Mahtook getting some strong looks

Mikie Mahtook had high expectations heading into his junior year as the starting quarterback at Lafayette (La.) St. Thomas More.

A broken arm in the fourth game of the year may have set him back some but now Mahtook is ready to lead the Cougars to the promise land during his senior campaign.


"It is feeling great," Mahtook said. "It's feeling 100 percent with no pain taking snaps or anything else. It was my left arm (non-throwing) so it doesn't affect my throwing at all."


Despite the injury, Mahtook was able to get his name out when he checked in at the U.S. Army All-American Combine back in January at a solid 6-0 ½, 198 pounds and clocked in with one of the best 40 times of all of the participants with a 4.4.


Although he would like to play quarterback at the next level most coaches are telling the versatile athlete that he could end up under center or at another position, particularly wide receiver or safety.


"Some want me as quarterback and then some want me as an athlete," he said. "I am fine with playing anywhere."


Another option that exists for the standout athlete is being a two-sport player in college and he already has some offers on the baseball diamond. He plays centerfield for the Cougars and finished his junior season with a .420 batting average in district and banged five homers and 15 doubles.


"That is going to be a big factor in my decision with football because I want to play baseball too," Mahtook said. "I've talked with coach (Terry) Rooney at LSU and he said they are going to wait to offer and watch me this summer because of all of the football stuff."


This past week was a big week for Mahtook as he had several coaches stop by school to watch some film with his coach and to learn more about what makes him tick.


"Recruiting has been going good," explained Mahtook. "Oklahoma State was there last week watching me practice and coach (Les) Miles and coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto were at school one day too."


"I haven't picked up any offers yet but I think Tulane wants to and Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, UL-L and Oklahoma State keep up with me pretty heavily. Most of them say that since I didn't have a junior year they want me to go to camp."


Mahtook definitely has the bloodlines and pedigree working in his favor on the gridiron as his father (Mikie Sr.) and his uncle (Robbie Mahtook) both played for the Tigers.


Does that give the hometown team an edge over the others?


"I want to stay in the South to play and I was pretty much born to be a Tiger," he said. "I've kind of been ready to be a Tiger for sometime so you could say they would be my favorite. I do want to visit South Carolina too because of coach (Steve) Spurrier."


Note** Mikie Mahtook will be playing on a traveling baseball team this summer but he plans to camp at LSU and possibly South Carolina, and attend one-day camps at Auburn, Tulane and UL-L.


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