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Ponchatoula High School senior QB and LSU signee TJ Finley (Property of LAFM)

Recruit Video Interview: LSU QB Signee TJ Finley, Ponchatoula High School

Recruit Video Interview: LSU QB Signee TJ Finley, Ponchatoula High School

by Jace LeJeune

Ponchatoula High School senior QB and LSU signee TJ Finley (Property of LAFM)

We have finished our 23rd annual magazine cover shoot, but this year marked the third straight year in which we have conducted both a North and South photo shoot. This year, we shot the North photo shoot at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and we shot the South photo shoot at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. Both events were really successful, and we would like to thank everybody who has helped us make both events so special for the players that were involved. Besides taking the photos, Louisiana Football Magazine’s owner Lee Brecheen and editor Jace LeJeune got the chance to talk to some of the top Class of 2020 players in the state of the Louisiana. Both Brecheen and LeJeune talked to the recruits about their top schools, goals for the upcoming season, hobbies, and so much more. For the rest of the year, we will post these video interviews that were taken at both photoshoot events!

In today’s recruit video interview, we go to Catholic High School where Lee Brecheen caught up with Ponchatoula High School senior and LSU quarterback signee TJ Finley!

TJ Finley: With his 6-6, 260 pound frame and rocket arm strength, it was clear to see the physical tools that Ponchatoula High School senior QB TJ Finley possesses. With those talents presented DI ability. Because of that, Finley was offered by schools including Auburn, Oregon, Auburn, Baylor, Georgia, Kentucky, and others, but however, despite all of the attention and offers, the three star quarterback stayed with his hometown choice, which was LSU. After committing to the Bayou Bengals in 2018, the talented signal caller has stayed true to his decision keeping his commitment all the way into his senior season and even signing with the Tigers in the early signing period. Not only has Finley signed with the Tigers, but he even practiced with his new team just hours after he signed his letter of intent as he has enrolled early into the school. Drawing comparisons to guys like former LSU gunslinger JaMarcus Russell, Finley will also find his home in Baton Rouge. Before the start of his senior season, Louisiana Football Magazine’s recruiting expert Lee Brecheen put Finley on the cover of the South preview magazine and on the first team All-South Louisiana team.

TJ Finley has the strongest arm that I have seen come out of Louisiana in several years,” Brecheen said. “He has a stronger arm than JaMarcus Russell (LSU/Oakland Raiders). He could be a NFL quarterback if he continues to work on his feet.”

Well, Finley will get the chance to work with offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and passing game coordinator Joe Brady in one of the most explosive  pass happy offenses in the country, which is now led by Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow. After Burrow is finished with his collegiate career and rides to the NFL as the potential number one overall pick, there will be a debate on who will handle the reins next season, and beyond. This pro style quarterback very well could continue the rising reputation of LSU as QBU.


In today’s recruit video interview, we go back to the summer where our own Lee Brecheen went 1 on 1 with Ponchatoula High School senior quarterback and LSU signee TJ Finley to talk about his arm strength, why he loves the Tigers, his thoughts on Joe Brady at the start of the season, and so much more!



Hey football fans. Like our recruiting interviews, stories, and other content on our website? Click on our website daily to view articles on recruits, coaches, and so much more at our website: https://www.lafootballmagazine.com/. Also, we have exciting news that for the third straight year, we will have our North and South LA issues and both are now out! Both issues will continue to cover all the Louisiana colleges as well as all the high schools in state, but there will be 16 pages that will focus on North Louisiana as well as South Louisiana. For more information, please check the following link to where you can find the magazine in a store near you. Also, below are the two covers as well as where you can order both magazines on our website.

Store Link: https://www.lafootballmagazine.com/news/2019-louisiana-football-magazine-north-and-south-editions-now-available-in-stores-near-you/

North Cover                                                                   South Cover











North Online Order Link: https://www.lafootballmagazine.com/product/la-football-magazine-2019-annual-preview-north-edition/

South Online Order Link: https://www.lafootballmagazine.com/product/la-football-magazine-2019-annual-preview-south-edition/

About Jace LeJeune

Jace is from Addis, LA but resides in Port Allen, LA. Jace attends Southeastern Louisiana University and is majoring in Journalism. This is Jace's third year as Associate Editor at Louisiana Football Magazine. He is also a graduate from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge where he was the editor of the school newspaper the “Bearly Published.” While at CHS, Jace also announced their football, basketball, and baseball games for the Bruin Broadcast Network which is the Catholic High’s streaming website for their events. On weekends, Jace is the PA announcer for his middle school football games. At home, Jace enjoys time with his family and friends. Besides being a huge football fan, Jace is also an avid NHRA drag racing fan.