2018 Louisiana Football Magazine 2nd Team All-South Louisiana Offensive and Defensive Team
by Lee Brecheen and Jace LeJeune
Louisiana Football Editor and Owner Lee Brecheen has scouted all of these guys from the 2015 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 2nd Team All-South Louisiana Offensive and Defensive Team. The 1st and 2nd All-South Louisiana team consists of senior players from the Baton Rouge, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, and St. Tammany.
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Note: We will feature articles on the players that did not make the 2nd Team All-North and All-South Louisiana team that are either DI, I-AA, D-II, D-III, NAIA, or JUCO caliber over the next six months. This is one of the strongest years for the state of Louisiana as there could be close to 400 players this season in the state that can eventually sign at the end of the season. Also, at the end of the season, we will put up our All-Sleeper team, which will consist of players that were not on the 1st or 2nd All-Louisiana teams.
Archbishop Rummel High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Chandler Fields can flat out throw the football and has for three years prior going back to his freshman year when he started for Holy Cross High School. Fields can avoid the rush and is a very tough player too.”
Bio: In his first year under center for the Raiders, Fields showed why he is one of the best quarterbacks in the New Orleans area. In 2017, Fields threw for 2,800 passing yards and 38 touchdowns. When the football season is over, Fields likes to play baseball and hanging out with friends. As of right now, Fields has committed to play for the ULL Ragin’ Cajuns.
“They believed in me first out of any other school so I put my faith in them,” Fields said. “It’s a home away from home!”
Lafayette Christian Academy
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Zachary Clement missed a good part of the 2017 season with an injury, but started as a Freshman and has the IT factor as a leader with a great arm and really good feet.”
Bio: The defending Division IV state champion Lafayette Christian Academy Knights will be in contention for another state championship now that their star senior quarterback Zachary Clement has fully healed from his injury. Before the injury last season, Clement was on his way to a really productive season completing 42 of 70 passes for 966 yards and 12 touchdowns to go along with no interceptions. He also ran for 682 yards and nine touchdowns. As of right now, Clement has held offers from Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Nicholls State University. After the football season is over, Clement likes to spend time with family and friends as well as participating in other sports and working out.
Carencro High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Austen Breaux is a good looking young quarterback that got some playing time last season and looked good while doing it. Since now, he has a full year, Breaux can become a late bloomer by the end of the season with strong arm and 4.65/40 speed. He could play for a lot of programs by season’s end.”
Bio: Splitting time with last year’s Carencro senior quarterback Chance Prejean, Austen Breaux showed his natural talent and took advantage of his snaps by throwing for over 1,000 yards. Even with the limited playing time, colleges still have shown interests as Breaux currently holds offers from Louisiana College, Texas Wesleyan, and East Texas Baptist. When the football season is over, Breaux likes being outdoors whether it is hunting or fishing. He also spends time with family, friends, and trains with his offseason trainer as well as his quarterback coach.
St. Paul’s High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: Jack Mashburn has a chance to be the best quarterback to ever come out of the high school. Mashburn has waited his turn at quarterback and got the chance in 2017. He was a former wide receiver that also played well in that role. He has a gun for an arm and can run a 4.65/40 or better. In 2018, Mashburn has a chance to move up the DI ranks fast.”
Bio: It sure was an adjustment for Jack Mashburn last season as he moved from his normal wide receiver position to the starting quarterback role after taking over former starter Johntae McDowell, who is now at Bowling Green High School. After taking over the starting quarterback job, Mashburn not only took it, but he ran with it completing 65% of his passes for 1,501 yards while running for 365 yards. As a receiver, Mashburn had 297 receiving yards. Right now, Mashburn’s only offer is from Lamar University, but there has been about a dozen schools that have been actively talking to him. When the football season is over, Mashburn likes to hangout with friends and go on vacation.
Kentwood High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “In most states, Larry Carter would be the number one ranked running back. Carter has power and speed to be great as a DI player.”
Bio: The All-State running back Larry Carter is a big favorite of Head Coach Jonathan Foster and was the bell cow for the Kangaroos’ explosive offensive attack that is full of great skill players. Last season, Carter ran for 1, 647 yards and 25 touchdowns. Carter’s top schools are LSU, ULL, and Southeastern Louisiana University. When the football season is over, Carter continues to work on improving his craft.
Edna Karr High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I saw Ronnie Jackson play a few times in 2016 and 2017. The kid has the total package: size, speed, vision, power, the ability to finishes runs, and has the big time burst. I am puzzled why he is not getting national offers.”
Bio: It is really puzzling why Jackson is not being looked at more especially when he is playing for a Louisiana football powerhouse like Edna Karr, but Jackson will try and improve his stock after an impressive junior campaign in which he ran for 1,300 yards, 24 touchdowns, and helped lead the Cougars to the Class 4A state championship. Right now, Jackson has had a couple of offers, but is still undecided. When the football season is over, Jackson likes to relax with his family and work out.
