Louisiana Notebook

Our network's team of recruiting experts has been hard at work, adjusting rankings for many prospects and adding stars for elite youngsters such as Destrehan 2016 DL Glen Logan. Go inside for all the latest, including news on Arizona State RB commit Darrel Williams of John Ehret, who picked up an offer from LSU and added a fourth star...


Arizona State pledge Darrel Williams added a fourth star and increased his national position ranking to No. 23. Moreover, as reported by recruiting analyst Hunter Paniagua, Williams picked up an offer from LSU, which already holds a commitment from 2014 RB Sione Palelei. With the Tigers keeping a spot open for Leonard Fournette, it's possible that recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson is looking at Williams for the fullback position - or even linebacker. He scored four touchdowns in early September when national recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg came to evaluate him in person.


The state of Louisiana boasts an unprecedented group of 2014 talent, led by the overall number one and number two players in the country in Fournette and offensive tackle Cameron Robinson. Five-star DE Gerald Willis of Edna Karr is also in the overall top 20 (at No. 16), and five-star WR Malachi Dupre trails Willis by only six spots at No. 22 overall. There's a new five-star WR in the state, as well, and he also hails from nationally-ranked Karr: Devante Noil.

The surge by Noil gives the "Boot State" the country's 1st, 2nd and 16th-ranked wide-outs. The latter is four-star Alabama pledge Cameron Sims (Ouachita).

With Willis and Noil leading the way, Karr is ranked No. 23 in the FOX Sports 50 compiled weekly by Scott Kennedy.


  • In addition to the above discussion, there's been a great deal of rankings movement from the 2014 class all the way to the 2016 group, which has a new four-star in Destrehan defensive lineman Glen Logan. Four schools, including Oklahoma and Arizona State, have offered the 6-4, 290-pound Logan, who lines up at end for Destrehan but could very well switch to tackle in the future.

  • Another Destrehan prospect, 2014 QB Donovan Isom, added a star and increased his national position ranking from No. 87 to No. 75. Under Isom's guidance, Destrehan is 8-1 on the field. The Wildcats' sole setback came via forfeit after news surfaced that the Destrehan coaching staff gained unauthorized access to South Lafourche's Hudl account prior to the two teams meeting on the field in week eight. Destrehan prevailed that night, 49-24.

  • John Curtis Christian three-star CB Terrence Alexander bettered his national position ranking by a few spots. The country's No. 41 senior corner, Alexander visited Ole Miss and watched the Rebels upset LSU. Stanford is a major player for him, as well.

  • Alexander's teammate, four-star LB Kenny Young, was expected to visit Florida State last Saturday with three-star safety Mattrell McGraw and Dupre, but John Curtis didn't complete its Saturday morning practice in time for the group to make the journey. Instead, Young traveled to Lafayette with two other teammates to watch the Ragin' Cajuns' homecoming win over New Mexico State.

  • Clemson and Louisiana Tech offered Calvary Baptist 2016 QB Shea Patterson, who is committed to Arizona. Calvary is expected to contend for its first-ever LHSAA state title despite losing four-star DT T.D. Moton to transfer after week one. Moton moved to Woodlawn-Shreveport and is sitting out the remainder of the year due to eligibility requirements.

  • Edna Karr LB Jaevon Walton, a Cajuns commit, visited Nebraska over the weekend. He was not joined, however, by three-star teammate Anthony Jones, a three-star TE who is also pledged to the Cajuns. Jones traveled to UL, instead, where he was accompanied by the aforementioned Willis and Alabama DB Landon Collins. A former five-star safety at Dutchtown, Collins is the older brother of Willis.

  • Louisiana Tech was first to offer 2015 three-star offensive lineman Adrian Magee, per Franklinton head coach Shane Smith. Tech recruiter Jabbar Juluke, who knows Smith quite well, made the offer. Smith acknowledged having a "soft spot" in his heart for Juluke, who was the head coach at Karr a few years ago when Smith's Franklinton team edged Karr in overtime in the Class 4A state finals.

  • Hawaii recruiter Daronte' Jones was in New Iberia yesterday to meet with three-star DB commit Daniel Lewis. There's plenty of talk that Hawaii's staff might not remain intact much longer. If that occurs, look for Lewis to sign elsewhere. He's scheduled to take an official visit to Tulane next month with Westgate three-star DL Tae Thibodeaux. Nevada, which has offered Thibodeaux, is also coming on strong with Lewis, who has helped his team to an 8-1 mark while taking almost every snap at RB.

  • Cajuns head coach Mark Hudspeth was in Loreauville Friday to watch the Class 2A top-ranked Tigers tussle with district rival Catholic-New Iberia. The outcome shocked many observers, as Catholic hammered the Tigers by a 51-8 margin. 2015 QB Jason Pellerin paced the Catholic attack with 405 combined yards passing and rushing. Louisiana Tech and the Cajuns have each offered Pellerin, who has thrown for 18 touchdowns with no interceptions this fall.

  • Tulane commit Daren Williams, a three-star defensive end from East Saint John, is getting serious looks from Kansas State and Mississippi State, according to East Saint John coach Mark Creecy. Williams is the country's No. 146 DE.

  • Another Tulane commit, WR Leondre James, was expected in Lafayette to watch the Cajuns Saturday, but he didn't make the trip, according to three-star teammate Jaquel Gant. More info on Gant, who did attend the game, coming soon in a separate article.

  • Arkansas State offered Holy Cross QB James Tabary, while Southern Miss offered his teammate, 2015 WR Michael Chigbu.

  • Alcorn State offered East Saint John 2014 athlete Jacob McNeill.

  • Coahoma Community College in Mississippi offered Westgate 2014 OL/DL Davante Brown.

  • Woodlawn-Shreveport three-star 2015 DB Henry Black will attend the Texas/Oklahoma State game. More to come on Black in an upcoming feature.

  • Four-star 2015 LB Arthur McGinnis plans to visit LSU, UCLA and Mississippi State in the future. He also has a great relationship with the Texas A&M staff. More to come on McGinnis, as well.

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