The 6-5 295 pound offensive tackle made it official on last week by giving his pledge to the Arkansas Razorbacks. Rathcke wasted no time realizing where he wanted to spend his next 3-4 years after getting offered by the Razorbacks on his visit October 27th. “One of the main things that stood out to me about Arkansas was the people,” Rathcke said. “I loved seeing how well the coaching staff works together & how genuine they are. The whole staff is very organized & the facilities are amazing there.” Arkansas gets it’s second commitment from a Louisiana prospect in the last two weeks after 4 star cornerback Devin Bush committed to the Razorbacks on his official visit this past weekend.
The 3 star offensive tackle has continued to take his game to another level each year, which led to a number of schools offering after his junior year. “I’ve been blessed to have great coaches & trainers from youth football all the way to high school,” Rathcke said. “They all taught me a great foundation. I’ve never had a offseason & each year I set new goals for myself. After every season I watched film on myself to see what I was weak at & then I would focus on that for the upcoming season.” Rathcke currently holds offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Colorado St, Tulane, Southern Miss, UAB, & a host of others.
Rathcke is one of many from University Lab that will be taking their talents to a power 5 school come next fall. Most notable (Jordan Clark - Arizona St, Christian Harris - Texas A&M, Michael Hollins - Virginia, Byron Constantin- Clemson, Makiya Tongue - Georgia). “Going to U-High was best decision me & my family could’ve ever made,” Rathcke said. “The people at U-High are amazing educators & coach Mahaffey demands your best on & off the field. We produce a lot of talent & college coaches know there’s always going to be talent here. I really owe my success & all the exposure I’ve gotten to U-High.”
Rathcke possesses NFL size already & it’s going to be interesting to see how much bigger this kid gets once he gets to Fayetteville. “My biggest goal when I get to Arkansas is to get bigger in the weight room,” Rathcke said. “I can’t wait to use those facilities so I can work with coach Carroll to get stronger & faster. Coach Carroll told my parents that they won’t recognize me in 5 months.” And with three senior offensive lineman leaving after this year, Rathcke will have all the opportunity in the world to play as a true freshman & contribute.
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Destrehan showed why they are regarded as one of the better programs in the state after an impressive 49-20 win over a undefeated Terrebonne team.
The Wildcats came into the game trying to secure the school’s 21st district championship in the history, but head coach Stephen Robicheaux made it clear that a 5A state championship is really what his team is out to get. Destrehan 5 star running back John Emery put his imprint on the game finishing with 179 all purpose yards & 3 touchdowns. Destrehan quarterback Harold Blood was probably more impressive than Emery finishing the game 15-16 for 239 passing yards & 5 total touchdowns. The Wildcats only punted once the whole game, which came with less than two minutes left to go in the game. Destrehan goes into the playoffs as the #2 seed & will host Hammond in the 1st round of the playoffs.
Terrebonne was handed their first loss on the season, but senior running back Chaz Ward was the lone bright spot finishing the game with 153 yards rushing, 2 rushing touchdowns, & 1 receiving touchdown. The Tigers go into the playoffs as the #7 seed & will host Chalmette in the 1st round of the playoffs. If Terrebonne & Destrehan both win the first two rounds, both will meet up again in the quarterfinals.
This game lived up to all the hype & then some. Between the pregame festivities & the actual game, I’m sure folks got their money’s worth on this night. Karr pulled out a gritty win over arch rival Warren Easton 21-20 after stopping Eagles quarterback Lance Legendre on a 2 point conversion try with 48 seconds left in the game.
Karr started the game off hot going up 13-0 in the 1st quarter but Easton would answer back when running back Ashaad Clayton took it 33 yards for a touchdown cutting the lead to 13-7 in the 2nd quarter. Warren Easton would eventually take the lead in the 4th after Ashaad Clayton took another run 96 yards for a touchdown to put his team 14-13 with 11:33 left in the game.
Karr running back Ronnie Jackson would put his team back up after a touchdown from 2 yards out to go up 19-14. Easton shot themselves in the foot after the ball would go over their punter’s head out the back of the end zone for a safety. Karr would go up 21-14 with 6:13 left in the game & ultimately would be the nail in the coffin.
Karr has beaten Warren Easton 10 out of the last 11 times they’ve faced off & I think it’s safe to say we’ll see another rematch between these two stellar programs in the Super Dome December 8th.
Ronnie Jackson made it official this past weekend committing to the University of Texas-San Antonio. The talented senior is one of the better running backs throughout the state & it’s no doubt that head coach Frank Wilson understands the significance of landing a player of Jackson’s caliber. “Coach Wilson & his staff made me feel welcomed,” Jackson said. “The UTSA program reminds me of Karr so much & that was big to me. I feel like this is a place where I could succeed on & off the field.”
Jackson was very sought after by many programs, but ultimately UTSA made the biggest impression on him of them all. The senior running back currently holds offers from Kentucky, Kansas, Southern Mississippi, Houston, ULL, & many more. Jackson emphasized about how he was thankful to receive a scholarship from any school let alone multiple schools. “I’m blessed to be in the position to be able to go to college for free,” Jackson said. “I get a chance to escape the rough streets of New Orleans & go do what I love to do. When I step on the field I just let out all the stuff that I’ve been through, that’s why I play so hard like that.”
