Notebook: Scouting the top talent in nine LHSAA football championship games

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This coming weekend will offer a stage for some outstanding high school football players. Some will move onto college football, and others have to refine their skills just a bit in order to reach the next level.

How about some down and dirty info on the top talent set to play in nine LHSAA state football title games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome? Here are some names with scouting and recruiting notes if you want to see potential future college and maybe even NFL stars in action this week.

5A
Zachary
WR Trae Shropshire (6-3, 175) 4.5 forty. Deep threat. Offers from Kansas, Arizona State and Nicholls
CB Tyler Judson (6-1, 180) 4.65 forty, 36″ vertical. Open field tackler. Instincts
OG Blake Anderson (6-3, 298) 415 squat, twice All District. Nasty demeanor. Southern Miss interested and Houston watching.

Hahnville
ATH Anthony “Pooka” Williams (5-8, 165) 4.27 forty, 39 1/2″ vertical. 63 touchdowns past two years. Is clone of Rocket Ishmael. Trying to tackle him is like trying to catch confetti or a balloon in a wind storm. Kansas commit.
OT Larry Dixon (6-4, 335) Miss. State the leader. ULL, Texas Tech, Houston and Kansas.
DB Hunter LeBlanc (6-0, 170) Ball skills, tackler. McNeese, SLU, ULM,. All Metro in baseball batting .395 with 21 stolen bases.
WR Michael Gray (5-7, 160) 4.4 forty, runs 110 and 300 meter hurdles. Long jump over 22 feet.
WR Jamal Byrd (6-3, 185) brother LaRon (Miami Hurricanes and NFL). Southern has interest.

4A
Karr
DT Ronell Burbank (6-2, 240) Nicholls, Northwestern State, SLU, Jackson State, Southern.
DB Jamier Jackson (6-1, 200) Southland schools
DT Delano Smothers (5-10, 290) Alcorn, Southern, Jackson State.
QB Skyler Perry (6-3, 200) Had 1951 yards passing with 22 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. SWAC schools watching.
CB Devin Bush (6-0, 184) 4.4 forty. 2019 class. LSU, Georgia Tech, So. Carolina, Auburn, Miss. State, Texas A&M and Tennessee. LSU may have advantage. Can back pedal and transition. Jumps route. Plays with great confidence.
OG Titus Jones (6-3, 265) Memphis commit.
DB Quindell Johnson (6-0, 185) 4.55 forty. Memphis commit. Closing speed, disruptive
WR Anthony Spurlock (6-1, 170) Oregon State pledge. Separation, good hands. 3,758 yards, 9 touchdowns.
CB Chance Carroll (6-2, 175) Sun Belt schools.
RB Ronnie Jackson (6-1, 185) 922 yards. 4 touchdowns vs. Landry-Walker.
RB Ahmad Antoine (5-10, 185) 911 yards rushing.
OLB Sheldon Celestine (5-11, 189) can play strong safety. Southland Conference schools.
DB Kendell Johnson (5-8, 175) special teams, Sun Belt, Southland Conference.

Lakeshore
QB Chris Penton (6-0, 185) 4.57 forty, 3,572 passing yards, 41 touchdowns, 5 interceptions. In-state schools watching. Quick release, pin point accuracy, feels pressure coming, keeps eyes downfield, greta touch passes, doesn’t get rattled, goes through progressions. He will be a steal for someone.
WR Jalen Willis and Jacob Bernard combined for 26 touchdown catches. Bernard is good baseball player.
DT Tylan Driver (6-2, 290) offer from South Alabama. More will come.

3A
Richwood
TE Geor’quarius Spivey (6-6, 220) Mississippi State commit. Offers from LSU, TCU, ULL and Louisiana Tech
DB Hidari Ceasar (5-11, 175) TCU pledge.
LB Shone Franklin (5-10, 200) squats 340 pounds Can play safety.

West Feliciana
CB Derrius Davis (5-9, 160) TCU pledge.
CB Derek Turner (5-11, 182) Auburn the favorite, Ark. State, Louisiana Tech, Kansas State, Ole Miss, ULL, ULM, Army, South Carolina.
WR Davon Harris (5-6, 165) Louisiana Tech interest.
OG Zakk McKeehan (6-3, 287) ULM commit, offers from Ball State, Northwestern State, SLU and Samford.

2A
Welsh
TE/FB Pearse Migl (6-1, 230) squats 385 pounds, 3.85 GPA, 4.75 forty. Good hands, super blocker.
QB Zach Hayes (5-11, 175) 4.5 forty, 33″ vertical. squats 350 pounds McNeese, SLU, Army, Northwestern Stateate.

St. Helena
QB Ricky Travis (6-4, 188) Pro style passer, committed to Grambling. Athletic, mechanics, tight throws.
DB Dee Williams (5-10, 180) SWAC schools.

