Sonny Shipp is ready to release his final Top 40 in the Bayou State. These rankings are based on the evaluation and analysis of Sonny, along with input from several college and high school coaches in the state, and are not rankings released by the staff of Scout.com.

Note: The previous ranking is in parenthesis.


1.  (1)   RB    Joe McKnight              5-11, 185, 4.5   John Curtis

There may not be a more versatile and explosive player in the country than McKnight and he backed that up by rushing for 711 yards and 14 touchdowns on only 46 carries and totaling 739 yards and 13 scores on 23 catches.


2.  (2)   S     Chad Jones                6-2, 225, 4.5    Southern Lab

Jones went into the season expecting to put up big numbers and he accomplished that goal by totaling over 110 tackles, picking off 8 passes and scoring 12 touchdowns on offense.


3.  (8)   WR   DeAngelo Benton         6-2, 195, 4.5    Bastrop

Benton exceeded the numbers he posted as a junior in all categories which were 41 catches for 805 yards and 11 touchdowns.


4.  (4)   DE    Luther Davis               6-4, 255, 4.8    West Monroe

Davis logged over 80 tackles and 11 sacks to wrap up his prep career.


5.  (5)   DE    Will Blackwell              6-4, 295, 5.0    West Monroe

Playing opposite of Luther Davis, Blackwell tallied over 70 stops, 11 tackles for losses and 5 sacks.


6.  (3)   S     Stefoin Francois          6-1, 195, 4.5    East St. John

Francois was in on 93 tackles and was also credited with 5 sacks during his senior campaign.


7.  (10)  DT    Drake Nevis               6-2, 285, 5.0    John Ehret

Nevis was voted All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year after racking up 110 tackles, 35 tackles for losses, 11 sacks, 25 QB hurries, 8 forced fumbles, and 2 recovered fumbles.


8.  (6)   CB    John Williams              5-10, 185, 4.5   Breaux Bridge

Despite suffering a knee injury midway through his senior year, Williams amassed over 1,000 all-purpose yards and eight total scores in the regular season while playing quarterback, running back, receiver and safety.


9.  (13)  DE    Jason Peters              6-3, 265, 4.8    Catholic-B.R.

Peters earned the Gatorade Player of the Year in Louisiana after totaling 61 tackles and 11 sacks.


10. (9)   DT    Rolando Melancon        6-2, 270, 4.8    Lutcher

Melancon led Luther to a state title and finished with over 100 tackles, 7 sacks and 9 forced fumbles.


11. (23)  CB    Delvin Breaux             6-0, 185, 4.5    McDonough 35

The year did not go according to plan for Breaux as he suffered a neck injury and will have to sit out two years before playing again but before the injury a couple of coaches in New Orleans said he was the best cover corner they had seen in several years.


12. (12)  TE    Mitch Joseph              6-5, 245, 4.8    Catholic-N.I.

Joseph is known as a solid blocker and he can also make plays in the passing game.


13. (11) WR   Toddrick Bajoie           6-2, 200, 4.5    Catholic-P.C.

Bajoie played hurt most of the year but when he did play he put up good numbers.


14. (7)   WR   Gabriel Bryant            6-2, 190, 4.5    Desire Street Academy

He had to sit out half of the season waiting to get cleared by the LHSAA but Bryant still managed to haul in five touchdown passes.


15. (15)  OT    D' Montreal Wilson       6-4, 300          Rayville

Recruiting slowed down for Wilson since he committed to LSU early in the process but schools like Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Colorado have not backed off.


16. (14)  WR   Ahmad Paige              6-2, 160, 4.5    Sterlington

Facing constant double teams all season Paige caught 49 passes for 865 yards with 11 touchdowns.


17. (27)  DE    Frank Alexander         6-5, 225, 4.7    Southern Lab

Alexander is a two-way standout at tight end and defensive end and could play both at the next level.


18. (17)  DE    Kentravis Aubrey        6-3, 285, 4.8    Bastrop

Aubrey's presence on the line was too much the opposition and played a key role in Bastrop's run that ended with a Class 4A State Championship.


19. (28)  OT    Josh Dworaczyk          6-6, 255,         Catholic-N.I.

Dworaczyk did most of his damage from his defensive end spot and his performance earned him an All-American honor.


20. (18)  LB    Earl Patin                   6-0, 220, 4.8    Southern Lab

Patin was a big reason that Southern Lab went deep into the playoffs this year.


21. (16)  OL    Rishaw Johnson          6-4, 300          Hammond

Hammond had a real young team and Johnson was forced to play every position on the o-line.


22. (26)  RB    Phillip Livas                5-8 165, 4.4     South Terrebonne

Livas ran for well over 2,000 yards and is the school's all-time rushing leader.


23. (19)  OT    Alex Williams              6-5, 305          O. Perry Walker

After sitting out his junior campaign due to Hurricane Katrina, Williams responded with a solid senior outing.


24. (34)  DT    LaMarcus Williams       6-1, 285, 5.0    Bastrop

Williams teamed with Kentravis Aubrey to form one of the top defensive line tandems in the state.


25. (38)  WR   Lionel Breaux             6-0, 185, 4.5    McDonough 35

Breaux was named District 9-4A MVP as a senior after amassing over 1,100 yards and 13 scores on 33 receptions.


26. (30)  LB    Charles Young            6-2, 220, 4.7    Mamou

Young was set on leaving the state and he is headed to Texas A&M.


27. (31)  DT    Jonathan English         6-0, 300, 5.0    John Curtis

English recorded 21 sacks and also led the Patriots in tackles.


28. (36)  TE    Wilson Youman           6-4, 255, 4.8    St. Martinville

Some schools like Youman as a tight end and others like him at defensive end.


29. (24)  S     Grant Fleming             6-2, 205, 4.5    St. Thomas More

Fleming had a standout senior season with over 100 tackles from his free safety spot.


30. (25) CB    Terry Carter               5-10, 175, 4.5   West Monroe

Carter picked off four passes and had 56 tackles as a senior.


31. (NR) TE    David Rue                  6-6, 250, 4.7    Richwood

Rue hauled in eight touchdown passes on the year.


32. (20)  WR   Kendrick Celestine       5-10, 185, 4.5   Mamou

As a senior, Celestine recorded 45 catches for 936 yards and 11 touchdowns.


33. (29)  S     Tarence Calais            5-11, 185, 4.5   Patterson

Due to injuries, Calais was forced to spend a lot of time at quarterback and receiver and amassed over 2,000 yards with 22 total scores.


34. (22)  LB    Cedrick Cooper           6-2, 215, 4.7    Slidell

Cooper played fullback and linebacker for the Tigers but his future is on the defensive side of the ball.


35. (NR) OL    Alex Washington         6-5, 360          Carroll

Washington is extremely strong and he is headed to Ole Miss.


36. (33)  CB    Josh Victorian             5-10, 180, 4.4   Destrehan

Schools shied away from Victorian's side of the field much of the year.


37. (32)  S     Reggie Weams            6-0, 200, 4.5    Redemptorist

Redemptorist had a solid secondary that was anchored by Weams.


38. (NR) RB    Daniel Borne              5-10, 195, 4.5   Shaw

Shaw was undefeated before falling to Bastrop in the state championship game and Borne was the centerpiece of the Eagles' offense.


39. (35)  LB    Dusty Rust                 6-2, 205, 4.7    Captain Shreve

Rust is a good candidate for all-state honors after registering over 120 stops.


40. (39)  LB    Jacob Dufrene            6-1, 215, 4.7    John Curtis

Dufrene is a sure tackler and may be headed to Kentucky.





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