The Advocate’s Super Dozen: Another bumper crop of football recruits, but this one looks historic

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Rummel's Kristian Fulton

Any time someone asks Hank Tierney why Louisiana high school football is so good, the Ponchatoula coach thinks back to a day in May 2014. Hundreds of fans packed into a stadium ahead of Ponchatoula’s spring game. A Georgia Tech assistant coach, then recruiting Tierney’s quarterback, was in town. He looked around at the surroundings and … Continue reading →

Rummel RB Israel Tucker finds instant match with Louisana Tech

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA --   Rummel's Israel Tucker runs the ball against Covington on Sept. 12 at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie.

Seventeen months ago, Israel Tucker’s football future was up in the air. A torn ACL ended the Rummel running back’s senior during the jamboree, ending a promising campaign before it could even begin. However, Tucker’s resiliency led a bounce-back senior season, an appearance in the Division I state championship and, now, a future in college football. Tucker … Continue reading →

LSU Football

Four highly ranked uncommitted prospects headline LSU’s official visit list for the weekend

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Rummel's Kristian Fulton

Rummel cornerback Kristian Fulton is expecting something “way different” on his visit to LSU next weekend, he says. What exactly? He has some idea. “When you go on a regular visit, you go to football (operations) and chill with coaches,” said Fulton, the third-best player in the state for 2016. “At LSU, they take you around Baton Rouge, … Continue reading →

Donaldsonville’s Stephen Sullivan commits to LSU

Advocate photo by BRIAN ROBERTS -- Donaldsonville wide receiver Stephen Sullivan catches a pass during warm ups at the Donaldsonville High School game  Nov. 5.

DONALDSONVILLE — There were speeches and a highlight reel that displayed what Donaldsonville High wide receiver Stephen Sullivan did as a senior football player. After about 30 minutes, the crowd assembled at the Donaldsonville High commons area Saturday night got its chance. Friends, teammates, coaches and family members erupted into cheers when Sullivan reached into … Continue reading →

Donaldsonville’s Stephen Sullivan commits to LSU

Advocate photo by BRIAN ROBERTS -- Donaldsonville wide receiver Stephen Sullivan catches a pass during warm ups at the Donaldsonville High School game  Nov. 5.

Donaldsonville High wide receiver Stephen Sullivan gave LSU an Christmas present a day late. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Sullivan announced he was committing to LSU during a news conference at the school on Saturday afternoon. A four-star recruit, Sullivan is listed as Louisiana’s No. 8 player in the Class of 2016 by 247 sports. He is rated … Continue reading →

Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. commits to Syracuse

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Lindsey Scott, who threw 33 touchdown passes and five interceptions in leading Zachary to the Class 5A state championship, will visit LSU on the final weekend in January.

It’s no secret that Zachary High quarterback Lindsey Scott Jr. is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in Louisiana. Where Scott might end up playing college football was a point of debate until Monday. Scott committed to Syracuse coach Scott Shafer, ending a whirlwind recruiting process that included Orange offensive coordinator Tim Lester’s visit … Continue reading →

Southern Lab’s Jonard Robinson commits to Tulane

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern Lab's Jonard Robinson chases a loose ball snapped over the head of Madison Prep's Malcolm Roach during a two point conversion attempt by Madison Prep.

Jonard Robinson’s familiarity with Tulane can be traced back to his New Orleans roots. Until his family moved to Baton Rouge, Robinson was always loyal to his hometown. Now, he’ll be returning to play his college football. Robinson, a four-year starter at cornerback for Southern Lab, committed to Tulane after being on hand for the Green Wave’s 45-31 … Continue reading →

Catholic-New Iberia tackle Wyatt Richthofen commits to Tulane

Catholic-New Iberia's Wyatt Richthofen

The groundwork had been laid by Tulane with Catholic-New Iberia offensive tackle Wyatt Richthofen for nearly the past two years. With annual appearances at the Green Wave’s summer camp, Richthofen not only jumped on the radar of the coaching staff, but the 6-foot-5, 305-pounder became increasingly attracted to the school and charm of New Orleans. Halfway into his … Continue reading →

Brusly offensive lineman Akkai Ward pledges to Cajuns

Brusly senior offensive lineman Akkai Ward had every intention of leaving Louisiana-Lafayette’s campus with a scholarship offer in hand from the Ragin’ Cajuns in an on-going recruiting process. With each step from the school’s indoor practice facility to the nearby parking lot Ward’s mind started to wander. By the time he joined his mother for the hour-long … Continue reading →

St. James QB Lowell Narcisse commits to Auburn

Advocate staff photo by ROD WALKER -- St. James quarterback Lowell Narcisse is interviewed after announcing his commitment to Auburn on July 27, 2015, in Vacherie. At left is his mother, Stacy Narcisse. At right is his girlfriend, Niya Ross.

