2020 Louisiana Football Magazine Preseason 1st Team All-South Louisiana Offensive & Defensive Team Extended Bios
by Lee Brecheen and Jace LeJeune
Louisiana Football Editor and Owner Lee Brecheen has scouted all of these guys from the 2016 season to now. Lee has seen these guys in person whether it was in games or in team practices. The opinions on these players below are only from Lee Brecheen not from any other recruiting site. This is the 1st Team All-South Louisiana Offensive and Defensive Team. The 1st All-South Louisiana team consists of senior players from the Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, Lake Charles, St. Tammany, Tangi, Houma, and its Metro areas.
***These are the same players on the 1st Team All-South Louisiana Team that are mentioned in the South Louisiana Football Magazine version. Their bios were limited in the magazine so we are posting their full bios on the website.
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QB Dillon Monette
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I saw a few Southside games in 2019. For a kid that hasn’t played a lot of quarterback on the varsity level, Dillon Monette is sure magic with the ball in his hands. Dillon has the arm, feet, and 4.5/40 speed, but just needs to work on the small throws as well as the mental part of the game. He made some big time throws in 2019, but at the same time, he threw some passes up that were not so great. Overall, I think he’s a great athlete and 2020 will be his year to blossom. In my opinion, he is a big time sleeper to me as a DI dual threat quarterback.”
Bio: Dillon Monette did something not a lot of other quarterbacks can say they did, which was lead a brand new program at the highest classification in the state of Louisiana to the playoffs. Monette has been a big part of the program’s success as he threw for 2,863 yards and 32 touchdowns last season. The Comeaux High School transfer has done a great job making an impact with his new school. Currently, the Southside quarterback has currently received one offer from Louisiana College, but he is still open to other colleges as well.
“I am looking for a school that will make me a better person in life generally not just in football,” Monette said
Like when Monette transferred to a new football program, he will also be trying something new, which is playing basketball as well in 2020.
QB DeVon Tott
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I saw DeVon Tott play and have one of his best games of the year in person last season when the team played Archbishop Hannan at Mandeville High School. I think the strongest part of his game is his ability to run with legit 4.5/40 speed and his passing is getting better. He is a really good athlete that has the arm, but needs to just put it all together for the big schools. He is also really good throwing the short passes and is really composed when under pressure.”
Bio: Like Dillon Monette from Southside High School, DeVon Tott also came in as a transfer to Mandeville High School from Northlake Christian High School and has become an immediate impact by leading the Skippers to the Class 5A Quarterfinals. In 2020, the Mandeville senior quarterback will be looking to carry the team even further into the playoffs. Along the way, plenty of colleges notice his physical abilities as Lamar, McNeese State, Southern, Prairie View A&M, Arkansas Pine Bluff, and New Mexico State have all offered Tott. He also has been in contact with Tulane as well.
“I am looking for a good education where I can get some type of business degree and play for a winning program,” Tott said.
Just recently, Tott has decided to commit to the McNeese State Cowboys. To help keep his mind off football and the recruiting process, he enjoys fishing as a hobby.
QB Parker Seilhan
6-3 ½, 205
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I saw Parker Seilhan get in a game in 2019 and what impressed me the most was when the team let him throw, he showed a great release and great size plus he’s mobile. He’s not your typical 5-8 to 5-10, 160 pound Notre Dame High School quarterback. In fact, he is one of the best looking quarterbacks I’ve seen at Notre Dame High School in many years. In 2019, he backed up a three year starter, but did start four games, and you can tell he has it. This will be a one year audition for DI offers, but I think the kid will get them by the time the year is over. Notre Dame also might throw it more since they have a kid who can make all the throws.”
Bio: When Notre Dame High School quarterback Ben Broussard went down with an injury last season, there were a lot of Pio fans that were unsure about the impact backup Parker Seilhan would make. In just a couple of games, Seilhan showed what he can do in Lewis Cook’s offense by completing 41 of 60 passes for 761 yards and 13 touchdowns while only throwing three interceptions. Seilhan also showed his ability to run the football by rushing for 114 more yards and three touchdowns. Now heading into a full season, the Notre Dame High School senior quarterback has a chance to show colleges what he could do with a full year of film. There have been some colleges take notice as he has received two offers from Air Force and Nicholls State. His favorite schools growing up were LSU and ULL. Also as an outfielder for the baseball team, Seilhan is a pretty good athlete as he can bench press 265 pounds, squat 405 pounds, and can clean 240 pounds with 4.59/40 speed.
QB Drew Lege
Lee’s Scouting Report: “This is one of the best players in Louisiana and is a product of colleges not watching enough of his film. I saw Drew Lege play two different times his sophomore year and his junior year. This kid is super smart, makes all the throws, and has the right time clock in his head in order to get rid of the ball quickly while escaping pressure.”
Bio: Following his older brother J.T. Lege, who was a great Vermilion Catholic quarterback in his own right, Drew Lege has continued to carry on the Lege tradition under center at the school. Going into his senior season as a fourth year starter, Drew
already has 6,000 yards passing and 60 touchdowns in a balanced offense. He is also a three sport athlete playing baseball and basketball as well. When not having a ball in his hands, Drew spends his off time playing video games. As of now, he has received one offer from Yale.
ATH Kyle Wickersham
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I saw Kyle Wickersham play football for Jesuit High School back in 2017 as a gunner on special teams and I know he was tough then. Wickersham has only started one full season and that’s in 2019 after transferring from Jesuit in 2018. He is a big powerful quarterback with a strong arm. Although he is a pocket passer, he can escape the pass rush because he’s strong and moves in the pocket well. I really believe this kid could be a DI quarterback, middle linebacker or tight end in college for a Power 5 School.”
Bio: Kyle Wickersham has the family genes as his dad Jeff Wickersham was a Parade All-American quarterback out of Merritt Island in Florida and also was the all-time leading passer at LSU when he left the school. His sister Shelby Wickersham is one of the starting pitchers for LSU softball. Now, Kyle is looking to add on to the family name by playing football at the next level. The second generation quarterback has received offers from Air Force, Columbia, Cornell, Fordham, Georgetown, Harvard, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Penn, Richmond, Southeastern, Southern Illinois, and UT Martin.
“I am looking for a school that has a great program and even better people,” Kyle Wickersham said.
Currently, Wickersham made his decision by committing to the Richmond Spiders.
“Richmond is an amazing place that has a winning culture,” Kyle said. “They made my family and I feel like we were family to them.”
Kyle Wickersham made an instant impact in his first year as a starter at Archbishop Rummel after transferring from Jesuit by leading the Raiders to the Division I state championship while throwing for 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. Kyle is looking to build off his junior season and has decided to give up baseball and basketball in order to focus on his senior season. When not playing football, Kyle enjoys hunting and fishing.
ATH Malik Nabers
Lee’s Scouting Report: If Malik Nabers was coming out of the state of Kentucky as an example, he would be one of the top three players in their state, but in Louisiana, he is very much a sleeper because of the talent Louisiana has this year at wide receiver, which is loaded. Rankings do not really matter as this kid will be a star in college because he’s big, strong, and fast with 4.49/40 speed. You can start him at wide receiver, cornerback, safety, and on Special Teams as a returner.”
Bio: In the Lafayette area, Malik Nabers is one of the top athletes for the 2021 class. On offense, Nabers had 58 receptions for 1,225 yards and 15 touchdowns, but also had 1,565 all-purpose yards and 19 total touchdowns. On defense, he is just as a threat to score as he had four interceptions returned for 110 yards. With over 31 offers, this top former Comeaux High School prospect has narrowed down his decision to only two schools, which are Mississippi State and Georgia. Unfortunately, fans will not get the chance to see Nabers put on the pads one more time for his senior senior as the LHSAA denied his waiver to suit up to play for the Southside Sharks after transferring last season.
“I am looking at the progress of the program and not just the name of the program, but what students and players think of the school when they went there, the faculty, and the coaches,” Nabers said.
Just recently after talking with Nabers, he decided that those requirements best suited Mississippi State for him as he committed to the Bulldogs in late July. In the weight room, Nabers has put up some impressive numbers by bench pressing 245 pounds, power cleaning 280 points, and squatting 405 pounds all while running a 4.5/40.
ATH Dillon Simon
Lake Charles College Prep
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Dillon Simon is the best athlete in Lake Charles. He is the South Louisiana version of Keith Baker (Green Oaks), but just a little taller. With 4.5/40 speed, he can play slot wide receiver, running back, cornerback, strong safety, and even quarterback for the right school.”
Bio: Returning for his senior season, Dillon Simon and the rest of the explosive Lake Charles College Prep Trailblazers offense has a chance to be one of the most dynamic in the state this season. In 2019, Simon burst onto the scene when he threw for 2,561 yards and 25 touchdowns while at the same time, ran for 860 more yards and ten more touchdowns. His standout junior season helped him pick up offers from Grambling, Prairie View A&M, Army, South Alabama, and Lamar until the dual threat decided to commit to the South Alabama Jaguars.
“I was always raised to keep my word on things so if bigger schools offer me, it’s cool and thank you for the offer, but it would be very hard to get me to recommit to someone else because Coach Jones, who is my recruiting coach, and USA made it feel like a family from the time I have gotten the offer to now,” Simon said. “Nothing has changed and the coaching staff there is doing the same as well, which makes me more committed. The number one thing is that they are making sure I know they want me as a quarterback and nothing else.”
Simon’s 4.4/40 track speed helps him more on the football field and during the offseason, he has been training with Washington Redskins wide receiver Trey Quinn (Barbe High School/LSU/SMU) to help him as a passer.
ATH Simeon Ardoin
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Simeon Ardoin will be a four year starter at quarterback as he led his team as a sophomore to a state title in 2018. Simeon is a very unique athlete with 4.5/40 speed, a high football I.Q., and toughness. I can see him being a running back, slot receiver, or a return specialist in college because of his great athleticism.
Bio: Simeon Ardoin will go down in Eunice High School football lore when he led the Bobcats to their first state championship in 36 years. Ardoin will look to lead the team to another state championship for his senior season. In 2019, the Eunice four year starting quarterback completed 74 of 135 passes for 1,103 yards and 13 touchdowns while running the football for 475 yards on 89 carries and five more touchdowns. With 4.59/40 speed to boot, Ardoin can bench press 245 pounds and squat 405 pounds in the weight room. His top schools growing up are LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M, Ohio State, and Oregon. Although he has yet to receive any offers, he still would love an opportunity to play at the next level.
“I’m just looking for a college to give me a full ride scholarship,” Ardoin said. “I also look for a college that’s going to change the next four years of my life.”
When not playing football, the Eunice senior athlete also plays basketball and runs track for the school.
ATH Matthew Langlois
Catholic High School (Pointe Coupee)
Lee’s Scouting Report: I will say that Matthew Langlois is the best player I’ve ever seen come from Catholic High School (Pointe Coupee). The kid is a determined playmaker on both sides of the football. Even though I have seen this kid play in person twice, I think he was born to play offense and make big time plays as a slot wide receiver. As a defensive back, I saw him intercept two passes in one half. He just knows the game and knows how to run as he can run a legit 4.5/40.
Bio: Matthew Langlois will go down as arguably the best football player in Catholic High School (Pointe Coupee) history, which is saying a lot, but the numbers back it up as he holds the career rushing record for the program including running for over 1,400 yards while guiding his team to the Division IV state championship game finishing as the state runner up last season. Langlois may also go down as one of the top recruits to ever come through the school as he has received offers from South Alabama, UL, Navy, Arkansas State, Tulane, Mississippi State, NC State, Washington State, Wake Forest, Boston College, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Arizona, Virginia, Kansas State, Colorado, Northwestern, Arkansas Monticello, and Vanderbilt. Even though Langlois is grateful for those offers, there are a couple of other schools that he is waiting to hear from.
“I’m from Baton Rouge so obviously, receiving an offer from LSU would be one of my many dreams come true,” Langlois said. “However, any big National Championship winning school like that including Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, etc. would be a dream come true to receive an offer from.”
Despite not getting SEC offers, Langlois is plenty happy enough to be offered by the Kansas State Wildcats as he has committed to the BIG 12 program earlier in August. In the weight room, Langlois can bench press 225 pounds and squat 375 pounds. The Catholic High School (Pointe Coupee) senior is also a standout track and basketball athlete as well.
ATH Cole Simon
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Cole Simon will be a four year starter in 2020. I was at a game in 2017 and in 2018, when I saw him play the quarterback position. Cole has great feet, 4.5/40 speed, and a really good arm. He could either go to a small school at quarterback or sign with a I-AA school as a slot wide receiver where he can make plays in the open field. He is one tough kid.”
Bio: Cole Simon has done something rare nowadays regardless of classification, which is to start all four years of high school football. Last season, Simon made 2nd Team All-District while leading the Blue Gators to seven wins and a playoff appearance. Right now, the Ascension Episcopal High School senior athlete has not received any offers, but his dream is to play at LSU. Simon also plays baseball as the team’s shortstop and second baseman as well. In the weight room, he bench presses 225 pounds and power cleans 230 pounds.
ATH Dorian Batiste
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Dorian Batiste has big time gifted hips and speed. Dorian is a gifted athlete that can start and stop on a dime. He is a big time playmaker at either wide receiver or running back for the team with 4.45/40 or even faster speed.”
