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 staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums talks to his players before kickoff against Grambling in the 41st annual Bayou Classic, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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 →

Southern Lab’s Veal rated among nation’s top QBs

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  Southern Lab sophomore quarterback Bladrick Vea passed for more than 2,600 yards with 23 touchdowns last season.

Southern Lab High School quarterback Bladrick Veal’s sophomore season was all about learning to play football — his junior is about proving he understands it. After a freshman season that saw Veal on the opposite end of passes as a wide receiver, a process he described as frustrating, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound dual-threat quarterback is confident … Continue reading →

Ascension Catholic’s Delmond Landry commits to UL-Lafayette

Delmond Landry wasn’t sure what to expect when he was called into coach Mark Hudspeth’s office Saturday during Louisiana-Lafayette’s football camp. But soon the Ascension Catholic defensive lineman got a scholarship offer from Hudspeth — one he eagerly accepted. “We talked for a while,” Landry said, “and then (Hudspeth) offered me a scholarship and I accepted.” The 6-foot-4, … Continue reading →

John Curtis’ Hunter Dale commits to Nebraska

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- After intercepting a pass, Hunter Dale of John Curtis shakes off D'Vante Dotson of University High during second quarter of the Division II state championship game.

Hunter Dale has been playing football and baseball for as long as he can remember. To this day, the John Curtis senior has yet to quite figure out which of the two sports he likes the best. “I don’t know, just whichever one I am playing at the time is the one I like the most,” … Continue reading →

Central’s Terrell Chatman commits to Miami

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Central wide receiver Terrell Chatman

Central High wide receiver Terrell Chatman has committed to the University of Miami. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder participated in several notable camps this summer, including those at LSU and Mississippi State, and he received more than 10 scholarship offers before committing to the Hurricanes after visiting the school last weekend. “He committed … Continue reading →

QB Danny Cameron bound for Indiana

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD --Catholic quarterback Danny Cameron completed 23 of 44 passes for 344 yards and six touchdowns.

Danny Cameron, the former Catholic High quarterback and the son of LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, is bound for Indiana. Catholic High football coach Dale Weiner said he was told Tuesday that Cameron was set to sign with the Hoosiers. The Bloomington (Ind.) Daily News published a story saying Cameron planned to enroll where his father served … Continue reading →

Port Allen lineman Marcus Keyes commits to Louisiana-Lafayette

Finding a place that feels like home when you’re away from home is a challenge for many high school seniors seeking the right college. Port Allen High offensive lineman Marcus Keyes considers himself to be one of the lucky ones. That’s why the 6-foot-5, 260-pound senior-to-be committed to Louisiana-Lafayette on Monday. “When I visited there, I felt at … Continue reading →

College recruiting: Next promise could be paycheck

FILE - In this July 24, 2013, file photo, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany speaks at a news conference during the Big Ten conference football media day in Chicago. Delany, who testified Friday, June 20, 2014, in a landmark antitrust suit brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and others, said the idea of paying players goes against the entire college experience and he couldn't see league members agreeing to it. If players were allowed to be paid, he says his conference likely would cease to exist and the Rose Bowl probably would not be played.  (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

OAKLAND, Calif. — They come calling with promises of a good education, a chance to play on television and some of the best facilities that money can buy. There may come a time, though, when recruiters chasing the best high school football and basketball players offer something else: a nice paycheck to take with them … Continue reading →

Rummel DL Briston Guidry commits to MSU

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 … Continue reading →

Catholic High RB Derrius Guice commits to LSU

Advocate file photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Catholic's Derrius Guice earned Class 5A all-state and all-metro honors after rushing for 1,101 yards and 13 touchdowns in an injury-shortened season.

Catholic High running back Derrius Guice has committed to LSU, multiple recruiting services reported Saturday. Guice, a 6-foot, 210-pound, four-star prospect, is ranked the third-best player in the 2015 class and the 10th-best running back nationally, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings. Guice is currently suspended from the Catholic High football team, though he could be … Continue reading →

LSU commitment list

Nick Brossette, RB, 6-0, 205, Baton Rouge (University) Jevonte Domond, OL, 6-6, 300, Glendale, Ariz. (Glendale CC) Blake Ferguson, LS, 6-1, 235, Buford, Ga. (Buford) Jazz Ferguson, WR, 6-5, … Continue reading →

CB Shenall commits to Tulane

Cornerback Taris Shenall was part of a resurrection at Marrero John Ehret High School last season. After committing to Tulane this week, he noted the same progression with the Green Wave. John Ehret improved from 0-9 in 2012 to 9-3 district champion in 2013 under second-year coach Corey Lambert, reaching the Class 5A state playoffs and … Continue reading →

Warren Easton’s Jeremie Francis commits to Tulane

Tulane hasn’t had to leave the borders of its own city to build most of its foundation for the 2015 football recruiting class. On Tuesday, the Green Wave landed its fourth commitment, and third from New Orleans, when Jeremie Francis pledged to coach Curtis Johnson. The defensive back from Warren Easton High School took a visit to … Continue reading →