Baker slated to sign with SU

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Southern University Jaguars wide receiver Lee Doss (2) rubs Southern University Jaguars interim head coach Dawson Odums' head after they won the Bayou Classic.
Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Southern University Jaguars wide receiver Lee Doss (2) rubs Southern University Jaguars interim head coach Dawson Odums' head after they won the Bayou Classic.

Erstwhile LSU commitment Chuck Baker tops the list of players expected to sign with new Southern football coach Dawson Odums on Wednesday.

Baker committed to LSU nearly a year ago, but the sides parted ways soon after Baker completed his senior season.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound receiver is listed as a three-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and 24/7Sports; and ESPN ranks him as the No. 205 recruit in the nation.

Other prospects planning to sign with Southern include Higgins defensive lineman Gerald Brent, St. Augustine offensive lineman Damian Daniels, Peabody defensive lineman Mikale Jenkins, Breaux Bridge athlete Randall Menard, De La Salle defensive back Danshawn Jenkins, Tioga running back/linebacker Deaquame Varra, Ouachita offensive lineman Reggie Smith and Mandeville defensive back Jamar Mitchell.

Varra, 6-foot, 220 pounds, ran for 939 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine games last fall, helping Tioga to a 5-5 finish.

Menard played wide receiver, defensive back and returned punts and kicks at Breaux Bridge, but Bulldogs coach Paul Broussard said he expects him to play defensive back in college.

At East Feliciana, wide receiver/defensive back Trent Anio will sign with Southern when he joins LSU-bound teammate Kendell Beckweth for a 9 a.m. signing ceremony.

Anio had 41 catches for 627 yards and nine touchdowns as a receiver last fall, and as a defensive back/defensive end he registered 32 tackles, five sacks and one interception.

East Feliciana coach Cedric Anderson expects Anio to play free safety in college.

Southern also expects to get signatures from West St. John’s Kylum Favorite, Justin Bethancourt and Javen Toney, who committed to the Jaguars after a recruiting visit in mid-January.

Odums will have at least one signee from Southern Lab and could have two.

Lab quarterback Deonte Shorts, the District 7-1A MVP after passing for 2,315 yards and 31 touchdowns and rushing for 675 yards as a senior, will choose between the Jaguars and rival Grambling during a 2:30 p.m. signing ceremony at the school. If he chooses to stay home, he would join Lab punter Murphy Nash III, a Southern commitment.

Nash averaged 44.7 yards on 31 punts as a junior in 2011, when he earned first-team Class 1A all-state honors.

Three prospects in Southern’s signing class have already enrolled in classes: LSU transfer Corey White, South Alabama transfer Dionte McDuffy, and Blake Monroe from Jirah Prep in Matthews, N.C.

White came out of Capitol High in 2011 listed as a four-star recruit by Rivals.