Bio: Over his career, Dorian Batiste has been a two year starter as a slot wide receiver and kickoff return specialist for the Amite Warriors. Last season, Batiste finished second on the team in receptions and led the team in touchdowns as well as explosive plays. According to Coach Zephaniah Powell, the Amite senior playmaker is a Tyreek Hill (Garden City Community College/Oklahoma State/West Alabama) type of athlete that has that get up and go type of twitch. Not only is Batiste talented, but he is also hard working as he loves the weight room. His greatest honor occurred before the start of the season as he was chosen team captain and will wear the team’s coveted number three jersey, which represents the best overall player on the team.
ATH Twillie Lovett
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Twillie Lovett is a rare four year starter for the program as he has played wide receiver, running back, defensive back, and outside linebacker. The kid is tough and very athletic. I think he would make a great strong safety for college as he loves contact and reads really well with 4.5/40 speed.”
Bio: Twillie Lovett did everything for the Belle Chasse Cardinals except sitting on the bench. Last season, he had 119 carries for 783 yards and three touchdowns as a running back, four catches for 26 yards as a receiver, and 70 tackles, three tackles for loss, three interceptions, seven pass breakups, and a blocked punt. With 4.5/40 speed, Belle Chasse’s swiss army knife also plays basketball, baseball, and runs track as well. The 1st Team All-District defensive back selection just recently received two offers from McNeese State and Southern. When Lovett is not playing sports, he enjoys fishing, and spending time with family and friends.
ATH Alred Luke
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Alred Luke is the most underrated four year starter on the team. The offense loves to throw it and run in a very balanced offense so Alred doesn’t get a ton of carries because in 2019, he backed up a DI senior running back in Ashaad Clayton, who signed with Colorado. This is his year to show his skill set at both slot wide receiver and running back. He has a great burst hitting the hole and is a tough kid for his size with 4.45/40 speed.”
Bio: Alred Luke’s nickname is Dash and it is for a good reason as the Warren Easton athlete has legit 4.45/40 speed. Dash was the Fighting Eagles’ X factor on offense on the team’s way to a state championship game appearance. In fact, he lined up at wide receiver, slot back, running back, defensive back, and even returned kicks as well as punts. Last season, Luke had 32 catches for 673 yards, 202 rushing yards, and an incredible 1,192 all-purpose yards. Despite his elusiveness, Luke has received only two offers from Louisiana College and Southwest Oklahoma State University. Growing up, his favorite schools are West Virginia, Baylor, and UCLA.
“I am just looking for the school that offers me and fits me the best,” Luke said.
In the weight room, Luke can bench press 225 pounds and squat 415 pounds. When not playing football, Luke takes his blazing speed to the track where he participates in track and field events for the school.
ATH Lynarise Elpheage Jr
Lee’s Scouting Report: “What’s really amazing is Lynarise Elpheage Jr.’s dad Lynarise Elpheage Sr. carries the same name and was an incredible athlete for Carver High School himself and was a big time athlete for Tulane. Lynarise Elpheage Jr. has the same build as his dad and has some of the same skills. He even runs a legit 4.45/40 like his dad, and has played a number of positions for the program including running back, wide receiver, defensive back, wildcat quarterback, and in the return game on special teams.”
Bio: Lynarise Elpheage Jr. is carrying on the family name at Carver High School as his father Lynarise Elpheage Sr. was a standout player at Tulane and played in the NFL. Now, his son is looking to break the records his father once held. After having 65 receptions for 800 yards and ten touchdowns as a sophomore, the younger Elpheage followed up with 1,219 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns last season. In the weight room, his max bench press is 225 pounds and his max squat is 315 pounds. His favorite teams growing up were Alabama, TCU, and North Carolina, but the Human JoyStick has received offers from Southeastern, Southern, Middle Tennessee, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Nicholls State, Miami, Prairie View A&M, Northwestern State, Troy, and Virginia State.
“I’m looking for a good coaching staff and a team that is always showing interest in me and checking on me,” Elpheage said.
ATH Tyrese Johnson
KIPP Booker T. Washington
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Tyrese Johnson is the biggest sleeper skill player in South Louisiana. This kid has big time talent for a big time school. I am scratching my head why he’s not being recruited by all the major colleges. If you see his film in a full game, you will become a believer in this kid. He has God given talent and is a freak athlete in games with legit 4.4/40 speed.”
Bio: Tyrese Johnson does a little bit of everything for KIPP Booker T. Washington as he can line up at quarterback, wide receiver, or defensive back. Last season, he had 832 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. At 6-2, 195 pounds with 4.4/40 speed, there is no wonder why he has received offers from Southeastern, Louisville, Virginia, UCF, Tulane, Tennessee, South Alabama, SMU, Mississippi State, Miami, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, Kansas, Houston, Florida State, Colorado, Arkansas, and Arizona.
“I am just looking at the program and how they run the program,” Johnson said. “That will help me make a decision.”
Just recently, Johnson has decided to commit to the Arizona Wildcats. As expected, Johnson is a multisport athlete playing basketball and running track. What a lot of people do not know about the star receiver is that he enjoys making clothes and loves fashion.
ATH Jaden Tyler
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Jayden Tyler is an incredible athlete that can play DI at either cornerback, strong safety, or wide receiver. I saw this kid play in person in 2019, and he’s big time. I love his toughness and also his playmaking skill set. He is a big time player, and I think he’s a major talent after watching him play in 2019 as a defensive back and wide receiver. With 4.47/40 legit speed, he looks even faster. In my opinion, he could be a DI wide receiver or cornerback for any Power Five school in the US.”
Bio: Jaden Tyler will have his name called upon a lot this upcoming season for the Assumption Mustangs as their most explosive playmaker. With 4.47/40 speed at 6-2, 165 pounds, Tyler provides a mismatch for any defensive back covering him as indicated with his 852 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns in 2019. Besides being a dynamic football player, the Assumption High School senior athlete is arguably a better basketball player as he made All-District MVP as a sophomore. In 2019, he averaged 19.8 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game, four assists per game, and three steals per game. The Assumption Mustangs shooting guard has also scored over 1,000 points in his career. Even though Tyler is good at basketball, he is pursuing a collegiate career in football as he has already received an offer from Nicholls State. Tulane and ULL are also starting to show interest in him as well. When not playing either football or basketball, Tyler enjoys fishing and playing pickup sports with his friends.
RB Montrell Johnson
De La Salle
Lee’s Scouting Report: “If Montrell Johnson plays another full season in 2019, he’s probably ranked as one of the top five running backs in the country. The kid has a ton of talent to be great, and I think he has NFL ability as a starter one day because of his great size, speed, and power. He is also lean for a guy that is over 200 pounds at running back.”
Bio: Montrell Johnson was a bellcow for the De La Salle Cavaliers last season leading the team to the Division II state championship game by rushing for 1,230 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. With 4.45/40 speed and bruising power, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Duke, Tulane, UL, Kansas, Tennessee, Southeastern, Nicholls State, Tennessee, South Alabama, Louisiana Tech, Colorado, ULM, Arkansas State, and McNeese State have all offered the De La Salle running back. For Johnson, there is nothing else he would rather do than devote his life to the game of football. Just recently, Johnson has decided to commit to the Arizona Wildcats.
RB Kendrell Williams
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Kendrell Williams is big time underrated nationally. He has all the boxes checked for me. In 2019, he ran for close to 2,000 yards and over 20 touchdowns. The kid has a great burst hitting the hole to now go with power. I saw this kid play as a freshman, sophomore, and junior for Carencro High School. He will get a lot of big time offers in 2020.”
Bio: Kendrell Williams is trying to add his name as the next best Carencro running back in a long list of great running backs in the program’s history. Last season, he ran for over 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns while leading his team to the Quarterfinals. As of now, the three year Carencro High School starter has received offers from Utah State, Texas State, Southern, Northwestern State, Nicholls State, McNeese State, Louisiana Tech, UL, Lamar, and Army. As of now, his top schools are UL, Louisiana Tech, and Nicholls State.
“I am looking for the education, the characteristics of the coaching staff, and the school population,” Williams said.
In the weight room, Williams shows his strength by bench pressing 315 pounds, power cleaning 245 pounds, and squatting 485 pounds. Williams has been very successful in not only football, but in other sports as well as he is a two time state champion in track and also a state champion in his 175 pound wrestling weight class.
RB Jaden Handy
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Jaden Handy is a power back with good vision. Handy is a big time sleeper that is flying under the radar. He would be a big time pickup for Tulane if they sign him.”
Bio: As Lee hinted, Jaden Handy has already committed to Tulane in the spring of 2020. Tulane head coach Willie Fritz and staff are trying to add on an already strong running back rotation for the program as Handy is one of the best running backs in South Louisiana.
“I thought that Tulane was the right for me and the offense that they run,” Handy said.
Handy is a good fit in the Holy Cross offense as well being the team’s number one runner. Before committing to Tulane, Handy had received other offers from Nevada, Nicholls State, McNeese State, and UTSA. In the weight room, he can bench press 315 pounds, squat 420 pounds, and can run a 4.49/40.
RB Iverson Celestine
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Iverson Celestine is not the fastest or biggest player, but wow, he breaks runs, runs over players twice his size, and has good vision to hit the hole. He will make a great back in college for someone with 4.6/40 speed and more power than his size indicates. He really was 70 % of the team’s offensive production the last three years.”
Bio: When it is all said and done, Iverson Celestine will go down as one of the most productive players to ever come out of Fontainebleau. Still, with another year left, Celestine has ran for 3,900 yards and 45 touchdowns in his career. Ever since his freshman season, he has been a consistent 1,000 yards rusher including last season when he ran for 1,162 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Fontainebleau workhorse also was effective in the passing game with 675 yards receiving and six touchdowns in 2019. As of now, Celestine has received offers from McNeese State, Middle Tennessee, Richmond, Wake Forest, Northwestern State, Southern, Arkansas State, ULM, Colorado, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, South Alabama, Tulane, Virginia, and Utah. Just recently, the Fontainebleau workhorse chose to commit to the Tulane Green Wave shortly after receiving an offer.
RB Logan Diggs
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I think Logan Diggs is a national running back recruit. Logan has all the boxes checked. Scouts need to go see this kid play because he has a chance to be special because of his burst, toughness, power, and vision hitting the hole. He will be a 200 pound plus running back in college. 2019 was his first year to show his full upside.”
Bio: At 6-0, 195 pounds, Logan Diggs proved to play a major part in Archbishop Rummel’s highly touted running game attack, which also featured Jaelen Sturgis in the backfield. While sharing carries, Diggs still managed to run for an impressive 964 yards and eight touchdowns on only 127 touches. Still, with a lot of tread on the tires along with his elite ability as a runner, there have been a lot of college football programs to offer the state championship winning running back including Colorado, Tulane, Louisville, Virginia, Arkansas, Memphis, Vanderbilt, SMU, Louisiana Tech, Kansas, Houston, ULL, Ole Miss, Purdue, Texas State, USC, Arizona State, Arkansas, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Toledo, Southern Miss, FIU, Southeastern, Arkansas, Notre Dame, and McNeese State.
“When I make a decision where I want to go, I look at the depth chart along with the relationship I have with the coaches,” Diggs said.
Those qualities fit the bill for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as Diggs made his decision to commit there on July 29th. Along with Diggs entering his first year to play basketball, he also has been a participant on the school’s track and field team where he runs the 100 meters, 200 meters, hurdles, 4×1, 4×100, and does the long jump. When not playing football, Diggs likes watching film and highlights of other running backs, most notably Reggie Bush (USC/New Orleans Saints/Miami Dolphins/Detroit Lions).
RB George Hart
Catholic High School (B.R.)
Lee’s Scouting Report: “George Hart is not a household name going into his senior year because he shared the ball with a big time senior running back Josh Parker in 2019 and others. The kid has fresh legs with only a few carries and has big time ability with a fast 4.49/40. George also has some size now going into his senior season. I am looking forward to seeing what he does as the guy in 2020.”
Bio: After sharing carries the last couple of seasons, George Hart will be featured as the main running back for the first time in his career. With plenty of tread on the tires and a lot of ability to carry on the famed Catholic High School running back tradition, Hart is looking to build on last season’s performance when he had 60 carries for 500 yards along with five receptions for 50 yards and nine total touchdowns last season. As far as his physical measurables are concerned, Hart can squat 400 pounds, power clean 300 pounds, hang clean 300 pounds, broad jump ten feet, and have a vertical of 36 inches. Despite not having as many carries as other running backs around the state, his ability has jumped out on film for college coaches as McNeese State has offered Hart while ULL, Rice, Navy, Air Force, Columbia, ULM, and Tulane have shown interest.
RB Jaylon Spears
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Jaylon Spears shared time with other backs in 2019 and still ran for over 800 yards in 2019. Jaylon has power, speed and toughness. I like this kid as a starter at a Power Five school, and he will be a sleeper signee in 2020. He could be that running back everybody wants after the season is over with 4.59/40 speed.”
Bio: Jaylon Spears was another running back that shared carries, but made the most of it every time he touched the football. Last season, he had over 755 yards rushing along with 200 receiving to combine for close to 1,000 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns. As of now, Spears has only received one offer from Louisiana College, but he is hoping that with a full season as the guy under his belt, he can receive more offers. The Brother Martin running back’s dream is to play in the SEC whether it is at Georgia, LSU, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, or Texas A&M. No matter where he attends, he will plan to major in business. In the weight room, he can bench press 265 pounds, squat 405 pounds, and can run a 4.57/40. When he is not playing football, he enjoys listening to music, especially R&B.
