Recruiting: Checking up on unsigned Louisiana recruits in the Class of 2018

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The new early signing period for college football was an idea that appears to have spawned a radical change in the process. The normal signing day is a little over three weeks away with many classes all but full among the Power 5 schools.

Yet there are still a host of Louisiana products who have not made a final decision. There will be some tough decisions on both sides. Those that have not made it official will have to view the landscape to see which schools would be the best fit. Some schools that were originally on the prospect’s list may no longer be an option due to the early signees. Space maybe limited.

Rummel wide receiver Ja’Mar Chase is the highest profile player in-state without a home. The 6-foot-1, 200 pounder is still considered by some as the best overall prospect in the state. He took in the sights and sounds at LSU this past weekend. Chase is scheduled to stop by Auburn next weekend. Michigan is somewhat on the perimeter in the chase for Chase.

LSU assistant Mickey Joseph has done a masterful job working to secure Chase.

McDonogh 35 wide out Lawrence Keys (5-11, 160, 4.33 forty) was once thought to be a heavy LSU lean before spots in the class filled in during the early signing period. Now there appears to be no room at the inn. Having cancelled a trip to LSU this past weekend, Keys heads to Notre Dame this weekend. A stopover at Houston is on the docket the following weekend. If anything changes, he could schedule a trip to LSU Feb. 2.

Defensive back Joe Foucha (5-11, 205), another McDonogh 35 standout, plans to look at Ole Miss and Auburn the next two weeks, with a possible stop at LSU the week before signing day Feb. 2.

Aaron Brule (6-1, 205), a Rummel LB/DB and one-time pledge to Georgia, is once again highly sought after by top programs. TCU has jumped to the forefront but Georgia, Arkansas, Kansas. Mississippi State and Oklahoma State are all still in pursuit.

Eddie Smith, (6-1, 181), Salmen cornerback, has Missouri, Mississippi State and Tennessee battling for him with TCU, where he remains committed. Smith received an offer from Alabama most recently and that could weigh heavily in his decision. He was originally a TCU commit before decommitting from the Horned Frogs.

Tight end Glenn Beal (6-5, 265) out of John Curtis Christian had 14 catches for 259 yards with two scores in 2017. Tennessee has a slight edge over the pack which includes Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama and Texas A&M. He stopped by Aggieland this past weekend.

Micheal Williams (6-2, 240), Dunham lienbacker, may have to go out of state. Although he likes LSU, once again it appears the Tigers have no room for him. Alabama, Ole Miss, Arizona State and Texas A&M could be the recipient of a special player.

Brandon Davis (6-0, 170), a John Curtis cornerback, is an intriguing athlete with a couple of options. He wants to play both football and baseball in college. ULM likes him, and Tennessee is kicking the tires. On the diamond, Davis a slick fielding shortstop who has also drawn interest ahead of the MLB Draft from the Marlins, Brewers, Padres and Rockies. He could easily hear his name called any time after the first 10 rounds.

Gregory Clayton (5-11, 175) out of Lutcher is the younger brother of Jarvis Landry. Army, Idaho, Iowa State, ULL, Northwestern, McNeese, Purdue, Tulane and South Florida are all possibilities for the versatile athlete.

Running back Tony St. Julien (5-11, 180) from Vinton appears to be down to Ole Miss and TCU.

Derek Turner (5-11, 190), a defensive back from West Feliciana, looks to be a Auburn/TCU battle.

Covington’s Devin Brumfield (5-10, 220) the Lions’ all time career rusher with 6,021 yards, recently decommitted from Texas Tech. Utah has jumped into the lead. Colorado State, La. Tech, Memphis, West Virginia and Tulane all have offers extended.

Riverside’s Jeremy Gibson (5-10, 190) a former Arkansas commit before the coaching change there, is down to Purdue, South Alabama, Texas Tech, Troy and Tulane.

Cedric Banks (6-2, 320), an interior offensive lineman from Southern Lab, has Houston Baptist, ULM and SLU as potential landing spots.

Garland LaFrance (5-10, 178), the St. Augustine running back, originally committed to Tulane and then Texas Tech. Now it seems like Colorado State will be his college football home. Running backs coach Bryan Applewhite has done a good job recruiting LaFrance to Fort Collins.

Jared Miles (6-1, 185) is another speedy McDonogh 35 recruit. The wide receiver has Oregon State as his favorite but Tulane, Colorado State, Houston , West Va., TCU, Middle Tennesee, SMU, UAB and Troy are also in the fray.

John Curtis running back Marquese Albert (5-8, 185) is considering offers from Army, Georgetown, Idaho, Navy and Kent State.

Defensive end Josh Smith (6’4-250) out of Landry-Walker was once pledged to Kansas. He decommited Dec. 7, and Colorado State has made in-roads.

Diallo Landry (6-3, 191), the Catholic New Iberia quarterback, appears destined to play safety or wideout in college. Nicholls is his favorite.

Mammoth tackle Larry Dixon (6-4, 335) from Hahnville has Houston, Mississippi State, Kansas, ULL and Texas Tech as considerations but Mississippi State the leader.

Tyre Golmond, (5-6, 160) out of Denham Springs is a sctaback type but don’t sell him short. Southern Miss has a lead over Arizona State, ULL, Arkansas State, Memphis and McNeese.

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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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