One of the best on the bayou for '09

It seems that every couple of years Louisiana is loaded with defensive line prospects and the Class of 2009 is definitely one of those years. The Bayou State has several prospects that will sign with a BCS school and one of them is Destrehan's Darrington Sentimore.

Darrington Sentimore


Sentimore, a 6-1, 265-pounder with 4.75 speed, was the anchor on the Wildcats’ defense last year and played a huge role in Destrehan taking home the Class 5A State Championship trophy.


On the year, he finished with 93 tackles and nine sacks, and he also forced three fumbles.


Destrehan head coach Steve Robichaux has produced several defensive tackles that went on to sign with schools such as Georgia Tech (Darryl Richard) and Miami (Chaz Washington) but Sentimore may be the best of the bunch.


“Darrington is a kid that when the ball is snapped he is the most intense kid I’d ever been around,” said Robichaux. “He is very powerful and agile for his size. He handles his body well and he goes 110 miles an hour on every play. He’s a kid that hates to lose and he is going to fight you but probably his best attribute is his technique and his quickness. He is so quick off the ball.”


Sentimore was in attendance at the first UnderArmour/ Combine back in January and the things that really stood out were his speed and quickness.


That seemed to be what separated him from other defensive linemen we saw that day and Robichaux agrees.


“He makes more plays from the backside than any kid I’ve ever been around,” Robichaux said. “If I had another big defensive end I wouldn’t have one problem with putting him at linebacker. He is that quick and he is that agile. The way he handles himself and gets off blocks is pretty remarkable.”


On the recruiting front, several schools have already offered Sentimore but expect the nation’s 14th ranked defensive tackle to pick up many more.


“He’s got more offers than I know of but the ones that I have seen come across my desk are from Texas A&M, Colorado, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and I know there are more but those are the only ones I’ve seen,” said Robichaux.


One school known for producing defensive linemen and that is right up the road is LSU.


The Tigers haven’t offered yet and that has some scratching their head but the interest is there according to Robichaux.


“He (Larry Porter) said they don’t know enough about him yet and they need to see more film,” Robichaux said. “They are so backed up on d-linemen so I don’t know if that position will be high priority but I know the interest is definitely there.”

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