FB Wesley Maze
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Wesley Maze is a starting linebacker for his team and is also a really good running back. Wesley has DI stuff and with more weight, he could be a DI fullback. He has good feet for a big guy, runs hard, is a good blocker, and also is tough as nails. This kid has to play defensive end for his team to help them win and be a team player, but is either a middle linebacker or fullback starter all the way as he runs a legit 4.59/40.”
Bio: Wesley Maze is one of the toughest two way players in South Louisiana and will do whatever it takes to help his team succeed on the field, which his former team St. Louis Catholic High School did in 2019 by making it all the way to the Division II semifinals. Now, Maze will take his talents to Notre Dame High School where he is now transferred to after Hurricane Laura. Maze was very busy on the football field as he had 66 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, two touchdowns, one interception, three forced fumbles, two blocked punts, and 19 carries for 154 yards while averaging 8.1 yards per carry. Because of his versatility, Maze has been named 1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-SWLA, and Honorable Mention All-State in 2019. The running back/fullback/defensive end/linebacker likes ULL, Penn State, Louisiana Tech, and Texas Tech. In the weight room, he bench presses 345 pounds. When not playing football, Maze keeps himself busy by participating in indoor and outdoor track as well as the wrestling team. He also enjoys being outdoors.
FB Win Schibler
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Win Schibler is a big time player in 2019, who I saw in person. He is a bone cruising blocker as he is tough and brings it for the team. He is a very strong kid too and is an old school throwback tough kid with 4.79/40 speed for college.”
Bio: Entering his third year as a starter at Jesuit High School is pretty impressive, but this season will be something new for the veteran Win Schibler as he will switch from playing fullback to playing running back. Last season, Schibler took the field for about 40 to 50 percent of the offensive snaps. As a sophomore, he scored a touchdown as well as a two point conversion. As an honors student at Jesuit, he has received interests from several Ivy League schools. In the weight room, he can bench press 315 pounds, squat 450 pounds, and power clean 225 pounds all while running a 4.7/40. When not playing football, Schibler enjoys his free time by fishing.
FB Ian Silva
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Ian Silva is old school. He knows his role, comes in and delivers bone crushing blocks on offense and plays linebacker for the team too. He has good feet and is a great blocker with 4.89/40 speed.”
FB Gabe Leonards
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Gabe Leonards plays defensive end for the team because that’s where they need him, but he is a natural fullback for college with power and good feet. Gabe is a very strong kid in the weight room.”
Bio: Gabe Leonards is an old fashioned football player as he can play fullback, defensive end, or run down players on Special Teams. In fact, he led the team in tackles on kickoff return with 13 total last season. His top schools are LSU, UL, Navy, Air Force, and Army.
“All of these schools have great programs that teach more than just the sport of football,” Leonards said. “They teach discipline and work ethic, which helps you later in life.”
In the weight room, Leonards can bench press 335 pounds, squat 455 pounds, and can power clean 315 pounds all while having 4.62/40 speed. When not playing football, Leonard can run track and play basketball.
WR Casey Cain
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Casey Cain has a ton of talent, but plays for a school that has so many weapons no one is ever really featured to hog all the stats. Casey is a three year starter with legit 4.45/40 speed. He is not only tall, but again, really gifted.”
Bio: After losing its workhorse running back Ashaad Clayton (Colorado) to graduation, the Warren Easton Fighting Eagles will be looking to utilize its best playmakers in the passing game, especially wide receiver Casey Cain. Even though it was a run first team, the Eagles passing game was effective when throwing to the 6-3, 185 pound target when he had 47 catches for 934 yards and 12 touchdowns. With a 4.5/40 speed to go with a big frame, Cain has been receiving offers from a lot of colleges. Just recently, the highly recruited Warren Easton wide receiver made his decision to commit to the Texas Longhorns.
“I committed to the University of Texas because of the great opportunity I have when I go there,” Cain said. “They have a great coaching staff, program, and culture over at Texas and I wanted to be a part of it. The education is great and the university has connections all over the country so even without football, I will be fine.”
During the offseason, the Texas commit plays basketball and runs track for the school.
WR Luke Besh
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I really like the route running and hands of Luke Besh. He is very underrated at the wide receiver position in the state. I saw this kid play last season. His grit, great hands, and high IQ of the game is at a college level in my opinion. Besh also runs a 4.67/40, but looks faster than his 40 time may indicate in a uniform. I’ve seen this kid play in a few games since his sophomore year and he’s the real deal. He loves the Ivy League Schools and if he goes there, he will be a starter and star player.”
Bio: As the son of famous New Orleans chef John Besh, Luke Besh always has something cooking when he lines up against opposing defenders. Last season, Besh earned All-District honorable mention as one of the Jesuit Blue Jays’ top receivers. As a former quarterback, Besh knows how to run the perfect routes for his passer. He has received one offer so far from Louisiana College, but he does like Ivy League schools such as Yale, Davidson, and Dartmouth.
“I’m looking for a school that will challenge me in the classroom, but also takes football seriously,” Besh said.
In the weight room, the Jesuit playmaker can bench press 235 pounds, squat 385 pounds, power clean 225 pounds, and can run a 4.67/40. When not playing football, he runs track for the school.
WR Glynn Johnson III
5-10 ½, 165
Lake Charles College Prep
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Glynn Johnson III would be a top 10 player for some of these smaller states in the South. He has great hands, great speed and is a big time playmaker.”
Bio: Glynn Johnson III was one of the team’s top playmakers on an offense that is full of them. In 2019, Johnson was one of Dillon Simon’s top targets as he had 56 catches for 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns. With explosive 4.49/40 speed, there have been some colleges that are interested in the Lake Charles College Prep playmaker. As of now, Johnson has committed to New Mexico State.
“They made me feel like I was family and the coaches made me feel as if I were their own child,” Johnson said. “It feels like a brotherhood and that I will be very comfortable there. It’s basically like my new home for the next four years in my life and also, I know once I’m there, I will be more than an athlete.”
In the weight room, Johnson can bench press 225 pounds and can squat 405 pounds. When not playing football, he is playing basketball for the school.
WR Jack Bech
St. Thomas More
Lee’s Scouting Report: “This kid has the best hands on a wide receiver in high school that I’ve seen in many years. Jack Bech is also one of the toughest players I’ve seen play the position in high school. He reminds me of Jarvis Landry (Lutcher High School/LSU/Miami Dolphins/Cleveland Browns) in terms of his toughness blocking for the team and his willingness to win 50/50 balls. He always wins because he’s so strong, gifted, and tough. In my opinion, he is the most overlooked DI player in Louisiana on the national stage to me. I’ve seen the kid play twice in person and several times on tape.”
Bio: As the nephew of former LSU players Brett and Blain Bech, Jack Bech is carrying on the family tradition, but this time as a DI recruit coming out of high school. Jack led the St. Thomas More Cougars to the Division II state championship game with 96 catches for 1,668 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. Not only did Bech lead the football Cougars to a state championship, but he also led the basketball Cougars to a state championship as well. The All-State wide receiver has committed to the Vanderbilt Commodores.
“Just being able to play in the SEC has always been a dream of mine,” Jack Bech said. “So whenever that opportunity opened itself, getting an offer from Vanderbilt, I was really taken away. It was a dream come true not only athletically, but academically as well being one of the top 15 universities in the country in terms of athletics.”
When not playing football, the sure handed receiver enjoys playing video games.
WR Brian Thomas Jr.
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Brian Thomas Jr. reminds me of a raw version of Michael Clayton (Christian Life Academy/LSU/Tampa Bay Buccaneers). The kid is a strider when he runs and his hands are very good. In the red zone, he’s money and he will surprise you for a big guy on how fast he can run in the open field. He has become aggressive with 50/50 balls in the air and usually wins those battles. I saw him play last season in person and think he’s ready for the DI now. It is always going to be a Alabama-LSU battle to sign Thomas.”
Bio: Brain Thomas Jr. is easily one of the best wide receivers in the state of Louisiana, which is full of them this season. In 2019, the star Walker High School wide receiver recruit had 75 catches for 1,272 yards and 17 touchdowns. Overall, he accounted for 1,907 all-purpose yards and 21 total touchdowns. Thomas originally came on the scene as a sophomore and has stayed there ever since. As both a DI basketball and football recruit, the high school All-American has a lot of options, but he is way more than likely to go the football route. Just recently, he narrowed down his 16 DI football offers to only four. The top four schools that will be battling for his services are LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M, and Georgia.
WR Chris Hilton
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Chris Hilton is a gamer. When the game is on the line, he produces. Hilton has really good hands, great speed, and a great vertical. He is an All-State selection in track as he high jumps over 6-6 and is just a great kid. He still hasn’t peaked yet in terms of his upside, and the scary thing is that he has only scratched the surface of what he can do. Again, what sets him apart is he doesn’t like to lose. That mentality helps him focus on making huge plays.”
Bio: If there was one play to describe Chris Hilton, it would be the 80 yard screen pass that Hilton took off for a touchdown on a crucial third down and 20 play to help the Zachary Broncos win the Class 5A state championship when he was only a sophomore. Now, entering his senior season, the legend of Chris Hilton is still only beginning to grow. After having 73 catches for 1,388 yards and 18 touchdowns his first two seasons, the star Zachary receiver has a goal of becoming the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year and leading the Broncos to another state championship before his incredible high school career is over. After receiving over 20 offers, the highly recruited wide receiver made his decision to commit to the LSU Tigers. Not only is the LSU commit a football state champion, but he is a track state champion as well winning the high jump both his freshman and sophomore year.
WR Destyn Pazon
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Destyn Pazon is one of the most gifted and fastest players in Louisiana as he has run some 4.4/40 times. In games, the speed translates into DI football speed too as he makes big plays in pressure situations. Pazon does need to work on catching the ball more consistently for college, but he could also easily play cornerback for any DI school too.”
Bio: To show off his ability, Destyn Pazon is not only one of the top players on one of the top programs in the state, but he is also recognized as one of the top players in the entire country after being named Under Armor All-American. Pazon has racked up the offers in recruiting picking up offers from USC, Texas, South Alabama, Nicholls State, Louisville, Tulane, Tennessee, Purdue, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Miami, Louisiana Tech, Kentucky, Houston, Georgia, Colorado, Baylor, Arkansas, Oklahoma, LSU, Florida State, Florida, and Alabama. Recently, Pazon narrowed down his list of 23 schools to five with his top schools being Alabama, Florida State, Oklahoma, Florida, and LSU.
TE Gavin Burtchaell
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Gavin Burtchaell is a late bloomer who has all the tools to be great. Burtchaell is the most gifted big tight end in the state when it comes to his frame, hands, and overall upside. He also runs in the 4.8/40 range and could get even lower in college. Some colleges might want to bulk him up and make him an athletic offensive tackle in college.
Bio: At 6-6, 255 pounds, Gavin Burtchaell works hard in the weight room for the Chalmette Owls as he can bench press 235 pounds and squat 350 pounds. His favorite school growing up is the LSU Tigers and would love for an opportunity to showcase his skills in Baton Rouge.
TE Jency Riley
St. Helena Central
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Jency Riley is a big time sleeper and will be in the 230 to 240 pound range easily in another year. He also plays wide receiver along with being tight end for the team. He is a late bloomer that has 4.57/40 speed and is only coming off his first year as a starter.”
Bio: After being an All-District selection in basketball, Jency Riley showed what he can do on the football field as in his first season as a starter, he had eight touchdowns last season earning himself 2nd Team All-District in football. Riley also plays a third sport, which is track and field. Despite receiving football offers already from Texas State, Arkansas Pine Bluff, and New Mexico State, Riley is still open to where he wants to go.
“I just want to go somewhere I can grow as a player and as a man,” Riley said.
In the weight room, the two sport All-District selection can bench press 245 pounds and squats 475 pounds.
TE Collin Zeringue
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Collin Zeringue is one of those kids that has the frame and runs well enough to become a great tight end. Right now, he is more raw than polished, but I love his blocking, and I love how he runs when they do throw the tight end the football. Collin can run in the 4.8/40 range or better right now. He’s also very long at 6-4 in height and can carry a lot more weight.”
Bio: Collin Zeringue was only used in the passing game a couple of times last season as he had only five catches for 65 yards, but new head coach Daniel Luquet will make sure that his athletic tight end will get more looks as a receiver. His top three schools are ULL, Nicholls State, and Southeastern.
“I am looking for a nice campus and a good football program,” Zeringue said.
In the weight room, Zeringue can bench press 225 pounds, squat 465 pounds, and can clean 250 pounds all while running a 4.75/40. When he is not playing football, Zeringue does play baseball for his school, but he also enjoys fishing during his free time.
TE Joshua McDaniel
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Joshua McDaniel is a former starter on the offensive line whose feet are that of a tight end, but his blocking is really good. In fact, it is DI good. If McDaniel can show some pass catching in the open field and any speed as a receiver, then he has the DI stuff as he will go into college already knowing how to block and be tough.”
Bio: Despite missing five games due to an ankle sprain in 2019, Joshua McDaniel still made 2nd Team All-District while becoming a key blocker in the Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams’ incredibly productive running game. Even though McDaniel has not received any offers, his top schools are UL and McNeese State.
“The main thing I am looking for in a college is if they treat me like family,” McDaniel said. “That is the only thing that matters to me.
When not playing football, McDaniel plays baseball and spends time with his family.
