Stars Shine

Another week has come and gone on the high school football ranks and several Tiger commitments had big performances. Here is an update on all of LSU's 2010 commitments, along with a look at several 2010 and 2011 targets.

2010 Commitments


Spencer Ware            RB        5-11, 215       Princeton HS (Ohio)

Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton finished the season on Oct. 30 with a 5-5 record and the Vikings failed to make the playoffs. Spencer Ware rushed for 770 yards and 13 TDs on 176 carries and he added 1,007 yards passing. The four-star prospect finished his career with more than 10,000 yards of total offense and accounted for over 100 TDs.



Travis Dickson       TE/DE  6-3, 228     Ocean Springs HS (Miss)

Ocean Springs (Miss.) defeated George County 31-21 to capture the Region 4-6A title. On the season, four-star defensive end Travis Dickson has 102 tackles and eight sacks in 11 games of action.



Dexter Blackmon     DT     6-3, 265     Selma HS (Ala)

Dexter Blackmon's senior season ended on Oct. 30 and Selma (Ala.) finished 3-7 on the year. Blackmon finished the year with 83 tackles (62 solos and 21 assists), eight sacks and five forced fumbles.



Tyrann Mathieu      CB/WR   5-9, 160     St. Augustine HS (La)

Tyrann Mathieu showed why he is so highly regarded by LSU as the three-star cornerback put on a show in a 31-14 loss to Thibodaux. Mathieu logged 11 tackles and broke up two passes but he did so much more for the Purple Knights by adding six receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown – 40 yards – along with 215 return yards.



Elliot Porter       DT        6-4, 280         Archbishop Shaw HS (La)

Shaw fell to Rummel 18-17 in a game that decided the Catholic League championship. Three-star defensive tackle Elliot Porter logged three tackles for the Eagles (7-3) to push his season totals to 38 tackles and 3.5 sacks in six games of action.



Houston Bates           DE        6-2, 218, 4.8  St. Paul’s HS (La)

St. Paul's won their ninth straight game by defeating Fontainebleau 35-7. Three-star defensive end Houston Bates logged four tackles in the win – one solo and three assists.

On the year, Bates has 50 tackles – 33 solos and 17 assists – including nine tackles for loss, 13 sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.



Evan Washington      OT/OG 6-5, 285         De Soto HS (Texas)

The DeSoto Eagles (8-2) and four-star offensive tackle Evan Washington rolled up over 400 yards of offense but came up short in a 41-40 loss to John Tyler when they failed on a two-point conversion with 16 seconds left on the clock.



Zack Lee                     QB       6-4, 200         McKinney HS (Texas)

McKinney (Texas) defeated Frisco Liberty 35-14 and Zack Lee was 8-of-14 for 111 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 46 yards and 1 TD on six carries.

On the year, Lee has completed 143-of-245 passes (58.4%) for 2,313 yards with 28 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He's added 361 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on 78 attempts.



Sam Gibson                QB/S   6-1, 205         Prattville HS (Ala)

Sam Gibson threw for 151 yards and 3 TDs on 6-of-10 passing to lead Prattville (Ala.) to a 50-13 victory against Dothan. The three-star prospect also caught a pass for 27 yards in helping the Lions (9-2) win their 51st consecutive in-state game and 16th straight playoff game.

On the season, Gibson has completed 87-of-158 passes for 1,158 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions. He's also rushed 105 times for 428 yards and nine scores to go with three receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.



Cameron Fordham     TE/DE  6-4, 243         Northview HS (Ga)

Duluth (Ga.) Northview ended its disappointing season at 1-9 after a 50-7 loss to North Forsyth. Three-star prospect Cameron Fordham didn't log any receptions, but had several key blocks, and he didn't see any time on the defensive side of the ball.



Ronnie Vinson            RB/S   5-11, 190       Newman HS (La)

Ronnie Vinson had perhaps the best game of his high school career in leading Newman to a 35-27 victory against Riverside. Vinson rushed for 210 yards and 3 TDs (66, 13 and 49 yards) on 20 carries and also grabbed five passes for 41 yards. That wasn't all, though, as the four-star defensive back was in on nine tackles and scooped up a fumble and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown.

Vinson is nearing the 1,000-yard mark on the season as he is sitting at 912 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on 102 carries. He also has 52 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.



Justin Hunter             WR      6-4, 185         Ocean Lakes HS (Va)

Justin Hunter had his most productive game of the season as the four-star receiver caught 10 passes for 178 yards that included three fourth quarter touchdown grabs of 51, 7 and 30 yards to lead Ocean Lakes to a 28-7 come from behind victory against Landstown.



Luke Muncie            OLB     6-2, 215         Klein Oaks HS (Texas)

Spring (Texas) Klein Oak (4-6) ended the season with a 28-13 victory over Dekaney. Three-star outside linebacker Luke Muncie was in on eight tackles including two for loss which brought his season totals to 77 tackles, 9.5 sacks and one interception that he returned for a touchdown.



