The stars shine

College coaches are out and about on Friday nights to evaluate prospects in person and this past Friday they saw some good performances. Here is a look at how some of the top prospects that LSU is recruiting fared on the gridiron this past week along with a look ahead.

LSU Commitments

 

Three weeks into the season and Michael Ford is back to his old self. The Leesville (La.) product, who burst onto the scene as a sophomore but played only four games last season, rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in the Wampus Cats’ big 62-0 win over Natchitoches Central. The 4-star running back played only one play in the second half and returned the kickoff 80 yards for a score before taking the rest of the night off.

 

On the season, Ford now has carried the ball 66 times and has gained 658 yards with seven rushing touchdowns.

 

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Tupelo (Miss.) dropped its first game of the season in a 24-21 loss in overtime to Madison Central. Chris Garrett was 9 of 22 for 130 yards with one of his completions going for a 40-yard touchdown to 4-star receiver Chad Bumphis, who had a big night with two scoring catches and a touchdown pass. Madison Central gave Tupelo fits in the trenches as the offensive line had problems protecting Garrett, who was sacked seven times on the night.

 

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4-star receiver Rantavious Wooten lived up to his reputation of being a big playmaker in a 35-8 win over Palm Beach Gardens. Wooten took one pass all the way to the house for a 74-yard touchdown and finished with three catches for 114 yards and the one score.

 

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Orson Charles came up big for Tampa (Fla.) Plant in its 56-14 win over Middleton. The country’s 4th rated tight end caught 10 passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns that were from 28, 15 and 35 yards out. Throwing those passes to Charles was Aaron Murray, who finished with 378 yards through the air and seven touchdowns.

 

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Scout.com’s 7th ranked tight end, Richard Wilson, hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass in Spanish Fork, Utah’s 41-13 loss to Hunter.

 

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Willie Ferrell racked up 16 tackles but it was not enough as Tallahassee (Fla.) FAMU was crushed 34-6 by North Florida Christian.

 

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Kenny Bell had his best outing of the young season but Rayville (La.) fell to Shreveport-Calvary Baptist 32-26. The 4-star wide out grabbed five passes for 70 yards and had the game’s opening touchdown on a 58-yard pass play.

 

 

2009 Prospects

 

Rueben Randle accounted for five touchdowns with three through the air, one on the ground, and one on special teams in Bastrop’s 40-12 win over Richwood. Randle, who is the 2nd ranked wide out in the country, completed 9 of 20 passes for 146 yards with scoring strikes of 14, 34, and 17 yards to Stanley Moore. The 5-star prospect also returned a punt 59 yards for a touchdown and ran one in from 5 yards out.

 

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After running for more than 400 yards last week, Trent Richardson was back it again. The 4-star back from Pensacola (Fla.) Escambia did not put up the same type of numbers but it was another outstanding performance with 131 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in a 28-23 upset over the fourth ranked team in the state in Pace High School. Richardson also returned two kickoffs with one going for a 90-yard touchdown and the other for 17 yards.

 

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The nation’s 3rd ranked running back, Lamar Miller, scored both touchdowns for Miami (Fla.) Killian in a 14-12 win over Central. The 5-star prospect rushed only 14 times but picked up 152 yards including two scoring runs of 78 and 11 yards.

 

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Andre Debose and his Sanford (Fla.) Seminole team came up on the short end of the stick for the first time this season in a 34-13 loss to Spruce Creek. The 5-star wide out returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown but Spruce Creek didn’t allow him to make big plays from his quarterback spot. Debose completed 6 of 12 passes for 86 yards and ran 16 times for 46 yards including one for an 11-yard score.

 

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Morris Claiborne was a one-man wrecking crew for Shreveport (La.) Fair Park as he led his team back from a 17-point deficit to take a 43-36 overtime win over Northwood. Claiborne, who is getting looks at receiver and cornerback but plays quarterback for the Indians, accounted for five scores including the game-winner on a 10-yard run. On the night, he ran for three touchdowns and threw two more in leading Fair Park to the big win.