TE Brock Clementnt
St. Charles Catholic
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Brock Clement has grown a lot since his junior year in 2019 as he has added 45 pounds of muscle and was a really good blocker at 6-2, 195 pounds. Now that he is bigger, he should dominate as a blocker more in 2020. Brock has good hands and runs well too with 4.8/40.”
Bio: Brock Clement is serious about playing football at the next level as he has quit baseball and has put on an extra 45 pounds of muscle. As one of the best run blockers on Hall of Fame coach Frank Monica’s vaunted option attack, Clement made 1st Team All-District last season at tight end. For Clement, it doesn’t matter where he plays as long as he does play. This upcoming season, he will also play defensive end too. As of now, the St. Charles Catholic High School tight end has not received any offers, but he is just looking for an opportunity to prove himself his senior season.
“I don’t have a preference of where to play,” Clement said. “I just want to play. I would like a college with a good coaching staff to help me grow as a player considering I am still new to the game and also a good education.”
In the weight room, Clement can bench press 315 pounds, squat 500 pounds, and deadlift 535 pounds.
OT Ja’Quon Jones
Lee’s Scouting Report: “This is a kid who has started since his freshman season in which he started at St. John High School in Plaquemine, Louisiana. Ja’Quon Jones has great feet and long arms to be either an offensive tackle or offensive guard in college. 2020 will show his full ability because he’s now stronger and more polished than big.”
Bio: Ja’Quon Jones may not get the attention like his brother Saivion Jones is getting, but like his brother, he made a big impact for the St. James Wildcats to win their first state championship in over 40 years. Last season, Jones’ play stood out as he made 1st Team All-State, 1st Team All-District, and 1st Team All-Metro. As of right now, the St. James offensive tackle’s top school is Southern.
“I am looking for somewhere I am wanted,” Jones said.
In the weight room, he can bench press 250 pounds, power clean 255 pounds, and squat 435 pounds.
OT Everett Hymel
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I saw Everett Hymel play on full game film in 2019. Hymel has good feet, good hands, and is a really good pass blocker. I would love to see him finish more blocks in the run game as he has the talent to be a DI starter in college. Once he gets stronger and a little bigger, he will be ready for college as a starter. “
Bio: Holy Cross quarterback John Wooten is so calm in the pocket because he knows that he has Everett Hymel blocking his blind side. At 6-4, 270 pounds, Hymel can bench press 230 pounds, power clean 225 pounds, and can squat 330 pounds. As of now, Hymel is open to colleges despite receiving one offer from Louisiana College.
“I am interested in universities that have a strong pre-medical curriculum,” Hymel said.
When not playing football, the Holy Cross offensive tackle wrestles and participates in track and field events for the school. During his off time, he enjoys skeet and trap shooting along with fishing.
OT Devin Williams
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Devin Williams is a late bloomer as he basically has started two years of varsity football and has really come on during that time. He is one to watch for DI offers after the season as he is strong, can run, and has really good feet for a big guy. Williams had a good 2019 season and might have a great 2020 season.”
Bio: As of right now, Devin Williams has received no offers from schools, but he is seeking to major in entrepreneurship in college. Williams also likes Southern and Grambling. In the weight room, he can bench press 275 pounds and can squat 315 pounds. Not only is Williams the top blocker for the LaGrange High School football team, but he also throws shot put for the track and field team. When not playing football or participating in track, he enjoys playing pickup basketball.
OG Reginald Pierre
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Reginald Pierre is the most gifted offensive lineman in the 2021 Class. I saw him play in person against John Ehret in 2018. If you want to sign a kid for just power and be a straight ahead mauler at offensive guard, then Pierre is your guy. This kid has great feet for a big guy, and I think he can play for any college in the US. Pierre can also pull when needed even for a big kid.”
Bio: As Lee mentioned, there are not a lot of guys that are 6-4, 345 pounds and can run in 5.83 seconds, but Reginald Pierre is one of those athletic, big offensive linemen that not a lot of people can pass up. Surprisingly, the Hahnville High School senior offensive guard has received one scholarship offer from Louisiana College. Pierre would like to play in the Big 12 or in the SEC conference for any team.
“I’m looking for a school that feels like family, but can better me as a person and help me pursue my goal of becoming a professional athlete,” Pierre said.
In the weight room, Pierre can bench press 305 pounds, squat 605 pounds, and can power clean 295 pounds.
OG Marcus Francis
Lake Charles College Prep
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Marcus Francis is the most gifted Class of 2021 offensive lineman prospect in Lake Charles. The kid has some really good feet, great hands, and finishes a lot of blocks. Marcus is a big time hidden gem.”
Bio: Even with all of those talented skill position players for the Lake Charles College Prep Trailblazers, it is hard to keep your eyes off big Marcus Francis on the offensive line. At 6-4, 290 pounds, everything started with Francis commanding the line of scrimmage and his peers that saw him play really respected that as he was named 1st Team All-District as well as 1st Team All-SWLA. Although he has not yet received any offers, Francis’ top schools are Michigan, LSU, Ole Miss, and Baylor.
“I look for a college that is top of the line in sports medicine and who can use me for who I am and not waste my time in college,” Francis said.
In the weight room, Francis can bench press 240 pounds, squat 510 pounds, and can run an impressive 5.0/40. When not playing football, the Lake Charles College Prep senior offensive lineman also does throwing events for the track and field team. During the offseason, he likes to also hangout with his teammates off the field.
OG John Martin
De La Salle
Lee’s Scouting Report: “John Martin might have the best grades in terms of his GPA and ACT scores than any other DI offensive lineman in Louisiana. John is super smart and moves well for a kid that is 330 pounds. He will be a four year starter, and he’s always been big. I think he is more of a mauler blocker to go inside for college at the DI level.”
Bio: It is always good to have your offensive lineman be one of the smartest players on the team, and John Martin is for the De La Salle Cavaliers. Combine that with his size and natural athleticism, it makes it a nightmare for any defensive lineman to go up against him. The two time 2nd Team All-State selection has been one of the key reasons for the Cavaliers’ strong running game under head coach Ryan Manale. Entering his fourth year as a starter, Martin is now looking at a bright future as he has already received offers from Nicholls State, South Alabama, ULM, and Alcorn State.
“In the end, the school I am looking for would have a brotherhood within its walls,” Martin said. “I want to feel like I belong and I am appreciated. I want everyone to have each other’s back and that the entire team is a family.”
In the weight room, the De La Salle offensive lineman bench presses 370 pounds and squats 565 pounds.
OG Ollie Bourgeois
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I like this kid a lot for college. Ollie Bourgeois has great feet, high effort, and is very strong. He is more of a mauler, but can pull for college. Because of that, he was born to play offensive guard in college.”
Bio: Ollie Bourgeois is the top offensive lineman returning for the Comeaux Spartans. So far, he has only received one offer from Louisiana College, but he also likes Louisiana Tech. No matter where he decides to go, one thing is certain, which is he will major in business for college. In track and field, Bourgeois can throw the shot put 46 feet. In the weight room, he can bench press 340 pounds, power clean 285 pounds, and can squat 440 pounds. When he is not participating in either sport, Bourgeois enjoys playing video games.
OG Gabriel Carbajal
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Gabriel Carbajal is very talented and hasn’t hit his upside yet. He will be a three year starter in 2020 and has great feet with 5.1/40 speed.”
Bio: Gabriel Carbajal has certainly shown all the physical abilities and skill set to be a big time offensive lineman for the Class of 2021. So far, Carbajal has received offers or been contacted from UAB, South Alabama, ULM, Nicholls State, Southeastern, Richmond, Lamar, Northwestern State, New Mexico State, and McNeese State.
“I’m looking for colleges with great program leadership throughout the school, fan support, and community,” Carbajal said.
That college perfectly describes Richmond as Carbajal is currently committed to the Spiders. In the weight room, the Slidell High School offensive lineman can bench press 280 pounds, power clean 275 pounds, and runs a 5.1/40. Besides football, Carbajal throws both the shot put and discus for the track team and is also the goalie for the soccer team. When not playing any sports, he likes fishing.
OG Michael Nuber
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I think since the first time I saw Michael Nuber play in 2018 in person, I thought he was a SEC player and now, he’s 6-3, 290 pounds of muscle. He is a grown man and shows a lot of toughness with feet. I think he’s even LSU good.”
Bio: Michael Nuber and Gabe Carbajal help make the Slidell Tigers offensive line one of the best in Class 5A heading into the 2020 season. Although Carbajal may be receiving more college attention, one could say Nuber is having the better high school career as he was named 1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-State, and 1st Team All-Parish. Despite the accolades, Nuber has yet to receive offers from any schools.
“I am just looking for a good education and a place to compete,” Nuber said.
In the weight room, Nuber can bench press 300 pounds, squat 500 pounds, and power clean 300 pounds while running a 5.2/40.
OC Zayn Bryant
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Zayn Bryant is the most talented offensive lineman for the team on a really talented offensive line at Sulphur High School. Zayn has the ability to be a starter three years on DI or I-AA programs because of his great feet and how he really gets after you every snap. He looks alot like some of the players you see on the Clemson offensive line, which is not tall, but with great feet and toughness.”
Bio: Although Zayn Bryant plays tackle for the team, Lee believes that he is a true center for college and that is based on his frame as well as his quickness. At 6-2, 270 pounds, the three year Sulphur starting offensive lineman can bench press 235 pounds, squat 465 pounds, and can run a 5.17/40. Currently, he has received one offer from Louisiana College and is getting looks from Air Force.
“I’m looking for a school with a good medical program,” Bryant said.
During the offseason, Bryant plays basketball and throws the shot put for Sulphur.
OC Caleb Bond
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Caleb Bond is a three year starter with good feet. What I love most about this kid is his toughness. He loves to overpower you on downfield blocks. His run blocking is his strength and has college football power. He could be either a center or offensive guard in college either at the DI or I-AA level.”
Bio: Entering his senior season as the best offensive lineman on the team, Caleb Bond is willing to take away the toughness that he got from former coach Brett Beard to install it now with Blane Westmoreland entering the program as head coach. The Live Oak offensive lineman can bench press 235 pounds, squat 340 pounds, power clean 215 pounds, and can run a 5.8/40. Besides playing football, Bond throws the shot put and the discus for the school track team. His favorite schools growing up are LSU and Louisiana Tech.
OC Holden Kareokowsky
De La Salle
Lee’s Scouting Report: “You can tell when you watch Holden Kareokowsky play that he’s a son of a football coach. His dad is an assistant football coach and the kid plays with fire as well as determination on every snap, which I love to see. I think he’s DI all day long and could be either a center or offensive guard in DI ball. He has really quick feet off the snap, which is something you want in your center.”
Bio: Like his teammate John Martin, Holden Kareowsky is another veteran on the De La Salle offensive line that is also one of the smartest players on the team. In the weight room, Kareokowsky can bench press 280 pounds and can squat 435 pounds. He used to play baseball, but now football has become his first priority. Unlike Martin, Kareokowsky does not have any offers, but he has always had an eye to play for the LSU Tigers.
“When I’m looking for a college, I am looking to be challenged academically,” Kareokowsky said. “I also want to be able to contribute immediately to my team. I may understand that I may be under upperclassmen, but I am willing to always learn. I am very confident in my ability to play the center position. I would like to play for a college that I can offer my hard work through a shotgun set and also under center. I am very anxious to represent the right university that will have me.”
K Caden Costa
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I saw this with my own eyes in person in 2019. Caden Costa has an incredible leg and he’s also a big time wide receiver too. I love kickers who are also athletes. He has all the boxes checked for me as he hits the end zone too about 90 percent of the time. When it goes in the end zone, Caden usually hits five to seven yards deep in the end zone on those kickoffs.”
Bio: With 46 touchbacks and also converting nine of 13 field goal attempts, Caden Costa is the most talented kicker to come out of Mandeville High School since Joseph Bulovas (Alabama) was kicking for the Skippers. His leg strength can be directed to his soccer playing days. Schools such as Air Force, Army, and UL have inquired about his services to kick at the next level including the Ragin’ Cajuns, which have offered the Mandeville kicker.
“I am looking for a school that has great academics, a great football program, and overall, a great team atmosphere,” Costa said.
That school would actually be the Ole Miss Rebels where he committed to after receiving an offer. Also as a starting wide receiver, who runs a 4.7/40, squats 405 pounds and cleans 275 pounds, Costa is not your normal kicker. When not playing sports, Costa can be seen either fishing or working out.
LS Oden Pierce
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Oden Pierce will be a four year starter in 2020. Pierce is a tough kid and is also a starting linebacker for the team as a three year starter. He is a smart kid, a really good long snapper, and overall, a pretty confident player.”
Bio: The Mandeville Skippers are always known for their special teams, but especially so this season as the team not only has one of the best kickers in the state in Caden Costa, but they also have one of the best long snappers in the state in Oden Pierce. Not only does Pierce long snap for the team, but he is also the team’s starting defensive end/linebacker. As of right now, Pierce has been talking to schools like UCF, Florida State, Arkansas, Kansas, Memphis, ULL, and Louisiana Tech. In the weight room, Pierce can bench press 265 pounds, clean 275 pounds, squat 410 pounds, and can run a 4.68/40. During the offseason when he is not working on his long snapping, Pierce would be making music and cooking.
LS Luke LaForge
Bio: Luke LaForge is highly regarded by Jesuit High School interim head coach Scott Bairnsfather as a DI long snapper, but is just as impressive as a wide receiver for the team with 57 catches for 714 yards last season. In the weight room, he can bench press 255 pounds, squat 425 pounds, and can power clean 235 pounds while running a 4.78/40. As of right now, LaForge does not have any top schools, but he would like to attend an Ivy League school or military academy to play football. When not playing football, LaForge also plays basketball for the school.
