The Opelousas Catholic two sport athlete has been making a name for himself on the camp circuit for football the last few weeks. Coleman camped at LSU & impressed wide receiver coach Joe Brady with his size & athleticism. He then took his talents to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette & the University of Houston impressing both coaching staffs because of how he dominated his matchups in the 1 on 1 portion of the camp.
Keon Coleman has a chance to be the best two sport athlete in Louisiana for the 2021 class when it’s all said & done. Houston, Colorado State, Tulane, ULL, Louisiana Tech, South Alabama, Sam Houston, & Southern are all on the verge of offering the talented receiver at the moment. I expect him to be a high major prospect by the end of his junior year if he keeps progressing.
Coleman measured in at 6-2 & a half with his shoes off to go with a 74 inch wing span. Although he is still raw, Coleman has the size & athleticism to be a high major prospect. Right now he is still in the beginning stages of learning how to become a precise route runner, but once he puts it all together he’ll be one of the most sought after prospect in the state.
The soon-to-be junior is also a big time prospect in basketball where he just received two offers in the last week & a half from McNeese State & Coastal Carolina. Coleman has schools like ULL, Tulane, Northwestern State, Nicholls State, Southeastern, UNO, & South Alabama monitoring him closely at the moment with possible offers on the way. More schools will be on this kid’s radar come July when coaches get to see him perform for Peach Jam on the Nike circuit with LivOn-Fleur De Lis.
Check out Keon Coleman’s Sophomore Film
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A simple truth is taught to everyone who plays football & that’s low man wins. Pad level and leverage are crucial to success for a good pass rusher. Josh Randall exemplifies these traits & then some. Most college programs prefers its pass-rushers to be long and tall, even though a natural advantage exists for shorter defenders. Randall proved that this past season racking up 26 sacks & 4 forced fumbles. Now that’s what I call production, especially for an edge rusher that’s 5-11 & 215 pounds.
I don’t think you’ll find a pass rusher in this 2020 class with a better get off & motor than Randall. No he doesn’t have the size of Newman’s Brandon Williams & John Curtis’s Angelo Anderson, but when you turn on his film it’s tough to not put Randall at the top of the list. His ability to sack the quarterback is simply a skill, not a genetic trait.
College offenses continue to lean more heavily on the passing game these days. The game isn't played from tackle to tackle anymore like 10 to 15 years ago. Randall plays with very good bend coming around the edge, which makes it tough for these 6-3 or taller tackles. Randall would be a perfect stand up edge rusher in a 3-4 scheme on the next level along with being an outstanding special teams player.
I envision this kid to rack up double digit sacks again this upcoming season & continue to be a quarterback & left tackle’s worse nightmare.
Randall received his first offer from Lamar University a few weeks ago, but he has a few other schools like Murray St, Nicholls St, McNeese St, & Southern that’s on the verge of pulling the trigger as well. Tulane could possibly offer Randall as well down the line after he dominated their camp last weekend winning all of his 1 on 1 reps.
Check out Josh Randall’s junior film below
When you talk about electric players with the ball in their hand, people might want to start talking about Lynarise Elpheage Jr. The soon to be junior is coming off an impressive sophomore campaign where finished with 1,109 all-purpose yards & 10 touchdowns. After evaluating him at Southeastern University elite prospect camp this past weekend, it’s no doubt about it that he was the best receiver there hands down.
When it comes to route running & creating separation to go with his certified hands, I don’t know if you can find another receiver in the C/O 2021 that can do it better than Elpheage Jr. His yards after catch & how incredible he is in space is very unique because he can turn a five yard hitch into a eighty yard touchdown like it’s nothing. It’s even looking like he has a chance to be an even better prospect than his father Lynarise Elpheage Sr, who starred at Carver as well in the late 90’s & went on to be a standout at Tulane.