Edna Karr High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Ahmad Antoine splits time with Ronnie Jackson, who is mentioned above, and like Jackson, he is a big time DI running back. Antoine has great moves, the ability to finish runs, and also has the burst needed in order to be a DI player.”
Bio: The running back duo of Ronnie Jackson and Ahmad Antoine is arguably the best in the entire state. It is amazing how both players complement each other and are both playmakers while being unselfish about sharing carries. The duo of Jackson and Antoine is in for another season and for the first time in program history, they will try and lead the Cougars to their third straight state championship. Last season, Antoine ran for 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns. Right now, Antoine’s top schools are Houston, Arkansas State, ULL, Middle Tennessee, and Troy. When the football season is over, it does not mean that Antoine stops conditioning as he continues to try and improve on being a better player.
Landry Walker High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Chad Alexander is the fastest player I saw in Louisiana in 2017 with 4.3/40 speed. Alexander has an unique skill set at running back for his team. He is a four tool player for college.”
Bio: Chad Alexander is one of the most exciting players in the entire state and is one of those players that has the chance to take a play 80 yards every time he touches the football. In 2017, Alexander took a lot of those plays to pay dirt rushing for 900 yards and ten touchdowns. Alexander will bring his electrifying speed to New Mexico as he has committed to the Lobos.
“I only have one school and that is New Mexico,” Alexander said. “They have shown me a lot of loyalty and they believe in me.”
With a lot of players that signed at the DI level for the Chargin’ Bucs, Alexander is expected to take a lot of the load for the team and he embraces that role. In fact, his goal is to rush for 1,900 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. After the football season is over, Alexander likes to workout and get ready for the next season.
Lee’s Scouting Report: There is not a tougher kid under 5-8 in Louisiana than Shawn Thompson. This kid is like a tank with arms when he runs. If you don’t commit to hit him in the open field, he will run you over and he can run past you. Thompson is an unique player.”
St. Thomas More
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Deon Senegal transferred from Carencro High School where I saw him play in 2017. This kid can be as good as any wide receiver coming out in 2018. Senegal has the frame and body of a Rueben Randle (Bastrop/LSU/New York Giants/Philadelphia Eagles/Chicago Bears). He is very similar in speed and after seeing him in a full game. In college, he will be 6-3, 205 pounds after a year in a college weight room.”
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Kash Foley is one of the top playmakers in Louisiana and was the best player on a talented team in 2017.”
Bio: Kash Foley will need to be that go to guy even more now that QB Jordan Loving (LSU) has graduated. Last season, Foley showed his ability catching 66 passes for 994 yards in 2017. Foley’s top schools are Kansas, Kentucky, Arkansas, Western Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi State. When the football season is over, Foley likes to workout, stay in shape, and play basketball.
Patterson High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Dajon Richard has the ability to be a star for anyone in the country. He has incredible hips, burst, and 4.4/40 speed. I am scratching my head why DI schools are not in line for this kid.”
Bio: “If you go and see Patterson High School play, it is not hard to see Richard stick out as he is a Swiss Army knife for his team. In 2017, Richard threw for 432 yards and five touchdowns while also running for 1,143 yards and ten touchdowns as well as having 19 catches for 563 yards and six more touchdowns. Overall, Richard had 2,153 all-purpose yards. The All-State athlete is expected to have a bigger year with the addition of Head Coach Don Jones, who has sent many elite skill players to the next level most notably Brian Mitchell (Plaquemine/USL/Washington Redskins/Philadelphia Eagles/New York Giants). Richard’s top schools are UTSA, Kansas, South Alabama, Tulane, and Southern Miss. When the football season is over, Richard trains and stays in shape for next season.
Hahnville High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Noah Zeringue grew into a tight end for 2018. In 2017, he was 6-5, 190 pounds and I saw him as a fast wide receiver with great hands. Zeringue is still growing and will be 6-6, 240 in college. He reminds me a lot of former LSU tight end Nicky Savoie from South Lafourche High School. He is a big time sleeper.”
Bio: Noah Zeringue will look to be one of the bigger targets a quarterback can ask for with his 6-6 frame. His frame has attracted some programs’ attention including McNeese State and Nicholls State. For Zeringue, it isn’t touchdown catches, yards, or awards that he is proud of, but it is the way he has improved over the offseason as far as getting bigger, stronger, and becoming more of a leader for his team. After this football season, Zeringue would like to continue his football career at the collegiate level.
East St. John
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Hoxie Brown is a big time blocker and also a big time wide receiver for the team. I saw this in person. The kid is built like a NFL tight end and can run a 4.65/40.”