DE Cameron George
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Cameron George comes from good family genes. One brother played for Stephen F. Austin and the other played for Texas A&M. I think Cameron is the best of the three. Cameron has the quick hips and ability to rush the passer, but at the same time, is strong enough to get off blocks in a demanding Class 5A district full of talent. Cameron will become a three year starter for a DI program.”
Bio: Trying to become the third different sibling to play football at the collegiate level, Cameron George has always dreamed of playing at Michigan or Florida State. Last season, George was a key piece of the Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams’ first undefeated season in program history by registering 53 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries in 10 games played. When not playing football, he can be seen throwing the discus for the school’s track and field team. After George narrowed down his top schools to ten with those schools being FAU, UL, Ohio, Georgia State, Western Kentucky, Army, Air Force, Navy, UTSA, and South Alabama, he made his decision to commit to the UL’ Ragin’ Cajuns.
DE Byron Turner
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I saw Byron Turner play in 2018 getting some reps as a backup and in 2019 when he was a starter. The kid has the stuff you need to play for the big time programs as he has size, speed, and power. I love his speed and power coming off the edge. Once this kid gets to college and gets stronger, it will be scary how good he can become. Again, I watched a few games of St. Augustine the last three years, and he’s got the “It” factor for big time ball.”
Bio: Byron Turner is nicknamed the Boogie Man and he scared opposing offenses last season with 63 tackles, 13 sacks, three fumble recoveries, one interception, and even scored one touchdown. The 2nd Team All-District selection has received plenty of offers including the likes of Florida State, Ole Miss, Texas, Michigan State, Nebraska, Missouri, Southeastern, Indiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, ULL, Baylor, Texas Tech, UCF, Memphis, Houston, Texas A&M, Louisville, South Alabama, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Louisiana Tech, Toledo, Florida, Nicholls State, Mississippi State, and Tennessee. With all of those offers, the highly recruited St. Augustine High School defensive end made the decision to commit to the Florida State Seminoles. In the weight room, Turner’s numbers are just as impressive as his offers with a max bench press of 355 pounds and a max squat of 505 pounds. When not playing football, Turner enjoys his free time by fishing during the offseason.
DE Ja’Marian Peterson
De La Salle
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Off the edge, Ja’Marian Peterson is very underrated as a pass rusher. I think he’s a no brainer DI player for defensive end as he is strong, quick, and an all out player. He could use ten more pounds of good weight to do better against these huge offensive tackles in the city of New Orleans he faces every week, and that’s what’s most impressive about this kid is that he plays the best.”
Bio: As a pass rusher, Ja’Marian Peterson has the potential to take over games with his natural ability to get to the quarterback. At 6-3, 233 pounds, Peterson can bench press 280 pounds, squat 415 pounds, and power clean 275 pounds while hand timing a 4.6/40. Running that fast for his size has sparked the interest in a lot of colleges including Nicholls State, South Alabama, FIU, UCF, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, UAB, Purdue, ULL, New Mexico, Memphis, Washington State, Louisiana Tech, and Boston College. However, it was the Arizona Wildcats that attracted Peterson the most by committing to head coach Kevin Sumlin’s program. The De La Salle athletic specimen is not done after football season as he participates in the field events for his school’s track team.
DE Gharin Stansbury
Lee’s Scouting Report: If Gharin Stansbury did not have to start on both sides of the football and play the whole game, I think he would easily be one of the top defensive end prospects in the state. He just doesn’t have the rest to work on his craft at the position because the team needs him everywhere. The kid can run and he’s not even close to scratching his upside. He will be 260 pounds in college and still will be lean with good feet.
Bio: Despite playing entire games on both sides of the football in 2019, Gharin Stansbury still managed to be very effective as a pass rusher with 89 tackles, ten sacks, two forced fumbles, four pass breakups, 12 tackles for loss, and a safety. Stansbury has received offers from Kansas, Northwestern State, SMU, Grambling, Tulane, ULL, Southern, Texas State, Toledo, Nevada, McNeese State, South Alabama, Houston, Arizona State, and Indiana.
“I am looking for a school where I can develop as a young man on and off the field,” Stansbury said.
That school so happens to be Arizona State as Stansbury just recently committed to the Sun Devils. When not playing football, the Franklin High School star athlete uses his natural ability on the basketball court. During his off time, he enjoys fishing and spending time with family.
DE Saivion Jones
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Saivion Jones is a product of being around other great players in 2019 and was overlooked by some because the whole St. James’ defensive line was DI. I still think that he hasn’t even peaked yet. I think this kid will dominate in 2020 and will have to step up for a young defensive line in order for his team to get back to the Superdome. This kid could be special if he keeps pushing and has a great senior year as he runs a 4.8/40, which can be much faster.”
Bio: At 6-5, 245 pounds, Saivion Jones is one of the most highly recruited players in the state for the 2021 Class. Fortunately, for the Louisiana fans, the big defensive end recruit has decided to commit to the LSU Tigers.
“I chose LSU because they know what it’s like to make champions and set people up for success,” Jones said.
Leading the Wildcats to a Class 3A state championship with 103 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and a defensive touchdown, Jones is looking to build on a strong statistical season with an even bigger one in 2020. No matter the sport, he likes to be competitive and beat his friends in anything including video games.
DE Tariq Jones
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Tariq Jones is a very strong kid with the feet and burst to become a great college pass rusher with 4.65/40 speed. 2019 was really his first year to start, and I am excited to see what he can do in 2020 in his second year.”
Bio: Tariq Jones’ nickname is Showtime and the McDonogh 35 pass rusher put on a show for Roneagles fans last season when he had an incredible year with 22 sacks, 55 tackles, and 16 tackles for loss. The scary part about Jones’ outstanding junior season is that this is only his first year to start. Despite only playing one year, he has already been offered by two DI schools in Hawaii and Purdue. Jones is also talking to New Mexico State.
“The things I look for in a college is playing time, the distance away from home, and how will the experience help me be prepared for life away from sports,” Jones said.
Those things that Jones looks for fit perfectly with the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. In the weight room, Showtime can bench press 295 pounds, squat 540 pounds, and can power clean 255 pounds. After football season, he does play baseball for the school.
DE Barryn Sorrell
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Barryn Sorrell has already received over 30 offers going into the fall season. The kid is really gifted as he can run a 4.7/40 and is a high effort kid too. It is just a matter if he will grow into a defensive tackle or a defensive end.”
Bio: Barryn Sorrell’s natural ability has drawn the attention of many colleges. Schools such as Nicholls State, Tulane, South Alabama, Kansas, Memphis, Vanderbilt, ULM, Purdue, Louisiana Tech, Southeastern, Arkansas State, Missouri, Indiana, Air Force, Louisville, Arkansas Monticello, Southern Miss, Boston College, Baylor, and Duke have all offered the highly talented Holy Cross High School defensive end, but it was the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big 10 Conference that has won him over committing to head coach Pat Fitzgerald’s bunch on July 4th.
DE Michael Jackson
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I saw this kid play at Walker High School in 2019. Michael Jackson is super gifted, but just needs to put it all together. Michael has a chance to be special in college, but is still 15 pounds from being filled out. He runs a raw 4.7/40 or better, but looks even faster on the field in pads.”
Bio: Despite his ability, Michael Jackson has yet to receive any offers from schools. However, he did receive a letter from Arkansas Monticello. When not playing football, the Destrehan High School defensive end participates in many track and field events including the 200 meters, the 110 hurdles, and the 100 meters. In the weight room, Jackson can bench press 325, squat 415, and power clean 325 pounds. He can also run a 4.56/40.
DE Eli Goss
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I would have to say this kid is the toughest and strongest defensive lineman in the Lake Charles area for the Class of 2021. Eli Goss takes on blocks and makes a lot of plays for a guy that is almost 270 pounds. He has really good feet and a strong upper as well as lower body. Goss is also versatile as well as he also plays tight end for the team too.”
Bio: At 6-3, 270 pounds, Eli Goss can bench press 365, squat 585 pounds, and power clean 335 pounds. Those measurables have attracted schools like ULM, McNeese State, and Northwestern State to all offer the standout Westlake defensive lineman. As of now, Goss has decided to stay close to home by committing to the McNeese State Cowboys. The 2019 1st Team All-District selection also throws the shot put for his team and as you can also tell by the numbers, he also enjoys working out.
DE/DT Welland Williams
East St. John
Lee’s Scouting Report: “This kid is a rare four year starter. I saw Welland Williams play as a freshman, and he was starting against a pretty talented Hahnville team. I saw him chase down Pooka Williams (Kansas), and that had me sold three years ago. He is big, strong, agile, and gives a lot of effort. Welland is really underrated for DI schools as there is no fat on this kid.”
Bio: Welland Williams and his teammate Jackie Marshall make the East St. John Wildcats one of the toughest teams to go up against to block. Last season, Williams had 50 tackles, eight sacks, and two fumble recoveries. As of now, his top schools are South Alabama, Nicholls State, Alcorn State, and Southeastern, which were all schools that have offered him. He has also received offers from McNeese State and Incarnate Word.
“The factors that I am looking for while choosing a school is a place I’ll like to be for three to four years as well as the family environment of the school,” Williams said.
After talking with Williams, he decided to commit to the McNeese State Cowboys. In the weight room, Williams can bench press 350 pounds, squat 535 pounds, and power clean 295 pounds while also running a 4.9/40. Besides football, the East St. John High School defensive lineman also does powerlifting and track and field throwing events for the Wildcats.
DE/DT Christian Mannino
Catholic High School (B.R.)
Lee’s Scouting Report: “If you go against this kid on the offensive line, you better bring your lunch box as they say because Christian Mannino is going to play full throttle for the whole game. He is strong, active, and is everything that I love about this kid. Stopping the running game is what he excels at the most, but if there is something to work on, it would be the pass rush. Getting bigger and stronger will help him more with those 300 pound linemen.”
Bio: With the graduation of Connor Finucane (Army), the Catholic High School defensive line will still be in great shape led by Christian Mannino. The Catholic High School defensive lineman is now the leader of the front four after helping lead the Bears to another state championship appearance with 67 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and six sacks in 2019. As of now, Mannino has received offers from Louisiana College, Carthage College, Simpson College, Hendrix College, Trine University, Rhodes College, St. Olaf College, Millsaps College, Bethel College, Huntingdon College, and Lake Forest College. He has also been in contact with Yale, Harvard, and Princeton as well. As of right now, his max bench press is 345 pounds, his power clean is 255 pounds, and his 40 time is 5.0 seconds. When not playing football, Mannino is either wrestling or throwing the shot put for the school.
DT Daylen Levi
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I saw this kid play in person in 2019 and all I have to say for his effort is wow. Daylen Levi is strong, has great feet, and can come up field for a big guy. He plays both the run and pass equally. Daylen has quick feet for even a middle linebacker and especially, someone who is 280 pounds. I think he can play all three techniques in college of the four on the defensive line. I think he is ready to play in college now.”
Bio: Daylen Levi is capable of moving all along the Mandeville Skippers defensive line as he has the size to play on the inside as well as the quickness to play on the outside. Levi is also very strong in the weight room as he can squat 545 pounds, bench press 300 pounds, power clean 310 pounds, and can run a 5.3/40. The 2nd Team All-District selection has no top schools at this point.
“I want to choose a school that fits me and the culture,” Levi said. “I also look for the academic purposes of that school.”
When not playing football, Levi enjoys working out and fishing during his off time.
DT Maason Smith
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I think Maason Smith will end up on the offensive line if he signs with a top 20 program. He moves well, but is more suited to play on the offensive line than the defensive line. Maason would need to get quicker in order to play defensive tackle at a high level and if he stays the same, he would make a great future in the NFL as an offensive guard. He is a man amongst boys in the Houma area as there is no one his size that can go toe to toe unless with the exception of a couple of teams on the schedule.”
Bio: One can make an argument that there is no higher recruited player in the state than Maason Smith. The Terrebonne product has received numerous offers from ULL, Florida, Nicholls State, Mercer, Southern Miss, Florida State, Texas A&M, Auburn, Oklahoma, USC, TCU, Mississippi State, Alabama, Michigan, Penn State, Miami, LSU, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Memphis, Tulane, Tennessee, Georgia, SMU, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Houston, and Virginia. Recently, he narrowed down those schools to eight in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Oregon, and USC. Over his career, Smith has accounted for 122 total tackles, eight sacks, ten quarterback hurries, and a forced fumble.
DT/NG Keenan Landry
Lee’s Scouting Report: In 2020, Keenan Landry will be a four year starter for the program at defensive tackle. Since his freshman season in 2017, Landry has dominated at his position. Then, he weighed over 280 pounds as a freshman and had good feet along with the ability to chase down running backs in the open field. I think he is the perfect nose guard for college football and should be a player that plays as a true freshman in college because nose guards are hard to find with quick feet and size. I thought his best season was his freshman season going into 2020. I think he’s better at 300 pounds as he is quicker at the position at that size.”
Bio: Ever since his freshman year, Keenan Landry has drawn the attention of the likes of LSU, who has offered him then. At 6-2, 325 pounds with 5.0/40 speed, a 375 pound max bench press, a 315 pound power clean, and a max squat of 505 pounds, there is no wonder why the Fighting Tigers are so high on him. So far, Landry has received multiple offers from LSU, Tulane, Southeastern, McNeese State, Northwestern State, South Alabama, ULM, and Texas A&M.
