Recruit Spotlight: RB Chris Primeaux, St. Thomas More High School, Class of 2018
by JBriaan Johnson
The St. Thomas More Cougars had a successful regular season finishing 9-1 heading into the playoffs. The Cougars soon lost to state runner-up De La Salle in the semi-finals 28-14.
Senior running back Chris Primeaux led the charge of one of the most explosive backfields in the state, which features fellow backs Sydney Lindon and William Cryer.
The 5-7, 182 pound running back tore up the field for the Cougars throughout the entire season leading all backs with 1,211 total yards on the ground and 15 touchdowns. With this season, Primeaux has emerged as one of the most prominent running backs in the state.
As a running back, who has not participated in one collegiate rep, Primeaux has blossomed into a player who plays beyond his years. His football IQ is extremely high after being around the game for as long as he has.
“I have played football since the fourth grade, so I have played for nine years,” Primeaux said.
Along with playing football for most of his life, Primeaux has experience playing football at multiple positions. Not only has Primeaux played various positions on the offensive side of the ball, but he has also dipped in to a few positions on defense. His experience allowed him to gain an understanding of what defensive players are thinking and what their tendencies are.
“In the fifth and sixth grade, I played offensive and defensive line,” Primeaux said. “After that, I played running back and linebacker in the seventh and eighth grade. In high school, I only played running back.”
Throughout his time at St. Thomas More, Primeaux emerged as one of the primary leaders of this team with the his consistent production on the field. His teammates gravitated towards him and looked up to him as a role model based on his actions on and off of the field.
“I am more of a leader by example,” Primeaux said. “I wouldn’t say I am shy. I just feel like I would come off as rude sometimes if I vocalized my leadership.”
In his junior year, Primeaux set the example for his teammates with his consistent superb play on the field. In 2016, Primeaux averaged over and 100 yards per game and helped lead St. Thomas More to a state championship over Parkview Baptist High School 54-29. Primeaux described this game as his most memorable high school contest.
“What made it memorable is just all of the hard work we put in as a team the whole year to make it back to the Dome and then finally getting there and winning was an amazing feeling I’ll never forget,” Primeaux said.
At that point, the Cougars and the Eagles have grown to become very familiar with each other. The two programs met in the state championship twice and in the playoffs during Primeaux’s senior year.
Moving on to the collegiate level, Primeaux will have to get acclimated to the elevation of competition opposed what he faced in high school. Primeaux says he is up to the challenge and knows what he needs to anticipate going forward.
“The biggest adjustment will be not playing for a while because I’ve played since my sophomore year,” Primeaux said. “ I’m just used to being on the field a lot and helping my team.”
With college comes a new experiences on and off the field for players to look forward to. Having a fresh start on a new stage will give Primeaux the opportunity to prove what he has to offer. With coming from a winning culture at St. Thomas More, Primeaux has the intangibles it take to winning and contributing to a winning program.
“Some of my personal goals for college is to have fun and make the most of my football career,” Primeaux said. “I love the game and I know that I can take a lot of life lessons from it.”
As of right now, Chris Primeaux has received no offers, but is looking for any opportunity to show off his talents at the next level.
(Click Here to Check Out Chris Primeaux’s Senior Highlights)
JBriaan Johnson is a Louisiana native born and raised in the town of Patterson, Louisiana. He attended Patterson High School and graduated No. 6 in his class with a 3.8 GPA. JBriaan is now a student at Louisiana State University pursuing a major in Journalism and minoring in Sports studies. JBriaan has been a part of student media since arriving at LSU, specifically in the sports aspect of it. For two years now, JBriaan has been a sports writer and reporter for LSU’s student-ran newspaper, The Daily Reveille. He is also a sports reporter for KLSU Radio. When not covering sports for LSU, JBriaan is a freelance sports journalist for Livingston Parish Sports and 4-5A Locker Room website, covering high school athletics in that area. JBriaan joined the LA Football Magazine family in the summer of 2018 for his school internship.
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