Quarterback Brian Ensminger of Hahnville High School was the director of one of the most prolific offenses in the state last year and the junior recently received his first scholarship offer from the Tulane Green Wave.
"I was anxious to get that first offer," Ensminger said. "I was waiting for it the past couple of months and I was excited to get it. Tulane is close to home and they've kept in contact since I went to their camp a couple of years ago. They offer the major that I want to pursue - which is Architecture - and they're going to a spread offense, which is something that I like. I want to play for a spread team."
Last season, Ensminger and the Tigers went 11-2, advancing to the 5A quarterfinals before losing to eventual state runner-up Archbishop Rummel. The Tigers had no problem scoring points last year with Ensminger at the helm: Hahnville rang up an impressive 498 points on the season. In fact, Hahnville scored at least 34 points in 12-of-13 games.
Ensminger had a phenomenal junior campaign, completing 135-of-208 passes for 2,027 yards and 25 touchdowns (with only five interceptions). Some of Ensminger's best performances came against Sarah Reed (13-of-16, 210 yards, five TDs), Lutcher (17-of-29, 253 yards, two TDs), and LaGrange (18-of-29, 229 yards, three TDs).
"Brian is going to be a big-time recruit," said Hahnville head coach Lou Valdin. "He has a strong arm. He already has a Tulane offer and he's going to get some offers from some other Conference USA schools. Tulsa, Southern Miss, and SMU are also looking at him."
Ensminger says that there's one school in particular that holds his interest.
"I like LSU," he said. "That's the biggest school in the state and that's where I want to go. They recruited one of our running backs (Alfred Blue) from last year, and my uncle is the tight ends coach there."