Bio: Hoxie Brown is another athletic target for the Wildcats. He is a two sport athlete that also plays basketball and he brings that skillset to football. Now a days, the basketball type tight ends are ever more popular in today’s game and Brown is an example of one of them. Right now, Brown’s top schools are Arkansas, Houston, Texas State, and Southeastern Louisiana University. When Brown is not playing either football or basketball, Brown can be seen either weightlifting or hanging out with his friends.
Metairie Park Country Day High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Christian Becnel has a ton of ability. I saw this kid play in 2017 and he has the size, hands, and length to be a great tight end. Becnel will be 6-5, 250 pounds in college with good feet.”
St. Augustine High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Darryl Lewis has of ton of upside for a big kid as he can run a 4.7/40. 2018 is the year to show his complete upside as a receiver and blocker.”
Bio: What is amazing about Lewis is that he just moved to tight end over the spring. Lewis was a former defensive end and moved to the offensive side of the football after spending his first three years on defense. Lewis’ top schools are North Texas, Troy, and Northwestern State. When the football season is over, Lewis likes to try and stay in shape, but he also spends quality time with his family.
Catholic High School (Baton Rouge)
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Brandon Hubicz’ dad Jim Hubicz was All-SEC at LSU from Sharon, PA. Brandon Hubicz looks DI now and what I like the most about him is his polished blocking and great hands. Look for this kid to have a great senior year.”
Bio: Brandon Hubicz is another second generation player that proves that the apple does not fall far from the tree. He might play a different position than his dad who played on the offensive line, but you can tell that he has the physicality, toughness, and intelligence to become a great player at the next level like his father was. Expect Hubicz to have a really good senior year especially since Catholic High Head Football Coach Gabriel Fertitta likes to use the H-backs and tight ends. Right now, his top schools are New Mexico State, Mississippi Valley, Navy, and has been shown interest from other schools such as Ole Miss, ULL, and Western Kentucky.
TE Ian Meche
Church Point High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Ian Meche is a very underrated blocker and can really run for his size. He has good hands and can also play defensive end for the team as well.”
Bio: Being in a run heavy team like Church Point, Ian Meche will not get many opportunities to make any catches. In fact, he did not have any catches at all last season, but he takes his role seriously on both sides. Meche is a great blocker at the point of attack on offense and helps make the Bears go in the running game. The All-District honorable mention’s top schools are McNeese State and Nicholls State. When the football season is over, Meche continues to work on his game for the next season.
St. Thomas More High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Landon Burton is a true center with great technique and will equally block for the pass or run. He has really good feet.”
Bio: Last season, Burton showed his ability to block in the running game with over 20 pancake blocks. As of right now, Burton is undecided as far as the colleges that he would like to attend and play for. When the football season is over, Burton gets himself ready for the next football season, but also plays basketball on the side.
Rayne High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Ethan Hennings helped the team with over 4,000 rushing yards in 2017 and was one of the big reasons for that. Hennings has great feet, tough and strong.”
Belle Chasse High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Cody Taylor is a big time center I saw in 2017. Taylor has power and is not scared to bring it when the ball is snapped.”
Bio: Belle Chasse center Cody Taylor has led a very successful running game for the Cardinals and will be the leader of a really good offensive line group. Right now, Taylor’s top schools are Southeastern Louisiana University, Mississippi State, and Texas. When the football season is over, Taylor likes to pace himself in the gym and out on the field getting ready for the next season.
Hahnville High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Gabriel Medina is a strong player that has really good technique and quick feet. Medina can play either offensive guard or center in college. If he was taller, Medina would have a lot of DI offers, but I still think he is DI caliber.”
Bio: The 2nd Tram All-District center Gabriel Medina is one of the best centers in South Louisiana and paved the way for Anthony “Pooka” Williams (Kansas), who had a spectacular season in 2017. Right now, Medina’s top colleges are Louisiana College and Millsaps. When the football season is over, Medina likes to work out.
Erath High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I saw Jax Harrington play in 2016 as a starter. The kid can be as good as he wants to be and is definitely a DI caliber player.”
Bio: Jax Harrington has the frame, athleticism, and strength to be a DI offensive lineman at the next level. In fact, he has already committed to one and that is ULL.
“I chose ULL because of the winning mentality,” Harrington said. “The coaching staff is great and I see them getting me prepared for the next level of play.”
Not only is Harrington a dominant offensive lineman for the Bobcats, but he has also played on the defensive side of the football as well. Last season, he had 30 tackles and 12 sacks at defensive end. When the football season is over, Harrington likes to play basketball and run track.
Leesville High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I was telling people about this kid in 2017 when I saw him play in person. Then, he was 6-6, 240 pounds and now, he is 6-7, 275 pounds. Matthew Anderson is a tough player that runs with the attitude to be great.”
