First year head coach Aaron Babin comes in after spending his last three seasons at Vandebilt Catholic as the offensive coordinator & before that he spent ten seasons as an assistant at his alma mater Central Lafourche. Babin is eager to getting this Gators program back to making the playoffs & competing for district championships.
"I know what it takes to build a complete program," Babin said. "Being a discipline team is where it starts at. If we can get these kids to do things the right way in the classroom & in the community then the football aspect will take care of itself. I feel like we have a good group of seniors that can lead this team back to the playoffs."
Here are some prospects for the Gators to keep an eye on this upcoming season.
(Sr.) ATH Javon Ricks is coming off of a terrific junior campaign finishing with 13 touchdowns from scrimmage. Ricks will be used in a variety of ways running the ball, receiving, & in the return game. He's a touchdown waiting to happen because of his twitchiness, speed & vision.
(Sr.) DB Dayne Robichaux will be the leader in the secondary for the second straight year. The two time all-district performer is a sure tackler & a ball hawk as well.
(Sr.) DL Kevin Brunet is physical at the point of attack & he has a big motor. He should have his share of big plays this season for that Gators defense.
(Jr.) OL Brooks Wunstell will add to a solid offensive line for the Gators. He's a tough nose gritty player that will help this offense a lot this season.
(Jr.) OL Logan Mallard is a nasty physical offensive lineman that most guys in the trenches doesn't want to face. After getting a lot of experience as a sophomore last year, Mallard should be an all-district performer by season's end.
(Jr.) DB Georsyn Neville brings more athleticism to the Gators secondary along with Robichaux. Displays good ball skills for a defensive back & he should have a chance to get his hands on a number of interceptions this season.
Thibodaux High head coach Chris Dugas is motivated after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2018. Hurricane Ida played a big part into the Tigers lack of success last year which caused some key starters to transfer out.
"I really like the way we've looked the last few weeks," Dugas said. "We have good leadership on both sides of the ball with Ean Rodrigue & Rashaad Jackson so that's a plus for us. We have some playmakers at our skill positions that we're excited about & we have really good quarterback play to get those guys the ball."
Here are some prospects for the Tigers to keep an eye on this upcoming season.
(Sr.) QB Ean Rodrigue is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the state. He's a true dual threat that has the ability to put a team on his back & get this Thibodaux team back to the playoffs. Rodrigue should be in for a big senior year.
(Sr.) ATH Demarcus Singleton will be the ultimate playmaker for the Tigers this year. Expect him to move around a lot playing running back & receiver so he can get the ball in his hands a variety of ways.
(Jr.) LB Rashaad Jackson is what every team needs on their defense. He loves to be physical in the run game & he can also play the pass because of his athleticism. Jackson is due for a breakout year for sure.
(Sr.) RB Jaylon Brown will make an impact for the Tigers as a return specialist & at running back. He has the ability to take it the distance anytime he touches the ball.
(Fresh.) WR Khyren Folse has a chance to be the next big time prospect to come out of Thibodaux. He will play a major role early on in his career & if he can get up to speed quickly, he can definitely make an impact in year one for the Tigers.
(Soph.) DB Lawrence Bangura
(Sr.) WR Ashton Jones
Other notable names to lookout for are (Soph.) OL Jaxon Granier, (Sr.) WR Owen Murillo, (Sr.) DB Kemon Folse, (Sr.) RB Kanye' Holmes, (Jr.) DL Jase Robertson.
Tommy Minton is going into his second year as Vandebilt Catholic's head football coach after leading the Terriers all the way to the semifinals in year one. Minton expressed he's very anxious to get the season underway because of a really good offseason & he has so many key pieces that's returning from last year's team.
"I like where we're at today, but of course I'm trying to make sure we're doing all the little things right," Minton said. "We have some really good talent on both sides of the ball & up front we have some guys that will definitely play D-1 football. And having a special talent like Jaylon Coleman in the backfield makes my job a little bit easier."
Here are some prospects for the Terriers to keep an eye on this upcoming season.
(Soph.) RB Jaylon Coleman returns after a spectacular freshman campaign of 1,105 yards rushing & 17 touchdowns. He earned himself 1st team all-state honors & district 8-4A MVP. Coleman also was phenomenal on that track as well placing second at the state meet with a time of 10.40 in the 100 meter dash. Expectations are high for Coleman this season & I see no reason why he won't cement himself as one of the best running backs in the state regardless of class. He currently holds offers from Texas A&M, Mississippi St, Florida Atlantic, & Southern.
(Jr.) TE Teddy Gawlik is somebody to definitely pay attention to this upcoming season. At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds Gawlik moves really well & he has the physicality that will cause a lot of matchup problems. He should have a big year & garner some attention from schools at season's end.
(Sr.) LB Jacob Fairchild is the quarterback of the defense no doubt about it. His ability to be physical, blitz, & run sideline to sideline makes him someone offensive coordinators will have to identify at all times.
(Sr.) DB Mason Ayo brings a lot of athleticism to this Terriers secondary. The coaches have been having high praises for Ayo & he has all the traits to put it all together in his senior year.