Yet again, the Edna Karr program sends another student athlete to play on the next level. It’s evident that Jackson has been impacted in so many ways since he set foot on 3332 Huntlee Drive. “I thank the Edna Karr program a lot,” Jackson said. “I don’t know where I would be in life right now if it wasn’t for Karr. Being at Karr changed me because I was a bad child running around Algiers getting into trouble all the time. Coach Brice, coach Nick, & all the other coaches have done so much for me on & off the field that they are the reason why I went from being a bad kid to “Action Jackson”. I don’t take for granted how much this program has impacted me as a young man & I’m going to use these same values when I get to college.”
Jackson is set to lead Karr to another state championship with the playoffs approaching. This season, the senior running back has 1,064 yards rushing & 13 touchdowns. In his junior year, Jackson finished the year with 1,127 yards & 27 touchdowns. Jackson makes a living punishing defenders, especially when he gets to the second level. His violent running style is the reason why he has accounted for 40 touchdowns the last two years. UTSA seems to be the best situation for Jackson, & it’s no doubt coach Frank Wilson will get this kid to reach his full potential on and off the field.
Over the last 8 years Edna Karr football is arguably the most premier program in the state of Louisiana. It’s safe to say they are on their way to becoming the face of the boot, if they haven’t already. From the famous “rock entrance” going viral on social media almost every Friday, to playing in the state championship 7 out of the last 8 years, winning 3 state championships in the last 8 years including back to back (2016 & 2017), to 119 kids signing scholarships on signing day in the last 11 years have put this program in elite company in this state’s history. Also, since 2008 Edna Karr has the most power 5 signees in the state with 20.
It’s been amazing to see the evolution of this program year to year. 23-1 in the last 2 years has been nothing short of fantastic & this team seems to be in great position to win a state championship for the 3rd consecutive year. Head coach Brice Brown & his staff has made it a point of emphasis to their players to not dwell on repeating as state champs and just to trust the process. After getting a inside look into what goes on behind the scenes, it gives you a pretty good perspective to why this program has been so successful.
On Thursday, Edna Karr will take on district rival Warren Easton who is ranked #1 in 4A. Many believe Warren Easton is the only team in the state that can dethrone the Cougars from repeating again this year. It’s no secret Warren Easton has what it takes to not only beat Karr for the district championship, but to hold that trophy up in the dome come December.
With so many former Edna Karr players & coaches on the staff for Warren Easton, it has made the storyline for this game very interesting to say the least. This has become one of the better rivalries throughout the state over the last few years, & I expect a hell of a game on Thursday night in Behrman stadium.
Amite secured the district championship on Friday by beating archrival St. Helena 50-18 in front of a pack crowd. The Warriors looked very impressive from the opening kickoff scoring 23 unanswered points to start the game & forcing 3 turnovers.
Amite quarterback Amani Gilmore *Kentucky commit* was spectacular on the night throwing for 184 yards & 2 touchdowns to go with 141 yards rushing & 2 touchdowns. It was evident that the Warriors had the more talented team on Friday night & they showed all the signs to be ready for a deep playoff run. Amite running back Corey McKnight made his presence known throughout the whole game finishing with a 103 yards rushing & 2 touchdowns. Cam Henderson was a matchup nightmare at receiver finishing with 2 receiving touchdowns & his counterpart Devonta Lee showed his versatility finishing the game with an interception & a rushing touchdown.
Amite looks like they have all the tools to be able to win class 2A this season, & I would like to think they will be the favorite going into the playoffs in a few weeks. Seniors Ishmael Sopsher (#1 ranked DT), Devonta Lee (#7 ranked ATH), Amani Gilmore, Cam Henderson, & Kyle Maxwell seem to be laser focused to get a state championship back to Amite, which hasn’t happened since 2004. With the Warriors being one of the most talented teams in the state regardless of class, it’s going to be interesting to see how it all will unfold come playoff time.
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4 star defensive back Devin Bush left the University of Virginia throughly impressed after this weekend on his first official visit. Coach Mendenhall & his staff did an outstanding job hosting Bush & his parents throughout the weekend, giving the 4 star prospect a lot to think about going forward. “It felt like home as soon as I got off the plane,” Bush said. “I really enjoyed spending time in the meetings with coach Howell just paying attention to how he moves around & interacts with his players.”
With Bush having so many major power 5 offers, many were shocked that Virginia was able to get the talented New Orleans native on campus for an official visit. Virginia has been invading the boot as of late offering some of the state’s premier prospects & spending a lot of time at some of the schools of these prospects. The Louisiana charge is led by coach Ricky Brumfield (New Orleans native) & regional scout Jordan Arcement. “I felt so comfortable with all of the coaches & players that it made me feel like we had been knowing each other,” Bush said. “Me & my parents got to even go ride horses, which was a nice experience. Virginia definitely left a big impression on me & my family. I feel this program has all the tangibles it take to provide me with a great education & put me in position to go to the league.” Virginia made an even better case for themselves after beating #16 ranked Miami on the weekend & improving their record to 4-2 on the season.
Bush is set to take his next official visit to the University of Arkansas November 10th when they take on home state school LSU. The Arkansas program has been making a heavy push for the 4 star prospect hoping they can land yet another New Orleans native to their roster. All in all it seems Virginia has a hell of a chance to land Bush, & if they do this could entice University High talented 3 star running back Michael Hollins to commit to the Cavaliers as well. Hollins went on an official visit to Virginia earlier this month & has the Cavalier program as one of his favorites.
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