December 12, 2007

Louisiana's best shine in Superdome

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The collection of talent that gathered in the Louisiana Superdome for the state championship games in each of the five classifications over the weekend was quite impressive.


Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every scouted all of the action and breaks down and projects some future rankings for the prospects involved in the Class 5A, 4A and 1A championship games.


























Expert's View of La. 5A State Championship - Acadiana vs. Destrehan





Jerico Nelson, 5-10, 186, ATH, Destrehan

Class of 2008


Assets: He has great body structure he will tackle, and has great change of gears when playing running back.


Areas of improvement: Would like to see him just play tailback out of the I-Formation for a game. I'd like to see if he can carry the ball 20-plus times in a game.


Most impressive play: He had the best form tackles in all of the championship games played in the Superdome.


Conclusion: He is a definite four-star guy that reminds me a little of former LSU player, and current Colts running back Joseph Addai.







Jordan Jefferson, 6-4, 200, QB, Destrehan

Class of 2008, Committed to LSU


Assets: He is tall and mobile with decent arm strength.


Areas of improvement: Would like to see him shorten his delivery.



Most impressive play: He threw a pass that went at least 60 yards through the air for a touchdown.


Conclusion: He is still a little raw, but I can see him making an impact in years three and four at LSU. He reminds me of former Auburn player and current Washington Redskin Jason Campbell. He should get a bump in his ranking.






Tim Molton, 6-3, 185, WR, Destrehan

Class of 2008, Committed to LSU


Assets: He is tall, fast and the type of prospect LSU has excelled with in the past.

Areas of improvement: Only had one catch in the game, but it was for an 80-yard touchdown.



Most impressive play: The play mentioned above.


Conclusion: I watched him warm up and run routes, he is a lot faster than people think he is. I can see him playing early at LSU.







Damaris Johnson, 5-8, 170, WR, Destrehan

Class of 2008


Assets: He is quick as a cat, has good speed, and has nice hands.


Areas of improvement: Needs to add some bulk, he is slight in stature at 5 feet 8, 160 pounds.




Most impressive play: Wow, he had a few, but I would say his first end around for a score in the second quarter. He was the game MVP.


Conclusion: He should make an excellent punt returner and a slot receiver. He is very under ranked and should have two stars added. He could be a Rocket Ismail-type.






Darrington Sentimore, 6-3, 265, DT, Destrehan

Class of 2009


Assets: He looks the part of a defensive tackle, and pursues the ball with tenacity.

Areas of improvement: Usually has good pad level at the point of attack, but needs to be more consistent.


Most impressive play: He would pursue plays downfield, and really controlled the line of scrimmage.


Conclusion: I'll go out on a limb and say he is a high four-star candidate for the class of 2009.







Rufus Porter, 6-0, 200, LB, Destrehan

Class of 2009


Assets: He really runs downhill, and pursues the ball well laterally.


Areas of improvement: He will need to get stronger and thicker. He is currently around 190 pounds.



Most impressive play: He had a nice sack that almost resulted in a safety in the second quarter. He also was the leading tackler in the championship game.


Conclusion: He has D-I ability - can he get the size? He reminds me of Anthony Simmons who played at Clemson at 6-1, 190 and was a first round draft pick by the Saints.






Jonathan Morvant, 6-0, 181, QB, Acadiana

Class of 2008, Committed to Louisiana-Monroe


Assets: He is a real tough kid that doesn't make many mistakes.

Areas for improvement: Needs to work on his deep throws.


Most impressive play: The fact that he came back after taking a serious hit in the second quarter.


Conclusion: This Southpaw has a chance to be a good quarterback at ULM.



Drew Morvant, K, Acadiana

Class of 2008


Assets: His extra points and kickoffs have excellent height.

Areas of improvement: Unfortunately, did not get to see him attempt any field goals.


Most impressive play: His second punt went 47 yards and had tremendous hang time.


Conclusion: A combo guy that punts and kicks well. Can't believe he does not have any D-I offers yet.


Louis Hollier, 6-2, 205, ATH, Acadiana

Class of 2009


Assets: He is a jack of all trades, playing defensive back, kick returner, wide receiver and quarterback. He also has good size at 6 feet 2, 205 pounds.

Areas of improvement: Would like to see him play just one position for a whole game in order to get a feel of his most suited position.


Most impressive play: He had back-to-back solo tackles in the fourth quarter.


Conclusion: Will be the starting quarterback next year. I really think he will end up at strong safety or linebacker at the D-I level.


Expert's View of La. 4A State Championship - Bastrop vs. Archbishop Shaw





Chad Boyd, 5-9, 177, DB, Archbishop Shaw

Class of 2009


Assets: He has very good speed and body structure.

Areas for improvement: Currently plays safety, but will project as a cornerback since he is only around 5 feet 9. He will need to learn to play man coverage more often.


Most impressive play: He was the leading tackler for Archbishop Shaw with 11 tackles.


Conclusion: Another prospect I would like to see in camp going head-to-head against wide receivers, so we can see those cover skills.







Randall Mackey, 5-11, 200, QB, Bastrop

Class of 2008


Assets: Very athletic and the true leader of this team.

Areas of improvement: If he is going to play quarterback at the next level he will have to work on his elbow dropping. His passes have a tendency to sail.

Most impressive play: In the first quarter, running 50 yards to the end zone untouched.


Conclusion: Will be perfect for a team running the spread that needs its quarterback to make plays when the blocking isn't so good. He reminds me of current Illinois quarterback Juice Williams.







