Nearly 200 prospects, a large majority of them from southeast Louisiana, participated. Among them was a large share of the area's top prospects.
The participants weren't limited solely to Louisiana prospects. Among the others who registered Saturday morning were prospects from California, Montana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
In this story, Tulane Insider will offer it's readers a preliminary look at the Louisiana participants in Saturday's combine, including Troy Spark's research where available, and also including unofficial 40 times from the combine.
The complete official New Orleans combine results are expected to be released Wednesday.
As a sophomore, Chauvin completed 36 of 85 pass attempts (42.4%) for 592 yards and 5 touchdowns. As a junior, he completed 83 of 151 pass attempts (55.0%) for 1,321 yards and 16 touchdowns with only 6 interceptions during the regular season. Against East St. John, he completed 16 of 32 passes for 304 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 interception. Including the playoffs, Chauvin completed 99 of 176 pass attempts (56.3%) for 1,590 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Michael McIver 6-1 80 (5.25 5.09) Lafayette
As a sophomore, McIver completed 112 of 204 pass attempts (54.9%) for 1,624 yards and 17 touchdowns with 11 interceptions during the regular season. Against Sulphur, he completed 17 of 29 passes for 318 yards and 1 touchdown with 3 interceptions. As a junior, McIver completed 104 of 192 pass attempts (54.2%) for 1,337 yards and 17 touchdowns with only 6 interceptions during the regular season.
William Griffin 5-10 197 (4.9) Patterson
As a junior, Griffin rushed for 1,380 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Alex Keys 5-11 260 (5.5) De La Salle New Orleans
Keys plays fullback and defensive tackle for De La Salle. As a junior, he was named All-District 9-4A at running back.
Dervin Ricard 5-9 147 (4.65 4.52 ) Plaquemine
As a sophomore, Ricard was named All-District 7-4A at cornerback. As a junior, he had 125 carries for 1,232 yards (9.9 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns during the regular season. Including the playoffs, he had 1,515 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns. He also averaged 35.4 yards per kickoff return and 25.4 yards per punt return. Ricard was named Class 4A Honorable Mention All-State, All-Metro, and All-District 7-4A as both a running back and return specialist.
Van Taylor 5-9 185 (4.65 4.52) De La Salle New Orleans
Another Westbank athlete, as a freshman, Taylor had 305 yards rushing. As a sophomore, he rushed for over 700 yards. Against St. Paul's, he had 22 carries for 291 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was named All-District 9-4A. As a junior, Taylor had a 22-yard touchdown run and returned an interception 91 yards for a touchdown in the bi-district round of the playoffs against state runner-up Northside. Ran a 10.68 100 Meters during the track season.
Travis Berry 6-1 185 O.P. Walker New Orleans
A good looking physical specimen.
Ricky Dixon 6-2 ½ 206 (4.99 4.82) East St. John Reserve
Dixon should qualify academically with a 2.5 grade point average. He reportedly benches 290# and squats 390#. As a junior, Dixon had a break-out year at wide receiver and also saw action at quarterback backing up LSU's Ryan Perrilloux. During the regular season, he had 45 receptions for 813 yards (18.1 yards per reception) and 5 touchdowns during the regular season. He also had 27 carries for 264 yards (9.8 yards per carry) and 6 touchdowns through 7 games. Including the playoffs, he had 66 receptions for 1,307 yards (19.8 yards per reception) and 19 touchdowns. He also finished the year with 453 yards rushing. Dixon was named All-District 6-5A.
Louis Lee 5-9 160 (4.79) East St. John Reserve
As a junior, Lee had 37 receptions for 745 yards (20.1 yards per reception) and 6 touchdowns during the regular season. Against Central Lafourche, he had 9 receptions for 205 yards and 1 touchdown. Including the playoffs, Lee had 60 receptions for 1,156 yards (19.3 yards per reception) and 8 touchdowns.
Kendrick Lewis 6-0 173 O.P. Walker New Orleans
Lewis should qualify academically with a 2.7 grade point average. As a junior, he began the season as Walker's starting quarterback while Rudi Gastinell appealed his eligibility issues. He finished the season at his more natural position, wide receiver and also started at defensive back for the Chargers. Lewis completed 41 of 85 pass attempts (48.2%) for 747 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also had 720 yards rushing. Despite not starting at wide receiver until game 6, Lewis finished the regular season with 40 receptions for 665 yards (16.6 yards per reception) and 5 touchdowns. Defensively, he had 68 tackles and 6 interceptions. Against St. Amant, he had 11 receptions for 272 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was named All-District 9-5A at defensive back. Lewis has committed to Ole Miss.