Bio: Matthew Anderson has the prototypical size to play at the DI level and can fill up while doing so. The 1st Team All-Parish, All-District, and Honorable Mention All-State selection was dominate last season after not giving up any sacks throughout the whole course of a year. His frame and dominant play has allowed him to get plenty of scholarships including the University of Nebraska in which he has committed to play to next fall.
“I am very grateful to Coach Scott Frost and the Nebraska coaching staff for giving me a chance to play at the next level as well as the other schools that have given me an opportunity, but Nebraska is the right place for me,” Anderson said.
When the football season is over, Anderson trains over the offseason, but he also takes the time off to relax whether it is playing chess or playing Madden. Anderson is also an Eagle scout.
John Ehret High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Ahmad Brantley can flat out get off the line at the snap and is very strong at the point of attack.”
Bio: Ahmad Brantley is the mainstay on the Patriot offensive line. He has been dominant earning 1st Team All-District and All-Metro honors. Brantley’s top schools are Nicholls State, UNLV, ULL, and New Mexico State. So far, Brantley admitted that Nicholls has recruited him the heaviest so far, but is open to all his college options right now. When the football season is over, Brantley likes to workout at GLS in Marreo, LA with his trainers and spend quality time with his family.
Welsh High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I think Ryan McKenzie is a national recruit with a NFL future. He is a hidden DI player with good feet, strength, and toughness. He can play either offensive guard or offensive tackle.”
Bio: Last season, Ryan McKenzie helped lead the Welsh Greyhounds to their first state championship in program history winning the Class 2A title. As a three year starter, McKenzie had 96 pancake blocks his junior year and has had many other achievements including making All-District, and All-Parish. Right now, McKenzie’s top colleges are Alcorn and Howard, but it could change if more offers come McKenzie’s way. When the football season is over, McKenzie goes straight to playing baseball so he really does not have an offseason.
Barbe High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Derek Fontenot has the perfect frame to be a big time player. There is not much fat on this big kid. 2018 is the year to show that he can dominate.”
Holy Cross High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Nolan Heitmeier has one of the strongest legs in the state with a 50 yard range. He is very calm and is clutch for the team in pressure situations.”
Bio: All-State kicker Nolan Heitmeier has set plenty of school records. For three straight seasons, he has held the single season total points record. Heitmeier has also been named All-Metro finalist and was the team’s special teams MVP as a sophomore. Heitmeier’s top schools are LSU, Wisconsin, UTSA (University of Texas San Antionio), and USA (University of South Alabama). When the football season is over, Heitmeier focuses more on his technique, power, and speed when it comes to kicks. He also plays soccer during that time.
Denham Springs High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Jose’ Ortega may be the calmest and best overall kicker in a long time to come out of Louisiana. Ortega loves pressure situations and has a leg up to 55 yards.”
Bio: What is also unique about Ortega is that he is not your typical skinny kicker as he is 6-1 about 220 pounds. Still, Ortega gets the job done and has won a bunch of games for the Yellow Jackets in the past. Over his high school career, he was All-District honorable mention his freshman year and sophomore year, but made 2nd Team All-District as well as 1st Team All-Parish last season. Right now, Ortega is open to any school that is willing to give him a chance. This summer, he has attended camps at LSU, Memphis, Ole Miss, UAB (University of Alabama Birmingham), and South Alabama, but Ortega is looking just to play at any level in college. Even though Ortega’s goal is to play college football, his number one priority is to graduate with a college degree.
Northshore High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “All Andrew Stein does is make field goals. There were several games in which Stein has made three or more field goals, which is not the norm in high school football. Most of the time, his kicks range from 37 to 45 yards, but he has the strong leg to kick 50 yards or more. He also loves the pressure situations to make those field goals.”
Bio: The 1st Team All-District and All-Metro selection was 15 of 22 in field goal attempts with a long of 49 yards. Also, Stein was able to show off his strong leg on kickoffs converting 42 of his 48 kickoff attempts into touchbacks. As of right now, Stein’s top schools are ULL, Southern Miss, LSU, and McNeese State. When the football season is over, Stein likes to go to the gym and hang out with friends.
Destrehan High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Carson Rieder is a big time tight end, but he is also an underrated holder and long snapper for the team. He blocks well, can run, and has great hands.”
Bio: “Carson Rieder is an unsung hero for the Destrehan Wildcats as he does a lot of the dirty work for the team and does a lot of tasks that are not always the most glamorous, but it helps get the job done. Whether it is blocking, holding, receiving, or snapping, Rieder is an unselfish player that can do a lot of different things. Last season as a tight end, Rieder had only nine receptions, but he took advantage of those opportunities with seven touchdown grabs. Rieder’s top schools are Southeastern Louisiana University, Northwestern State, and New Mexico State. When the football season is over, Rieder likes to work out, improve on his game, and go offshore fishing.
Slidell High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Cameron Ryals is close to being polished as a long snapper.”
