Lafrance ready to show he belongs

We've all heard the stories of families being displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina. One such player was Compton WR Jeremy Lafrance (6-1, 199). He had an excellent season for the Tartars and now he's hoping to turn that into some recruiting gold. We caught up with the athletic playmaker at last weekend's JC Combine at Citrus College and here's what he had to say.

"Basically I sat out a year because of Katrina and I started talking to coach (Angelo) Jackson and he just made me feel comfortable about coming out here to Compton and playing for him," Lafrance, who attended Kennedy High School in New Orleans, said.

"My family all got spread out because of Katrina, but they're all back on their feet again so it's ok."

As a freshman at Compton, Lafrance put up solid numbers catching 33 passes, including one for a touchdown. He also had almost 900 all-purpose yards and said he loves returning kicks and punts as well as beating a defensive back.

"The more ways I can contribute to my team, the better," Lafrance said. "I love returning punts because it's dangerous and you have the chance at a big play or someone could come down and blow you up.

"I thrive on stuff like that."

During his senior season of high school ball, Lafrance was receiving interest from Ole Miss, San Diego State and Mississippi State, but no offers were forthcoming. Now he's sort of in the same boat, but schools from across the country are turning up the heat this time around.

"I don't have any offers yet, but Ole Miss is probably recruiting me the hardest right now," Lafrance said. "Washington, Washington State, Nebraska, Iowa, Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State are all sending me stuff and have been coming out to our practices to watch us."

Because of his solid frame, Lafrance feels there's one aspect of his game that sticks out among the others.

"I'm physical," Lafrance said. "Plain and simple, I'm a physical receiver. I play slot and wideout, whatever, I like it all and I love contact. I know a lot of receivers don't say that, but I love it.

"I like to compete too. I hate it when a DB lays off of me and gives me a cushion. That means they're scared of me. I like to be pressed a lot."

At the combine, Lafrance ran a 4.5 forty and he benches over 300 pounds on the bench.

"I'm working hard on my speed this year," Lafrance said. "I run 100's, 50's, 40's, 200's. I just want to get better and my speed is the biggest thing I need to work on."

Lafrance plans to graduate in May 2008 and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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