“I’ve only visited LSU a couple of times, but they have a very nice campus, and I’ve had a few conversations with Coach O,” Landry said.
Before Landry decides to commit to a school, he has some unfinished business to take care of as he helped lead the Jennings Bulldogs all the way to the Class 3A state championship where the team lost to St. James. Over his career, the All-State selection has had 300 tackles and 20 sacks. He is looking to build on those numbers this upcoming season.
DT/NG Dedrick Williams
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I saw this kid play in 2019 and thought that he was tough to move and is very active. Dedrick Williams has really worked hard to change his body for the 2020 season after losing ten pounds and tightening up, getting stronger and quicker to play the run now. He was already pretty good when he was heavier, but now will show off his much improved skills in 2020.”
Bio: Dedrick Williams has worked hard to get to this point where he can try to take his talents to the next level. Last season, the 6-0, 313 pound defensive lineman had 20 tackles, four tackles for loss, and two sacks. Right now, the Lafayette High School senior has yet to receive any offers and is weighing his options. In the weight room, Williams can bench press 285 pounds, squat 450 pounds, and can power clean 245 pounds. During the offseason, he likes to keep his body active by playing pickup basketball with his friends.
DT/NG Elinus Noel
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I think Elinus Noel is the best nose guard prospect I have ever seen come out of John Curtis High School. Noel has quick feet and is very strong for the position. I think he can play in the Power Five conferences and be a three year starter. He reminds me of a more athletic Ed Alexander (St. Thomas Aquinas High School/LSU). We are talking about a nose guard prospect who runs the forty in 5.0 to 5.2 seconds and weighs over 320 pounds.”
Bio: At 6-1, 315 pounds, Elinus Noel takes up a lot of space for the John Curtis High School defensive line, but he also shows that he can move too for a big guy. Last season, Noel had 47 tackles, four sacks, four quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. During his standout prep career playing for the legendary head coach J.T. Curtis, the John Curtis defensive lineman has had 200 tackles and 17 sacks, which is very impressive for an interior defensive lineman. As of now, Noel has received offers from Nicholls State, Grambling, Tennessee at Chattanooga, Texas Southern, South Alabama, Lamar, Arkansas Monticello, and McNeese State. In the weight room, he can bench press 350 pounds, squat 550 pounds, power clean 280 pounds, and can run an impressive 5.0/50. When not playing football, Noel also plays basketball and does the throwing events for the school’s track team including throwing the shot put, which he threw over 49 feet.
MLB Caleb Arceneaux
Lee’s Scouting Report: If you watched Acadiana High School in 2019, you saw what looked like a bunch of Hornets when someone was tackled. Well, one of those fast hornet looking players was Caleb Arceneaux. This kid can get from point A to point B really fast. Throw away the stop watch and just watch the kid play the game. He’s an impressive tackling machine to watch.”
Bio: Caleb Arceneaux was one of the defensive signal callers on the Acadiana Wreckin’ Rams’ dominating Class 5A state championship run. The Rams’ tackling machine had over 106 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble, and two sacks. With 4.9/40 speed, Arceneaux can also bench press 275 pounds, squat 495 pounds, and power clean 265 pounds. As of now, Arceaux has received two offers from Arkansas Tech and Texas Southern.
MLB John O’ Connor
Lee’s Scouting Report: “John O’Connor might be the toughest middle linebacker that I saw play in person last season. This kid is big time wired with effort to be special for college. What separates him from a lot of players bigger and faster than him is his attention to detail in tackling along with his toughness and power. He means business when he reads a play and tackles you. If I was picking an All-Star team and I wanted to draft a kid to intimidate the opponent, I am drafting John as he does run a 4.7/40 even though he looks faster in a uniform playing full speed.”
Bio: There may not be any player with more tackles than what John O’Connor put up last season. The Mandeville High School tackling machine had 196 total tackles (126 solo, 60 assists), seven tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries in 2019. Quite often last season, O’Connor was at the right time around the ball carrier while helping the team reach the Class 5A Quarterfinals. Although O’Connor has received one offer from Louisiana College, he is looking for a chance to play at the DI level.
“I look for a great education and a great environment,” O’Connor said.
In the weight room, O’Connor can bench press 315 pounds, squat 475 pounds, and power clean 300 pounds while running a 4.65/40. Not only has he set school records as a tackler on the football field, but he has also done so on the track breaking a school record of throwing the javelin 184 feet and four inches.
MLB Thaos Figaro
Lafayette High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: Thaos Figaro is the son of a former High School All-American LB Cedric Figaro (Notre Dame) and now, his dad is his head coach. It was a huge loss when Thaos transferred from Acadiana High School to Lafayette High School for his senior season to be with his dad, who also was a coach at Acadiana High School in 2019. Thaos will be the guy for Lafayette High School, and it will be interesting to see him play more at linebacker in 2020 because in 2019, he was more of a DE/Buck linebacker for Acadiana in their front. The kid has the build and upside to become a really good one just like his dad.”
Bio: Not only is Thaos Figaro following his dad Cedric Figaro to Lafayette High School after winning a state championship at Acadiana High School, but he is also following in his footsteps playing at the same position, which helped his father get a scholarship to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Thaos Figaro will be the guy everybody on the team looks for not only because he won a state championship, but all the awards he has accomplished including earning 1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-Acadiana, and All-State Defensive MVP. The second generation linebacker has received offers from Alcorn State, Northwestern State, Nicholls State, Army, Richmond, Arkansas Monticelo, Southern, Mercer, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Stetson University, Southeastern, and Haarding University.
“I’m looking for academics and a college with an atmosphere of diversity that includes professors and students, and with a coaching staff that understands the challenges of a student athlete,” Figaro said.
MLB Kolbe Fields
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Kolbe Fields was one of the best players on the team in 2019, and that’s saying a lot because seven starters on defense signed college scholarships. After watching Kolbe play, his strength is toughness along with the ability to read and get to the ball. He has good athletic skills, but is faster on the field than his 4.69/40 hand time.”
Bio: Kolbe Fields was on one of the best high school defenses in Louisiana history as the Archbishop Rummel Raiders gave up less than seven points in eight games last season. Along with seven other defensive starters that went on to sign college scholarships, Fields helped the team win the Division I state championship as a key part of the defense with 112 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, 3.5 sacks, and even scored on two defensive touchdowns. The 1st Team All-State performer has received offers from Arizona, Southeastern, Memphis, ULL, SMU, Houston, Pittsburgh, Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma State, South Alabama, Nicholls State, and Tulane.
“I want to go somewhere that will make me feel like family,” Fields said.
That place is Memphis as Fields decided to commit there shortly after the magazine is released. His intended major will be business. When not playing football, Fields can be seen either wrestling for the Raiders or hanging out with his cousins during his free time.”
MLB Damien Beard
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Damien Beard is a rare four year starter in a tough district. Damien has been starting at linebacker since his freshman season when he was 5-11, 185 pounds. He has put on good weight as he is a strong kid that runs well with 4.65/40 speed.”
Bio: Like Kelin Burrle (Arkansas), who came before him, Damien Beard is carrying on the young tradition of DI linebackers to come through Helen Cox High School. Last season, Beard had 105 tackles, four sacks, nine tackles for loss, and two fumble recoveries. The Helen Cox tackling machine’s top schools are Southeastern, Tulane, Southern, Texas A&M, and LSU.
“I’m looking for a college that has a great business program that will adequately prepare me for the business world upon my graduation from college,” Beard said.
In the weight room, he bench presses 300 pounds and squats 495 pounds while running a 4.75/40. When not playing football, Beard likes making beats headphones and playing video games.
MLB Bryce Boullion
St. Thomas More
Lee’s Scouting Report: “The kid is a tackling machine. I saw Bryce Boullion play five games at St. Thomas More in 2019, and this kid was everywhere for his team in the run game and in the pass game. Bryce is faster than he’s timed when it comes to live action and the whistle is blown. He has a knack for the game, reads well, and loves contact.”
Bio: For one of the best high school football programs in the state of Louisiana, it is an incredible feat to be the school’s all time leading tackler, and for Bryce Boullion, he gets that honor with still another year left as he has had 250 career tackles in two years. Last season, Bouillon helped lead the Cougars to a state championship with 127 tackles. The 1st Team All-District, All-Metro, and All-State selection has received two offers from Sterling College and Louisiana College. In the weight room, Bouillon can bench press 275 pounds, squat 465 pounds, and can power clean 265 pounds. When not playing football, Bouillon is a very busy athlete by throwing the javelin and playing basketball.
MLB Jackie Marshall
East St. John
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Jackie Marshall did not play football until the year 2019. All he did was have over 130 tackles and dominate. He looks the part of an SEC starting middle linebacker. He’s a thumper, loves contact, and runs a legit 4.65/40. The kid is a big time football player.”
Bio: Jackie Marshall could not ask for a better first season to start with over 130 tackles, 41 tackles for loss, and 13 sacks in 2019. Because of his explosion on the scene, the East St. John High School defender has received offers from Arkansas, Southeastern, Michigan State, Arizona, Washington State, Memphis, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Miami, Louisiana Tech, Kansas, Houston, Colorado, Oklahoma State, South Alabama, UL, ULM, Baylor, and Nicholls State. After narrowing down his choices to Oklahoma State, Louisiana Tech, Houston, Baylor, and Texas Tech, Marshall decided to commit to the Baylor Bears in Waco joining new head coach Dave Aranda’s defense.
MLB Rhen Renfrow
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Rhen Renfrow is a classic throwback when it comes to toughness as a football player. He is athletic and born to play middle linebacker in college. Renfrow is strong, tough, and can cover ground to make tackles with 4.9/40 speed.”
Bio: Rhen Renfrow is a tackling machine for the Kaplan Pirates. In 2019, Renfrow was all over the field and made a lot of right reads making 117 tackles. In the weight room, the Kaplan senior linebacker can bench press 280 pounds and can squat 405 pounds. When not playing football, Renfrow plays soccer during the offseason.
OLB Keon Coleman
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I saw Keon Coleman play in person and he’s the most gifted football player to come out of the town of Opelousas since Devery Henderson (Opelousas High School/LSU/New Orleans Saints). I saw him intercept a pass that looked like he jumped 60 feet in the air and jumped the route of the wide receiver. It was a thing of beauty, and I think this kid will make a heck of a free safety or outside linebacker in college. He has NFL talent and also DI talent for certain basketball programs too. Keon is also the best basketball player in the town of Opelousas too.”
Bio: There are not many players that can say they have been offered both a DI football scholarship and a DI basketball scholarship coming out of high school, but Keon Coleman has done so. In fact, he has received multiple scholarships for both sports. As a highly touted football recruit, Coleman had 35 catches for 1,134 yards and 22 touchdowns last season while as a highly recruited basketball player, he averaged 26 points per game, five steals per game, nine rebounds per game, and seven assists per game also in 2019. After narrowing down his top schools to six, the Opelousas Catholic High School two sport star decided to make his college decision by committing to the Kansas Jayhawks to play both sports. When not playing either sport, Coleman spends his free time working out.
OLB Mandel Eugene
St. Charles Catholic
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Mandel Eugene is the most ready DI outside linebacker that I saw play in Louisiana over the last three years. If you want a bigger version of Patrick Queen (Livonia High School/LSU/Baltimore Ravens), then sign this kid. He’s more of a Deion Jones (Atlanta Falcons), but bigger at this stage. Jones was only 6-2, 195 as a senior at Jesuit High School before he played for LSU. Eugene tackles like a NFL starter, and what’s most impressive to me was being on the field for a game in 2019 against E.D. White High School and seeing this kid who starts on defense also being the first gunner down field on special teams. He plays every play on the punt and kick return team. Also, he is one big time thumper in the open field too as he runs a legit 4.5/40, but he is not afraid to bring it too.”
Bio: When Hall of Fame St. Charles Catholic High School head coach Frank Monica says that Mandel Eugene is the best linebacker in the state, then you know that you are good. That is what Eugene has been during his high school career as he has had 235 tackles, 50 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, and ten interceptions while also earning 1st Team All-District, All-State and Defensive MVP honors. So far, Eugene has been offered by New Mexico, Southeastern, McNeese State, and Lamar. Even though he has not been officially offered by some DI teams, he has particularly enjoyed some visits.
“I’ve really enjoyed my Tulane, UL, and Louisiana Tech visits,” Eugene said. “The entire coaching staff from Tulane and UL shows you love and they make sure you know that they care about you as a person and not just a football player.”
Just recently, Eugene committed to Tulane. Not only is Eugene a football star, but he is also a very good track athlete running multiple events. When not playing football or running track, he enjoys riding 4 wheelers and fishing.
OLB Kolbe Cage
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Kolbe Cage is a very gifted outside linebacker for college. This kid carries his weight well as he moves and runs well for his size. I like his toughness overall as well as his ability to read and react with legit 4.6/40 speed. He will be in that 225 pound range when it is all said and done in college, but will still run really well.”
Bio: Even though the Holy Cross Tigers graduate Tyler Grubbs (Louisiana Tech), the unit will still be strong at linebacker with one of the best in the state in Kolbe Cage. Last season. Cage had 52 tackles, three interceptions, two blocked punts, and a forced fumble. After receiving offers from Arizona, Houston Baptist, ULL, Nevada, South Alabama, and Southern, Cage has decided to commit to the Arizona Wildcats earlier in May.