VACHERIE — The birthday party was for Lowell Narcisse. But the gift went to Auburn. More than 300 people crammed into the multi-purpose building in Vacherie to celebrate one of the nation’s top quarterback’s 17th birthday, but more importantly, to see where the St. James junior would play his college ball. … Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette football lands 4 commitments for Class of 2016

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football program aims to make its recruiting camps productive, and it came out of last week’s sessions with four new commitments for its 2016 recruiting class. Demar’ren Mitchell, Tanner Holmes, Kendall Baker and Jacques Boudreaux verbally committed to the Cajuns this weekend, bringing the Cajuns’ total of public commitments … Continue reading →

Cajuns count on camps for football recruits

LAFAYETTE — It may seem like summer is an off time for football coaches and players alike, but for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette staff, that time is incredibly important for finding the next batch of athletes. And with the sustained success the program has enjoyed in the past four years, … Continue reading →

McDonogh 35’s Sci Martin, Jamal Crawford commit to Tulane

McDonogh 35 football players, from left, Jamal Crawford, Darius May and Sci Martin have committed to Tulane.

Tulane football fans wanting to get a glimpse of the Green Wave’s future may want to make their way to a few McDonogh 35 football games this fall. The Green Wave picked up two more commitments from McDonogh 35 on Tuesday when standout defensive end Sci Martin and nose guard/center Jamal Crawford committed. “I just loved … Continue reading →

Teurlings quarterback Cole Kelley pledges to Arkansas

Advocate staff photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- Teurlings Catholic quarterback Cole Kelley on committing to Arkansas: 'My mom and I went up this weekend, and I didn’t really plan on committing or anything. But it was just such a great experience that I decided to get it out of the way.'

Teurlings Catholic junior quarterback Cole Kelley committed to Arkansas on Saturday after visiting the campus this weekend. Kelley is a three-star pocket passer, according to and also had offers from Colorado State, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss and Tulane. “My mom and I went up this weekend, and I didn’t really plan … Continue reading →

State College Signees

Louisiana Tech Rhashid Bonnette, WR, 6-0, 160, Loreauville HS Jordan Bradford, DT, 6-2, 270, St. Stanislaus HS, Bay St. Louis, Miss. Brandon Brinson, DE, 6-3, 220, Ellender HS, Houma Jaqwis Dancy, RB, 5-11, 190, Junction City (Ark.) HS … Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area signing ceremonies

Advocate file photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- West Feliciana's Jazz Ferguson runs away from Tioga's Tay Jackson on his way to a touchdown on Sept. 3 in Bains.

8 a.m. — Ascension Catholic: DE Delmond Landry (Southwest Mississippi JC). 8 a.m. — West Feliciana, WR Jazz Ferguson (LSU); DB Ryan Reed (Northwestern State). 8:15 a.m. — Plaquemine: ATH D’Morea Wicks (Air Force); OL Kevin Dotson (University of Louisiana at Lafayette); OL/DL Kenny Dotson (Nicholls State); TE Joe Keller (Nicholls State); OL Jodeci Harris (Southern). 9 a.m. … Continue reading →

The Advocate’s 2015 Super Dozen: Louisiana’s top high school football recruits

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --University fullback Nick Brossette tries to stiff arm Parkview Baptist cornerback KJ Drummer in the Division II championship game of the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Prep Classic Division II State Championship game on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The class is especially loaded at running back, with a pair of star backs from Baton Rouge in Derrius Guice (Catholic) and Nicholas Brossette (University). Guice and Brossette are considered to be two of the nation’s best backs. Throw in fullback David Ducre (Lakeshore), and the depth of the class at the position is even deeper. … Continue reading →

Walker: Recruiting process is a blessing — but for athletes’ parents, it can also be a bear

Advocate file photo by ANDREA MABRY -- Gerald Willis stands with his mother, April Justin, and sister, Gerrah Willis, before signing with Florida last year. Justin now hosts 'Momma Knows Best,' a summit she started to educate parents about the recruiting process.

So you think the recruiting process is stressful for high school athletes? Try being a parent. Just ask Monique Jason, the mother of St. Augustine standout receiver Stanley Morgan. Shespent plenty of time with Google figuring it all out. “I’d be up until 4 or 5 in the morning on the computer looking up … Continue reading →

National Signing Day: recruiting bashes for LSU, Southern, Tulane, UL-Lafayette, state schools

Key information on recruiting bashes across the state: LSU WHEN: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday WHERE: L’Auberge Casino Hotel ON THE PROGRAM: LSU coach Les Miles will talk about the Tigers’ latest class at 5 p.m. COST: $150; $1,500 for table of 10; free admission at 4:30 p.m. MORE INFORMATION: Call Tom Breaux at (225) 806-2884 Continue reading →