Casey Robottom 5-9 155 (4.82 4.69) St. Charles Catholic La Place
As a sophomore, Robottom had 38 receptions for 453 yards (11.9 yards per reception) and 5 touchdowns during the regular season. As a junior, he had 29 receptions for 542 yards (18.7 yards per reception) and 7 touchdowns during the regular season. Robottom was named All-District 10-3A as a wide receiver and return specialist.
Jerry Thomas 5-8 170 (4.67 4.53) De La Salle New Orleans
Eddie Williams 5-7 170 (4.6 4.65) De La Salle New Orleans
Courtney Smith 6-4 190 (5.03 4.89) Kennedy New Orleans
As a junior, Smith was named All-District 8-5A.
Jordan Folse 6-2 ½ 275 (5.14 5.13) Central Lafourche Raceland
Folse is academically qualified with a 4.0 grade point average and a 26 on the ACT. He reportedly benches 425#, squats 600#, and power cleans 350#. He projects as an offensive guard in college. As a junior, Folse surrendered only 1 sack in 262 pass attempts.
Daverin Geralds 6-3 ½ 285 Scotlandville
Geralds is academically qualified with a 4.6 grade point average and a 21 on the ACT. He reportedly benches 350#. As a sophomore, he was named All-District 8-3A at defensive tackle and Honorable Mention All-District 8-3A at offensive tackle. As a junior, he missed two games due to injury, but still graded out at 85%. Geralds was named All-Metro and All-District 8-3A.
Jamar Thompson 6-5 312 East St. John Reserve
Thompson projects as an offensive tackle in college.
Cameron Zipp 6-2 297 (5.65) Fountainebleau Mandeville
Zipp should qualify academically. He projects as an offensive guard in college. As a junior, Zipp was named All-Metro and All-District 5-5A.
Andre Jones 6-2 321 East St. John Reserve
Kentrell Lockett 6-4 ½ 215 (4.92 4.87) Hahnville
Matt El-Awadi 6-2 215 (4.88) Ruston
Trae Fitzgerald 6-0 195 (5.09 4.96) Comeaux Lafayette
Justin Gabriel 5-8 145 (4.61) Comeaux Lafayette
Cardia Jackson 6-1 1/2 227 (4.99 4.88) Wossman Monroe
As a junior, Jackson was named Class 4A Honorable Mention All-State.
Brian Lewis 6-1 230 (5.02) Terrebonne
As a junior, Lewis had 76 tackles. He was named All-District 6-5A.
Tim Smith 6-1 210 (4.84) Plaquemine
Lance Tillison 6-0 180 (4.99) Salmen Slidell
Josh Van Buren 6-2 185 (4.66 4.6) Terrebonne Houma
As a junior, Van Buren had 47 tackles and 2 interceptions. He was named All-District 6-5A.
Jai Eugene 5-11 170 (4.59 4.57) Destrehan
Eugene is academically qualified with a 2.7 grade point average and a 17 on the ACT. Local newspapers have reported that Jai has run a 10.22 and a 10.3 in the 100 meters. As a junior, he completed 57 of 121 pass attempts (47.1%) for 1,059 yards and 10 touchdowns during the regular season. He also had 88 carries for 422 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, he had 25 tackles, 2 sacks, and 7 interceptions. Nathaniel Smith 5-10 151 (4.63) Scotlandville Magnet
Will enter his third year as a starter in 2005.
Jeremy McGee 5-10 175 (4.54 4.55) Karr New Orleans
Among the top Westbank athletes in terms of speed, having run a 10.74 100 meters this spring. Plays running back in high school but projects as a defensive back or wide receiver in college.
Chris Mitchell 6-2 180 (4.59) John Ehret Marrero
As a senior, Mitchell had 50 receptions for 720 yards (14.4 yards per reception) and 12 touchdowns during the regular season. In the state quarterfinals against Fountainebleau, he had 4 receptions for 91 yards in the first quarter when Ehret quarterback Kendrick Ussin went out of the game with an injury. Mitchell replaced Ussin at quarterback and went 13-for-29 for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns with 3 interceptions. He also had 13 yards rushing and finished the evening with 246 of Ehret's 254 yards of total offense. Mitchell was named Class 5A Honorable Mention All-State, All-Metro, and All-District 7-5A.