“The biggest reason why I committed to Arizona was because they were the first school to start recruiting me and they always stayed in touch with me,” Cage said. “That gave me a lot of family vibes, and plus, they were the first school to offer.”
In the weight room, the Arizona linebacker commit can bench press 275 pounds, power clean 265 pounds, and squat 455 pounds all while running a hand times 4.63/40. When not playing football, Cage is playing basketball for the school.
CB Collin Guillory
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Collin Guillory is a late bloomer with 4.5/40 speed. He is a tough kid that I think could play several positions in college including running back, slot wide receiver, cornerback, or strong safety.”
Bio: Collin Guillory’s cousin Devery Henderson (Opelousas High School/LSU/New Orleans Saints) has played in the NFL so there is definitely an athletic bloodline that runs through the family. Guillory is a great athlete himself as he runs the 400, 4×100, and 4×800 meters on the track team, and also plays baseball where he is the centerfielder and pitcher. On the football field, the 1st Team All-District and All-Parish selection had 40 tackles, four touchdowns, one interception, and 22 pass deflections. In the weight room, he can bench press 215 pounds, power clean 215 pounds, and can squat 295 pounds. As of now, he has received one offer from Louisiana College.
CB Alijah Hamilton
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Alijah Hamilton will be a rare four year starter in Class 5A Football. He has a knack for the football to go with his ball hawking skills and is also really good in coverage. I love his toughness as he plays bigger than his size. He also runs well with 4.5/40 speed and is a sleeper for big DI schools.”
Bio: Alijah Hamilton will get the defense confidence knowing that he can take care of his side of the field. Last season, the Hahnville High School cornerback made 2nd Team All-District honors by having 50 tackles, seven pass breakups, three interceptions, and had three punt returns in which he had over 50 yards as a return specialist. His 4.5/40 speed makes him an instant playmaker with the ball in his hands either on defense on a forced turnover or on special teams as a returner. As of now, Hamilton is committed to the McNeese State Cowboys, but is also considering the likes of other schools that have offered him including South Alabama, Lamar, and Grambling.
“I want to go to a place where it is school first,” Hamilton said. “I want to go somewhere, which has my major in photography and I want to go somewhere that people make me feel right at home.”
In the weight room, the McNeese State commit can bench press 255 pounds, squat 500 pounds, and can power clean 265 pounds. When not playing cornerback, he runs track for the school.
CB Mar’Keegan Gray
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I think Mar’Keegan Gray is the best cornerback on the Northshore and is one of the best in all of Louisiana. I saw him play in person in 2019 and was very impressed with his tackling. He is a great athlete with intensely closing speed and reads everything with 4.5/40 speed. He is a lockdown cornerback that will play the run, which is hard to find.”
Bio: Mar’Keegan Gray will be entering his third year as a starter in 2020 for the Slidell Tigers. Last season, Gray was impressive as the best player on the Tigers defense with 113 tackles, four interceptions, 13 pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. The 1st Team All-District selection has earned offers from Arkansas Baptist, Louisiana College, and Alcorn State.
“The school that I choose has to have an engineering degree and I have to feel comfortable going there,” Gray said. “I am also looking at how much they want to win and get better.”
Recently, Gray decided to commit to the Alcorn State Braves. In the weight room, he can bench press 250 pounds, power clean 225 pounds, and can squat 465 pounds. When not playing football, Gray runs track for the school.
CB Eric Randall
Lee’s Scouting Report: As the son of former Southern starting quarterback and Baker High School head coach Eric Randall Jr.. You can tell really fast that this kid is a coach’s son. Eric Randall III has great speed, toughness, and a high IQ of the game. What I am excited about is seeing Eric play again in 2020 because now he has filled out a lot into his frame and will show more of his toughness with weight behind it in 2020. In 2019, I was impressed with his 4.5/40 legit speed and athletic ability at 6-1, 170 pounds.
Bio: Just like his dad Eric Randall Jr. and his uncle Marcus Randall, Eric Randall III will take his talents to the next level. The only difference is that he will be doing it on the defensive side of the football while his dad and uncle were quarterbacks in college. His sister Skyler Randall is also very athletic as she plays soccer for Southern. After receiving offers from Arizona, Houston, Indiana, Kansas State, Kentucky, ULL, Memphis, Michigan State, Ole Miss, UCF, Arkansas State, ULM, South Alabama, and Southern, it was evident to him where he wanted to go, which is Memphis.
“I chose Memphis for four reasons,” Randall said. “The first reason is that Memphis is coming off an outstanding year in conference play. The second reason is because of the immediate opportunity to go in, study, work hard, and make an instant impact. The third reason is because the university has a wide range of academic programs for majors, and lastly, the coaching staff is dedicated to their program and athletes.”
The big connection there is that Memphis’ recruiting coordinator John Simon played running back under Eric Randall Jr. at Southern Lab. With Coach Randall stepping down at Baker High School and joining his brother Marcus Randall at Woodlawn High School as an assistant coach, the Memphis commit will be playing for the Woodlawn Panthers his senior season. When not playing football, Randall is participating in track and field events such as the indoor 60 meters and indoor 400 meter relays. An interesting fact about Randall is that he actually won a National Championship as a top sprinter in his age group in track when he was six years old at the AAU races at Disney World. During the offseason, Randall likes playing 7 on 7 with the Louisiana Bootleggers, playing video games online with his friends on the Playstation, and going on vacation with his family.
CB Ladarrius Williams
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Ladarrius Williams has elite 4.4/40 speed and great coverage skills. The speed shows as he runs the 100 meters, 200 meters, and relays for his track team.”
Bio: Last season, Ladarrius Williams had 67 tackles, 6 interceptions including one interception returned for a touchdown, and two fumble recoveries. His top schools are Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss, and LSU. In the weight room, Williams can bench press 255 pounds and can squat 405 pounds. During the offseason, the Amite High School explosive playmaker uses his 4.45/40 speed by running in track events.
CB D’Juan Singleton
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I think the best cornerback in the state that no one is talking about is D’Juan Singleton. This kid is the big cornerback in man coverage that you dream of signing as a college coach. I saw him play in a full game in the face of wide receivers and making tackles all over the place with legit 4.59/40 speed. His long arms make him look 6-3 in height on the field.”
Bio: D’Juan Singleton’s coverage skills in man coverage has helped him receive an early offer from New Mexico State. What helps the West Jefferson High School senior cornerback in coverage is his track speed. For the school, Singleton runs 100 meters, 4×200 meter relay, and 4×400 meter relay for outdoor and indoor, he participates in 55 meter dash and 60 meter dash. Even though Singleton has received one offer from New Mexico State, he is thankful for that offer and is looking forward to trying to get some more by the end of his senior season.
CB Trevon Broussard
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Trevon Broussard is a late bloomer with 4.5/40 speed and is a tough cover guy in the open field. I would think he would be a perfect fit for local McNeese State if he stays local. He is also strong for a defensive back too and still has a lot to show in 2020.”
Bio: Trevon Broussard is still open for colleges as he has yet to receive any offers.
“What I’m looking for in college is a great campus where I want to feel comfortable academically and feel like a family sports wide just to fit in and enjoy my years there,” Broussard said.
The LaGrange High School defensive back is a diamond in the rough as he can run a 4.46/40 hand time and like Lee mentioned is pretty strong for his position as he can squat 430 pounds. When not playing football, Broussard is using his speed running track for his school.
CB Cejae Ceasar
Lee’s Scouting Report: “This is the most gifted tall defensive back I’ve seen come out of the Lake Charles area in a long time. Cejae Ceasar will be a three year starter and might even outgrow defensive back in order to become an outside linebacker for college with 4.5/40 speed. He is a long framed kid who plays man defense and flies to the football.”
Bio: Cejae Ceasar has really picked up in the recruiting scene he has received offers from South Alabama, Arkansas State, Air Force, New Mexico State, ULL, Kansas State, ULM, Southern, and Grambling. Just recently, the star Iowa High School recruit has made the decision to commit to the ULL Ragin’ Cajuns. Last season, he had 45 tackles, six pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and a blocked field goal. Along with being a star football, he is also a starter on the school’s basketball team and runs track for the school.
CB/Nickel Sterling Scott
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Sterling Scott is a big time sleeper in New Orleans with elite cover skills and 4.6/40 speed, but he is a smart player who reads and covers in man.”
Bio: Sterling Scott was one of the best cover corners in the New Orleans metro area. One of the most impressive stats that you will see is that Scott had more interceptions with six than he did allow completions, which is five in 2019. Opposing quarterbacks only threw his way 22 times over the course of the year and Scott also had 40 tackles and two forced fumbles in 11 games. The 1st Team All-Metro, All-District, and All-State defensive back selection has been offered by most Ivy League schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Penn, Dartmouth, and Cornell as well as other offers also from Air Force, Prairie View A&M, and Lamar.
“The things that I look for in a school is the community, support, competitiveness, drive, education, and opportunity,” Scott said.
All of those qualities fit the bill for the Harvard Crimson as he has committed to the team back in late July. In the weight room, Scott can bench press 265 pounds and squat 395 pounds. When not playing football, the Newman cornerback is playing baseball for the school in which he made All-District in as well his sophomore year.
CB/Nickel Caleb Spann
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Caleb Spann will be a four year starter, and this kid has played several positions for the team. As a freshman, I saw him play running back and wide receiver, but over time, he has settled into becoming a heck of a defensive back for the program. I love his high IQ of the game and his toughness with legit 4.5/40 speed. He is a football player and to me the best player coming back for John Curtis in their starting lineup when it comes to production and leadership.”
Bio: It is an incredible feat to start four years at one of the best high school football programs in America, but Caleb Spann has done that. It shows what kind of talent he really is. Last season, Spann had a great statistical season with 60 solo tackles, eight tackles for loss, nine pass breakups, two interceptions, and even had 50 yards receiving on offense. The athlete John Curtis High School defender has received offers from Air Force, Georgetown, Army, Central Michigan, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, McNeese State, Dartmouth, FAU, Lamar, Eastern Michigan, Middle Tennessee, Grambling State, Southern, New Mexico State, Lehigh, Southern Miss, South Alabama, Duke, Tulane, and Nicholls State. With all of those offers, Spann is still trying to process it all.
“I want to go to a college that will develop me as a great football play and as a great man,” Spann said. “I would like a great education and a place that feels like home where I can grow. I don’t really care where the school is because location isn’t really a big deal. I also want to go to a place that plays the best players because I know for a fact that I can play in one to two years on any program.”
After processing his offers, Spann decided to commit to Central Michigan. In the weight room, Spann can bench press 315 pounds, squat 505 pounds, and power clean 245 pounds while running a 4.53/40 as well. When not playing football, he plays basketball and runs track for the school.
FS Will Hawkins
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Will Hawkins will be a three year starter in 2020. I saw him play in 2017 as a starter and I was impressed with his tackling as well as his ability to read and hit when he was only 6-0, 180 pounds. Now, he has grown into a man and to me a big time safety for college. With 4.5/40 speed and size, he will come up and stick you. I think the kid has NFL stuff and will be a three year starter for a major DI program.”
Bio: At 6-1, 195 pounds with 4.5/40 speed, it is surprising that Will Hawkins has only received one offer, and that is from Lamar University. Despite the offer, the Jesuit defensive back is still wide open to colleges at this point. The recruiting process won’t be any easier for Hawkins as he has injured himself during offseason workouts and is out for the season in 2020.
“I am looking for a family and many opportunities that I can grow as a man,” Hawkins said.
When not playing football, he is either running for the school track team or he is volunteering to help others in the community.
FS Joshua Stevenson
St. Thomas More
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I thought Joshua Stevenson was just going to be a DI baseball player and go to LSU for baseball where he’s committed. I have to put this out there. After watching Josh in 2019, I think he’s a big time DI safety and has a future in football too. I have a lot of respect for the kid for not quitting football for baseball like so many kids do in high school. Josh can run a legit 4.5/40, reads, and will de-cleat you. He is a big time player, and if I was talking to him, I would talk this kid into putting that football helmet on too. His brother Andrew Stevenson was a pretty good football player in high school at St. Thomas More High School as a wide receiver, and now, he is with the Washington Nationals in the MLB. I think Josh is a bigger and better athlete than Andrew.”
Bio: Just like his brother Andrew Stevenson, Joshua Stevenson will be playing baseball for the LSU Tigers.
“I love the tradition and environment in Baton Rouge,” Stevenson said. “There’s truly no better place to experience college baseball than Alex Box Stadium.”
As a baseball player, Stevenson has made 1st Team All-District, District MVP, 1st Team All-Acadiana, All-State, All-Region, and Daily Advertiser Baseball Player of the Year finalist. Just as impressive as his baseball accomplishments are his football accomplishments racking up 132 tackles, (86 assists, 46 solo) and two interceptions while also earning 1st Team All-District, the Silver Cougar award, and 1st Team All-Acadiana. Even though Stevenson will be playing baseball, he has not ruled out playing football in college.
“Yes, I would for sure look into a football program,” Stevenson said. “With the right program and the right coaching staff, I would consider playing college football.”
In the weight room, the St. Thomas More High School two sport athlete can bench press 250 pounds, squat 350 pounds, clean 275 pounds, and can run a 4.53/40. When not playing either sport, Stevenson enjoys fishing, hunting, and playing the guitar.
