David Ducre, Jazz Ferguson commit to LSU

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTONLakeshore running back David Ducre participates in the Lakeshore 7 on 7 tournament at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville on June 22.
Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTONLakeshore running back David Ducre participates in the Lakeshore 7 on 7 tournament at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville on June 22.

LSU’s 2015 commitment class received a boost Wednesday — a double dose.

Lakeshore High School’s David Ducre, the No. 1-ranked fullback in the nation, and West Feliciana receiver Jazz Ferguson, a four-star prospect, both committed to the Tigers on Wednesday morning.

Those two nonbinding verbal pledges gave LSU nine commits for the 2015 class and catapulted the group to No. 1 in the nation in 24/7 Sports’ composite team rankings.

No other team has more than nine commitments.

Ducre and Ferguson both attended Boys from the Boot last weekend, an unofficial visit mostly for in-state juniors that LSU hosts.

They were offered scholarships at the camp and both called LSU coaches Wednesday morning to commit.

Ferguson, a 6-foot-5, 205-pounder, is ranked as the No. 21 receiver in the nation according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.

He’s a speedy, sure-handed and versatile player who runs a 4.51-second 40-yard dash, said West Feliciana coach Robb Odom.

“That’s fast. He’s a very, very talented athlete,” Odum said. “Does every sport at this school except baseball and he was a hell of a baseball player in middle school.”

Ferguson has been offered by Miami, Mississippi State and Ole Miss and is being recruited by Alabama, Texas A&M and Florida State.

Ducre, a 6-foot, 230-pounder from Mandeville, is a three-star prospect who’s been offered by only small colleges so far, but most Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference schools are recruiting him, said Lakeshore coach Craig James.

“They’ve all contacted him and all been doing their research,” James said. “LSU was really the first one to offer. Wouldn’t be surprised if people go after him (now). He’s set in his commitment.”

Ferguson is a versatile player. He’s played cornerback, safety, outside linebacker, receiver, quarterback and running back. LSU offered him as a receiver.

Ferguson had 34 catches for 605 yards and caught six touchdowns this past season. Ferguson is averaging 16 points a game in basketball.

Older brother Jay, a linebacker/defensive end, signed with Louisiana Tech earlier this month.

Ferguson went to Odom this morning and asked to be removed temporarily from a class so he could call coach Les Miles and commit.

“Being able to go there (LSU) means a lot,” Ferguson said. “I grew up following them. My dad has always been a big fan. I decided why not go ahead and commit now.”

Ducre is the thick-framed fullback Miles has targeted in the past for his I-formation, run-heavy offensive scheme.

He’s 230 pounds but could fill out to as much as 255 pounds, James said.

“He has a skill set that’s a little more than a fullback,” James said. “He’s got the size and downhill running ability. He’s got great top-end speed to match the physical characteristics of a fullback.”

How much speed? James used Ducre as his top running back in Lakeshore’s spread system. He ran for about 800 yards and 13 touchdowns while playing only about half of the season fully healthy. He had a nagging high ankle sprain in the first half of the year.

Ducre served as a goal-line standout on either side of the ball.

James used him in short yardage on offense and on defense. He played linebacker when teams’ crept inside the 5-yard line.

“He’s a thick kid,” James said. “He doesn’t have an ounce of fat on him.”

Ferguson and Ducre, just like the other seven LSU commits for 2015, can make their non-binding pledges binding next February on National Signing Day.

They’ve joined what’s shaping up to be a star-studded 2015 crew just a couple of weeks after LSU signed the consensus No. 2-ranked class in the nation.

LSU has commits for 2015 from the nation’s No. 1 recruit in cornerback Kevin Toliver II, the third-ranked offensive lineman in the nation, Maea Teuhema, and two four-star local players — University High running back Nick Brossette and Central High safety Kevin Henry.

LSU offered six players scholarships after the Boys from the Boot, said Shea Dixon, recruiting reporter for Geaux247.

Four of them have now committed: Ducre, Ferguson, 2015 defensive end Isaiah Washington from Edna Karr and 2016 receiver Stephen Sullivan of Donaldsonville.

The two who have not committed but were offered Saturday are 2016 prospects: Rummel cornerback Kristian Fulton and John Curtis offensive lineman Willie Allen.

So what now for LSU?

Dixon said the staff is after several offensive tackles, a key spot for LSU’s 2015 signing class. New offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is recruiting nationally and has offered a host of tackles already.

The Tigers are also targeting two highly rated in-state players who are uncommitted: Catholic running back Derrius Guice and Warren Easton receiver Tyron Johnson.

Robin Fambrough contributed to this report.