University guard Brumfield commits to play for LSU

Garrett Brumfield has played his entire high school career on the LSU campus.

Saturday, he apparently decided to stay for college, too.

The highly sought-after
University High offensive guard became LSU’s ninth commitment for the Class of 2014 when he gave his pledge to LSU, according to 24/7 Sports and Rivals.com.

One of the top players in Louisiana in a deep year for in-state talent, Brumfield (6-foot-4, 285 pounds) is ranked No. 98 on the initial ESPN 150 for 2014. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 107 prospect according to 24/7 Sports and is ranked No. 131 by Rivals and No. 238 by Scout.

Brumfield was one of dozens of top-level recruits who attended Saturday’s LSU Spring Game.

Among those also watching were St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette, who last week was named the nation’s No. 1 prospect for 2014 by ESPN, and Brumfield’s teammate, eighth-grader Dylan Moses. Moses has already received
offers from LSU, Alabama and several other schools.

Linebacker Clifton Garrett from Plainfield (Ill.) South, a five-star prospect according to 24/7 Sports, was in attendance, as was John Curtis wide receiver Malachi Dupre (No. 29 on the 2014 ESPN 150) and Barbe wide
receiver Trey Quinn (No. 39 on the ESPN 150).

Three players already committed to LSU for 2014 were also watching: offensive guard Will Clapp of Brother Martin, athlete prospect Devin Voorhies of Woodville (Miss.) Wilkinson and Houston Alief Taylor
cornerback Chris Hardeman.

Several of LSU’s 2013 signees were also on hand, including Loranger cornerback Jeryl
Brazil
, Lindale (Ga.) Pepperell offensive guard Andy Dodd, Hinds (Miss.) Community College wide receiver Quantavius Leslie and Ruston Cedar Creek offensive guard K.J. Malone.

Malone’s father, basketball Hall of Famer Karl Malone, was also on the sidelines.

Where will Barrow go?

Linebacker Lamin Barrow worked strictly at the weakside linebacker spot Saturday with the White team, piling up seven tackles. But the senior from John Ehret said there’s still a chance he winds up playing middle linebacker this fall.

“I’ve been moving back and forth in practice, so you never know,” Barrow said. “We have to go to (fall) camp and see what happens.”

Junior D.J. Welter, considered the other top candidate for the middle linebacker spot, had two tackles Saturday for the White team.

Dural’s big day

Why was Travin Dural smiling so broadly after Saturday’s Spring Game?

The 45-yard touchdown pass he caught from Stephen Rivers in the third quarter had a lot to do with it, but mostly it was just the chance to be back on the field in a competitive situation for the first time in more than a year.

“I don’t think anyone could be more excited than I was,” Dural said. “I was too excited. It’s been over a year since I played football, and my heart was beating so fast. But after a couple of plays, the jitters were gone.”

The former Breaux Bridge High standout had a promising freshman season brought to an end even before it could begin last season with an August knee injury. A redshirt season followed before he again began to show that same promise in spring practice.

“It feels real good,” Dural said. “I kind of had my doubts about how I would come back. But after this, I have a pretty good feeling about the fall.”

Dural also had a chance to field punts as well Saturday, though no returns were allowed.

The Ego Show

Defensive tackle Ego Ferguson has followed a pretty consistent routine this spring.

“Film study,” Ferguson said. “I’ve been watching film constantly. Wake up, go to class, and watch film. Eat, come back and watch film. Just film, film, film. I’m trying to get in and correct my mistakes.”

Ferguson looked pretty mistake free Saturday. His seven tackles were tied for the second most behind defensive end Danielle Hunter, who had eight.

What’s the plan for the offseason?

More film study, Ferguson said.

“I’m pretty sure every player on the D-line needs to be in the film room every day.”

Center of attention

Freshman Ethan Pocic, a mid-term enrollee in January, started at center for the White Team in place of injured Elliott Porter and made an impression on coach Les Miles.

“To think that a guy who was a true freshman here in January started the spring game at center and handled it pretty well,” Miles said. “We’ll be fine when Elliott Porter returns, but I have no problem playing Ethan Pocic in a game of significance.”

Pocic was one of eight early enrollees this semester, a list that includes quarterbacks Anthony Jennings (8 of 21, 98 yards) and Hayden Rettig (0 of 4).

Early enrollee Logan Stokes, a junior college transfer, had three catches for 13 yards for the Purple team, while Christian LaCouture had four tackles for the Purple at defensive tackle (Miles said he will play end this fall).

Receivers John Diarse of Monroe Neville and Anthony Peterson (younger brother of former LSU All-American Patrick Peterson) were thrown passes but didn’t record a catch.

Advocate sportswriter Matthew Harris contributed to this report.