by Lee Brecheen
March 15, 2010
Todd Berry of ULM loves Recruiting
I really enjoy every time I go up to North Louisiana and visit with some of the state’s best coaches. I was able to meet new Head Coach Todd Berry of ULM of Monroe which I really enjoyed. I saw that he’s a hands on recruiter who likes to really get involved in recruiting kids early and making early offers, much like the coaches you see in the SEC. Todd saved some scholarships for this recruiting season and will recruit all positions for ULM. Look for ULM to take a lot of players from Louisiana in the 2010 class, and if any are out of state, they will be from Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, or even the state of Oklahoma.
|Arthur Miley – Mangham|
Mangham has some super sleepers
The small town of Mangham has some really good players for 2010, lead by Arthur Miley (6-5, 220), who to me will be a star in college once he realizes how good he can be. This kid will be in the 250 range and can run the low 4.6 range, and is just a natural athlete. The kids at Mangham were really nice, and so were the coaches. I really enjoyed my time there and think this team has a chance to be very good in 2010. The team did not even have a weight program in effect prior to the 2009 season. They had a weight room, but no one was coaching the off season weight program until the new coaches came in late in the summer. I think the coaches did a great job considering the kids did not lift weights much prior to this past season.
|Lee with Neville Head Coach Mickey McCarty|
West Monroe & Neville State Champs in 2010
I always enjoy my time at West Monroe visiting with Head Coach Don Shows who has won several state championships. The facilities are really on par with most colleges. A lot of people think West Monroe always has the biggest players and best Athletes every year, but that’s not the case. I think these kids are well coached by a staff that has been together for several years. The coaches are hard on these kids in a good way, but you can tell when they hit the field that there’s so much effort among the team every play. I really liked talking to Athlete/QB Paul Turner (5-11, 185), who has a 4.0 GPA in the class room. Can you say WOW! Paul will probably play WR or CB in college, and has a great shot to be a great player. Ga Tech loves this kid as well as everyone in Louisiana. The state champs in 2010 could do it again in 2011. They have a lot of players returning on defense, and the right players coming back on offense. I would like to thank Coach Shows for helping me take pictures of his top players as well as his assistant coaches for helping.
|Paul Turner – West Monroe|
Neville Head Coach Mickey McCarty won his first state Championship in 2010 in 4A Football defeating a very talented Franklinton HS team. They also beat a really talented Lutcher team to go to the dome. I loved my visit to Neville, and I would like to thank Mickey for getting the players out of weightlifting to take pictures for Louisiana Football Magazine. Neville will rebuild on offense, but I really think, this team will surprise, even though they lost a ton of seniors from last year. It was nice seeing all the old game day programs dating back to the 50’s and 60’s and to today of the past Neville teams on the wall in the coach’s office framed.
|Bennie Whitfield – Carroll|
Carroll high school and Wossman talented again
I went to Carroll high school and met up with Head Coach Jackie Hamilton, who really loves his kids, and I can see why he’s in coaching. This man has a really good group of smaller skill kids, who will be good for the next two years, but not a lot of size. I like DB Bennie Whitfield’s upside, He’s (6-1, 180) and can run. Bennie is a senior in 2010. This group will be really good in 2012 season I predict.
|Edward Johnson – Wossman|
Wossman has some really good players coming back too. I was able to see Assistant coach Dale Zimmerman Jr., who is the son of Head Coach Dale Zimmerman Sr. Dale is a class act, and brought several players after school let out to take their pictures. I enjoyed meeting the players and the coaches. WR Edward Johnson runs a 22.9 200 meters, and has a 3.2 GPA. This team still has a ton of football players that also run track. They might win state again in track with this group.
|Paul Michael Garner – OCS|
OCS is young but talented
OCS in the Monroe community means Ouachita Christian High school. This is the school that has produced Rudy Niswanger (Center Kansas City Chiefs), and Retired TE Eric Edwards who played for the Arizona Cardinals. I meet some really young and talented players, that are mostly underclassman in the 2012 group, but there were also talented young players like SR to be Paul Michael Garner (5-11, 175) an Athlete /QB, who carries a 3.4 GPA in the classroom. This kid hits 400 in baseball, and plays short stop and 3rd base in baseball. I would like to thank the coaches at OCS for getting kids to come to the school, when the school was closed for spring break.
This was done all in a day’s work, and I wasn’t able to hit all the schools in the Monroe area, but I will go back to hit the rest very soon. Hope you enjoyed my notes, and whatever I did not put in, will go in the Preview Magazine for July, which you can order off the Website, or if you’re a college coach will go in my notes to you very soon.