Edward Patterson, 6-1, 175, CB, Bastrop

Class of 2008, Committed to La. Tech


Assets: A tall corner that excels on special teams.

Areas of improvement: Not sure what his top end speed is, so I would say work on speed, and back peddle.


Most impressive play: Made a nice form tackle on a punt return in the first quarter.


Conclusion: Currently committed to Louisiana Tech, but don't be surprised if other schools come calling.






Rueben Randle, 6-3, 195, WR, Bastrop

Class of 2009


Assets: He is tall, fast, has good hands and great body control.


Areas of improvement: Would like to see him as a kickoff return man. He has great speed and is a strider. He is currently a punt returner, and his body size and shape would make him ideal for kickoff returns.


Most impressive play: Randle made a nice catch-and-run in the first quarter for a 72-yard touchdown.


Conclusion: This kid is somewhere in the class with Julio Jones and A.J. Green. He is worth the price of admission to go watch play. He is a five-star player right now.







DeQuinta Jones, 6-2, 265, DE, Bastrop

Class of 2009


Assets: He has a really nice frame and a high motor.

Areas of improvement: Most likely will be a defensive tackle, so he will need to gain about 30 pounds.




Most impressive play: He was the leading tackler for Bastrop, and that happens somewhere between seldom and never for that position.


Conclusion: He should be a mid-level four-star prospect when the rankings come out next year. Reminds me of Jonathan Sullivan who was drafted in the first round by the Saints a few years back.






Josh Downs, 6-2, 230, OL/DL, Bastrop

Class of 2009


Assets: He is very powerful, and has good speed for a lineman.

Areas of improvement: On defense, he needs to keep lower pad level. Offensively I'd like to see him work on becoming a center.



Most impressive play: While playing offensive line, he pulled showing excellent speed getting down field. He then looked around and found someone to knock down to the ground.


Conclusion: He is a definite D-I center or nose tackle. He will need to gain about 20 more pounds to be D-I ready. Reminds me of Nick Jones was a three year starter at Georgia.



Radarius Winston, S, Bastrop

Class of 2009


Assets: He will really knock the sense out of unsuspecting receivers.

Areas of improvement: He currently plays safety but really has the size of a corner. He is another one you would like to see compete in one-on-one drills at a camp.




Most impressive play: In the first quarter he had a crushing pass breakup.


Conclusion: Will hit like a D-I defensive back already. I can't wait to see him in a camp this spring for further evaluation.


Expert's View of La. 1A State Championship - S. Plaquemines vs. W. St. John





Ridge Turner, 5-10, 175, ATH, South Plaquemines

Class of 2009


Assets: Has some real wiggle in his movement and good speed.

Areas for improvement: He needs to add weight, he looks to be in the 155-160 pound range right now.


Most impressive play: In the first quarter he showed of his athleticism with a 56-yard touchdown run.


Conclusion: It is highly likely he will be a defensive back or wide receiver at the next level. I need to see him in a camp or combine situation in order to see if he can be a cover corner. He does have D-I ability. Reminds me a little of Kenny McKinley of South Carolina.







Lyle Fitte, 5-8,19, RB, South Plaquemines

Class of 2009


Assets: He is put together real well and has good speed.


Areas of improvement: Will need to continue to get stronger to be a good running back at the next level.


Most impressive play: Showed great speed late in the second quarter on a catch and run for a 66-yard touchdown.


Conclusion: He has a chance to be a mid-level D-I running back. He has nice hands out of the backfield.



Seth Ancar, 5-10, 205, CB, South Plaquemines

Class of 2010


Assets: Is a real physical specimen that likes to strike.

Areas of improvement: At about 5 feet 10 and 205 pounds, he doesn't possess ideal size for a college linebacker. He will need to get to 225 pounds to play linebacker at the next level.


Most impressive play: He made a key catch in the second quarter to keep a drive alive.


Conclusion: Has a chance to be a mid-level D-I linebacker. But hey, the SEC recently had Sam Olajubutu at Arkansas who was 5 feet 9, and undersized Rennie Curran is staring at Georgia.



Beau Fitte, LB, South Plaquemines

Class of 2011


Assets: He has great downhill attack speed on the corner, and good lateral movement.


Areas of improvement: Currently plays defensive end, but will project at safety unless he continues to grow. If he does make that move, he will need to learn to cover backs out of the backfield.


Most impressive play: He had a sack and a forced fumble on the same play in the second quarter.


Conclusion: Has tremendous upside since he is only a freshman. Hopefully he can make it to some camps or combines even though he is a freshman.



Trey Stewart, LB, South Plaquemines

Class of 2009


Assets: Was the tallest of the South Plaquemines defenders, and pursues the ball very aggressively.


Areas of improvement: He too needs to add some weight and strength in order to play at the D-I level.




Most impressive play: He had a really nice interception that he returned 19-yards in the second quarter.


Conclusion: Has a definite chance to play D-I football. He has a great frame and could easily carry about 230 pounds.






Blake Comminie, 6-0, 207, LB, West St. John

Class of 2008


Assets: He was the best put together kid off all prospects involved in the championships. He also plays with a mean streak.


Areas of improvement: Currently plays with his hand down. He will definitely have to be a linebacker and learn to play in space.



Most impressive play: He played a lot of different positions in the game, including punter, defensive end, fullback and tailback. The willingness to play multiple positions shows the kid is unselfish and very versatile.


Conclusion: Definitely a mid-level D-I guy, who should excel as a headhunter on special teams.




Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He comes to Rivals.com after working in recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina. He can be reached at bevery@rivals.com



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