Updated: 2021 top New Orleans area football recruits

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Now that Louisiana high school football is finally underway, it’s a good time to take a look at our revised list of the top college football prospects in metro New Orleans from the Class 2021.

Some have already committed, but until pen meets the paper in December or February, nothing is official.

Now that Louisiana high school football is finally underway, it’s a good time to take a look at our revised list of the top college football prospects in metro New Orleans.

Some have already committed, but until pen meets the paper in December or February, nothing is official.

1. Kaine Williams (6-2, 205) DB, John Ehret, committed to Alabama

Very physical, game changing hits, terrific closing speed. An All-SEC type talent. Entering this season, he has compiled 123 tackles, 10 pass breakups and 6 interceptions for the Patriots.

2. Destyn “Fat” Pazon (6-0, 190, 4.3) WR, Edna Karr

I would not be out of place to slide Pazon into the top spot. Off the charts potential, 11 second hundred meters. Snared 54 passes last season for 1,047 yards and 14 scores. Could carry another 15-20 pounds on frame. Florida State appears to be favorite, although Alabama, LSU, Florida and Oklahoma are all making a case.

3. Saivion Jones (6-5, 245) DE, St. James, committed to LSU

In 2019, 102 tackles, 29 for loss, 13 sacks, 25 QB pressures. In 2018, 97 stops, 27 for loss and 14 sacks. Was District 9-3A MVP in 2019. Dominates games. Could play TE. High jump, shot put and basketball. Reminds me of former LSU star and current Vikings DE Danielle Hunter.

4. Byron “Boogie” Jones (6-4 1/2, 237) DE, St. Augustine, committed to Florida State

Flies off the edge, uses hands, doesn’t stay blocked, very intense. In line with former Purple Knight rush guys like Raynoch Thompson, James Hall and Lonnie Marts, all played in NFL.

5. Andrew Jones (6-0, 200) LB, John Ehret, committed to Memphis

Squats 405 pounds. Had 127 tackles and 42 for loss (no misprint) in 2019. Physical, downhill tackler. Has exploded up charts since spring. Very active, high IQ.

6. Logan Diggs (5-11, 195, 4.5 forty) RB, Rummel, committed to Notre Dame

Every down back. Squats 445 lbs, cleans 270 pounds holds a 3.67 GPA. Yards after contact, great cutback, complete back, agility to make defender miss in space, Missed 6 games in 2018. runs 110 and 300 meter hurdles and long jump.

7. Tyreese Johnson (6-1, 190) WR, Booker T. Washington, committed to Arizona

In 2019, 40 catches, 832 yards, 8 TD’s. terrific catching radius. Velcro hands. Outstanding basketball player. Holds basketball offer from Stephen F. Austin.

8. Barryn Sorrell (6-3, 250) DE, Holy Cross, committed to Northwestern

Powerful pass rusher, splits blocks, uses hands well, can run. Athletic.

9. Jackie Marshall (6-2, 230) LB, East St. John, committed to Baylor

In 2019, 82 tackles, 11 sacks. Bends the edge, chases down, locates ball, disruptive, collision tackler.

10. Casey Cain (6-2, 175, 4.55) WR, Warren Easton, committed to Texas

Good separation in route, uses body well, excellent hands.

11. Kolbe Fields (6-1, 205) LB, Rummel, committed to Memphis

Sure tackler In 2019, 105 stops, 10 for loss, 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles. Closing speed, zeroes in on target, always in right spot, anticipation, good blitzer, diagnosis plays quickly.

12. Montrell Johnson (5-10, 194, 4.48) RB, De La Salle, committed to Arizona

North/south runner, good hands, attacks defender, not fancy. In a game against Riverside in 2018, he had 345 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns.

13. Cyrus Allen (6-1, 180) WR, Landry, committed to Louisiana Tech

In 2019, he had 25 grabs, 458 yards, 9 TD’s. Great upside.

14. Kenneth Bannister (6-2 1/2, 265) OT, Edna Karr, committed to Louisiana Tech

Superb feet for a larger blocker, athleticism, great balance, pad level, will add strength.

15. Iverson Celestine (5-10, 198) RB, Fontainebleau, committed to Tulane

In 2019, he rushed for 1,142 yards, 12 TD’s In 2018, 1,680 yards 20 TD’s. Very physical, balance, YAC.

16. Ja’Marian Peterson (6-2, 238, 4.7) DE, De La Salle, commit to Arizona

Has moved up charts. Athletic, added strength, covers flat, can run, takes great angles to ball.

17. Kolbe Cage (6-0, 205) LB, Holy Cross, committed to Arizona

Has played in a number of spots for Tigers. Very intelligent, aggressive, locates ball quickly.