FS Jordan Jackson
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Jordan Jackson might be the biggest sleeper safety in the state. Jordan has the respect of the coaches on the field and in the weight room. He is strong for his size and has a high football IQ to become a really good player. With 4.55/40 speed, he is a big time DI late bloomer that has a chance to become a 6-3, 210 pound safety in college.”
Bio: Jordan Jackson has not received any offers, but he has been talking to schools like Memphis, South Alabama, and Texas. Last season, the Dutchtown High School defensive back had 15 tackles, two assists, one interception, one fumble recovery, and seven pass breakups. When not playing football, Jackson is also running track and wrestling for the school. In track, he participates in the 400 meters, the long jump, and the 4×1 relay. His max bench press is 245 pounds while his hang clean is 260 pounds, his power clean is 270 pounds, and his squat is 370 pounds. When not playing any sports, Jackson likes to workout and watch film on some of his favorite players including Deion Sanders (Florida State/Atlanta Falcons/Dallas Cowboys/San Francisco 49ers/Baltimore Ravens/Washington Redskins), Jalen Ramsey (Florida State/Jacksonville Jaguars/Los Angeles Rams), and Patrick Peterson (LSU/Arizona Cardinals).
FS Tahj Favorite
Lee’s Scouting Report: “If this kid played for West Monroe or Hahnville, Tahj Favorite would be All State and getting Power 5 Offers. The kid is a big time player that I saw in person twice as he runs a 4.5/40. He reads and is a big time hitter that has to play both sides of the football for his team.”
Bio: Tahj Favorite was one of the top defensive players for the White Castle Bulldogs last season as he helped the team reach the Class 1A state championship in 2019. As of right now, Favorite has received offers from Carthage College and Louisiana College. He also likes UL, Louisiana Tech, Southern, and Houston.
“The things I look at when choosing a college is going somewhere I can feel welcomed and loved,” Favorite said. “I look into things where I can have a good support system for academics. Also, I am looking for somewhere I can fit in and show my true self and talents.”
In the weight room, Favorite can bench press 205 pounds, squat 245 pounds, and can run a 4.6/40.
FS Kobi Miller
Lee’s Scouting Report: Since his freshman season on varsity, Kobi Miller had mostly been a linebacker for the program because that’s where they need him. He will need to learn the safety position, but that’s where he is most suited to play at. He just needs to add more weight if he wants to play linebacker. Kobi can run a legit 4.57/40 and looks faster on a field. He is a tough kid that has battled some injuries and still has played through them.”
Bio: In 2019, Kobi Miller had 35 tackles, three tackles for loss, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and an interception returned for a touchdown. Not only has he been productive on the football field, but he is just as productive off of it winning the team’s character award his sophomore year. An interesting fact about him is that he and teammate Ian Pourciau are the first five year lettermen at Parkview Baptist. As of now, Miller has no top schools.
“I’m looking for a college with good academics and a good culture that will fit me,” Miller said.
In the weight room, Miller can bench press 190 pounds, power clean 265 pounds, squat 345 pounds, and can run a 4.58/40. When not playing football, Miller is playing basketball for the team.
FS Xavier Kately
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Xavier Kately is really gifted for a kid with size already for safety. He is a big time hitter and covers a lot of ground. Kately might outgrow the position and become an outside linebacker in college with 4.6/40 speed. I don’t think he needs much more weight for college as he is a strong, built kid.”
Bio: “Xavier Kately is one of the most underrated defensive backs in the state in terms of his production at the position. In 2019, Kately had 41 tackles, seven interceptions, and led the rest of the St. Martinville secondary in tackles. As of now, the 1st Team All-District selection and All-State selection has received one offer from Texas Southern, but his dream school is LSU.
“I’m looking for a college that has the best academics for me and wants my athletic talents on the field,” Kately said.
When not playing football, Kately plays basketball for his school.
FS Bailey Despanie
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I love this kid’s game. I have seen him play in person twice as he is a big time hitter that has the size to become a 6-2, 200 pound safety in college. Bailey Despanie is DI ready now.”
Bio: Bailey Despanie is one of the top players in the Lafayette-Acadiana area. Last season, Despanie had 83 solo tackles, 15 pass breakups, three interceptions, and three blocked kicks while also making 1st Team All-State and 1st Team All-District MVP. The star Carencro High School defensive back has received offers from Kansas, Lamar, McNeese State, Houston Baptist, Southeastern, FAU, Southern, Prairie View A&M, Texas Southern, South Alabama, and Nicholls State before committing to the Tulane Green Wave.
“I love the atmosphere of the school and how it is building a good culture,” Despanie said.
In college, Despanie wants to major in physical therapy. He is also a star athlete in other sports playing shooting guard for the basketball team as well as running the 800 meters, 4×4 relay, and can long jump 23 feet. When not playing any sports, the Tulane commit enjoys watching movies with his family.
FS Jah’von Grigsby
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Jah’von Grigsby is a big time hitter in a long line of great safeties from the school as he runs a 4.45/40. He now just needs to get a little bigger and stronger in 2020. Jah’von is just a great athlete with the demaner you love to see as a hitter too.”
Bio: Jah’von Grigsby is one of the hottest recruits in the Baton Rouge area as he has received offers from McNeese State, Vanderbilt, Tulane, Southern, South Alabama, SMU, Miami, Louisiana Tech, UL, Indiana, Houston, Arkansas State, Purdue, Michigan State, Louisville, Kansas, and Auburn. Just recently, Grigsby decided to commit to the Michigan State Spartans. Last season, the Scotlandville High School defensive back had 68 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and a defensive touchdown. In the weight room, Grigsby can bench press 215 pounds and can squat 305 pounds. When not playing football, he also runs track by participating in the 4×100, 4×200, and high jump. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as listening to his favorite rapper NBA Youngboy. An interesting fact about the talented recruit is that he is also fluent in Spanish.
FS Travis Walker
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Landry Walker has produced a ton of DI defensive backs in the last 15 years, and he’s the next one for the safety position. Travis Walker is big, tall, long, rangy, and fast with 4.55/40 speed. He could end up growing into an OLB in college and easily be 220 pounds one day or stay at safety at 6-2, 210 pounds in college.”
Bio: Travis Walker had a breakout season in 2019 with 45 tackles, five interceptions, four forced fumbles, and five tackles for loss. His ability to always make plays around the football has attracted scholarship offers from McNeese State, New Mexico State, Southern, and Louisiana College. He also likes LSU, Oklahoma, and Virginia.
“I look at the depth chart and at the education the school is providing,” Walker said.
Just recently, Walker has decided to commit to the McNeese State Cowboys. The McNeese State signee has a chance to graduate and enroll early at the school. In the weight room, Walker can bench press 185 pounds and can squat 315 pounds. When not playing football, Walker runs the 400 meters for the track team and can also be seen playing pickup basketball with his friends.
FS Kaine Williams
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Kaine Williams is one of the top three football players that I have seen in person over the last three years. The kid has God gifted talent and when he comes down hill, you better get on the ground because he’s not going to miss. Williams has incredible skills, and I would give him a 10 on a 10 scale in terms of toughness and instincts. Plus, he has the size too. I watched him play in person in 2018 and he was the best player on the field that night as a sophomore when there were also nine other DI players in the game at that time. He is the best pure free safety prospect I’ve seen come out in years as he reminds me of a bigger version of Laron Landry (LSU/Washington Redskins/New York Jets/Indianapolis Colts) as Landry was only 180 pounds his senior year at Hahnville High School.”
Bio: Kaine Williams is one of the best players regardless of position in the state for the 2021 class. The John Ehret ball hawking safety has received plenty of DI offers, especially in the SEC, but it was the Alabama Crimson Tide that has intrigued Williams the most as he committed to Nick Saban’s bunch earlier in May. Over the last two seasons, Williams had 123 tackles and ten interceptions.
FS Ian Montz
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Ian Montz would be getting more offers, but he’s currently committed to UL for baseball. Montz comes from a baseball family so that has always been his first love, but if he wasn’t a baseball commit, he would be a national recruit as a safety for football. The kid has big time talent and reminds me of Grant Delpit (LSU/Cleveland Browns) in size and the way he covers ground in high school. I love watching this kid play with his length and 4.5/40 speed.”
Bio: Going into his third season as a starter, Ian Montz has already accomplished plenty more than a lot of high school athletes in their entire careers as he has excelled not only on the gridiron, but on the baseball diamond as well. The UL baseball commit has also been pursued by McNeese State, Southeastern, Lamar, and Nicholls State as well. On the football field, Montz was one of Acadiana’s best defenders in their Class 5A state championship run by accounting for 61 tackles, 4 INTs, 4 tackles for loss, 15 passes defended, and two touchdowns.
FS Cyrus Allen
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Cyrus Allen is another big time DI safety prospect from Landry Walker High School. Cyrus could play either strong or free safety in college. I love his effort and he will stick you in the open field.”
Bio: Despite missing four games in 2019, Cyrus Allen showed what he could do on the offensive side of the football as a wide receiver with 25 catches for 458 yards and 9 TDs. Ceedee as they call him has received offers from Oregon State, Hawaii, ULM, McNeese State, UTSA, Arkansas State, New Mexico, Nicholls State, Texas State, Southeastern, and Grambling before committing to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. While also playing both ways for the Chargin’ Bucs on the football field, he also runs the 2×200 meter relays for the school’s track team.
SS Sage Ryan
Lafayette Christian Academy
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Sage Ryan is the best hitter in the state. If you run this kid’s way or even try to get out of his way, he’s coming at you and he’s coming fast. He doesn’t miss and he will take you down to the ground without help as he loves contact. His aggression is why he’s DI along with his ability to read every play.”
Bio: Sage Ryan’s athleticism runs in the family as his uncles Kevin (Carencro High School/New England Patriots) and Trev Faulk (Lafayette High School/Arizona Cardinals/St. Louis Rams/New Orleans Saints) were former LSU All-Americans. Like his uncles were coming out of high school, Sage has been nationally recruited receiving 13 DI offers. Just recently, he has narrowed his top schools to ten, which are Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, TCU, Clemson, Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, and Michigan. After playing important roles in Lafayette Christian Academy’s back to back state championships, Ryan would like nothing more to finish his incredible high school career with a three peat.
SS Jamarian Henderson
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Jamarian Henderson is the next great safety from the school, which has produced two future NFL players in college already in Joe Foucha (Arkansas) & Brad Stewart (Florida). Jamarian is in the same mold as those guys because of his toughness, and 4.5/40 closing speed.”
Bio: Jamarian Henderson is continuing to carry on the strong McDonogh 35 High School defensive back tradition as he has received offers from Colorado, ULM, Texas Southern, Ohio, Arkansas Pine Bluff, and McNeese State.
SS Michael Cerniauskas
Catholic High School (B.R.)
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Michael Cerniauskas plays the game full throttle and seems to know the plays before they are run. This kid doesn’t mind taking down bigger players in the open field. In coverage, he baits a lot of quarterbacks as good as any defensive back in this class. With 4.55/40 speed, he is a big time DI sleeper.”
Bio: Michael Cerniauskas has already received some DI offers including Army, Air Force, ULM, and Navy, but he has also received some I-AA offers as well including Furman, Southern, Southeastern, and Nicholls State.
“I am looking for a good education, a place that has good football, and good people,” Cernauskas said.
Just recently, Cerniauskas committed to Army. Last season, Cerniauskas was one one of the key defenders on a Division I state championship team returning two interceptions for a touchdown and being the ultimate last line of defense for the Bears on a great defense. In the weight room, he can bench press 275 pounds, squat 365 pounds, and power clean 280 pounds. When not playing football, he enjoys golfing, fishing, and hunting.
SS Elijah Clyde
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Elijah Clyde started his high school career at Church Academy, then was hurt, sat out at Dunham High School, and is now a star for Silliman High School. Elijah has great instincts to go with a tough mentality. He doesn’t miss much when making tackles and will come down hill in the run game with legit 4.45/40 speed.”
Bio: Elijah Clyde has found himself a home with the Silliman Wildcats with 19 pass deflections, three interceptions, and two interceptions returned for touchdowns. The 2nd Team All-District selection has not received any offers, but likes Texas A&M, LSU, Houston, Tennessee, and Florida.
“I’m looking for a school that is a DI school where coaches are personally in contact with the players,” Clyde said.
In the weight room, the Silliman defensive back can bench press 275 pounds, squat 295 pounds, and can run a 4.45/40. When not playing football, he can be seen playing baseball and running track.
P Ethan Flannery
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Ethan Flannery averaged 39 yards per punt in 2019. He might be the strongest punter in South Louisiana in the weight room and is not a player you want to rush and try to take down. Ethan has a strong leg and still has the ability to do better in 2020 in terms of his punting average and hang time.”
Bio: Ethan Flannery is not your ordinary punter as he is strong in the weight room bench pressing 240 pounds, power cleaning 250 pounds, and can squat 395 pounds. Flannery also has 4.84/40 speed. The Destrehan High School punter is looking to improve his punting average in 2020 after averaging yards per punt in 2019.
P Gavin Weidenbacher
Bio: In 2019, Gavin Weidenbacher had 53 punts for 1,965 yards averaging 37 yards per punt, 196 punt yards per game, 16 punts inside the 20 yard line, seven punts inside the 10 yard line, and a long of 66 yards. As of now, Weidenbacher is open to all colleges after making Honorable All-District in 2019. When not playing football, the Denham Springs High School punter also plays baseball as the school’s pitcher. In the weight room, he can bench press 175 pounds, power clean 185 pounds, and can squat 300 pounds.
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