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Lee’s Travels: Port Allen High School

by Lee Brecheen

Chris Cummings
Lee with Port Allen Assistant Coach Chris Cummings

June 23, 2010 – Head Coach Guy Blanchard was out of town on vacation, but assistant and former LSU football and Track star Chris Cummings was there to help me.  Chris Cummings is an interesting story.  The Dothan, Alabama, native signed with LSU back in 1994 as a CB, but also excelled in track at LSU where he holds the 55 Meter record to this day at LSU which is a 6.13.  I joked around with Chris because LSU no longer has the 55 meters in track, so his record is safe for a long time. Chris played with four different NFL teams – the New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the St. Louis Rams.

Port Allen never has a ton of depth overall for the football team, but they do have a really talented core of athletes every year, and really good coaching lead by Head Coach Guy Blanchard and his staff.   The stud athletes to watch this year, that will be seniors, are Athlete Dewayne Hebert (6-1, 190), RB/DB Devin Payne (5-10, 188), and LB/SS Marcus Parker (6-2, 185).

All three of these kids should sign somewhere when it’s said and done.  From talking to anyone on the team, I know Marcus Parker loves the Florida Gators, and that’s his dream team.  Florida hasn’t offered, but Louisiana Tech and Southeastern are his favorite schools in state.  Devin Payne likes ULL, Tulane, Memphis, Tulsa, and Arkansas State, and Dewayne Hebert is wide open for colleges.

Marcus Parker
Marcus Parker

Marcus Parker has a very impressive resume with 115 tackles and 10 sacks in 2009 for his team, and an ACT score of 23 and GPA of 3.0. He also averages 15 points a game in basketball, runs a 50.74 in the 400 meter dash, and a 2.10 in the 200 meter dash.  Port Allen won State in the 4×400 which is very impressive.

I would like to give thanks to Coach Chris Cummings and I enjoyed my time at Port Allen High School while talking to the players and taking pictures. We will have more in the preview issue that comes out in late July.  You can order off the web site.

Notes: Chris Cummings ran a 10.17 in the 100 meters while at LSU, and Arkansas did not show much interest in him for track on his recruiting visit which is why he ended up at LSU.

DB Tracy Porter of the New Orleans Saints is a former Port Allen football player.

WR Damion Dixon transferred from Louisville last year, and will play a lot this year for McNeese State. Damion is still about 6-3, 190 in size from talking to coach.

CB Andre Hall (6-0, 185), who signed this year with Vanderbilt, has a chance to play or even start in the SEC as a true freshman.  I think this was a big miss for LSU in recruiting.  This kid reminds me a lot of Tracy Porter, who plays for the New Orleans Saints and played at Indiana University. Andre runs a true 4.41 forty and will get a shot at the NFL one day.

L.J. Parker signed with Tulane for this upcoming season, and he might see the field as either a CB or FS.

Former Port Allen Offensive Lineman John Edwards is currently Tulane’s Deep Snapper going into the 2010 season.

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.