Eric Reid                      S          6-1, 202         Dutchtown HS (La)

Eric Reid logged eight tackles and he also picked off a pass in Dutchtown's 14-3 victory against East Ascension. Reid – the country's eighth-ranked safety – recorded 51 tackles, including five for loss, and also forced a fumble in 10 regular season games. He intercepted three passes and broke up four more from his free safety spot.



Jermarcus Hardrick   OT        6-7, 315         Fort Scott CC

Jermarcus Hardrick and the Fort Scott Community College Greyhounds (10-0) advanced to the Region VI championship game after defeating Hutchinson CC 42-17. Hardrick helped pave the way for a ground attack that racked up 275 yards rushing and 430 total yards.



D.J. Welter                 OLB     6-1, 220         Notre Dame HS (La)

Notre Dame of Crowley roared to a 28-3 win over Kaplan behind another strong effort by the Pio defense and D.J. Welter. The three-star outside linebacker had a season-high 18 tackles (10 solos and 8 assists) and a sack for the undefeated Pios.

In 10 regular season games, Welter has amassed 101 total tackles (64 solos and 37 assists) and four sacks for undefeated Notre Dame (10-0).



Tharold Simon            S/WR  6-4, 180         Eunice HS (La)

Tharold Simon rushed for a 37-yard touchdown out of the Wildcat formation as Eunice rolled to a 42-0 victory against Church Point. Simon added three receptions for 50 yards and finished with 167 all-purpose yards on the evening.



Brandon Worle         FB        6-1, 243         Troup County HS (Ga)

Brandon Worle and his Troup County squad lost in a big way as LaGrange steamrolled its way to a 42-0 victory. Next up for Worle and the Tigers (6-4) is a first round playoff game at Washington County on Friday.



Nick Jacobs                 TE        6-4, 243         Many HS (La)

Nick Jacobs had a season-high five receptions for 66 yards in Many's 46-39 victory against Menard that clinched the District 3-2A championship for the Tigers. Jacobs also added one solo tackle on the evening.

Jacobs, a three-star tight end, finished the regular season with 13 catches for 206 yards and two touchdowns for Many (9-1). He's added 18 tackles (11 solos and 7 assists) and three sacks from his defensive end spot.



Mike Davis                  WR      6-1, 175         Skyline HS (Texas)

Dallas (Texas) Skyline (10-0) completed a perfect regular season with a dominating 56-0 win against Sunset. Five-star wide receiver Mike Davis caught two passes for 46 yards with one going for a 27-yard touchdown.

In eight regular season contests, Davis has 28 receptions for 721 yards (25.8 ypc) and 13 touchdowns.



Justin Maclin              OLB     6-4, 225         Ridgeway HS (Tenn)

Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway (4-7) ended the 2009 season with a 21-20 loss to Hardin County in the first round of the playoffs. Four-star outside linebacker Justin Maclin was in on 10 tackles and also recorded a pair of sacks for the Roadrunners from his defensive end spot.



Jordan Allen           DE        6-6, 250         West Monroe HS (La)

West Monroe completed a perfect regular season (10-0) with a 35-7 win over Pineville. Four-star defensive end Jordan Allen registered five tackles (4 solos and 1 assist) which gave him 45 stops (36 solos and 9 assists) and two sacks for the year.



Cassius Marsh       DE      6-4, 280         Oaks Christian HS (Calif)

Cassius Marsh tallied five solo tackles in Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's 63-14 win over Santa Clara. The four-star defensive tackle has 39 tackles on the year – 20 solos and 19 assists – to go with four sacks in seven games of action for his 9-0 Lions squad.

2010 Targets


Alfred Blue                  RB        6-2, 205         Hahnville HS (La)

Alfred Blue helped Hahnville capture the District 6-5A championship with a 42-21 victory against East St. John. Blue rushed for 149 yards and 3 TDs on 26 carries and added a 33-yard touchdown reception on his only catch of the game.

The three-star back has now rushed for 1,410 yards and 28 TDs on 202 carries and added 144 yards and 3 TDs on nine receptions.



James Wright             WR      6-2, 195         Belle Chasse HS (La)

James Wright caught four passes for 172 yards in helping Belle Chasse to a 54-14 victory against Ellender. Three of Wright's grabs went for touchdowns – 62, 6 and 96 yards – and he also added a 6-yard scoring run in the big win.

Wright now has 48 receptions for 1,074 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Cardinals (5-5).



Jakhari Gore             RB      5-8, 175         Columbus HS (Fla)

Jakhari Gore rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns on just 10 first half carries as Miami (Fla.) Columbus rolled to a 60-0 victory against Reagan.

