Recruit Spotlight: WR Ronald LeBlanc, Ascension Episcopal High School
by Jace LeJeune
Entering this season, the Ascension Episcopal Blue Gators lost their star quarterback Jake Arceneaux due to graduation. Replacing a star quarterback is hard to do for anybody especially for a guy like Jake Vascocu, who played wide receiver for Arceneaux. Luckily for Vascocu, he had some pretty good receivers to throw the football to just to say the least. The WR duo of Ronald LeBlanc and Zack Ronquillo was one of the best in the entire state. Both receivers can beat you in many ways and really complemented one another while at Ascension Episcopal. Ronald LeBlanc was the big target at 6’5 and at 230, but he could beat you with not only his size, but his athleticism and ability to make the big play as well. While LeBlanc can beat you long, Ronquillo can beat you short. To make matters worse for defenses, they also had another talented slot receiver in senior Seth Kersetter. However, the star player on the Blue Gators’ offense was none other than the athletic senior wide receiver Ronald LeBlanc, who has played many sports including basketball, track, and soccer. Entering this season, LeBlanc was one of the high rising senior receivers in his class that had a lot of potential and athleticism. Everything came together in his senior season even with a new quarterback. LeBlanc used his size and athleticism to be the Blue Gators’ big time vertical threat and really helped stretch the field for the high flying offense. Last season, he had almost 1,000 receiving yards and 16 receiving touchdowns. His stats were even more impressive when you add the fact that he had 16 touchdowns on just over 30 receptions. LeBlanc has gathered many recognitions over his career, but it was helping lead the team to their first ever state championship appearance is what Blue Gator fans will remember the most about this great athlete. LeBlanc will take his football talents to Coffeyville Community College next season, but it might not take long for other prestigious programs to recognize a great talent like Ronald LeBlanc. In today’s recruit article, we profile the other side of the wide receiving duo as he talked about his Ascension Episcopal career, transitioning to play with two different quarterbacks, his relationship with Zack Ronquillo, and so much more!
LAFM: What is your name, age, position, and school you played for?
Ronald LeBlanc, 18, wide receiver, Ascension Episcopal
LAFM: What is your height and weight?
LAFM: What is your max bench press, max squat, 40 time, and vertical?
Bench: 255; Squat: 480; Vertical: 38; 40 time: 4.61
LAFM: What are your stats and accomplishments while at Ascension Episcopal?
I was All-District honorable mention for my freshman and sophomore year. I was All-Acadiana for my junior year as well as All-State honorable mention. For my senior year, I was 1st team All-State with 980 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns on 32 receptions.
LAFM: What are the strengths to your game?
My strengths to my game are my height, route running, and knowing how to use my body to get open makes me a great player.
LAFM: What are some of your weaknesses that you need to work on?
I feel that I should work on my speed.
LAFM: Is there a school that you have signed to play football or have you ended your football career?
LAFM: You played with one of the best quarterbacks in the state two seasons ago in Jake Arceneaux. What was it like playing with a quarterback like him, and how was the transition for you and guys like Ronald LeBlanc to move onto another quarterback?
Playing with Jake Arceneaux was fun. He was a cool guy and he made a lot of plays out of nothing. Our chemistry was great, and he would just throw it up and I would go get it. Our new quarterback did a great job of stepping up and taking Jake Arceneaux’s role.
LAFM: Besides yourself, you had some pretty good receivers around you especially Zack Ronquillo. What was it like having another dynamic receiver like Zack on the same field as you?
Having Zack on the field with me was great because we were best friends. We called each other Cookies and Cream if I didn’t step up, he did and vice versa. When we both played well, the game showed.
LAFM: What is your intended major for college?
LAFM: The Blue Gators had themselves a great season going all the way to the state championship for the first time in school history. What was it like to lead the team all the way to the Superdome and did you ever before the season started that the team would get there?
When we played our first game, I had confidence that we were going all the way!
LAFM: What was your best game while at Ascension Episcopal?
My best game was against Vermillion Catholic. I went in with a purpose to prove myself, and I did.
LAFM: What do you like to do when the football season is over?
I work on my flaws that I have.
LAFM: What will you miss most about Louisiana high school football?
I will miss the playing conditions. I enjoy playing in the warm air rather than the cold.
LAFM: What are your thoughts on playing for a rising program like Ascension Episcopal?
I feel like everything we did, we worked for it since freshman year.
LAFM: You were a multi sport athlete while at Ascension Episcopal. What were some things that you have picked up from the other sports that you have played in that has helped you with the sport of football?
My leaping ability came from track and basketball because all I did was jump and condition. I have got my footwork from playing soccer in middle school.
LAFM: Is there anybody in your family that has played high school, college, or even professional football?
Most of my uncles have played high school football.
LAFM: Who are some people that you want to thank for putting you in the position that you are in today?
I want to thank my mother for making me a stronger individual as well as Coach Mike Desormeaux, Coach Matt Desormeaux, and Matt Roth.
LAFM: Who are some of your teammates that you want to give a shout out to?
LAFM: What made you standout from all the other receivers in the state last season?
My ability to just go get it and the passion that I had for the game was what separates me from all the other receivers in the state.