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Lee’s Road Trip: Southeastern College and Hammond High School

By Lee Brecheen

March 12, 2010 –

Gillyard at Hammond High School

James Gillyard
James Gillyard

It was really good to go see former LSU ALL SEC Defensive End James Gillyard, who is know the Head Football Coach at Hammond High School. James is one nice guy, who takes his head coaching job serious, and is trying to build Hammond back to the old days of winning. I remember watching James play QB for Woodlawn in Shreveport, once upon a time, then teamed up with Gabe Northern to give LSU one heck of a pair of book ends in the SEC. There’s a nice amount of talent coming up at Hammond high school, and I look for this team to be much improved in Gillyards first year to be head coach. I meet at least 10 players that will make an impact in college one day at some level. I will have more on that in future stories.

 

 

 

Southeastern Lions have some great talent at Linebacker

 

Ryan Godare
Ryan Godare

I went to meet with Head Coach Mike Lucas, and Recruiting Coordinator Matt Webb. You will not meet nicer guys than these coaches. We were able to talk about the team some and I had a chance to meet some of the players I saw in high school many times. I was super impressed in how the Linebacker core has turned out for the coaches and the Lions team for 2010. When you look at Avery Crooks (6-2, 225), Ryan Godare (6-0, 225), Mark Newbill (5-11, 225), these guys are studs and they can run and hit with the best of them. Southeastern only starts two linebackers in their scheme, but this team goes 5 deep, and its 5 deep with NFL talent mixed among the group. Avery Crooks is a second year LB from Higgins on the Westbank of New Orleans, and looks like an NFL linebacker in person. Newbill and Godare are the two starters that could both make ALL Southland conference in 2010. The other three linebackers would start for most teams in the Southland Conference. They are Kendrick Jackson (6-2, 225), who will be a junior, Tim Richardson (6-0, 225) who will be a senior, and young Red Shirt freshman Jordan McClay (5-10, 215), who is a future star.

 

Tommy Conners
Tommy Conners

I was able to talk to Tommy Connors (6-0, 202) who is getting a year back from the NCAA after getting hurt last year as a true senior. Tommy was a freshman ALL American. Tommy is mature beyond his years, and when you talk to this kid you can tell he’s a leader. His little brother might end up being his roommate. Tommy played at Archbishop Shaw on the Westbank. The little brother is a big time hitter, and will be a true freshman. He is Sean Connors, who’s 5-10, 190 pounds. Sean will probably be a SS like his brother.

 

I was impressed with the size of the offensive lineman that are coming back. OT Gasten Gabriel (6-5, 290), Josh Penton (6-3, 275), and Kevin Hughes (6-4, 290) are good looking starters.

 

We will have more on the team, when we put out our preview issue in July of this year.

About Lee Brecheen

Lee Brecheen, is the owner and publisher of La, Football Magazine and TV show. He is relentless in his pursuit for excellence. He initially broke into the business in 1992 as a football scout. It is his intent to be fair and honest to all high school players and coaches in Louisiana. Lee strives to be the most thorough and accurate researcher and analyst in order to give the best evaluation of all Louisiana high school football talent. He regularly consults with, and is sought by major college football programs throughout the country for information and advice regarding scholarship prospects from among Louisiana’s high school players at all levels of potential.