At 5-8 or however tall he is, you can’t teach the skill set that this kid has. You have to have a real appreciation for how he plays the game with so much passion & determination. And with two years left in high school, I think the best is yet to come for the dynamic playmaker. He currently holds offers from Troy St, Nicholls St, Northwestern St, & Southeastern. Many feel that he’s probably too small to play past a FCS level, but I beg to differ. Colorado, Kansas, Houston, Tulane, Louisiana Tech, Tennessee, & Mississippi St are all keeping a close eye on Elpheage Jr. And I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these schools pull the trigger before it’s all said & done.
Check out Lynarise Elpheage’s sophomore highlights below
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cDevonta Grogan will be an absolute steal in this 2020 class for a program when it’s all said & done. At Morgan City High, he is a standout in football, basketball, & track. But the football field is definitely his calling, and you can clearly see that when you watch Grogan play.
At 6-2 189 pounds, Grogan is a spectacular athlete that nobody is really talking about around the state. He has been “Mr. Do It All” for his team the last two years playing multiple positions at a high level. He is very dynamic with the ball in his hands & he is a touchdown waiting to happen. What makes Grogan so intriguing is that I see multiple schools recruiting him to play receiver & defensive back. When you turn his tape on you’ll see why.
Some wonder why a kid this talented is not getting heavily recruited. Could it be the school he’s at, could it be because he didn’t hit the camp circuit, or could it be because some of the college programs in the boot don’t pay attention to small areas like Morgan City? If he were at a school in New Orleans or Baton Rouge I think he would be on every school’s radar right now. Whatever the reason may be, Grogan is a diamond in the rough that in state schools better get familiar with sooner than later.
ULL & Nicholls State are monitoring Grogan at the moment, but I expect more in state schools to start showing heavy interest in him going forward.
After an outstanding sophomore season, Malik Nabers picked up right where he left off by finishing the game with 5 touchdown receptions in Thursday’s spring game vs Kaplan.
The 6-0 receiver was very impressive with his route running, high pointing the ball, & making defenders look silly in space. Nabers will be someone to keep tabs on in the 2021 class going forward. He holds only one offer at the moment from Lawrence University, a division III school in Wisconsin.
The Comeaux high school standout will be sought after by bigger schools soon enough & make his case on why he should be considered as one of the top receivers in the 2021 class. Tulane, ULL, Mississippi State, South Alabama, & Southern are showing Nabers heavy interest at the moment.
On Monday, Charlie Russell Jr. made it official & signed his national letter of intent to Tulane University.
New Tulane head coach Ron Hunter capitalized on Russell after missing out on Dunham’s Jordan Wright who opted to sign with Vanderbilt. This is Hunter’s third signee for this 2019 class & the first from Louisiana.
The 6-6 wing averaged 17.2 ppg & 11.1 rpg this past season to go with leading his team to a 32-4 record and a state semifinal appearance. “Tulane really attracted me because of the basketball program & it’s an amazing academic school,” Russell Jr. said. “One of the main things I liked was how the whole coaching staff go out their way to make sure you’ll succeed on & off the court.”
Russell Jr. is aware of the struggles that the basketball program had last season only winning four games, but he feels optimistic that head coach Ron Hunter & assistant coach Kevin Johnson will get things turned around quickly. “Coach Hunter & coach K.J are great dudes,” Russell Jr. said. “The plan that they have in place will get things turned around & I feel we will win a lot of games.”
Recruiting can be brutal in some cases & Russell Jr. learned some valuable lessons throughout this process. He had offers from Lamar, Coastal Carolina, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of California Santa Barbara, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, & McNeese St. Schools shied away late in the process which led to Russell possibly considering going to a prep school. But when Ron Hunter got hired & added assistant coach Kevin Johnson to his staff who was very familiar with Russell Jr, they quickly made a move on the unsigned senior.
“Lessons I learned is that don’t focus on schools that just like you, go to a school that needs you apart of their program,” Russell Jr. said.
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