Talton Transferring To River Oaks

Teshadi Talton was a pivotal player for undefeated 5A state champion West Monroe last year. Now the explosive Talton is taking his game east a few miles to River Oaks Academy.

West Monroe cruised to a perfect 15-0 record and the 5A state title last year - and Teshadi Talton played a big role for the 2009 Rebels. As a junior, Talton accounted for almost 1,300 yards of total offense and 20 TDs.

This fall, Talton will take his skills across the Ouachita River to River Oaks Academy, which competes in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. Talton, who has an early birthday, turns 19 too soon to be eligible under Louisiana High School Athletic Association guidelines. However, he's immediately eligible in the MAIS and the senior is eager to showcase his talents for River Oaks.

"At first, I was a little nervous with meeting everybody," Talton said, "but I calmed down. I like meeting new people. I played 7-on-7 with the team this week against Rayville, St. Frederick, Ouachita Christian, and Delhi Charter. I had only been with the team two days, and I'm still learning the playbook.

"I'll mostly be playing slot receiver and returning kicks this year. We'll basically be running a speed option offense. I'm also going to summer school at West Monroe to work on my GPA."

Talton said that he's receiving interest from TCU, ULM, Grambling, Southern, Alabama A&M, and several junior colleges.

Last season, Talton rushed for 761 yards on 90 rushes (almost nine yards per carry) with 15 TDs. His biggest game running the football (12-128, 10.7 yards per carry, two TDs) came in the first round of the playoffs vs. Brother Martin.

He also poses a major threat both receiving and returning kicks. In the semifinals vs. Catholic (Baton Rouge), Talton took a 64-yard reception to the house for a TD. In the Brother Martin game, Talton also returned a punt 94 yards. For season, he averaged 27.4 yards per punt return (8-219) and 46.1 yards (8-369) per kick return.

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