Riverdale's Donte Jackson on picking LSU: 'Prayed about it ... all signs pointed to' Tigers

Advocate staff photo by RUSTY COSTANZA --  Riverdale High School's Donte Jackson, left, eludes the grasp of Grace King High School's Leronta Butler, right, during a football game at Joe Yenni Stadium in Metairie on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

The first time Riverdale coach Brett Bonnafons saw film of Donte Jackson was during Jackson’s sophomore year. He was so impressed that his initial two-word reaction isn’t suitable to be printed. But it took college coaches a tad bit longer to see what all of the fuss was about this kid Bonnafons was bragging … Continue reading →

Newman athlete Jay Tyler commits to Stanford

Newman's Jay Tyler

Jay Tyler almost had to pinch himself when Stanford assistant coach Pete Alamar came to Newman School on Wednesday and offered a scholarship. “The only thing I could think of was it was a dream come true,” said Tyler, who committed to the Cardinal on Wednesday night. “I have been wanting to attend Stanford since middle … Continue reading →

West Monroe’s John Washington commits to Tulane

Tulane players take the field before their game against Rutgers on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Although Tulane commitment John Washington flew under the radar in recruiting circles, his high school coach expects him to excel in New Orleans. Washington, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive tackle from West Monroe, committed earlier this week after taking an official visit last weekend. He chose Tulane over Louisiana Tech. “He worked hard in the … Continue reading →

Dunham’s Jyron Walker commits to Penn

The Dunham School’s Jyron Walker became the second Baton Rouge football player to commit to an Ivy League school over the last three days. Walker committed to Penn during a weekend visit to the Philadelphia-based school. “I went up there with the idea that I’d probably commit,” Walker said. “I have a great relationship with … Continue reading →

Tyron Johnson commits to LSU

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Tyron Johnson of Warren Easton

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — LSU reeled in Louisiana’s big fish — again. Warren Easton receiver Tyron Johnson, the state’s composite No. 1 ranked prospect, committed to the Tigers on Friday at halftime of the Under Armour All-American Game. Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 191-pound five-star from New Orleans, chose the Tigers over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in a nationally televised … Continue reading →

Newman’s Kendall Bussey commits to Tennessee

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR -- Newman running back Kendall Bussey

Kendall Bussey first fell in love with the University of Tennessee when he visited the Knoxville campus six or seven years ago running track in the junior Olympics. Bussey is headed back to the Tennessee campus again: this time as a running back. Bussey, a senior at Newman High School, verbally committed to the … Continue reading →

Southern brings recruits to campus

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums talks to his players before kickoff against Grambling in the Bayou Classic on Nov. 29 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Now that the season has ended, Southern football coach Dawson Odums and his staff can focus on building next year’s team. The Jaguars are expecting somewhere from seven to 10 prospects to visit campus as they ramp up their recruiting efforts this week. Though Southern came up short in its quest to win a second consecutive … Continue reading →

Salmen’s Kalani Brown signs with Baylor

Salmen's Kalani Brown committed to play basketball at Baylor University.

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey knows a thing or two about landing dominant post players. It was just a few short years ago when she signed highly-touted 6-foot-8 center Brittney Griner, now starring in the WNBA. Add Salmen’s 6-foot-6 Kalani Brown to the list. Brown, rated the top center in the nation in the … Continue reading →

Nick Brossette among recruits expected to visit LSU on Saturday

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKUniversity High's Matt Lasalle, left, and Reuel Walker, right, celebrate Nick Brossette scored a touchdowns against  Port Allen earlier this month. Brossette's 130 career rushing touchdowns rank No. 9 nationally.

A week ago after having eyes for the Irish on the recruiting trail University High running back and LSU commitment Nicholas Brossette will enjoy all the comforts of home this weekend. Brossette, who visited Notre Dame officially last weekend, is part of a large group of unofficial visits scheduled to attend Saturday’s LSU-Kentucky game at Tiger … Continue reading →

Plaquemine’s Kevin Dotson commits to UL-Lafayette

Plaquemine High offensive linemen Kenvin Dotson

Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth probably figured his team would be responsible for all the big plays during a Saturday scrimmage. That was before Plaquemine High offensive lineman Kevin Dotson made a play of his own, committing the Cajuns moments before the scrimmage. “They were out stretching before the scrimmage, and I went out … Continue reading →

Parkview Baptist’s Houston Robert commits to Rice

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- Parkview Baptist's Houston Robert

Parkview Baptist running back Houston Robert doesn’t mind improvising on the field or changing positions. Those factors made it easy for the 6-foot, 180-pound senior to commit to Rice University on Tuesday. “My dad and I took a visit there over the weekend, and we were just blown away,” Robert said. “The facilities are … Continue reading →