Catholic High-New Iberia standout defensive back Ryan St. Julien is one of the top rated safeties in the state for 2008 and said that at this point in the game, the hometown school is one of his favorites.
Last season, the 6'1", 170-pound safety recorded 54 tackles with three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He also returned a kick 80 yards for a touchdown.
was a good experience," said St. Julien. "I got to meet up with other guys from
other states and see how our talents compare and match up. It was good to
compare with other states guys and not just
How does he felt like he stacked up against some of the nation's best juniors?
"I think I did pretty well," he said. "The weather wasn't really that great. It was like 30 degrees and windy, but I think I showed that I could hang with everyone else."
St. Julien said that his numbers from his sophomore year were similar to his past season, except he had a few more interceptions because he was playing corner instead of safety.
As for having a preference, he doesn't seem to have one.
"The positions are pretty equal to me," said St. Julien. "I can play either one with the same success. I'd rather get an interception than a big hit because that gets the offense back on the field and really swings the momentum."
St. Julien is being recruited by LSU defensive backs coach Doug Mallory and said he was able to talk to him after last season's LSU/ UL-Lafayette game.
"He sent me tickets so it was good to go watch a game in Tiger Stadium," he said. "I talked with him after the game, but we really just talked about the game. My first impression of his was that he really seems like a good guy."
It wasn't St. Julien's first trip to Tiger Stadium. He said he has gone pretty much every year to at least one game since he was little.
"I've really always been a fan of LSU," said St. Julien. "My family liked them when I was younger so I pretty much grew up to like LSU.
They are a big school that is always competitive."
"They have a winning atmosphere and tradition. A lot of good players have gone there. Tiger Stadium has a great atmosphere and it's just great to see all those fans when you look around the stadium. Right now they are one of my favorites, but I really don't know enough about the other schools at this point to have an outright favorite."
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