Post-signing day brings new local players inking with colleges

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A few southeast Louisiana products who inked with the schools of their choice that may have missed the big signing day but their decisions all bring great rewards.

Here are new signees:

Defensive tackle Nicholas Hilliard, a 6-foot-1, 294 pounder out of Ascension Catholic, will continue his football career and education at Princeton. He had other options including Air Force, Yale, Tulane, Texas State, Colorado, Southern Miss, South Alabama, Army, Kansas, ULL, Nichols and Northwestern State.

Trenton Grow (6-3, 183), a three-star receiver from West St. John, snared 26 balls for 732 yards and nine touchdowns during the past season. He is also a point guard on the hardwood and excels in track (100 and 200 meters; high jump). He will play at Grambling. Grow considered ULM, Tulane, UAB, South Alabama, Nicholls and Northwestern State. He has a wide catching radius and makes over the shoulder grabs flawlessly.

Offensive guard Joseph Alexander (6-2,295) of Catholic-Baton Rouge is headed to Harvard. The All State performer also had offers from Air Force, Troy, Cornell, Army, Columbia, Colorado State, Princeton, Rice, Dartmouth, Ohio, West Virginia, South Alabama, Holy Cross, Georgetown and SLU. He buries his opponents, maintains his feet throughout block and shows no quit.

After a stellar prep career, Lusher running back Miles Stewart (5-9, 180, 4.55) is headed to Army West Point, joining John Curtis quarterback Collin Guggenheim in this year’s class. Stewart totaled 1,509 rushing yards this season with 20 touchdowns, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He runs the 200 and 400 meters plus relays up to the 800. Stewart pondered offers from Lamar, Alcorn, Navy, McNeese, SFA, Northwestern State and SLU. He has good vision, kick return skills and explosive speed.

Donald Jones (6-0, 165), a cornerback out of Broadmoor, Is a three-time all state performer in track, competing in the 200 meters, high jump, long jump and triple jump. He holds a 3.97 GPA with a 23 ACT score. Jones signed with New Mexico, considering offers from Cornell, Grambling, McNeese, Alcorn and Southern. He is good open field tackler with outstanding closing speed.

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Rene Nadeau

Rene Nadeau

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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