Bio: When Cameron Ryals heard that he was making our 2nd All-South Louisiana team, it was very rewarding for the Slidell long snapper who has been waiting for four years to be recognized for his play. As a four year starter, Ryals’ goals for the upcoming season is to be 100% accurate on his snaps and have at least one punt tackle per game. Ryals’ top schools are ULL, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Nicholls State. When the football season is over, Ryals likes to long snap over the weekends and work out with some college long snappers as well.
St. Louis Catholic High School
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Lee’s Scouting Report: “Benjamin Neck is another long snapper who is well coached and comes from a program that produces DI players at kicker every year.”
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Darryl Montgomery plays quarterback for his team and is a highlight reel to watch. Montgomery can play cornerback when he gets to college. Montgomery has that Donte Jackson (Riverdale/LSU/Carolina Panthers) type build and feet. He is an incredible athlete with 4.4/40 speed.”
Bio: The 1st Team All-District playmaker Darryl Montgomery will be looking to put up many points on the board for his team this season. Montgomery’s top schools are ULL, McNeese State, and Southern Miss. When the football season is over, Montgomery will focus his attention to college and decide what major he will pursue in.
Amite High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Cameron Henderson is one of the best athletes in the state. Henderson is a former quarterback and is now playing wide receiver, cornerback, and returning kicks. He has legit 4.4/40 speed and is a human highlight reel.”
Bio: Cameron Henderson is one of many playmakers for the Amite Warriors. Henderson is also one of many DI caliber players as well. As of right now, his top school is Idaho. When the football season is over, Henderson plays baseball.
Amite High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Devonta Lee is being recruited as a wide receiver, but I think his body will out grow that position in college. Lee has always been a big kid with skills. In his freshman year, he was big framed and you could tell that he was going to be over 220 pounds. He runs a 4.5/40 and could play wide receiver, tight end, outside linebacker, or free safety in college.”
E.D. White High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I think Brandon Legendre is the best player that I have ever seen come out of the program. I saw this kid play in 2016 and knew that he was special then. Legendre has incredible speed and power for a smaller player. In the open field, he is a human highlight reel with 4.4/40 speed.”
Bio: The stats have backed up All-State athlete Brandon Legendre as being one of the program’s all time greats when it is said and done. Last season, Legendre ran for 1,234 yards on 112 carries and an impressive 31 touchdowns. Right now, Legendre has only one school that he is considering and that is ULL.
“I verbally committed in July and have not looked back since,” Legendre said. “I am excited to get started with the Cajuns as soon as possible.”
But for right now, Legendre will have to wait after his senior season to arrive on campus. When the football season is over, Legendre is involved with powerlifting, track, and baseball, but mostly, he is working on his skill set for next football season.
Belle Chasse High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Ralph Jones has played five different positions for his team. He is a big time athlete and runs a legit 4.4/40.”
Bio: Ralph Jones’ versatility has been a key part of the Cardinals’ success. His top schools are McNeese State, Tulane, LSU, Mississippi State, and Texas A&M. When the football season is over, Jones likes to stay fit for college football.
Franklinton High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Kian Connerly is a really good athlete that has 4.45/40 speed. Connerly does it all for the team and could play multiple positions in college.”
Bio: Last season, Kian Connerly did most of his damage in the secondary and in the return game. In 2017, Connerly had 40 tackles, but also returned both a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown, which is hard to do at any level. As of right now, Connerly’s top schools are Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana College. When the football season is over, Connerly can be seen working out.
Kentwood High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Kendall Wilkerson can become a great one in college. Wilkerson is strong, plays with high effort, and runs well for his size. He will gain weight, but at the same time, not lose his speed.”
Bio: The Kentwood Kangaroos have been known for their skill position players, but Kendall Wilkerson proves that the team does not have just skill guys running around, but big, athletic linemen as well. Wilkerson helped lead the Kangaroos to a Class 1A state championship appearance with 81 tackles and 14 sacks last season. Wilkerson’s top schools are LSU, Kansas, UCF (University of Central Florida), ULL, and Southeastern Louisiana University. When the football season is over, Wilkerson likes to play video games.
Northside High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “I saw Billy Sonnier play as a freshman playing quarterback. In 2017, he played a lot of defensive end and tight end. He is still very raw, but runs a 4.6/40. He still has a lot of room to fill out.”
Southern Laboratory School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “If it was not for LSU commits Tyrion Davis and Kardell Thomas, Christopher Welch would be thought of as the best player on the team. Welch has a ton of ability, and I believe that 2018 is the year for him to show off his dominance.”
Bio: Even Kardell Thomas has admitted that one of the toughest players he has ever blocked is his own teammate Christopher Welch. It comes to show you how dominant Welch can really be. He has already had a great career which includes making All-District as well as All-State twice. Welch’s top schools are Memphis, UCF, Idaho, Texas A&M, Texas, and Tennessee. When the football season is over, Welch likes to workout and go on vacation.