 

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LSU baseball commit Wes Luquette flashed his skills on the gridiron in a 48-7 win over Ben Franklin. The Newman (La.) quarterback/catcher completed only 5 of 9 passes for 99 yards but three of those strikes went for a touchdown and he also ran one in.

 

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Tulsa commit Alex Singleton wan for 160 yards on 26 carries but his Reserve (La.) East St. John squad fell to Acadiana 28-21.

 

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With Alex Singleton committed to Tulsa and LSU needing a fullback in this class there should be some new names to pop up. One could be Casey Henderson of Benton (La.) and he ran for 86 yards on seven carries in a 54-14 win over Springhill.

 

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Dutchtown, La. running back Eddie Lacy saw his first action of the season as he’s been recovering from a knee injury. The 4-star back saw limited time but made the most of it by rushing for 63 yards on four carries in a 34-8 win over Broadmoor.

 

 

2010 Prospects

 

Some feel that Trevon Reed of Thibodaux is Louisiana’s top athlete for 2010 and his team took the field for the first time this year due to hurricanes. Reed, who already has an offer from Georgia, Arkansas, and Ole Miss, and will be recruited as a receiver or cornerback, had a good night running the football with 110 yards on 16 carries. Reed didn’t get into the endzone but neither did anyone from either team as Thibodaux edged Lutcher 3-0.

 

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Another guy who falls into that athlete category is Jarrett Fobbs of Shreveport (La.) Huntington. He caught four passes for 79 yards with one going for a 63-yard touchdown in a 42-20 win over Southwood.

 

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The Taylor name is a household name in Franklinton (La.) with three of the Taylor brothers already playing at LSU. There is another one coming up in Kolby Taylor and the linebacker/strong safety recovered a fumble in the endzone in Franklinton’s 24-0 shutout of West St. John.

 

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Taylor Burch had another good showing as Monroe (La.) Neville rolled to a 39-6 win over Minden. The junior signal caller threw three touchdown passes of 29, 22, and 31 yards, and completed 8 of 15 for 167 yards. Burch also added 46 yards rushing on five attempts.

 

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Newman (La.) safety Ronnie Vinson already holds an offer from Ole Miss and he showed his versatility by rushing for 77 yards and a pair of touchdowns from 44 and 21 yards out in a 48-7 win over Ben Franklin.

 

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One of the hottest names for 2010 is Lache Seastrunk and he put on a show with Scout.com in the house. The Temple (Texas) product ran 17 times for 147 yards and one long touchdown run of 84 yards but Temple fell to Plano 49-29.

 

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James Gillum ran for 168 yards and four touchdowns in leading Pearl River (La.) to a 48-0 win over Pine. The junior running back scored from 44, 40, 20 and 5 yards out in leading his team to victory.

 

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A quarterback that is putting his name out for 2010 is Will Briscoe of Central (La.) and he led the Wildcats to a 31-13 win over St. Amant. The 6-2, 185-pound signal caller completed 20 of 33 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown. He did throw two interceptions but also ran for a score on the evening.

 

 

2011 Prospects

 

Louisiana has three sensational sophomore running backs and one of them was in action in Baton Rouge (La.) Redemptorist’s 24-0 win against Plaquemine. Jeremy Hill (6-1, 195) ran for 182 yards and scored three touchdowns on runs of 13, 8 and 62 yards.

 

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One of the other young backs for 2011 was also in action just outside of Baton Rouge in Derrick Milton of Pineville (La.). The 6-1, 190-pounder rushed for 196 yards and two scores in the Rebels’ 36-0 loss to Zachary. The good news for Pineville was Milton’s performance but not only did the Rebels lose the game but they also lost their star back for at least four weeks with a broken bone in his hand that he suffered late in the contest.


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