18. Caleb Spann (5-10, 170) DB, John Curtis

Will play collegiately at Central Michigan. Ball skills, challenges run,, Uncle was Tookie Spann. Elite in coverage. Dad is a football coach.

19. Mandel Eugene (6-0, 205) LB, St. Charles Catholic, committed to Tulane

In 2019, 92 tackles, 13 for loss, 3 blocked kicks. Was District 10-2A MVP. Loves weight room, diagnosis where ball is going instantaneously.

20. Jamarian Henderson (6-0, 198) LB, McDonogh 35

Good tackler, closing speed, covers a lot of ground. Considering offers from Colorado, ULM, Ohio, Texas Southern, Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

21. Jaden Handy (5-9, 190, 4.55) RB, Holy Cross, committed to Tulane

Can play in a number of spots at Tulane, cutback, great vision, good on screens, terrific balance, can line up at WR, patient, sees backside hole. 4 X 200 relay.

22. Josh Bertholotte (6-1, 190, 4.57) Landry, committed to Hawaii

Has a 3.3 GPA. In 2019, 12 sacks. Comes off edge, can run, could play safety or receiver. Former Warren Easton head coach Tony Hull, now co-offensive coordinator at Hawaii, recruited him to pledge to Warriors.

23. Tariq Jones (6-2, 220) DE, McDonogh 35, committed to Hawaii

Answers to nickname “Showtime” as a talented pass rusher with a hot motor. In 2019, 55 tackles, 22 sacks, 16 for loss.

24. Mackey Mailho (6-8, 355) OG, Mandeville, committed to Louisiana-Lafayeyye

Engulfs opponent, locks onto defender and drives him upfield. Needs to work on strength and continuing to move feet.

25. Elinus Noel III (6-1, 330) NT, John Curtis, committed to Lamar

In 2019, 45 tackles, 7 sacks, 15 for loss. Squats 550 pounds, bench presses 355 pounds, holds a 3.8 GPA. Will jam middle, difficult to move, can play 3 tech, powerful, can take over middle.

26. John Martin (6-3, 336) OG, De La Salle

Road grader, can pull and run, powerfully strong, can bury opponent. Squats 560 pounds, bench presses 345 pounds, cleans 315 pounds. Nicholls and South Alabama are his leaders. Houston and ULM are watching him closely.

27. Kyle Wickersham (6-3, 224) QB, Rummel, committed to Richmond

In 2019, 59% passer with 14 TD’s, 5 interceptions. His father Jeff was a QB at LSU and NFL. Decent mobility, arm strength. 4.0 GPA.

28. Welland Williams (6-1, 250) DE, East St. John

In 2019, he made 50 stops, 8 sacks. Good get off the snap and penetration, disengages quickly with blockers. Pursued by Alcorn, Incarnate Word, NW State, McNeese, SLU, SFA, Nicholls, South Alabama.

29. Kaleb “KB” Brown (5-8, 185) DB, St. James

All District and 3A All State in 2019. Totaled 128 tackles, 3 forced fumbles and interception. In 2018, 104 tackles, 2 FF and interception. Holds 3.5 GPA. Always around the ball. Loves Tyrann Mathieu. Basketball point guard. Violent tackler. State schools, SWAC and Southland Conference are monitoring.

30. Alijah Hamilton (5-11, 180) CB, Hahnville, committed to McNeese

Solid tackler, good in coverage.

31. Khari “Jet” Fields (6-0, 167) WR, Helen Cox, committed to Missouri State

With 4.5 speed, cna stretch field. Route runner.

32. Caden Costa (6-1, 185) PK, Mandeville, committed to Ole Miss

Has a 4.1 GPA. Ranked among top 10 PK in country, making 70% of FG tries. Kickoffs travel 65 yards on average with four second hang time. Also has a 39-yard punting average

33. Jaylen Spears (5-10, 190, 4.55) RB, Brother Martin

Squats 430 pounds good lower body strength, Breaks tackles, good receiver. Against Ponchatoula this past Friday, had 237 total yards, including 5 touchdowns, 4 as a runner and a 78 yard reception for score. Lots of state schools and Sun Belt watching closely.

34. Devon Tott (6-3, 175) QB, Mandeville

In 2019, 2,363 yards passing, 29 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 61 % passer. Led Metro area in passing last season. Has 3.5 GPA, 25 on ACT. Offers New Mexico State, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Prairie View, Southern U.

35. Jake Delmado (5-10, 190) RB, Hannan

In 2019, 1,359 yards rushing, 15 touchdowns. Terrific effort, versatile, good cuts, squeezes through hole. Offers from Bethel College, Millsaps and Hendrix College.

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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 play football at LSU, developing a passion for the game in even greater fashion while in…

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