by Lee Brecheen
October 4, 2011 – There are a few kids every year in the state of Louisiana that don’t have the measurables or high ranking to be recruited heavy, and it always works out that most of these kids prove college coaches wrong in three to four years in college if the right college signs a certain player for a certain scheme for that recruit.
Maurice Aucoin, running back from Southern Lab High School in Baton Rouge, is one of those players who when you look at him he’s 5-7, 165 pounds and looks like a small player. However in a game he plays like he’s 200 pounds when he runs the ball, and he has great cut back ability and really good hands coming out of the back field. This kid is one of the toughest little guys I’ve seen in the state of Louisiana running the football between the tackles week in and week out. When this kid hits a hole he not only hits the hole fast, but with power for such a small back. I love his speed, vision, power, and ability to break tackles, and he always seems to break a big gain through toughness and determination.
If I was a IAA college looking for a small back with power, quickness, and speed I would find a way to get this kid on campus. Maurice is so athletic and tough he doubles as a Linebacker and sometimes as a Cornerback for the Southern Lab team. I love to watch kids on tape with a high effort of performance at all times every play and that’s what you have with Aucoin.
Several running backs in the NFL currently are under 5-10, and several like Jones Drew (5-6) from the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Darren Sproyles (5-6) from New Orleans Saints are under 5-8. One thing I notice when I watch the small backs in the NFL that is rarely mentioned is the effort of breaking tackles for positive yardage and not just their speed and quickness that make these little guys so good.
Be sure to order the 2011 Louisiana Football Magazine Preview at http://www.lafootballmagazine.com/store for more coverage Maurice Aucoin and the rest of thee Southern Lab Kittens as well as all the High Schools in the state of Louisiana.
I hope you enjoy the interview below with Mark Clements.
Interview by Mark Clements
LAFM: For starters, what’s your current height, weight and forty time?
MA: 5’7”, my forty time is a 4.58 and my weigh is 165.
LAFM: Are you originally from Louisiana?
MA: Yes sir – Baton Rouge.
LAFM: Which teams did you root for growing up?
MA: Steelers and LSU and Boise State.
LAFM: When did you first start playing football?
MA: I was like 10 or 11.
LAFM: Has it always been a big part of your family? Have you had any family members who played football in the past?
MA: Not really.
LAFM: Do you play any other sports?
MA: I run track. I run the 100, the 4×1 and I do the long jump.
LAFM: Do you play any other positions besides running back and linebacker?
MA: Sometimes I play cornerback.
LAFM: If so, where do you see yourself being recruited?
MA: [My strongest] is running back.
LAFM: Is there anyone in college or the Pros that you look up to or try to model your game after?
MA: Yes sir, Ray Rice because of his power and speed and just hiding behind his blockers.
LAFM: What do you think is your biggest strength as a player and what part of your game are you trying to improve upon most this season?
MA: [My strengths] are my speed and hitting the holes hard. The one I want to work on is just breaking away from the defense.
LAFM: Have you been to any camps at this point? If so, which ones?
MA: Yes sir, the National Underclassman.
LAFM: Which colleges have you received offers from?
MA: I haven’t received any offers yet.
LAFM: Which schools stick out right now at the top of your list? Is playing close to home a big factor in your recruitment?
MA: Yes sir, probably Boise State, Grambling and Louisiana Tech.
LAFM: Have you thought about what you might want to study in college?
MA: Probably architecture.
LAFM: What are some goals you’ve set for next season, for yourself and for the team?
MA: I want to have 2,000 yards, 30 touchdowns and about 70 tackles. Yes sir, we want to go all the way. We want to go to the State Championship.
LAFM: Which school is your favorite to play against, or which game gets you the most fired up each year?
MA: Our favorite team would probably be White Castle or Block. The thing that pumps me up about White Castle is the fact that there’s another good running back on the other side of the ball and I know he’s a good back for them.
LAFM: What are some of the most memorable games or plays you’ve been a part of?
MA: It would be Istrouma last week. It was a big day for me. I had two touchdowns and a 130 yards and a blocked punt.
LAFM: And lastly can you give us your current GPA and ACT score?
MA: My current GPA is a 2.3 and my ACT is a 14.