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The three-star prospect Caleb Anderson committed to the Ragin’ Cajuns on Sunday just before the start of his senior season. UL head coach Billy Napier continues to make his mark in the state with securing a talent like Anderson for this 2020 class. As of today the Ragin’ Cajuns have the number one ranked recruiting class in the Sun Belt conference according to 247 sports.
“UL was my first D-1 & that meant a lot to me,” Anderson said. “They seen something in me that other schools didn’t at the beginning. After talking things out with my dad & brother we felt UL was the best place for me.”
Anderson chose UL over Utah, Virginia, Tulane, Louisiana Tech, ULM, Arkansas St, & a host of others.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound athlete plays quarterback for his high school, but he will play cornerback at UL. It’s no doubt Anderson won’t have any issues transitioning to playing corner full time on the next level. His size & athleticism is something you can’t coach to go with his high football IQ.
“My improvement every year comes from former teammates teaching me new things every year, my dad & my big brother never allowing me to get complacent, & the best trainer in the world Ken Anio constantly helping me develop,” Anderson said.
I’m sure other schools won’t shy away from still recruiting Anderson until he signs on the dotted line in December. These next four months are going to be interesting to see if the Ragin’ Cajun staff can keep a big time talent like Anderson a part of their 2020 class. “I’m not sure if I’ll be taking in other official visits besides to UL at the moment,” he said. “I kind of want to get out of Clinton, LA so me & my family will just have to see.”
Southeastern University added a diamond in the rough to their 2020 class when they got Jhy Orgeron’s pledge on Monday.
It’s evident that the 6-foot-4, 266-pound Orgeron flew under the radar for whatever reason, which is why he’s a huge steal for the Southeastern program. “I knew that Southeastern was the place for me to be,” Orgeron said. “I didn’t want to wait any longer after coach Calais called me & said the whole staff wants me bad. The staff kept in touch with me everyday & that was big to me. When I talked to my mom about it she said do whatever your heart desires.”
On the offensive line you look for quick feet, lateral mobility, & fluidity in their movement. Orgeron possesses those traits at offensive guard & then some. He still has some things he needs to improve on, but it’s no doubt he has the traits to be an all-conference player on the next level. When you turn on his film you instantly notice that he has a fearless mentality on the field which is big for an offensive lineman.
Orgeron had pretty good showings at UL, LSU, Tulane, & Nicholls St camps. At the Nicholls St camp he earned MVP for the best offensive lineman. Even though Nicholls St didn’t offer Orgeron he still remains high on the program. “Nicholls have shown a lot of interest in me,” Orgeron said. “Coach Rebowe, coach Russ, & coach Roussel are awesome guys. I love what they are doing with their program.”
After evaluating Orgeron at the Southeastern & Nicholls St camp this summer he looks like he could have a monster senior year. “I know I have a lot of guys looking up to me,” he said. “I just want to show leadership & lead by example my last year.”
Don’t be surprised if Orgeron gets some late offers before signing day. ULM, UL, & Nicholls St will be keeping a close eye on him this upcoming season for sure.
The Tigers are coming off of one of the best seasons in the school’s history finishing 11-2 & a trip to the quarterfinals against district foe Destrehan where they came up short losing 31-14.
It’s no secret that the Tigers return a bevy of talent & experience. Head coach Gary Hill feels this year’s team could be just as good if not better than last year’s team. “We have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball,” Hill said. “I don’t think the team was too satisfied with losing in the quarterfinals, but they’ve came back hungry & ready to work this summer. We just have to recognized that we have something special here & we can’t get selfish.”
Along with the talent that the Tigers have, the hiring of former Vandebilt Catholic head coach Jeremy Atwell will bring a lot of knowledge & experience to this coaching staff. “Getting a coach like Jeremy Atwell is invaluable,” Hill said. “He’s going to be a great asset to not only the coaching staff, but helping mentor our kids to build our program & take another step. He’s done a great job with our quarterbacks in the short time he’s been here & I’m excited about having him apart of this staff.”
Senior Ja’Khi Douglas (Florida St commit) will be the focal point on offense at the quarterback position. Look for Douglas to get more time playing receiver this year which is his natural position.
