Centarius Donald, a 6-foot, 210-pound bruising back, finished his junior campaign with 212 carries for 2,020 yards and 29 touchdowns. Those numbers are enough alone to attract college coaches during the spring evaluation period, but Caldwell Parish High in Columbia, La. doesn’t get many visitors when it comes to recruiting.
College coaches are missing out on a talented back, according to Caldwell Parish head coach Scott Lee.
“He leaps over, runs over, high steps through and leaves behind defenders,” Lee said. “He has a 4.49 (40) and a 31” vertical, runs upright and high as well, almost like Jamaal Lewis. He is just now starting to fill out his upper body.”
As a sophomore, Donald had a breakout game against Parkview Baptist, coming in after only playing in seven games to give the stout Eagle defense all it could handle - to the tune of over 200 yards.
Donald, who is being recruited by LSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, holds offers from Louisiana Tech and ULM, with an SEC team beginning a courtship.
“Coach Dooley at Tech really likes the way he runs, but we have been getting a lot of interest from Mississippi State as of recent weeks,” Lee said. “They want us to come over to their camp later on this month and we are really excited to start getting this kind of attention. He is a good kid and a heck of a player. He deserves everything that is thrown his way.”
Donald turned some heads when he attended the Les Miles Camp in June, and he hopes that his performance was enough to warrant legitimate interest from the Tigers.
“He loves LSU and it would be a great honor to get an offer from the state school,” stated Lee. “We are currently in contact with Coach Stud to see about this upcoming camp, but Centarius would love to go and show his stuff. It’s safe to say that he is very high on the state school.”
Donald claims to be right on line with his grades and should be a full qualifier at the next level. Look for this in-state sleeper’s stock to be on the rise following a possible third all-state caliber season.