Nicholls St. head coach Austin Claunch & his staff added another student-athlete to his 2021 recruiting class.
Combo guard Jon’Quarius McGhee of Opelousas High School announced that he was committing to the Colonels via social media.
The talented combo guard had a lot of interest from schools like Southern Miss, Northwestern St, Texas Southern, Xavier(LA), & LSU-Alexandria.
“I built a strong relationship with Coach Deloach & Coach Claunch early on,” McGhee explained. “They been telling me that I was probably the most underrated player in the state. And when they offered me that really let me know that they believe in me.”
The uptempo style that the Colonels like to play makes this a terrific fit & probably the biggest steal in Louisiana for the 2021 class.
“Nicholls has been a really good program over the last few years,” McGhee said. “They beat Pittsburgh, lost to Illinois in overtime, & went down to the wire with LSU. Then with them being second in their conference showed me that this somewhere I really want to play.”
McGhee was definitely a player that was unknown coming into his junior season & before summer AAU. This past season he averaged 19.4 ppg & 4.4 apg. He really caught a lot of buzz after his performance in Jackson, MS playing with Louisiana Elite, a big time Under Armour shoe circuit team.
Soon after that weekend a lot of coaches began to inquire about the 6-foot-2 combo guard.
“I was so disappointed when Covid hit because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to go show what I could do on the Under Armour circuit,” McGhee said. “I knew this was my last chance to show coaches that I was one of the best players in the state.”
With McGhee’s commitment out of the way to start his senior year, he has mind set on a few other things before he takes his talents to Thibodaux.
“My main focus right now is to help my team win a state championship & bring more exposure to our area,” he said. “A lot of people from Opelousas don’t sign scholarships. We have a lot of players that’s really good & I’m just trying to put us in a position where my teammates can get seen like I did. I feel like if we make it to the top 28 & win state that’ll show that we have a lot of talented players that can play on the next level.”
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Jay Smith came to the Privateers in 2019 after serving as the head coach of Wiley College for the past two seasons. He helped the program to their first NAIA tournament win in 49 years, second most wins in school history (22) along with being ranked No. 10 in the country at the end of the 2019 season, & produced two All-Americans.
Prior to Wiley College, Smith was the lead assistant at LSU-Alexandria where he played e a major role in helping the Generals go 86-9 in his three seasons.
Smith also spent eight seasons at Comeaux High School in Lafayette.
Coach Smith did a zoom interview with G-Sportz discussing his vision for the UNO program, his experience coaching on the Under Armour circuit, & much more.
New Orleans native Tyrann Mathieu is coming off of a magical season winning a super bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs in his seventh season. Mathieu was looked at as the heart & soul of that Chiefs defense finishing the year with 75 tackles, 2 sacks, and 4 INTs.
The St. Augustine alum was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2013 draft where he spent five seasons. He then spent one year with the Houston Texans in 2018 before signing with the Chiefs last off-season.
Mathieu, nicknamed “The Honey Badger” and “The Landlord” has been a fan favorite everywhere he has been, large part because of the adversity he has had to overcome & his infectious personality.
Mathieu & his longtime coach/mentor Del-Lee Collins took the time out to do a zoom interview with G-Sportz to discuss winning the super bowl, overcoming adversity, being overlooked coming out of high school & much more.
Former East Ascension point guard Camryn Carter has had quite the off-season picking up offers from Virginia Tech, Mississippi St, Ole Miss, Georgetown, Tulane, Coastal Carolina, & Southern.
Carter only had offers from Xavier(LA) & Southeastern before the summer, but after some outstanding showing with New Orleans Elite on the AAU circuit, Carter has emerged has the top point guard in the state.
The 6-2 point guard averaged 22.1 points and 4.1 assists per contest this past season for the Spartans. Carter has become a hot commodity over the last few months and confirmed to G-Sportz that he’ll be transferring to Putnam Academy Prep School in Connecticut for his senior year.
Carter took the time out to do a zoom interview with G-Sportz to discuss his success this off-season during AAU, his recruiting process & much more.