Junior Maason Smith will be the man in the middle on the defensive line & be on the lookout for him to play a little tight end as well this season. Smith is also a 5-star & ranked the number one player in the state for the 2021 class.
Senior D’Jon Scott will be the leader on the backend at free safety this season. The long rangy Scott will also have some packages where he plays receiver too. Scott holds offers from McNeese St, Southeastern, Lamar, University of Louisiana-Monroe, & Arkansas-Monticello.
Senior A.J Walter is a 6-2 receiver that definitely has the tools to make a major impact on offense this season. Walter is a two sport ATH that is committed to Southern for baseball.
Senior Jakobe Carter is a returning starter at corner that will play a big role in making the Tigers defense stout once again. Carter holds offers from Austin Peay, Southeastern, Southern Miss, & Air Force.
Senior Kwan Allen will be asked to play a lot on both sides of the ball this season at corner & running back. His versatility will be big for the Tigers this season. Allen holds one offer from Grambling St.
Senior Jahon Johnson will be one of the Tiger’s biggest playmakers at running back. His speed & homerun threat ability will make this offense very dynamic this season.
Sophomore Jaylin Lucas will have a bigger role this season at receiver & for good reason. His ability to make defenders miss in space will set him apart from the rest & he will be a big asset in the return game this season as well. Lucas was clocked at a 4.49 this summer & had really good camp showings at UL, Nicholls St, Southeastern, Lamar, Houston, & Alabama.
Sophomore Kaden Lewis will be a very disruptive force on the defensive line this season. Lewis coming out party was against McDonogh 35 in the spring game where he ended the game with 4 TFLs & hardly could be blocked one on one. Lewis also had an outstanding showing at the Alabama camp this past summer. Lewis met with Nick Saban privately after the camp & to let him know they’ll be keeping tabs on him going forward.
Sophomore Ryan Williams could be the x-factor when it’s all said & done for this Tigers team at the quarterback position. He can spin it with the best of them, but it’s go take some time to get him acclimated to this new system. When he figures it out this offense will be deadly because they’ll be able to put their athlete Ja’Khi Douglas at his natural position which is receiver.
Last season the Ellender Patriots finished 2-8 & 1-5 in district play. The last time the Patriots had a winning record was in 2016 where they finished 6-5 & made it to the playoffs. They bring in a host of talented freshman along with some good sophomores & juniors returning.
Head coach David McCormick & offensive coordinator Jessie Turner expressed how pleased they were with a lot of their young kids & feels that they have a chance to do something special. “I’m impressed with our young kids & a good bit of them will have a chance to contribute early,” McCormick said. “If we can continue perfecting the little things from now until week one, by the time district rolls around our young kids will be a lot more comfortable with what we are teaching them right now.”
It’s evident that the Patriots have a good group of young talent to build with, but what remains to be seen is if they can put it all together going forward these next few years.
Junior TyShaun Hester is a returning starter that finished with 6 touchdowns last season from scrimmage & he’ll be the lead back this season.
Senior linebacker Jarred Whitrack will be the leader on defense after he led the team last season with 83 tackles.
Junior Bradley Martin showed throughout spring & fall practices that he will probably be the team’s best offensive lineman this upcoming season.
Senior Nykee Johnson looks like he will be a big contributor at wide receiver after finally coming over from basketball. He made big strides in the spring, 7 on 7 in the summer, & throughout fall practices thus far.
Freshman Tamaj Vergin is as talented as they come. Vergin had a breakout performance in the spring game versus East St. John where he made a leaping catch over two defenders for a touchdown. He put himself on a lot of school’s radar after a busy summer camping at UL, Nicholls St, Houston, Alabama, & Mississippi St.
Freshman Daviante Scott will be somebody that folks will get familiar with soon enough. Scott will split carries at running back with Hester, but I see him making an impact early on in his career. In their inter squad scrimmage he had three impressive long touchdown runs that had the entire coaching staff excited to say the least.
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Booker T Washington ATH - Damian Alexander C/O 2021: Alexander was one of the DBs at the camp for sure. Was very impressive during individual instruction with Nicholls State DB coach Chris Thompson & for the one on one portion of the camp. He is coming off a very good sophomore campaign where he played receiver & corner. Be on the lookout for this rising junior this upcoming season.
