Donaldsonville’s Leondre James commits to Tulane

Donaldsonville High School quarterback Leondre James committed to Tulane on Friday after attending a one-day camp hosted by the Green Wave at its practice facility.

The 6-foot, 175-pound senior-to-be is being recruited to play wide receiver. At Tulane, he’ll follow in the footsteps of former DHS teammate Devon Breaux, who will be a redshirt freshman receiver in the fall for the Green Wave.

“I’ve been playing football with him (Breaux) since I was 7,” James said. “The fact that he’s already here and doing well definitely influenced me.”

As a junior, James succeeded Breaux as the quarterback for the Class 3A Tigers. He threw for 1,742 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a sophomore, James was one of Breaux’s primary targets as a receiver. James earned All-Metro honors that year after catching 72 passes for 1,118 yards and seven TDs.

James said Tulane started recruiting him at the same time the school was recruiting Breaux.

“Tulane has been with me longer than the other schools recruiting me,” James said. “And I really like the school and the facilities.”

James, who said he has a 3.0 grade point average, plans to major in business management.

Signees, etc.

St. Amant basketball player Donald Leblanc and Zachary golfer Peyton McCulloch are among the latest Baton Rouge-area athletes to sign scholarships.

McCulloch signed with Nicholls State after leading all Baton Rouge golfers by tying for second at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Division I state tournament in Shreveport.

Leblanc, a two-time Class 5A All-State and All-Metro selection, signed with East Mississippi Community College located in Scooba, Miss. A 5-foot-10 guard, Leblanc averaged 15.5 points, 8.6 assists and 7.1 rebounds per game as a senior.

Coaching moves

Ascension Catholic has hired Brittany St. Pierre as its softball coach.

St. Pierre was an assistant coach at Riverside Academy, which finished as the Class 2A runner-up to John Curtis in the spring.

Also, Tara Shamsie has moved from being softball coach at False River Academy to be an assistant coach at Plaquemine.

Recent LSU graduate David Bayard, the offensive line coach for Catholic High, has accepted a graduate assistant coaching position at Northwestern State.


To date, The Advocate sports staff has received 15 football questionnaires for the fall season.

I’d like to thank all the coaches in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas who have taken the time to complete this task. But the bottom line is, we need to receive questionnaires for many more schools before we put together our high school football preview editions.

The deadline to submit a questionnaire is July 22. Our online questionnaire can be accessed at by going to the high schools page. Any coach who wants to receive a questionnaire printout to submit should contact Robin Fambrough at

Job openings

Live Oak seeks an assistant football coach who will also coach a second sport. Applicants must be certified to teach physical education, social studies, math or biology.

Call Athletic Director Vince Argrave at (225) 288-1311 or football coach Tut Musemeche at (225) 405-4728.

Catholic High seeks a nonfaculty offensive line coach. Applicants should contact Catholic Athletic Director J.P. Kelly at or by calling (225) 383-0397, extension 116.

University High seeks a nonfaculty assistant girls basketball coach. This is a paid position. Applicants must have previous coaching experience. Contact UHS coach Bonita Johnson at (225) 772-1633 or by email at

Belle Chasse seeks assistant football coaches, a head softball coach and head girls soccer coach. Applicants must be certified teachers. Send résumés to BCHS Principal Jemi Carlone at or call (504) 595-6600 for details.

Prep notables

University High tennis player Billie Rodman, who will compete in the girls singles 16-year-old division, also is among the Baton Rouge-area players competing in the Southern Closed Championships that began Saturday in Mobile, Ala.

Former Central linebacker Thomas Eddlemon has received the NAPA/Hokie Gajan Blue Collar Player of the Year Scholarship.

Eddlemon, who is set to play at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., was honored in a ceremony at Walk-On’s restaurant.