The Advocate’s Super Dozen for 2013

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUUniversity High's Tim Williams brings down Loranger's Miguel Toefield.
Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAUUniversity High's Tim Williams brings down Loranger's Miguel Toefield.

KENDELL BECKWITH

ATH, 6-3, 225, East Feliciana

Committed to LSU

Rankings: No. 41 ESPN, No. 68 24/7 Sports, No. 92 Rivals, No. 138 Scout

Stars: 4 (all services)

Noteworthy: Class 3A All-State defensive MVP. … Played in Under Armour All-American Game. … Invited to The Opening, a showcase event for elite prospects, last July. … In 10 games had 79 tackles (21 TFLs) including 16 sacks, three FR, two FF. Threw for more than 1,200 yards at quarterback. … Could play defensive end or linebacker in college.

JOSH BOUTTE

OG, 6-4, 305, Westgate

Committed to LSU

Rankings: No. 111 24/7 Sports, No. 116 Rivals, No. 162 Scout

Stars: 4 (24/7 Sports, Rivals, Scout), 3 (ESPN)

Noteworthy: Played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl. … Big, physical prospect capable of dominating opposing defenders. … Has good first step despite size. … Needs to improve pass protection, making first-year redshirt a strong possibility. … Recorded 23 knockdowns in a game with St. Thomas More in September.

JERYL BRAZIL

CB, 5-10, 184, Loranger

Committed to LSU

Rankings: No. 60 ESPN, No. 143 24/7 Sports No. 193 Rivals, No. 194 Scout

Stars: 4 (all)

Noteworthy: Class 3A All-State selection as an athlete. … Played in Under Armour All-America Game. … Participated in The Opening. … Possesses athleticism to be a slot receiver or cover corner but is likely to wind up in secondary. … One of the earliest commitments of the Les Miles era, pledging to LSU in July 2011, decommitted briefly but rejoined class and has helped Tigers recruit others.

JEREMY CUTRER

S, 6-2, 180, Jewel Sumner

Committed to LSU

Rankings: No. 177 Rivals, No. 195 24/7 Sports, No. 243 Scout

Stars: 4 (all services)

Noteworthy: Class 3A All-State selection. … Played in Semper Fidelis All-American Game. … A tough, physical player even though a bit lean. … Not afraid to deal a blow in the open field. … Needs to work on grades, bulk and agility, which likely will keep him off the field as a true freshman.

JOHN DIARSE

ATH, 6-0, 210, Neville

Committed to LSU

Rankings: No. 164 24/7 Sports, No. 197 Scout, No. 223 ESPN, No. 232 Rivals

Stars: 4 (all services)

Noteworthy: Named Louisiana’s Mr. Football for 2012. ... Played QB, earning Class 4A All-State offensive MVP and team MVP honors in 4A state title game. In 29-22 loss to Karr in state-title game, Diarse accounted for 299 of Neville’s 361 yards (148 yards rushing, 151 passing, two total TDs). … Played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl. ,,, Was 93 of 150 passing, 1,637 yards, 18 TDs, three INTs. Rushed 136 times for 1,259 yards, 20 TDs.e_SClBSTANDISH DOBARD

TE, 6-4, 245, Karr

Committed to Miami

Rankings: No. 136 ESPN, No. 202 Scout

Stars: 4 (ESPN, Scout), 3 (24/7 Sports, Rivals)

Noteworthy: All-State performer for Class 4A state champions. … Has prototypical tight end size and frame. … Excellent combination of blocker and pass catcher, though his hands have drawn criticism. … Can improve crispness of his route running but has lots of upside.

NOEL ELLIS

CB, 5-10, 170, Karr

Committed to Texas A&M

Rankings: No. 206 ESPN, No. 215 Rivals

Stars: 4 (all services)

Noteworthy: All-State performer for Class 4A state champions. … Played in Under Armour All-America Game. … Participated in The Opening and Gridiron Kings elite prospect events. … Possesses the speed and swivel hips needed to play tight man coverage, but lacks size.

RICKEY JEFFERSON

WR, 6-0, 190, Destrehan

Committed to LSU

Rankings: No. 193 Scout, No. 204 ESPN, No. 205 Rivals

Stars: 4 (all services)

Noteworthy: Younger brother of former LSU QB Jordan Jefferson. … Led Destrehan with 36 catches (five for touchdowns) for 562 yards. … Also played some running back. … Earned honorable mention Class 5A All-State honors. … Excels in gaining yards after the catch and separating from defenders.

MELVIN JONES

LB, 6-3, 245, Washington-Marion

Committed to LSU

Rankings: No. 171 24/7 Sports, No. 176 Scout

Stars: 4 (24/7 Sports, Scout), 3 (ESPN, Rivals)

Noteworthy: Class 4A All-State selection. … Recorded 80-plus tackles as a senior. … Brought a dominant, physical presence to QB spot for Washington-Marion, but raw passing skills make him a sure defensive prospect in college. Hard hitter as a MLB, possessing good tackling skills and speed.

DESEAN SMITH

TE, 6-4, 225, Barbe

Committed to LSU

Rankings: No. 68 Rivals, No. 133 24/7 Sports, No. 141 ESPN, No. 241 Scout

Stars: 4 (all services)

Noteworthy: Class 5A All-State. … Played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl. … Played WR in high school but projects as a tight end in college. … As a senior caught for 815 yards and 11 touchdowns. … Noted for his hands and ability to gain yards after the catch. Needs to improve his ability to defeat defenders at the line of scrimmage.

TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE

CB, 5-11, 170, Green Oaks

Committed to LSU

Rankings: No. 9 24/7 Sports, No. 18 Rivals, No. 58 Scout, No. 186 ESPN

Stars: 5 (24/7 Sports, Rivals), 4 (ESPN, Scout)

Noteworthy: No. 1 prospect in Louisiana according 24/7, Rivals and Scout. … Wowed observers at U.S. Army All-American Bowl with two big kick returns in the game and a pick six of LSU signee Hayden Rettig in practice. ... Class 3A All-State selection. … Lacks size but makes up for that with quickness and ability to close expertly on receivers.

TIM WILLIAMS

DE, 6-4, 230, University

Committed to Alabama

Rankings: No. 36 ESPN, No. 73 24/7 Sports, No. 113 Rivals, No. 167 Scout

Stars: 4 (all services)

Noteworthy: No. 1 prospect in Louisiana according to ESPN. … USA Today Second Team All-American. … Class 2A All-State selection. … Played in Under Armour All-American Game. … A bit undersized for a college DE but possesses explosive quickness and will chase down plenty of ball carriers.