Recruiting Notes: St. Thomas More WR Jack Bech commits to Vanderbilt

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The Vanderbilt Commodores dipped into the Pelican state to grab a commitment from talent wide receiver Jack Bech.

The 6-1, 203 pound All State performer from St. Thomas More held offers from Tulane, Boston College, Princeton, Rice, Florida Atlantic, Arkansas State, South Alabama, La. Tech, ULL, ULM, Yale, Texas State, Houston, Harvard and Hawaii. He recently visited LSU, Tulane and ULL. Head coach Willie Fritz and assistant Slade Nagle have handled his recruitment for the Green Wave. LSU has not yet extended offer.

The Commodores had all hands on board in the process to secure Bech. Head Coach Derek Mason, new offensive coordinator Todd Fitch and receiver coach Tony Ball have collaborated. Fitch was the offensive coordinator at La Tech last season.

Southeast Louisiana has been kind recently to Vanderbilt. Jesuit alum Kalija Lipscomb, a wide receiver, completed his career in ’19 and is headed to NFL. Former Holy Cross linebacker Kenny Hebert returns as a senior starter in ’20. The 2020 signing class included Mandeville receiver Will Sheppard and Rummel safety Donovan Kaufman.

Bech had a monster season last fall with 91 catches, 1,668 yards and 20 touchdowns, finishing with a Division II state title in football and basketball. He is the sixth ranked receiver prospect and 20th overall player in Louisiana according to 247 Sports. Bech has indicated that he is 100% committed to the ‘Dores.

Jack’s older brother Tiger plays at Princeton. His uncles, Blain and Brett Bech, played as receivers at LSU. Jack models his game after Odell Beckham, Jr.

Bech’s strengths are good size, excellent hands, wide catching radius and good acceleration off the line into his route. More quick than fast, he is very athletic and uses his body well to fend off defenders. Bech is ideal in the slot and catches his fair share of 50/50 balls.

Some other updates with some of the top prospects in Louisiana for 2021…

Defensive tackle Maason Smith (6-5, 315), a 4 star recruit from Terrebonne, is considered the fourth overall player at his position in the country. LSU assistants Bill Johnson and Greg McMahon – both former Saints’ assistants – are recruiting him for the Tigers. Smith’s top schools are LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida and Ole Miss with the Tigers currently holding an edge.

Lafayette Christian running back Sage Ryan (5-11, 195, 4.45, 36″ vertical) also appears to have LSU as his leader. His uncles Kevin Faulk and Trev Faulk starred at LSU with the former now on the coaching staff.

Wide receiver Chris Hilton (6-0, 170, 4.45, 36″ vertical) from Zachary may come down to a LSU-Alabama battle with the Tigers slightly ahead. He runs a 11.1 hundred meters. Explosive out of cuts on the gridiron, Hilton won the 2019 indoor high jump competition with a leap of 7-feet.

Kaine Willaims (6-2, 205), safety from Ehret, has LSU, Texas A&M and Alabama atop his list with the Aggies holding a slight lead. The ball hawk recorded 50 tackles, 10 pass breakups and four interceptions last year to follow up 73 tackles and six interceptions as a sophomore.

Ehret teammate Andrew Jones (6-1, 210) Florida State, Kansas, Houston and Louisville as his top schools with the Seminoles as the perceived favorite.

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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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