Gore increased his season totals to 1,456 yards and 24 touchdowns on 131 carries. He has rushed for 4,994 yards in his career and added 59 scores.



Lache Seastrunk        RB        5-10, 183       Temple HS (Texas)

Five-star running back Lache Seastrunk rushed for 305 yards on 31 carries – both career highs – in Temple's 44-32 win over Killeen. Three of Seastrunk's 31 rushes resulted in touchdowns and he also caught a scoring pass.

Seastrunk finished the season with 1,174 yards and 15 touchdowns. Those numbers added to his previous seasons brought his career total to 4,217 yards rushing and 52 touchdowns – both school records.



Trovon Reed               WR      5-11, 176       Thibodaux HS (La)   

After missing five weeks with a knee injury, Trovon Reed made his return on Thursday and led Thibodaux (6-4) to a 31-14 victory against St. Augustine. Reed rushed for 55 yards on nine carries with one going for a 9-yard touchdown and he completed 2-of-9 passes for 31 yards. The four-star wide receiver also played sparingly on defense and he intercepted a pass late in the first half.

In five games, Reed has 913 total yards of offense – 483 rushing and 424 passing – with nine total scores (four passing and five rushing).



2011 Commitments


La'el Collins              OT        6-5, 280         Redemptorist HS (La)

Redemptorist came up short against Parkview Baptist as the Eagles pulled away for a 44-27 win over the Wolves. With La'el Collins opening up holes, Jeremy Hill rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.

Hill now has 898 yards and 12 touchdowns on 152 carries.



2011 Targets


Kenny Hilliard            RB        6-0, 217         Patterson HS (La)

Kenny Hilliard rushed for four touchdowns in Patterson's 55-23 win over Berwick. Barring injury, Hilliard should eclipse the 2,000-yard mark on the season early in the game this Friday and he has 24 touchdowns on the ground.



Jarvis Landry              WR  6-0, 185                   Lutcher HS (La)

Jarvis Landry was kept out of the endzone for only the second time this season but Lutcher (10-0) still cruised to a 42-0 victory against Morgan City. Landry had four receptions for 89 yards and he added 10 tackles (5 solos and 5 assists) on the defensive side of the ball.

Landry closed out the regular season with 62 receptions for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also rushed 12 times for 60 yards and a score. Defensively, Landry was in on 65 tackles (38 solos and 27 assists) and he also registered a sack and picked off a pass.



Chuck Hunter             DT  6-1, 290             West Monroe HS (La)

Chuck Hunter totaled five tackles (4 solos and 1 assist) in West Monroe's 35-7 victory against Pineville. The big defensive tackle now has 47 total tackles (38 solos and 9 assists) and a pair of sacks for the undefeated Rebels (10-0).



Zack Oliver                 WR      6-2, 205         Catholic-B.R. HS (La)

Zack Oliver threw for 219 yards and four touchdowns in Catholic of Baton Rouge's 55-27 win over Zachary. Oliver finished the regular season with 1,873 yards and 23 touchdowns passing.



Brian Ensminger                  QB  6-2, 195          Hahnville HS (La)

Brian Ensminger completed 9-of-17 through the air for 145 yards with a pair of touchdowns and one interception in Hahnville's 42-21 win over East St. John.

Ensminger has been good on 107-of-160 passes on the year with 1,614 yards and 20 touchdowns against only two interceptions.



Terrence MaGee          QB  5-10, 200            Franklinton HS (La)

Franklinton finished the regular season with an unblemished 10-0 mark after a 45-14 win over Walker. Terrance Magee completed 8-of-12 passes for 128 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He added 40 yards rushing on six carries.

In 10 games, Magee has thrown for 1,285 yards on 82-of-139 passing with 22 scores and four interceptions. He's added 871 yards and nine touchdowns on 83 carries.



Anthony Johnson           DT  6-3, 290         O. P. Walker HS (La)

O. Perry Walker lost 28-20 to Ellender but Anthony Johnson did his part for the Chargers defense. Johnson made six tackles and had a pair of sacks which gave him 89 tackles and 16 sacks in nine regular season games.



Ryan Byrd                   WR/S  6-2, 185         St. Helena HS (La))

St. Helena Central ended the 2009 campaign on a winning note after a 36-0 victory against Pine. Versatile playmaker Ryan Byrd finished the year with 19 receptions for 545 yards (28.6 ypc) and five touchdowns to go with 62 yards rushing on three carries. Defensively, Byrd intercepted five passes and broke up 18 more. He was also in on 59 tackles.



Jermauria Rasco           DE  6-4, 245         Evangel HS (La)

Evangel defeated Homer 47-7 and standout defensive end Jermauri Rasco finished with five tackles despite playing only the first quarter due to Evangel being up 33-0. On the year, Rasco has 64 stops, seven sacks and four fumble recoveries.



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