Westlake High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Cedric Francis is the most gifted defensive lineman in the Lake Charles area. I saw this kid play. He is strong, quick, and has a chance to be big time in college if he continues to work hard.”
Washington Marion High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Jaylon Ned played really well for the first time in 2017 and looked the part at times. Ned has great size as he is tall, and still lean at 240 pounds. Ned could end up being one of the best in the state in 2018 because he is gifted and still learning the game.”
Bio: Although being inexperienced and raw, Ned showed what kind of player he could be in 2017. Last season, Ned had 57 tackles, 3.5 sacks, five fumble recoveries, and five forced fumbles. Ned’s top schools are Houston, ULL, Grambling, Tulane, and Southeastern Louisiana University. When the football season is over, Ned likes to play basketball.
West St. John High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Hauron Robinson is truly a legit DI player that can either play technique whether it is at defensive tackle or at nose guard. He is as good as anyone that I have seen at times.”
Bio: Hauron Robinson has clearly showed his ability to dominate on the field thanks to his enormous size and athleticism. Over his prep career, Robinson has made 1st Team All-District, All-Metro, All-State, and All-River Parish. He is also a Class 1A state champion after leading the Rams to that title last season. Robinson’s top colleges are South Mississippi Community College, ULM, and Tennessee State University. For Robinson, he wants to find a suitable college that involves football and would also give him a chance on pursuing his degree in computer engineering.
St. Helena College & Career Preparatory Academy
Lee’s Scouting Report: “O’Cyrus Torrence would make 1st Team in most states. I tell people all the time that he has a chance to be as good as Ishmael Sopsher (Amite) or even better in the end. Torrence makes tackles on the outside and chases down running backs, which you don’t see a lot in high school.”
Scotlandville Magnet High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “William Myles will be a four year starter for his team. I have seen Myles play over four years, and he has got the whole package. If he was only 6-1, he would have 100 offers. I still think he is a DI player because he is quick and tough.”
Bio: Last season, Myles showed that he was not just a big guy, but an athletic big guy by picking up a loose fumble against Walker High School and returning it for a touchdown. The four year starter had another big season clogging holes up with 79 tackles, 50 solo, 17 tackles for loss, and eight sacks. So far, Myles is undecided when it comes to colleges and is open for any interests coming his way. After the football season is over, Myles likes to workout and participate in track and field.
The Church Academy
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Kelvin Smith is the most underrated lineman in the state. Smith can flat out move for his size.”
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Ja’Brayion Spencer has the Arden Key (LSU/Oakland Raiders) type frame and body. Spencer is a little raw, but his moves are incredible. He will be a great one in college.”
Bio: Jay’Brayion Spencer has the frame, athleticism, and effort to become one of the state’s best players at his position by season’s end. Last season, Spencer did a little bit of everything posting 79 tackles, nine sacks, 26 tackles for loss, an interception, three forced fumbles, two blocked punts, and even scoring a touchdown. Right now, Spencer has committed to ULL.
“ULL is my top school,” Spencer said. “I committed to them and have not looked back.”
When the football season is over, Spencer continues to improve on his game and making sure that he will be ready for the next season.
Rayne High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Marlon Foreman is a very gifted player that I saw in person last season. I saw him take an interception 50 yards for a touchdown. It was a play where he read it and made a jump for the ball. It was really impressive. In college, Foreman will be 230 pounds easily and will be able to keep his 4.6/40 speed while doing so.”
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Miles Haney has the total package and just needs more colleges to realize that. Haney can run a 4.6/40, read, and has power in his frame.”
Bio: One of the Eagles’ bright spots in their 0-10 season in 2017 was the play of Miles Haney, who had 85 tackles, eight tackles for loss, a sack, an interception, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. It will be interesting how he does in 2018. As of right now, Haney’s top schools are Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana Tech, and ULL. When the football season is over, Haney likes to participate in track and field.
East St. John
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Jarius Monroe is one of the most athletic kids you will see play linebacker for their high school team. Colleges like the heavier kids, but he will be 215 to 230 in college and will keep his 4.5/40 speed while doing so. I would offer him if I were a DI college with no hesitation.”
Bio: In 2017, Jarius Monroe showed his ability to tackle and in coverage by finishing third on the team in stops, but also being one of the team leaders in interceptions with four. The three star’s top schools are Houston, Memphis, Western Kentucky, Ball State, Southeastern Louisiana University, Nicholls State, and ULL. When the football season is over, Monroe likes to workout and find ways in which he can get better at.
Zachary High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Wes Brady is one of the smartest linebackers in Louisiana when it comes to reading plays and being in the position to make tackles. Brady is a big time leader for his team.”