U-High’s 4-Star ATH Jardin Gilbert : Discusses His Top 5 Schools, His Passion Behind The BLM Movement, Giving Up Basketball
Jardin Gilbert is ranked the No. 9 safety in the country & the No. 10 overall prospect in Louisiana according to 247Sports.
On Aug 2, Gilbert announced his top five schools via twitter that included Alabama, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Mississippi St, & Southern. Many were surprised that Gilbert included an HBCU school in his top five, but he expressed that it wasn’t a publicity stunt & he’s really considering Southern to take his talents to.
The 6’1, 175 pound prospect has played WR & DB for U-High the last two years. A lot of schools have been recruiting Gilbert for receiver, but he has let it be known that he wants to play safety in college.
The 4-Star prospect took the time out & did a zoom interview with G-Sportz discussing why he put Southern in his top five, a timeline when he wants to be committed by, his passion behind the Black Lives Movement & much more.
New Orleans Elite combo guard : Camryn Carter C/O 2021 - Carter played like the best player in the gym at the HoopFest tournament. His feel for the game playing with good pace, good vision, shooting it well off the dribble, & competing on the defensive end was very impressive. And I love the confidence & swag this kid plays with on the court. Carter has offers Virginia Tech, Mississippi St, Ole Miss, Tulane, Southern, Southeastern & Xavier(LA).
Liv-On point guard : Carlos Stewart C/O 2021 - Stewart was terrific on both ends of the floor proving why he’s a legitimate D1 kid. He scored it at all 3 levels at a high rate & his athleticism continues to get better & better. When it comes to toughness, I consider him the toughest guard in the state. Stewart is currently committed to Santa Clara.
Liv-On guard : Keon Coleman C/O 2021 - Coleman is an athletic freak to say the least. He literally made the HoopFest tournament his own dunk contest & his energy was infectious amongst his team. His God given ability is really imposing & he showed it this past weekend. Coleman is currently committed to Kansas for basketball & football.
Liv-On forward : Solomon Washington C/O 2022 - Washington’s motor & energy was hands down the best in the gym. This kid does things that impacts the game that might not show up on the stat sheet. He competes at a high level on both ends of the floor & his athleticism is incredible. He looked leaner than he did during his high school season & showed that he can play on the wing as well. Has offers from Tulane, ULL, & Southern.
Louisiana Elite guard : Jonquarius McGhee C/O 2021 - A lot of people didn’t know about this kid before the HoopFest tournament, but he definitely made a case for himself on why he should be considered 1 of the best guards in the state. Showed that he can play the point or off the ball at a high level. He got into the lane at will scoring the ball & showed excellent vision finding his teammates for open shots. His on ball defense was superior & he was definitely 1 of the best athletes in the gym. Has 1 offer from Nicholls St.
Liv-On guard : Fred Payne C/O 2023 -
Liv-On guard : Dorian Finister C/O 2022 -
New Orleans Elite guard : Jamond Vincent C/O 2021 -
Louisiana Elite forward : Will Allen C/O 2021 -
Liv-On guard : Alex Hammond C/O 2022
Louisiana Elite guard : Kendrick Delahoussaye C/O 2021 -
Liv-On forward : Kyran Ratliff C/O 2022 -
Liv-On guard : Derick Tezeno C/O 2021 -
New Orleans Elite guard : Claudell Harris C/O 2021 -
Runaway Jets guard : Gage Larvadain C/O 2021 -
Liv-On guard : Alexzaye Johnson C/O 2022
Louisiana Elite guard : J.P Ricks C/O 2022
New Orleans Elite forward : Christopher Flippin C/O 2021
Louisiana Elite guard : Desmond Perkins C/O 2022
Virginia TE Coach Ricky Brumfield & Director Of Communications Jordan Arcement Talks About Recruiting Louisiana, Playing In The Orange Bowl, Getting The Cavaliers To The Top Of The ACC
New Orleans native Ricky Brumfield is going into his third season at Virginia after joining Bronco Mendenhall’s staff in January of 2018 as the program’s special teams coordinator. In July of 2020, Mendenhall announced that Brumfield would also serve as the tight ends coach.
