Louisiana DE looking for offers

Defensive end Herman Fitch of St. John (Plaquemine) is a small school talent that could emerge as a big-time prospect after a stellar junior year that included 78 tackles, 12 sacks, and all-state honors.

Last year, St. John (Plaquemine) went 12-2 and reached the Class A semis, thanks in large part to the efforts of Herman Fitch. At 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, Fitch could conceivably play outside linebacker on the next level or he could bulk up and play defensive end.

"We lost a good bit of players from last year," said Fitch, and we'll have quite a few guys going both ways this season, which is unusual for us. I'm going to be at defensive end, tight end, and on special teams - kick return and punt return.

"This will be my first year playing tight end. Last year, I just played defense. I had 78 tackles, 12 sacks, forced a fumble and made the all-state team."

The Eagles' high-flying offensive attack, which averaged nearly 34 points per game through the first three weeks of the playoffs, came to a screeching halt in a 26-0 semifinal loss to eventual state champion Haynesville.

"That game was in the sleet and snow," said Fitch, "and I don't like to blame the loss on the weather, but they were better prepared for it than we were. As a north Louisiana team, they're more accustomed to the cold weather. They had heaters on their sideline and they even changed into fresh uniforms at halftime. They were just better prepared than us."

Fitch doesn't have any scholarship offers yet, but he's attended camps at Louisiana Tech, ULM, Southern, McNeese State, and Louisiana-Lafayette.

"The college coaches have told me to keep in touch," he said, "and to e-mail my schedule to them so they can come watch me during the season."

There's a couple of prominent matchups on the Eagles' slate that should draw interest from recruiters -- an early non-district game vs. 5A Dutchtown and a district battle with rival White Castle (and LSU commit Ronald Martin).

Fitch, who considers pass-rushing to be his specialty, says that he maxed out in the weight room this week (265-pound bench press, 500-pound squat, and 235-pound power clean).

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