South Lafourche OL - Jhy Orgeron C/O 2020: Orgeron is a very skilled offensive lineman & moves really well at 6-foot-4, 266 pounds. He won MVP for the best offensive lineman at the camp & is continuing to raise his stock going into his senior year. He currently holds one offer at the moment from Southeastern.
Higgins DB - Carline Davis C/O 2020: Davis didn’t win the MVP for best DB but he was clearly best one at the camp in my mind. Very fluent in drill work & showed really good hips to change direction throughout the camp. You can see that he is in for a big senior year. Davis currently holds offers from UTSA, McNeese State, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Southern, & Grambling.
Terrebonne WR - Chavez Brown C/O 2021: Brown put the Nicholls coaching staff on notice with his play at the camp for sure. His 6-foot-2 athletic frame gave majority of the DBs that lined up against him problems all day. Although, he still needs to improve as a route runner he showed that he can create separation. Brown showed that he has the tools to be a household name before it’s all said & done.
Edna Karr DE/LB - Josh Randall C/O 2020: Randall won damn near every rep in one on ones because he is really really good coming off the edge, it’s just that simple. It’s a reason why he finished his junior year with 26 sacks & he showed it at the camp. Randall holds one offer from Lamar.
West St. John LB - Kailep Edwards C/O 2022: Edwards was super impressive throughout every part of the camp. He was very instinctive, showed the ability to play in space well, & showed his competitiveness in every drill including one on ones. Expect this kid to be one of the top recruits not just in the state but in the country soon enough. Edwards holds offers from Mississippi State & Lamar
Terrebonne WR - Jaylin Lucas C/O 2022: Lucas was clocked at a 4.54 in the forty yard dash & was the best route runner at the camp hands down. He mastered every drill & Nicholls WRs coach Sean Murphy raved about Lucas’s play throughout the camp.
Opelousas Catholic WR - Keon Coleman C/O 2021: Coleman had a number of big time catches up top over a few defenders’ heads that left spectators in awe at the camp. Coleman is extremely raw & needs to polish up some facets of his game, but at 6-foot-3 with a 36 inch vertical he could end up being a stud by his senior year.
Amite LB/DE - James McGowan C/O 2020: This kid showed that he is a heck of an athlete at the camp. He showed his versatility by being able to pass rush & cover a TE or RB in one on ones. McGowan holds an offer from Southern.
Ellender WR - Tamaj Vergin C/O 2023: Vergin continued his camp tour this summer with another impressive performance in front of the Nicholls staff. He won majority of his one on one reps with a few highlight acrobatic catches. Vergin was by far one of if not the best soon to be freshman at the camp.
Central Lafourche QB - Ashtrein Duncan C/O 2020: Duncan was awarded MVP of the camp for the best quarterback & with good reason. The soon to be senior showed that he has elite arm strength to go with some good touch. After his performance at the camp he looks like he could be the best pure quarterback in the Tri-Parish this upcoming season.
Thibodaux LB/Safety - Rolaun Richard C/O 2021: Richard was one of the most intriguing prospects at the camp because of his athleticism & physical attributes. After playing linebacker his first two years, Richard is transitioning to safety. He still is a ways away, but the Nicholls staff liked what they seen from him throughout the camp.
The Terrebonne High School prospect (Houma, LA) announced via twitter that he has committed to Florida State University. The Seminoles land one of the most dynamic prospects in the state with Douglas being ranked eighth overall (according to 247 Sports) in Louisiana.
The Houma native currently holds 29 offers from some top tier programs like LSU, Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Penn St, & a host of others. This makes the 15th prospect to commit to the Seminoles for the 2020 class, which has them with the 16th ranked recruiting class in the country. And I’m sure after Douglas’s commitment they will move up a few slots. “I’ve been a Florida State fan since I was a kid,” Douglas said. “I love the offense that offensive coordinator Kendal Briles run going all the way back to when he was at Baylor, Florida Atlantic, & Houston. His offense fits what I do a lot & that was a big factor to me. There were other schools that I liked a lot, but at the end of the day I knew those weren’t the best fit for me. It also feels good knowing that my family will only have to drive five & a half hours to come see me play.”
