by Lee Brecheen
|TJ McKnight – Redemptorist|
March 25, 2010 – Head Coach Guy Mistretta of Redemptorist high school is a class act. It was good sitting down and talking football with him about the team and the up coming season. Coach played at Redemptorist, and was well known and still is for his dominating performances as an ALL State wrestler at the school a few years ago. Everybody knows about Jeremy Hill the (6-1, 220) pound RB who is Committed to LSU, but a sleeper to remember is T J McKnight a DE for the team who had 15 sacks in 2009, to go along with 68 tackles and could be a LB in college. T J is one of the teams leaders, and top players coming back for the wolves. T J stands 6-0 and weighs 223 pounds. He cleans 275 , and squats 405 pounds. I was able to meet several of the starters coming back, and very impressed with the kids.
I was able to learn so you can appreciate coach’s job even more, that he only has two full time assistant coaches for the 2010 season. Last year they had 3 full time assistant coaches. That’s not a lot to coach Varsity, JV, and the freshman team. That’s a lot of hours put in by the head man to maintain the wins for the program. I wanted the public to know that so they can understand the hours some of these guys put in to their job. I predict it will be a battle again for 2010 between Parkview and Redemptorist for District.
Glen Oaks High School
|Lee with Glen Oaks High School Head Coach Landry Williams and Coach Keith Woods|
Head Coach Landry Williams and assistant coach Keith Woods did a great job and to me one of the best jobs of any coaches playing with just under 25 players in 2009 in Baton Rouge, with maybe the exception of Dunham HS. They did very well, meaning the coaches got the most out of the talent they had. Landry Williams, a few years ago, was a very good football player for Southern University, and played at Glen Oaks high school. Keith Woods was a great player in College at Nicholls State, and played at Capitol few years ago. I played against Keith Woods, he was a super fast highly skilled athlete in his day, was the best in Baton Rouge at the time. These guys will return a lot of young kids who played last year and some veterans mixed in. QB Brandon Vessell (6-3, 185) will be the key to the season. He’s a smart kid and talented passer and runner in the pocket. I feel Vessell is way underrated in terms of recruiting and not getting the due from the press. I meet FB/DT David Odds, who in person is just as impressive as on film in stature. I meet some kids at some schools and they’re smaller in person, but in the case with Odds, wow this guy looks like a NFL FB in person. David is (6-0, 245) pounds and has zero fat on his frame. David was at Desire Street high school which closed down before the start of the 2009 season. How many players 250 pounds run for over 545 yards and 5 TDS in a season, when they also play full time as a DT. I would like to give coach Woods and Williams some of the credit for the developing of many players that where at Scotlandville HS, when they where both there. RB Brandon Bolden Ole Miss, and a few others have done really well in college. I see these guys doing the same at Glen Oaks, who can tell their coaching and teaching these kids how to play the game, it shows in game film, when you watch the kids compete and play. I meet several of the players, and from what I saw, this team will be the type of team that in order to beat them you have to out effort them.
|David Odds – Glen Oaks|