2016 1st Team All-Louisiana Offensive and Defensive Team (Did not have Bios in Magazine)
By Lee Brecheen and Jace LeJeune
Louisiana Football Editor and Owner Lee Brecheen has scouted all of these guys from the 2013 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.
Note: This is the website version of the 1st Team All-Louisiana team. To see, the others who have made our preseason team, you would have to buy our preview magazine at http://lafootballmagazine.com/product/la-football-magazine-2016-annual-preview/ . The following players were mentioned in the magazine but only their names, height and weights, and schools were mentioned. There were no bios on the players mentioned.
Lowell Narcisse is the best dual threat QB to come out of Louisiana since Ryan Perrilloux from East St. John. He is a big quarterback with a big arm who is also a very good runner. Lowell needed to stay healthy this year because he missed most of 2015 with an injury. Unfortunately, Lowell Narcisse tore his ACL, which was the same injury he suffered last year. However, he did come back and played in the state championship game last year so hopefully, he can come back from the injury again and lead the Wildcats late in the season. If he grew any more, he can probably make the transition from QB to LB like Kendell Beckwith when he played QB for East Feliciana and is now a linebacker for LSU. As of right now, Lowell Narcisse is committed to play for the LSU Tigers.
Travis Etienne will be just as good as Clyde Edwards-Helaire from Catholic High (B.R.) in college. Travis is more of a guy who can cut but also has a lot of power. He is the real deal because he is a very smart runner and has great vision. Travis Etienne just decommitted from Texas A&M so we will see where he wants to go.
Woodlawn High School (B.R.)
Javin Myers is actually from the state of Georgia. He moved to Baton Rouge to attend Woodlawn High School (B.R.) when he was in 10th grade. Javin is short and stocky but very fast and has surprising power. He is the heart and soul of the Woodlawn football team. Javin Myers might be as good as Etienne and Clyde Edwards-Helaire when it is all said and done. Last year, Javin Myers ran for over 1600 yards, 20 touchdowns, and was named All-District as well as All-State. He is currently committed to play for the University of Louisiana Monroe to play for the Warhawks. When football season is over, Javin Myers enjoys working with music.
Delmonte Hall is a big time sleeper at the running back position. He has great feet and vision when he hits the hole. Hall is also powerful when he runs the football. It seems like he never gets tired in a game no matter how many carries he is getting which is a great quality that you want in a running back. Last year, Delmonte Hall had over 160 carries for 2,104 yards and 30 touchdowns. When the season is over, Delmonte likes to ride horses and play basketball.
Jacobi Taylor has a lot of power when he runs the football even in his little frame. I personally saw him play last year and I have to tell you that he has the IT factor. Jacobi has great quickness and has the toughness that you need to play at the D-I level. Last year, Jacobi Taylor ran for over 1900 yards and was named 1st team All-State, 1st team All-District, and All-SWLA. When football season is over, Jacobi Taylor likes to fish.
Levi Lewis could play quarterback, cornerback, or wide receiver. Lewis can be a great D-I quarterback. He is a great athlete who can run a legit 4.4/40. It will depend on the school that signs him on which position Levi Lewis will play at the next level. As of right now, Levi Lewis is committed to play for the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana Lafayette. Last year, Levi completed over 63% of his passes for 2,588 yards, 22 touchdowns, and ran for 978 yards and 9 touchdowns. When football season is over, Levi Lewis likes to workout, go kart racing, and playing basketball.
Jaiden Cole is one of the best athletes in North Louisiana. Jaiden is a smart leader who can play free or strong safety in college. He plays quarterback for the team and runs the football with a defensive back mindset. He is very powerful when he runs the football and very tough to tackle. Last year, he had over 1,000 yards and accounted for 23 touchdowns.
Antonio Rivette plays quarterback for Minden, but he can also play other positions. He is a phenomenal athlete as he can run a 4.5/40. Antonio does things with his arm and feet that you simply can’t coach. His stats are completely off the charts. Last year, Antonio Rivette passed for 2,066 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also ran for 674 yards and 9 touchdowns. His top schools are the University of Southern Mississippi, University of Louisiana Lafayette, and Louisiana College. When football season is over, Antonio loves to play basketball, run track, and also mows lawns.
