National Signing Day is still 20 months away for football players in the Class of 2016.
But that didn’t stop Rummel defensive lineman Briston Guidry from committing to Mississippi State on Wednesday.
“I just wanted to get it over with so I can focus on my academics and Rummel football,” said Guidry, who will be a junior in the fall. “I’m solid on my decision. I loved the coaching staff. They have great team chemistry and the academics and all of that.”
The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Guidry also has scholarship offers from Louisville, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Southern Mississippi.
As a sophomore, he recorded 73 tackles to go with his 23 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, and an interception to help lead Rummel to the Division I championship.
“He is a big physical, strong kid that runs well,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said. “He intercepted a pass, blocked a kick. He is just a big-time playmaker.”
Guidry plays mostly at defensive end but also plays tackle at times. He said he doesn’t have a preference.
“To me it doesn’t matter,” he said. “I think I play both pretty well.”
If Guidry signs with Mississippi State in 2016, he would join former Rummel quarterback Damian Williams, who just finished his freshman season for the Bulldogs.
But he still has two more seasons at Rummel and has set the bar high after being named to the Class 5A All-State team as a sophomore.
LHSAA/Saints to partner
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association announced recently that it has renewed its partnership with the New Orleans Saints, who will again be recognized as the title sponsor for its 2014 New Orleans Saints — LHSAA Game of the Week program.
It is the seventh year of the program, which will have 15 schools never featured before.
“As always, we try to offer to our high school football fans across Louisiana a bit of variety in our Game of the Week lineup predominantly in terms of school size and location,” said LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson in a statement.
The New Orleans Saints-LHSAA Game of the Week will be broadcast live in HD across Louisiana to about 1.6 million households on Fox Sports New Orleans and 1.3 million households on Fox Sports New Orleans Plus when pre-empted by the New Orleans Pelicans. The game may also be broadcast on FOX Sports Southwest, which reaches more than 10 million homes in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
In addition to the traditional 7 p.m. game kickoff, a pregame show will air beginning at 6:30 p.m. weekly.
The first game of the season will feature West St. John at St. James on Thursday, Sept. 4, and subsequent games will air each week thereafter on Thursday nights with the exception of Week 9’s game highlighting Warren Easton at Landry-Walker, which will be played on Friday, Oct. 31 because of the New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers NFL game on Oct. 30.
Those two games are the only ones during the regular season featuring New Orleans area teams.
Higgins forward in Top 100
Melvin Frazier, a 6-7 small forward at Higgins, is ranked the No. 68 player in the nation in the most recent ESPN rankings for the Class of 2015.
Frazier averaged 12.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks this season. He helped the Canes reach the Class 5A quarterfinals where they lost to St. Augustine.
Higgins finished 28-5 and ranked No. 5 in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10.
Frazier’s list of scholarship offers include LSU, Arkansas, Houston, Memphis, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and UTEP.
He was one of three players with Louisiana ties in ESPN’s rankings.
LSU commitment Ben Simmons, a 6-9 power forward at MontverdeAcademy (Fla), is ranked the No. 2 player in the class.
Madison Prep’s Brandon Sampson, a 6-4 shooting guard, is ranked No. 38.
Stewart Combine on Saturday
The Kordell Stewart Football Combine will be held Saturday at John Ehret High School.
High school players (grades 8-12) will start at 9 a.m. and end at noon, while athletes in grades 4-7 will have their session from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost is $50 for grades 4-8 and $75 for grades 9-12.
To register, go to www.halftimesports.net or call (770) 751-6674.