1A
West St. John
OT Caleib Batiste (6-4, 285) Southland Conference interest.
RB Niko Davis (2019 class) great motor, effort.
RB Kylan Duhe 1,079 yards rushing and 5 scores.
QB D’Andre Gaudia 1,833 yards passing and 15 touchdowns.
WR Aason Moll (6-4, 185) size and catching radius.
DT Horace Lewis (6-2, 290)
LB Joanthan Porter (6-3, 220) 2019 prospect
CB Dontrell Davis (5-10, 165)
CB Tre Thomas (5-11, 180)

Kentwood
WR Trey Palmer (6-0, 165) 2019 recruit. Marquee receiver, LSU is favorite. 4 star prospect with Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida, Ole Miss and Michigan.
LB Taydron Lee (6-2, 220) very physical, reactions. 4.65 forty. Southland Conference and Sun Belt.
WR Larenz Morris (5-10, 175) athletic
CB/WR Aldric Lott (5-9, 170) state schools.
QB Jamarque Diamond (6-1, 180) dual threat, good passer, Southland and SWAC schools.
Center Justice Ulschak (6-1, 258) Jackson State, Alcorn, Southern, Grambling.
OT Eric Dunn (6-6, 240) also plays defense. Can add 4050 pounds Super basketball, good feet, athletic, throws discus, Offer from Alcorn. Sun Belt and Southland.

Division I
John Curtis
TE Glenn Beal (6-5, 265) LSU in great shape, Alabama, Texas and Ole Miss in picture.
RB Marquese Albert (5-8, 185) Army, Georgetown, Idaho, Kent State and Navy pursuing.
CB Brandon Davis (6-0, 170) Blankets receiver. football IQ. Playmaker. ULM, South Alabama, Colorado State. Can play both sports in college. May get look in MLB draft (All-State in two sports).
WR Tyrone Legette (5-10, 170) 4.5 speed. Dad played 7 years in NFL. South Alabama, Kent State, Lamar, Marshall, UAB.
LB Jay Curtis (6-1, 218) Tulane and Southern Miss monitoring. All State in baseball at third base, pitcher.
Taj Bickham (5-11, 165) 4.55 forty. Texas State commit.
CB Donald Clay (5-10, 170) 2019 prospect, hips, transitions, closing speed. Offers Arkansas, Marshall, Memphis, Nicholls, UAB, UTSA, Ball State, Temple, SMU and Troy.

Catholic-Baton Rouge
OG Tyler Hendricks (6-2, 270) squats 380 pounds ULM and Northwestern Stateate watching.
CB Tim Morgan (5-11, 165) state schools.
QB Cameron Dartez (6-0, 190) 2019 prospect. 4.6 speed. Southland Conference schools

Division II
De La Salle
RB Julien Gums (5-10, 218) 4.57 forty, 620 pounds squat, 300 bench press. Reminds of Terrence Magee (former LSU and NFL). Commit to Nicholls.
DT Jamiran James (6-0 1/2″ 276) Tulane pledge. 660 pounds squat. 320 bench press. Wrestles, basketball and baseball.. Can have a Tanzel Smart impact at Tulane.
OG Jeremiah James (6-1, 285) was 303 pounds Wrestler, good work ethic. Nicholls, ULL, ULM and McNeese.
DB Lance Robinson (5-10, 175) Kansas State commit. Sets tone, devastating tackler. Had over 20 offers.
WR Ahmad Munoz (6-2, 180) 4.45 forty. Southland Conference..
CB Noble Scott (5-8, 160) 4.4 forty. Southland and SWAC schools.Athletic, plays basketball.

University
CB Jordan Clark (5-9, 161) 3 star prospect for 2019. Houston, SMU, Marshall, Tulane, Miss. State, Pittsburgh. Visited LSU.
OT Dylan Rathcke (6-5, 280) 2019 prospect. ULL, ULM, Southern Miss, Tulane. Visited LSU in Sept.
LB Bryton Constantin (6-1, 220) 2019 recruit. Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Nicholls and Tulane.
RB Mike Hollins (5-10, 205) 2019 recruit will be highly targeted next season by recruiters. Already offers from Tulane, Utah and ULL. Downhill, powerful runner, one cut, little wiggle, loves to block, YAC, not blazing speed.

Division III
Catholic New Iberia
DB Diallo Landry (6-3, 191) Nicholls offer. Sun Belt and other Southland offers on horizon.
OLB Ja’ Braylon Spencer (6-4, 200) 4.65 forty. 2019 prospect. Holds edge, good tackler. Pressure.
RB JaDan Stokes (5-8, 160) 4.43 forty. Southland and SWAC schools.
DE Marlon Brown (5-10, 215) 350 squat. May play MLB. Heavy hitter. Plays with hand in dirt. 2019 prospect.

Notre Dame
QB Garrett Bergeron (6-0, 170) baseball catcher. Future on diamond.
RB Waylon Bourgeois…tough as nails, excels as rodeo rider. Also third base in baseball. Hoping for rodeo scholarship. LSUA and McNeese are options.
RB Collin Kirsch (5-11, 175) special teams dynamo, does little things, has played DB and WR.
DB Cameron Nelson (5-11, 185)
LB Thomas Stevens (5-10, 205) May play FB. Hot motor. 4.0 GPA
PK John William Lamm (6-2, 165) 2019 prospect. Long FG of 49 yards. Cool under pressure.
WR Gentry Borill (6-2, 170) makes tough catch, finds crease.

Division IV
Ascension Catholic
OG Nicholas Hilliard (6-2, 250) will be recruit in 2020 class. Maintains block, drives opponent.
MLB Bubba Gautreau (5-11, 205) 365 pounds squat. Fierce hitter. Over 100 tackles. Finds ball.
DE Charlie Gianellioni (5-10, 205) OLB or SS at next level.

Lafayette Christian
WR Ethan Laing 4.6 speed, will be 2020 prospect.
QB Zack Clement (6-0, 175) started as freshman in 2016, will be prospect in 2020.

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