(Jr.) OL Carson Doiron was an all-district performer last year as a sophomore & he adds to an already good offensive line for the Terriers this season.
(Sr.) DB William King has a ton of experience so he's the veteran in the secondary & his instincts along with his IQ will put him position to make a lot of plays this season.
(Jr.) OL Landon Thibodaux returns after earning an all-district selection last year. He should have an even better output this season & make this group one of the more formidable offensive lines in 4A.
(Fresh.) OL Alex Hernandez is another young pup that the Terriers coaching staff are high on. He possesses the physical traits that you look for especially for his age. After Hernandez puts out some film this season he could start seeing some interests from schools as well.
Other notable names to lookout for are (Sr.) DB Jackson Parfait, (Sr.) WR Alexander Castell, (Soph.) RB Robert Sandolph.
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First year head coach Tyler Lewis is a little more than a week away from the first official game of the season versus South Terrebonne. Lewis comes in with 11 years of coaching experience with stints at his alma mater West St. John, Terrebonne, St. James, Houma Jr. High, & West Thibodaux Middle.
"It's no reason why Terrebonne can't be one of the best programs in 5A year in & year out," Lewis said. "We did a lot of things this past summer to build team chemistry because I know how big that is for a team when they have to face adversity throughout the season. We have a chance to be a good team right now with the talent we have, but talent alone won't get it done."
Here are some prospects for the Tigers to keep an eye on this upcoming season.
(Soph.) WR Quincey McKay returns after contributing last season as a freshman & look for him to be play a bigger role this year. At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds McKay is a big target that does a really good job of coming down with contested catches.
(Jr.) DL Talen Bingham will be the big man in the middle once again for the Tigers. Coming off of a 2nd team all-district year last season, look for the 6-foot-2, 300 pounder to be a key piece to how the Tigers perform on defense.
(Jr.) WR Kylan Billiot had a solid sophomore campaign last year & after a big offseason, he looks like he could be in for a stellar season. At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Billiot has the athleticism & playmaking ability to be a major impact player for the Tigers. He holds 2 offers from Nicholls St. & Southeastern University. Billiot also holds a basketball offer from Nicholls St.
(Jr.) RB Jayce Johnson will be the lead back this season & the Tigers coaching staff are excited to get him heavily involved on offense in a variety of ways running as well as catching the ball out of the backfield. He definitely showed flashes last season that he can be one of the Tigers best players on offense.
(Jr.) OL Shawn Pledger will be somebody the Tigers running backs would want to run behind if they want to have success. He'll make his presence felt for sure this season....
(Jr.) DE/LB Tydrick Stewart will be the leader on the defense & he'll be one of the better edge rushers in that 7-5A district this season. He should have an opportunity to get double digit sacks this year.
(Jr.) DB Kevon Garner is somebody the Tigers coaching staff is looking for to take that next step this season. Garner possesses good traits with fluid hips & speed which will bold well for him in a pass happy 7-5A district.
(Sr.) QB Kyrin Robinson is going into his third year as the Tigers starter behind center. Every year he's shown some progress & his ability to escape out of pressure because of his athleticism will give defenses a lot of problems. And with so many weapons on offense, Robinson should have his best season running & throwing.
Other notable names to pay attention to are (Sr.) WR Evan Oliver, (Sr.) LB Colby Jones, (Sr.) DB Greg Harding Jr.
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4-Star WR Khai Prean Commits To LSU
The No. 3 WR & No. 15 overall prospect in Louisiana according to 247Sports decided to call LSU home on Tuesday. The Tigers now have 21 commits for the 2023 class & their fourth receiver commit. The St. James High receiver currently holds over 20 plus offers & adding him to a stacked class will put the Tigers in the mix to finish with a top 5 recruiting class for sure.
“Committing now gives me a chance to relieve some stress so I can focus on my team & the season,” Prean said. “Being able to represent my home state & play with some of the best players in the country is special.”
For some months many believed that Auburn & Florida St were the front runners over the Tigers to land Prean. But over the last few weeks the Tigers staff made a tremendous impression on Prean & his family.
“My relationships with Coach Jordan (Arcement), Coach Hankton, & Coach Carter was different than the old staff,” he said. “It’s bigger than football with them & they make me confident that this somewhere I’ll be happy at.”
“Auburn was a school I was high on for a while because of my connection to Trovon Reed,” Prean said. “I visited up there a few times & I loved the atmosphere there. I really like what Auburn had to offer.”
At 6- feet, 190 pounds Prean possesses a unique skill set because of his experience playing running back & receiver. He’s also very dynamic as a return specialist which I see him making a impact for the Tigers when he arrives.
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Third year head coach Jesse Turner has had to endure a lot of adversity his first two seasons as head coach. Year one was Covid-19 & in year two it was hurricane Ida that caused major damages to their school forcing them to have to share a school with Terrebonne High for the rest of the year. Turner still was able to lead his program to two playoff births & he has high hopes for his program in year 3.
"One thing I've noticed about this year's team is that they're not taking anything for granted," Turner said. "The last two years we haven't been able to have a full season or even summer for that matter. Our kids have been bringing a lot of intensity day in & day out because they know any given day football can be taken from them. We still have some areas we can get better at but I really like this group & I'm excited to see us take that next step as a program this season."
