2003 Tiger Rag Dirty Dozen

Tiger Rag presents its 25th edition of the Dirty Dozen. We give our picks for the 12 best high school football in Louisiana for the 2003 recruiting class.

Daryl Johnson (6-0, 200, 4.44)

Safety

New Orleans - O. Perry Walker

 

Johnson is arguably the best prospect on an O. Perry Walker squad loaded with collegiate level talent. He picked off 13 passes as a junior and added 13 more as a senior, two of which he returned for touchdowns. For his career, Johnson has an astounding 42 interceptions.

A three-time all-district choice, Johnson finished 2002 with 31 tackles and 15 passes defended and also played wide receiver for the Chargers. He led all receivers with five catches in Walker's 16-14 loss to John Curtis in the Class 4A state title game.

Johnson has recruiting trips plan in January to Miami, Florida, Tennessee and LSU.

 

 

Robert Lane (6-3, 210, 4.5)

Quarterback

Monroe – Neville

 

The wait has begun for LSU fans. Will Robert Lane come to LSU to play football or will the financial lure of the Major Leagues lead him to bypass a collegiate career?

Will it be possible for him to pursue both sports?

Tiger fans are hoping Lane's future includes a stop at Tiger Stadium. One of the best run-pass quarterbacks in state high school history, Lane finished his senior year at Neville 117-of-222 passing for 1,913 yards and 16 touchdowns against six interceptions. As a rusher he made 141 carries for 867 yards and another 16 TDs.

For his career, Lane was 460-of-940 passing for 6,782 yard with 64 TDs and 36 interceptions. His rushing totals at Neville come to 437 carries for 2,234 yard and 42 TDs.

 

Alley Broussard (6-1, 226, 4.5)

Running back

Scott – Acadiana

 

Broussard grabbed the spotlight at the end of the 2001 season by rushing for an amazing 780 yards in three playoffs games. He tallied 32 touchdowns as a junior but before schools across the country to close in on him, Broussard committed to LSU.

He led the Wreckin' Rams to the Class 5A semifinals by rushing for 1,910 yards and 27 touchdowns on 290 carries. Now the task in front of Broussard is gaining his academic eligibility in order to hit the ground running for LSU.

 

LaRon Landry (6-2, 190, 4.45)

Athlete

Hahnville

 

College coaches thought LaRon Landry would make a good college defensive back when they started tracking him as a junior corner for Hahnville. But head coach Lou Valdin moved his best athlete to quarterback in 2002 to take of his ability.

 The move paid off for the Tigers, as Landry passed for 1,105 yards and 12 touchdowns in leading Hahnville to the Class 5A quarterfinals. He also helped on defense, making five interceptions from the free safety position he is expected to play in college.

Landry is currently favoring LSU over Miami and Florida for his college commitment.

 

Carnell Stewart (6-5, 297, 4.8)

Defensive lineman

River Ridge – John Curtis

 

A name with a familiar ring to it was enough to get the interest of recruiting coordinators, and they were pleasantly surprised to find out that the cousin of Kordell "Slash" Stewart had more to offer than just good lineage. Stewart and teammates Ryan Watson and Jarrod Carter made for one of the most formidable interior line trios in Louisiana high school annals. John Curtis earned its 18th state title last Saturday, while Stewart ended his senior season having totaled 16 sacks.

Stewart is considering following his cousin's footsteps to Colorado, where he will visit this weekend. Florida (Jan. 10), Miami (Jan. 24) and Southern California will also get visits, while LSU and Oklahoma are vying for Stewart's final official stop.

 

Jerry Sevin (6-1, 295, 5.0)

Offensive lineman

River Ridge – John Curtis

 

Sevin became a very hot recruiting commodity when he attended the Nike Combine at Tuscaloosa, Ala., and set the standard for all the other linemen in attendance. Playing guard and center during his senior season, he helped the Curtis offense average 33.8 points and 228 yards per game. Sevin started all four years he played at Curtis and will continue his football career at LSU, choosing the Tigers over Ohio State, UCLA, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M and West Virginia.

 

Daniel Francis (5-11, 175)

Running back

Port Barre

 

The sleeper of the 2003 Dirty Dozen hails from the St. Landry Parish hamlet of Port Barre, which is celebrating its first state title in school history. A big reason the Red Devils earned the Class 2A trophy was running back Daniel Francis, who scored all four touchdowns in a 26-7 win over Iota last Friday.

On the season, Francis gained 1,358 yards on 151 carries and scored 21 touchdowns. He committed to LSU earlier this week.

 

Jesse Daniel (6-0, 180, 4.4)

Defensive back

Breaux Bridge

 

How good of a defensive back is Jesse Daniel? Apparently good enough that LSU coach Nick Saban offered him a scholarship based on getting a close-up look at Daniel during one of his summer camps. Daniel's primary experience to that point had been as a running back, where he had earned all-district honors for two straight years. Auburn had a scholarship offer extended to Daniel at the time he committed to LSU

 

Craig Davis (6-2, 190, 4.4)

Wide receiver

New Orleans – O. Perry Walker

 

Davis can lay claim to being the state's top receiver with 79 receptions for 1,171 yards and 16 touchdowns. When quarterback John Johnson went down to an injury, it was Davis who filled for 2 1/2 games. He completed 44 of 60 passes for 483 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Davis also helped out as a defensive back for the Chargers on their run to being the Class 4A state runners-up.

LSU and Miami are considered the frontrunners for Davis' commitment, with most believing the Tigers hold the edge at the moment based on their level of interest. 

 

Adam Kraus (6-6, 275, 5.0)

Offensive lineman

New Orleans – Brother Martin

 

Kraus briefly held out hope that he would get recruiting attention as a tight end, but he eventually realized his future was as an offensive lineman in college. Although his statistics were negligible, Kraus still made a big impression on a number of recruiting scouts prior to his senior season.

Auburn, Colorado, LSU, Clemson, Florida and North Carolina were all very interested in Kraus when he committed to Michigan. Kraus made an unofficial trip to Ann Arbor during the football season, but he's been unable to make an official visit because of his involvement in basketball.

 

Ryan Watson (6-4, 280, 4.8)

Defensive lineman

River Ridge – John Curtis

 

Watson provided a snapshot of why he's a hotly pursued defensive linemen in the state championship game against O. Perry Walker. With Chargers' quarterback Johnson getting ready to move out the pocket to attempt a first quarter pass, Watson tracked down the fleet-footed passer to record a sack.

Watson and teammate Carnell Stewart both earned a spot on the 10-4A All-District team, getting help from LSU commitment Jarrod Carter.

Watson has recruiting visits set for Colorado (Dec. 20), Southern California (Jan. 10) and Miami (Jan. 24), and is considering Georgia Tech, Florida and LSU for his last two visits.

He will play in All-American Bowl in San Antonio next month.

 

Keith Alleger (6-5, 255, 4.8)

Tight end

Leesville

 

Alleger was under recruiting radar in 2002 for a couple of reasons. For starters, he got his commitment out of the way early with a pledge to LSU. And before he could get momentum rolling in his junior season, a dislocated elbow kept him out of action until October. He rebounded to earn All-State honors with 14 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns, and he might repeat that distinction after making 23 catches for 322 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Alleger will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio next month.


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