Brumfield, who enters his 20th season as a collegiate coach in 2020. He started his coaching journey in 2001 at Union College where he was the special teams coordinator & WRs coach. In 2004 he moved on to Fairmont St where he would spend six seasons before going to Nicholls St in 2011. His next two stops would be to Western Kentucky & then to the University of Texas-San Antonio where he would coach under the legendary Frank Wilson.
The Thibodaux native Jordan Arcement is going into his third season at Virginia on the player personnel side as the director of communications for the team.
Florida St. RB Coach Dave Johnson Talks About Getting The Seminoles Back To Prominence, His Relationship With Leonard Fournette & Tyran Mathieu, Recruiting Louisiana Kids
David Johnson was named Florida State’s running backs coach and recruiting coordinator back in January after leaving the University of Tennessee. Johnson, who has spent the last two seasons at Tennessee, gets a chance to reunite with Dave Norvell after being the wide receivers coach on his Memphis staff in 2016 and 2017.
Before Memphis, Johnson spent four seasons on the Tulane staff as the running backs & Tight Ends coach under head coach Curtis Johnson.
Johnson got his first college coaching job at Millsaps College (Division III) back in 2005 where he spent three seasons at.
But it was in 1998 when Johnson started his coaching journey as offensive coordinator at his alma mater John F. Kennedy High School. He then joined the staff as the receivers coach at O. Perry Walker High School with McNeese St. head coach Frank Wilson & UL Ragin’ Cajun RB coach Jabbar Juluke.
Johnson coached Craig Davis, a first round pick by the San Diego Chargers in the 2007 draft along with Mike Wallace, who was drafted in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 draft.
In 2009, Johnson was hired at St. Augustine as head coach where he coached Tyran Mathieu & Leonard Fournette.
Johnson graduated from Nicholls St. & played receiver for the Colonels from 1991-1995. He was a two-time all-conference player his time there.
Coach Johnson did a zoom interview with G-Sportz about getting Florida St. back to prominence, his relationship with his former players Tyran Mathieu & Leonard Fournette, and so much more.
UL Ragin’ Cajuns RB Coach Jabbar Juluke Talks About His Coaching Journey, Impacting Young Men, & His End Game Before He Retires
New Orleans native Jabbar Juluke just finished his second season as Associate Head Coach/RBs Coach of the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns football staff.
Juluke was named the 2019 FootballScoop Running Backs Coach of the Year after leading Louisiana’s backs to the best rushing season in program history. His running back group broke school records in total rushing yards (3,604) and rushing touchdowns (42).
He had three running backs rush for over 800 yards led by Elijah Mitchell with 1,147 yards, Trey Ragas with 820 yards, & Raymond Calais with 886 yards along with getting drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 7th round.
Juluke has had stops at Louisiana Tech, LSU, & Texas Tech before arriving to Lafayette under head coach Billy Napier.
Before Juluke got into college, he was considered one of Louisiana’s top high school coaches during his time as head coach at Edna Karr High School. He compiled an 80-39 record that was capped by a perfect 14-0 mark and a Class 4A state title in 2012.
He also helped over 70 of his players earn college football scholarships during his head coaching career.
Coach Juluke did a zoom interview with G-Sportz about his coaching journey, impacting young men, & his end game before he retires.
When you think about some of the top tier receivers in the state for the 2021 class the names that come to mind are Brian Thomas, Chris Hilton, & Destyn Pazon. But Johnson is not far behind at all. He has good length and instincts to go with some tremendous hands. He has the ability to make a lot of difficult catches because of his strong hands, high level hand-eye coordination and ability to catch the ball through contact.
With the Booker T. Washington standout committing to Arizona, they land their third commitment from Louisiana in recent months. The other two were Holy Cross linebacker Kolbe Cage & De La Salle running back Montrell Johnson.
“I’m very excited about committing to Arizona & I feel real good about it,” Johnson said.
Arizona edged out Louisville, Mississippi St, Virginia, Missouri, Kansas, & a host of others.
The two sport athlete is coming off of an outstanding junior year on the gridiron. He finished the season with 836 yards receiving, 17 touchdowns (running & catching) & 1 interception that he returned back for a touchdown.
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