Jeremy Singleton, at times, looks like an Odell Beckham Jr. (former receiver for Isidore Newman and LSU; current receiver for the New York Giants), with his speed and ability to run smooth routes. He is a very gifted athlete and a big-time talent. Brother Martin doesn’t use him much because of the other weapons like RB Bruce Jordan-Swilling. I would put him with the best in the state at the position along with Devonta Smith (Amite). Last year, Jeremy Singleton had 50 catches for 993 yards and 16 TDS. He is committed to the University of Houston and his hobbies are playing basketball and video games.
Jason Briggs is a big time national tight end and the most athletic tight end that I saw in 2015. He will definitely blow up in 2016. Jason is 6’4, 225 and can run a 4.5/40. He has great hands and is mean when he blocks. It wouldn’t shock me if a big school tries to chase him late. Last year, Jason Briggs had 17 catches for 145 yards and 12 pancake blocks. His top schools are ULL, Tulane, and ULM. When the football season is over, he likes to hang out with his friends and family.
Joshua Mote was born to play center. He is tough, mean, smart, and has good feet. Joshua is originally from Mississippi and moved to Louisiana. He recently committed to Louisiana Tech and could play very fast because he is highly advanced at the position. When football season is over, Joshua likes to play basketball, throw the discus, and play the drums.
Zach Tom could be even better than his brother Cameron Tom, who also played at Catholic High and could be All-Conference for Southern Mississippi as a center. Zach is very versatile because he can play any position on the offensive line. He has also grown this year as he is 30 pounds heavier. Zach Tom’s top schools are Southern Mississippi, University of Louisiana Monroe, and the University of Louisiana Lafayette. When football season is over, Zach likes to switch his focus to track and field.
Cameron Jackel definitely passes the eye test. He moves well and what’s scary is that he is still putting everything together. At 6’6, 305, he will play offensive guard at a big school. As of right now, Cameron Jackel is committed to play for the Tulane Green Wave next year. After football season, Cameron likes to work out and practice daily and then around February, he starts track and field where he throws the shotput.
Elijah Hayes is one of the most athletic offensive linemen in the state. 20 years ago, Elijah would’ve made All-American but since he is undersized at 6’2, which is a little hard to believe, he doesn’t get the recognition that he should get. Whoever gets Elijah will get a steal because he is tough, mean, and will go on to a great college career. His top schools are McNeese and Southeastern Louisiana University. When Elijah Hayes is not playing football, he does track and field.
Briggs Bourgeois can kick for anybody in the United States. He has the best leg for a kicker from the Baton Rouge area. What makes Briggs special is that he can also run a 4.5/40 and catch over 60 passes as a wide receiver. If Briggs wanted to, he can also be a D-I receiver. Bill Belichick (legendary coach for the New England Patriots) would love a guy like this on his team. Briggs has made field goals over 40 yards and if Briggs continues on his craft, he has a chance to kick in the NFL. Briggs Bourgeois is committed to play for the University of Southern Mississippi. Last year, he went 15 for 19 in field goal attempts with a 68 yard kickoff average as a kicker. As a wide receiver, he caught 60 passes for 1,010 yards and 17 touchdowns. When Briggs is not playing football, he is either playing soccer or baseball.
If Malcolm Rollins came from a state like Kentucky, he would be the top prospect in the whole state. He can grow to 280 or 290 and play defensive tackle or can stay in his 255 frame and play defensive end. He is very versatile and a special football player. Last year, Malcolm had over 50 tackles and caused 2 fumbles. His top schools are ULL, Mississippi State, and Houston. When the football season is over, Malcolm Rollins likes to lift weights, play video games, and hangout with friends.
Jermaine Bowens is the most gifted defensive end in the state. He reminds me of Sci Martin, who graduated from McDonogh 35 last year and is now at LSU. Jermaine is basically a clone of Sci Martin and I think LSU will chase Jermaine in the end like they did with Sci. He definitely looks the part as he is fast and tall.