Bio: His leadership qualities showed last season when the Broncos won their second Class 5A state championship in four years. In 2017, Brady was a tackling machine racking up 130 tackles, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 28 tackles for loss while being named District MVP, All-Metro MVP, and Coach’s Composite All-State. Brady’s top schools are Army and Southern Miss. When the football season is over, Brady wrestles and hangs out with friends.
Westgate High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Tyreese Jackson plays running back for the team, but I believe he could be a great linebacker in college. Jackson runs a 4.5/40, and I believe that he can run faster than that. We have not yet seen the best from this kid yet as he has a really gifted frame to go along with breakaway speed.”
Bio: Tyreese Jackson plays on both sides of the football for his team. At the high school level, he has been known at running back. Over the last three years, Jackson has been 1st Team All-District three times and has ran for over 3,000 yards along with 30 touchdowns. Jackson’s top schools are West Virginia and Houston. When the football season is over, Jackson likes to get better in the weight room.
Central High School (Baton Rouge)
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Drew Lasseigne is a big time linebacker with power, determination, and is just a tackling machine. I think he is DI, but he is not getting the big time offers yet. Colleges are late to the party for evaluating this one.”
Bio: Drew Lasseigne may be a 1st Team All-District linebacker, but his biggest focus is on baseball where he helped lead the Wildcats to a Class 5A state championship in 2017. Lasseigne is committed to playing baseball for LSU Eunice.
Metairie Park Country Day High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Ross Talbot started his career at Jesuit High School. Talbot has the DI body and gifted speed for his size. He is a big time sleeper.”
Bio: Ross Talbot has adjusted from Jesuit High School to Metairie Park Country Day with ease as he accounted for six touchdowns on offense as well as 100 tackles on the defensive side of the football. Talbot’s top schools are ULL, Southeastern Louisiana University, Texas State, and McNeese State. When the football season is over, Talbot plays basketball.
Plaquemine High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Herman Christophe might be the strongest middle linebacker in Louisiana. Christophe has had the DI frame since his freshman year. He may not be super tall, but he is a big time football player.”
Bio: Herman Christophe is the next big time defensive player from a school that has produced plenty of its talented DI defensive players. Last season, the 1st Team All-District linebacker had 102 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks, and an impressive four touchdowns. Right now, his top schools are Grambling, Northwestern State, and Southeastern Louisiana University.
John Ehret High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Deron Coleman is a sleeper when it comes to his 4.41/40 speed, covering ability in man coverage, and his hitting ability. Coleman marks all the boxes in order to be a DI cornerback.”
Bio: In a squad full of DI caliber players, Coleman found himself playing multiple positions for the Patriots. Last season, Coleman made 1st Team All-District as a cornerback, but he also played some offense and special teams as well combining for nine total touchdowns. Coleman’s favorite schools are Oklahoma, LSU, Georgia, Mississippi State, and Kansas, but he has received offers from ULM, McNeese State, and Idaho. When the football season is over, Coleman prepares for next season, reflects on the previous season, and has fun with friends.
Southern University Laboratory School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Kendarias Moses has not even scratches his potential just yet. He will be a 6-3, 200 pound corner with speed and length.”
Bio: The Kittens have playmakers all over the field especially Kendarias Moses in the secondary. Moses has the ideal frame for a DI cornerback and has the skill to go along with it. In 2017, teams tried not to throw the ball in his direction as he had 42 tackles and three interceptions. Moses’ top schools are Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, and SMU. When the football season is over, Moses likes to spend as much time with his little brother as possible.
Westgate High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Markeyvrick Eddie is one of the fastest players in Louisiana with his 4.4/40 speed. Eddie could show everyone in 2018 why he is a national recruit.”
Bio: “Markeyvrick Eddie has a lot of confidence in his speed as well as his play because he set some high goals for himself including making 1st Team All-State this season and winning a state championship for his team. Eddie’s top school ,as of right now, is Western Kentucky. When the football season is over, Eddie shifts his focus into basketball season.
Donaldsonville High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Christian Bell is a hidden big time player that I saw play in 2017. Bell loves contact, will cover you like a blanket, and would make a good punt returner in college too. He can run a legit 4.45/40 and maybe even faster.”
Bio: Christian Bell is just one of plenty of good athletes for Donaldsonville High School. Every time Bell has touched the ball on offense, he is a threat to score. Last season, he scored seven touchdowns. Bell’s top schools are Kansas, TCU, Baylor, and Houston. When the football season is over, Bell puts his speed to good use running for the high school track team.
Madison Prep Academy
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Bertrand Carrell has all the skills you look for in a DI player. Carrell is fast, strong, has great size, and is smart. 2018 is his year to show everyone his full DI potential.”