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Douglas is one of the best route runners in this 2020 class & not just in the state, but in the nation. His 4.48 forty laser time to go with his 37 inch vertical are only a few things that makes this kid special. He will play primarily at receiver & as a return specialist when he gets to Tallahassee. “I’m excited about the the plan that coach Taggart, coach Briles, & coach Dugans laid out for me,” Douglas said. “They showed me when I was up there how they plan to use me in their offense & that made me comfortable knowing what my role was going to be. I love the relationship I’ve built with the coaching staff & also the players as well.”
The four-star prospect emphasized how he wanted to be committed before the start of the season & he stuck to that plan. “I didn’t want to go into my senior year not committed because spots get filled up quick at a lot of these schools,” Douglas said. “When me & my parents went to Florida State in the spring, they showed me how bad they wanted me there. I’ve visited a lot of big time programs around the country & I just felt most at home when I went to Tallahassee.”
Douglas accounted for over 2,500 yards to go with 29 total touchdowns running & throwing at quarterback last season. It’s unfortunate that we only get to see him compete at receiver in a camp setting because it is something to behold to say the least. Many feel that if Douglas played receiver for his high school team he would be ranked even higher in the country. “I don’t let all the rankings & stuff bother me,” Douglas said. “That’s why I went to so many camps so schools can see how good of a receiver I am. My main focus was to go to a good program that best fits me & that could develop me to get to the league. All those rankings won’t matter once I set foot on a college campus.”
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On January 31st, Ahmonte Watkins received his first offer from the University of Virginia. Five months later Watkins made his way to Charlottesville for an unofficial visit to see what the program had to offer.
It was evident that the whole Cavalier coaching staff was ecstatic to have Watkins on campus for the first time, which made him feel at home right away. “Soon as I stepped on campus I felt a really good vibe from everybody,” Watkins said. “Everybody is genuine & it felt like I’ve been knowing them for years.”
Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall was blown away with how Watkins competed & tested at their elite prospect camp on his visit. Watkins was timed at a 4.49 in the forty, 10-1 broad jump, & a 36 inch vertical.
He was also very good in individual instruction & one on ones. “Coach Atuaia (RBs coach) coached me real hard at the camp & I love the passion he coaches with,” Watkins said. “I wanted to come out there & show them that they didn’t make a mistake offering me first. “My goal was to prove that I was the best prospect at the camp & I think I did that.”
It’s clear that the Virginia coaching staff made a big impression on the four-star prospect led by area recruiter Ricky Brumfield & senior scout Jordan Arcement, who are both Louisiana natives. “Coach Brumfield is really cool & down to earth,” Watkins said. “Him & the entire staff at Virginia are some really good people that truly care about their players. I got to see first hand the relationship between the coaches & the players. You can tell it wasn’t anything scripted & that was big to me.”
Watkins currently only holds offers from Virginia, Miami, Colorado, Southern Miss, & Nicholls St at the moment. He’s gained a lot of attention as of late from Mississippi St, Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, Louisiana Tech, & UL. “Miami & Alabama have been my dream schools since I was a kid,” he said. “I look forward to seeing what those programs have to offer in the future. But, Virginia really open my eyes to what a program is suppose to look like. Coach Mendenhall is a great leader & he’s different, but a good different. I love how he challenges his players physically & mentally. It’s not just about football up there, it’s about making you a better man.”
The 5-foot-10, 176 pound Watkins out of Riverside Academy is on his way to being a household name. He is a true speedster who won the open 100 & 200 meter at the state championships this past May. In the 100 meters he finished with a (10.71) & (21.7) in the 200 meters. His freshman year he was clocked at a 10.44 in the 100 meter, which caught the eye of a lot of people around the state. “Track will always be one of my first loves,” Watkins said. “I like the fact that at Virginia they want me to play both football & track. They made it clear while I was up there that I’m a high priority in both sports & that made me feel really good.”
With Watkins still having two years of high school left which is scary, it’s going to be interesting to see if & will Virginia get to land him when it’s all said & done. “I don’t want to be one of the those kids that drags this process out going through my senior year,” he said. Me & my dad talked about me committing after my junior year so that’s the plan.”
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