Here are some prospects for the Patriots to keep an eye on this upcoming season.
(Sr.) WR Royal Williams has had the most production at the receiver position the last two seasons & he should continue that same trend this year. Williams is very dynamic in space & he's a problem as a return specialist as well. You can make a case that he's the best receiver in this 7-4A district.
(Sr.) OL/DL Zarontay Smith will be the heart & soul for the Patriots offensive line. He brings a lot of versatility being able to play anywhere on the line & he should be a 1st team all-district performer at season's end.
(Soph.) QB Kade Adkins showed flashes last season that he's capable of being the future at quarterback for the Patriots. With a ton of playmakers at the skill positions, Adkins should have a good year & throw for a lot of yards.
(Sr.) DB Brandon Harris is a 3 year starter & expectations are high for him in his senior year. He will be the leader on the backend & the Patriots secondary will go as far as Harris takes them. He has all the tools to be one of the best defensive backs in this 7-4A district.
(Sr.) WR Tamaj Vergin probably is the most talented skill player on the team. If he can put it all together in his senior year, this Patriots team could be very scary on offense. Vergin currently has 2 offers from Mississippi St & Alcorn St.
(Sr.) ATH Deviante Scott will be the leader of the Patriots defense this season. He'll be moved all over the field depending on the scheme each week, but expect Scott to lead the team in tackles & be the biggest impact player on the defense.
(Fresh.) WR Jaden Carter will make a difference for the Patriots offense in year 1. He's definitely somebody that coach Turner & his staff should be excited about for years to come. Carter is also a standout on the basketball court & track as well.
(Sr.) WR Tai Raymond will help the Patriots offense a lot this season after transferring over from Warren Easton High School in New Orleans. He will bring another dynamic to this Patriots receiving core for sure.
(Jr.) OL Terrell James is due for a breakout year. He has that tough nasty mentality you look for in the trenches & should have a chance to be an all-district performer at season's end.
(Soph.) DL Ahmad James should be arguably the Patriots best D-lineman this season. His twitchiness combined with his power should give a lot of offensive lineman problems this year. Comes from good genes with his brother who was a standout WR for the Patriots last season & signed to play at Louisiana Tech.
(Jr.) RB Xaviah Bryant will be the lead back this year for this offense. He had a ton of production last season & he will definitely be one of the Patriots homerun threats.
Other notable names to lookout for is (Fresh.) ATH Deonte Coler, (Sr.) DL Joe Holly, (Jr.) QB Trenton Raymond & (Sr.) DE Christian Falgout.
Last season the H.L Bourgeois Braves surprised some people going 6-4 overall & 4-2 in a tough 7-5A district along with a playoff birth. Sterling Washington was named interim head coach after hurricane Ida caused Twaski Anderson to resign & relocate. After an impressive season Washington had the interim tag removed.
"Last season we went through a lot because of the hurricane, but I didn't want to make any excuses for these kids," Washington said. "I wanted to bring real discipline to this program from the start because that's what these kids need. I coached a lot of these kid's dads & uncles so they already know what I'm about. When a kid's family know what you stand for it makes it a little easier to get buy in."
The Braves have a young talented group that Washington & his staff are very optimistic about. Here are some prospects for the Braves to keep an eye on this upcoming season.
(Soph.) RB Malik Miles will be the Braves lead back this season & for years to come. He can run between the tackles & does an excellent job of catching the ball out the backfield.
(Soph.) DL/OL Tyron Winslow started as a freshman last season & showed flashes that he could be a power 5 prospect when it's all said & done. At 6-foot-4, 265 pounds Winslow has all the tools to be a big time impact player this upcoming season.
(JR.) ATH Jacolby Harris will go both ways & with good reason because of his athleticism to go along with his playmaking ability. He should make a big impact on both sides off the ball this season.
(Soph.) OL Kentra Lacy will be the cornerstone of the Braves offensive line this season. At 6-foot-2, 270 pounds Lacy moves really well & will protect his quarterback's blindside this year.
(Jr.) WR Brody Hebert will be the Braves WR1 this season. The sure handed Hebert has a large catch radius & he should be one of the Braves impact skill players on offense.
(Sr.) QB Gavin Vordrick will be QB1 for the second straight season for the Braves. Vordrick is a very underrated QB in this 7-5A district. He is a big kid at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds with a strong arm & his ability to extend plays with his legs will give opposing defenses fits this season.
(Sr.) WR Dajuan Barrow could be the biggest sleeper of all the Braves when we look back at the end of the season. Barrow has been a standout basketball player the last two years, but decided to give football a shot in his last year. Barrow had a really good showing at Nicholls St. camp last month & he's impressed the Braves coaching staff all summer.
(Soph.) DB Riley Verdin is a really instinctive player that has a real knack for the football. The Braves should have a pretty good DB in the making these next three years if he continues to progress.
Other notable names to pay attention to for the Braves are (Jr.) CB La'Quan Johnson, (Sr.) ATH Quan Harris, (Sr.) DB J'Sean Johnson, & (Sr.) kicker Brody Bergeron.
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