"We expect to have 13 or 14 players sign next February," said veteran McDonogh assistant coach Frank Daggs, who oversees recruiting for the New Orleans school.
QB Theltus Cobbins (Kentucky commit) and WR Charles Henderson (Utah commit) are perhaps the most-recognized names on the Roneagles' roster, but there's plenty more talent at McDonogh, including WR Trey Carter (pictured above) and CB Devon White.
"We finished our third practice today," said Carter, a 5-foot-10, 165-pounder with 4.4 speed. "We're just trying to get better, get more disciplined.
"I'm a speed guy. I don't think any cornerback can outrun me. It doesn't matter if it's the number one corner out there - or how small or how big he is. I'm a playmaker - that's what wide receivers do. We make plays and it's my job. I'm going to do my thing."
In 2009, Carter snagged 27 passes for 600 yards with seven touchdowns. He doesn't have any offers yet, but the senior is hearing from Kentucky, Kansas, SMU, Louisiana Tech, ULM, and Louisiana. He says that Kentucky and Kansas are showing the most interest.
White, a 6-foot-0, 180-pounder with 4.5 speed (and a 35-inch vertical), has offers from Colorado, Utah, and Utah State.
"We're been putting in hard work at practice," said White, who is also getting attention from SMU, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tulane. "It's been intense. We've been pushing it. I'm at my best in jump ball situations. I eat that up. I stay disciplined and focused in my assignments and you're not going to make the big catch against me."
Last year, the ballhawking White picked off 10 passes and racked up 50 tackles, along with five deflections and three forced fumbles.
The Roneagles have arguably the toughest non-district schedule in the state. On September 2nd, McDonogh travels to Thibodaux. The next game features a neigborhood brawl with St. Augustine. Looming after that are tilts vs. Acadiana, Brother Martin, and Amite.
"We trying to flip our non-district results," said White. "Last year, we lost those first four games. There's a lot of city bragging rights on the line against St. Aug. It will be physical and we have to be ready to work."
The Acadiana game pits perhaps the best DB tandem in the state (Bakari Hollier and Micah Eugene) vs. an extremely deep McDonogh receiving corps.
"We have six wide receivers that can play at a high level," said Daggs. "It's a good problem, but it's also a bad problem. How can we get all of them the ball? When we're in our four-wide set, we have two sitting out that should be on the field."
In 2009, the Roneagles went 7-5 and lost a last-minute heartbreaker to Neville in the second-round of the Class 4A playoffs.