Louisiana had five prospects that was selected to compete in this year’s Under Armour All-American game. It would have been six if Destrehan’s John Emery wouldn’t have pulled out because of an injury.
This 2019 class for Louisiana is one of most talented in recent years. The #1 defensive tackle in country Ishmael Sopsher has been a topic all week in Orlando. Many of the coaches here have been raving about Sopsher’s ability & that he has a great chance to be a first round pick one day.
The Amite prospect is a few weeks away from making his decision on where he’ll spend his next three to four years. It’s evident that one of Sopsher’s priority is to play college football with his older brother Rodney Sopsher who attends Southwest Junior College in Mississippi. LSU & Texas A&M are the only two schools that have offered the older brother Rodney Sopsher at the moment. LSU defensive line coach Dennis Johnson & coach Orgeron’s relationship with Sopsher is key here. They’ve done a good job building a relationship with Sopsher’s parents as well over the last year or so.
I’d be a little surprised if LSU doesn’t land the 5-star prospect, but I wouldn’t all the way rule out Jimbo Fisher at A&M until he actually signs on the dotted line.
Amite 4-star athlete Devonta Lee is another highly touted prospect that remains unsigned. Coach Orgeron has stated on many occasions that they were only taking two receivers in the 2019 class & Lee was a priority for this class. Kentwood’s Trey Palmer already signed his national letter of intent in December, which only leaves one spot left in this class. Lee took an official visit to Kentucky last month with his high school teammate Amani Gilmore who has already signed with Wildcats. The Kentucky visit went way better than expected & Lee is very intrigued with the direction of the program along with the possibility of catching passes from his high school quarterback in college.
Playing both ways is another factor that could sway Lee as well. He has stated on a number of occasions that he wants to play receiver & safety on the next level. It’s no doubt in my mind that the 4-star athlete can be an elite player on either side of the ball. Jimbo Fisher & his staff have been doing everything in their power to get Lee to College Station the next three to four years. I’d like to think that Texas A&M has a better shot to land Lee than most people think. These next few weeks is pivotal for LSU to make sure Lee doesn’t get out of the state with his official visit coming in the next few weeks.
John Ehret 4-star linebacker Donte’ Starks has looked terrific all week during the practices showing why he’s one of the best linebackers in the country. Starks signed his national letter of intent to LSU during the early signing period. Many of the LSU coaching staff believe Starks will be the next Devin White & when you watch this kid play you’ll see why.
Bryton Constantin signed his national letter of intent to Clemson & he’s expressed how excited he is to go play under defensive coordinator Brent Venables. The talented prospect from University High has displayed his athletic ability & high football IQ throughout the practices all week. Constantin will be used a variety of different ways at Clemson, because of his versatility & athletic ability.
Cornerback Jordan Clark (Son of former NFL Safety Ryan Clark) from University High rounds out the Louisiana kids participating this week for the Under Armour game. Clark is arguably the most technically sound cornerback in Orlando this week. The 4-star cornerback infectious personality & football mind has rubbed off on many of the players this week indeed. Clark will be competing in the PAC-12 at Arizona St. under head coach Herm Edwards.
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