Bio: Bertrand Carrell is not your normal cornerback as he is big, physical, and loves to hit anything that is coming his way. Last year, Carrell had an impressive 112 tackles and three interceptions. Carrell’s top schools are Missouri, LSU, Tulane, Kentucky, Memphis, Arizona, and Florida. When the football season is over, Carrell stays active by running track and working out.
Mandeville High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Ben Bonner is one of the big time sleepers in the St. Tammany area. Bonner is tough and would be a steal for a DI school.”
Bio: Ben Bonner is more about the team than himself. He is one of those guys that reflects more on the team accomplishments than the individual accomplishments.
“Just the fact that we made the playoffs last year was an accomplishment,” Bonner said. “Everybody doubted us because of our coaching situation, but we came together and beat some quality teams.”
Bonner is a coach on the field and the leader of the Skippers defense. As of right now, Bonner is looking for a program that would be interested in him. If he does not get the opportunity to play at the next level, he will be attending LSU. When the football season is over, Bonner likes to take a break and just hangout with friends.
St. Charles Catholic High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Bryce Authement was born to play free safety at the college level. Authement reads, hits, and is a really smart player.”
Bio: Like Ben Bonner (Mandeville), who was mentioned above, Authement is one of the leaders of the St. Charles Catholic team. In 2017, Authement was very active on the backend of the Comets defense with 53 tackles, five interceptions, three tackles for loss, three sacks, and two forced fumbles. So far, Authement is off to a good start in 2018 after the scrimmage and jamboree game already getting one interception. Authement’s top schools are Nicholls State, ULL, and Southeastern Louisiana University.
Archbishop Rummel High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Ron Franklin is another player in a long line of great defensive backs over the years from Archbishop Rummel. Franklin loves contact and is one of the best hitters in the New Orleans area.”
Bio: Ron Franklin has made his presence known to wide receivers that are coming towards his way in the middle of the field. Right now, Franklin is considering schools such as South Alabama, Nicholls State, ULL, and Mississippi State. When the football season is over, Franklin prepares for baseball season.
Hammond High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Tyrone Lewis is entering his fourth year as a starter in 2018. Lewis has plenty of talent and is being overlooked by many big schools. He can run a 4.45/40 and is a big time hitter.”
Bio: Hammond High School has been known for great secondary play and has produced may players most notably Robert Alford (Southeastern Louisiana University/Atlanta Falcons). Tyrone Lewis is looking to be the next great defensive back to come out of the program. In 2017, Lewis had 42 tackles, an impressive nine interceptions, scored five touchdowns, and was responsible for over 300 yards of offense. Lewis’ top schools are Utah, Missouri, Tulane, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Arkansas, ULL, Kansas, Memphis, and Ole Miss. When football season is over, Lewis admits to being a gym rat, but is also focused on his education and school work as well.
Donaldsonville High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Jeffery Johnson is a great athlete with legit 4.4/40 speed and has off the charts ability. Johnson is a DI sleeper.”
Bio: Like teammate Christian Bell, Jeffery Johnson is a threat to take a play the distance on any given play. Johnson scored five touchdowns last season. His top schools are Clemson, TCU, and Houston. When the football season is over, Johnson likes to work out and train for the next season.
Warren Easton High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Jahmal Sam is one of the top hitters in the state. Sam covers a lot of ground fast and is really strong for a defensive back. He is a big time DI player.”
Bio: “Warren Easton has produced a lot of great DI players to the next level and Jahmal Sam is not an exception. In 2017, Sam not only showed off his ball hawking skills with six interceptions, but he also showed his playmaking ability returning two of those interceptions for touchdowns. He also had 78 tackles and six pass deflections. The team may be losing one DI defensive back in Damien Tate (Tulane), but they return another in Sam, who has committed to ULL.
“They have their program going in the right direction, and they picked up the standard from there,” Sam said. “They also have a great coaching staff that makes you feel like you are at home. They really welcome you. Go where you are celebrated and not tolerated. That is what I did.”
When the football season is over, Sam runs track.
Jesuit High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Cameron Helm can play either free safety or strong safety in college. I think he is a DI player that really brings the wood as a hitter. Helm does a great job of reading the play and does not give too much down the field. He plays the run as good as he plays the pass.”
Bio: Having a guy in the back end of the defense that is trusted by everyone on that side of the football just makes each person’s job easier. That is how important Helm is to the rest of the Blue Jays. In 2017, Helm had 75 tackles, an interception, three forced fumbles, and an 80 yard touchdown return off of a blocked field goal. Not only is Helm a smart football player, but he gets the job done in the classroom as well. His top schools are Rhodes College and Louisiana College. When the football season is over, Helm likes to hang out with friends and family.
McDonogh 35 High School
Lee’s Scouting Report: “Jaden Henderson is one of the best hitters in Louisiana. Henderson is the best player on the team in 2018 and would be a steal for a DI team.”
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