by Eric Brown
|Woodlawn Head Coach Don Jones|
August 11, 2010 – Woodlawn High School is located in Baton Rouge. The new campus of Woodlawn opened in 2003, after the old campus, which was built on a fault, was closed after many leaks on raining days. I had a chance to go to Woodlawn and visit with Head Coach Don Jones in his fifth year with the Woodlawn High Purple Panthers.
Coach Jones is in his 32nd year coaching high school football in the state of Louisiana. He spent time coaching at Winnfield High and fifteen years at Plaquemine High. Jones told me about a Sophomore Running Back named Emmanuel Stewart who runs a 4.42, and Jones gave Stewart some high praise comparing him to Anthony Thomas, who Jones coached at Winnfield. Thomas won a National championship at Michigan and was Michigan’s second all-time leading rusher who also played for the Chicago Bears and three other NFL teams in a seven year pro career.
After a 7-4 season a year ago and a co-district championship, most people feel that losing 25 seniors would make this a rebuilding year; however, this is not the case at Woodlawn. The Panthers have around 70 players, and several are FBS Prospects including their all district kicker Jonathan Barnes, who Coach Jones told me can kick a 50 yard field goal with ease. CB/WR Daven Woodward, RB Kenneth Collins, and DB DeVante Davis are all prospects for FBS Schools and seven other guys are either being looked at by lower FBS schools or FCS schools.
Coach Jones and I talked about his starting Quarterback Kendall Brooks, a junior, who made second team all district a year ago and had 17 Touchdowns with only 6 interceptions. Brooks is also getting looks from FBS schools and has a great arm and the ability to run. Brooks is poised for a breakout season. The future looks real bright for Woodlawn and the future may be now. This team can win their district outright, as they are the favorite, and they can make a lot of noise in the playoffs in their final year in 4A. I really enjoyed visiting coach Jones and the guys at Woodlawn High School and wish them the best of luck this season.
|Daven Woodard||DeVante Davis|
|Jonathan Barnes||Kenneth Collins|