Caleb Sampson is a great defensive tackle at a small private school. Caleb is kind of raw at the position but he has it. He is a long 6’3, moves well, and has great feet. Last year, Caleb Sampson recorded 45 tackles, 6-8 sacks, 1 interception, and a touchdown. His hobbies after football season are working out and playing basketball. He is committed to play for the Tulane Green Wave.
Dwayne Fisher can be an All-American at either offensive tackle or defensive tackle. Dwayne is a freak athlete at 6’6, 310, and can run a 5.1/40. As of right now, Dwayne Fisher is committed to play for the University of Arkansas.
Langston Murray is one of the strongest defensive tackles in the state. Langston benches over 400 lbs. and squats over 500 lbs. He has a NFL future. LSU can’t take them all but don’t rule out the Tigers chasing him in the end. Langston Murray runs a 5.1/40 at 6’2, 305.
Shahid Reece is a former defensive back that grew to play linebacker but will get bigger at 225 to 230. He is the best hitting linebacker in the state and can run a 4.5/40. Last year, Shahid Reece had 90 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 4 sacks. He has offers from the Citadel, Southern, and Jackson State University as well as other schools in which he is currently being looked at. When football season is over, Shahid likes to train, work out, draw, and relax.
De La Salle
Josh Paul hasn’t filled out but still gained 25-30 pounds. Josh is a great athlete that can run a 4.5/40. He is still raw and learning the position. As of right now, he is committed to Arkansas.
There is not a better outside linebacker in the state than Kendrick Smith. Even though Kendrick plays outside linebacker, he can play any other position. Some lucky college will get Kendrick Smith and be very pleased when they get him. He is a lean 215 and will gain another 20 pounds. Kendrick plays everything for the team. If he played for a football powerhouse like Archbishop Rummel or West Monroe, he would be a big time national recruit.
Rashaad Harding is the best middle linebacker that nobody knows about. Rashaad is tough and physical who also displays great speed and instincts. He is very underrated and only will get thicker in college.
Terrell Bailey is a big time cornerback who can play man coverage as well as the run and pass. He also has a lot of speed as he runs a 4.40 in the 40 yard dash.
Out of all the great defensive backs that Neville currently has, Kendrick Marbles is the best cover guy they have. He is also the most aggressive and instinctive. He gets lost with the other guys but this guy can play. Kendrick can guard the pass vertically or over the middle. Don’t let the size fool you. He can really play.
Cheyenne Labruzza is a star player for a very small school in Albany. Cheyenne is timed at 4.40 in the 40 yard dash. He is also very smart as he has over a 4.0 grade point average. I think that he can play D-I. He is also one of the best players ever to come out of Albany and even better yet, one of the best student athletes in the state. Last year, Cheyenne Labruzza was an impact player on both sides of the football as he had over 1,100 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns along with 46 tackles and 3 for loss as a safety. Cheyenne is committed to play for the Tennessee Volunteers and when the season is over, he likes to watch film on some of the best collegiate players at his position to help his game out.
Brad Stewart is the best hitter in the state as a defensive back. I love this kid. He can cover, play the run and pass equally, and runs well. Brad will hit you and has football speed.
Jaleel Hampton is the best athlete from Kentwood that even includes Shyheim Carter (last year’s QB and currently playing for the Alabama Crimson Tide). Jaleel also plays wide receiver for the team and can also be a D-I receiver, but I also believe he can be a D-I safety. He has a Jarvis Landry mentality when it comes to being tough and doing whatever it takes to make a play. I am shocked that he is not offered by any colleges right now. His top schools are Alabama, Florida State, and Tulane. When football season is over, Jaleel likes to play other sports like baseball, track and field, and basketball.
Jontre Kirklin plays quarterback for the Lutcher Bulldogs. Jontre reminds me a lot of LaRon Landry, who was an All-American safety for the LSU Tigers but also started out as a quarterback for Hahnville High School. Jontre can grow to over 200 pounds and could be a huge star for the LSU Tigers when it is all said and done. Last year, Jontre Kirklin passed for 2,257 yards and 35 touchdowns. He also ran for over 1,000 yards and 17 touchdowns.
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