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 →

McKinley offensive lineman Keeyon Smart commits to Tulane

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- McKinley's Keeyon Smart wins the battle for a loose ball and scores against East Ascension on Tuesday at EAHS.  McKinley won 51-48.

Tulane received its third commitment for the 2015 class and second in the past two days when offensive lineman Keeyon Smart of McKinley committed to the Green Wave on Wednesday. Smart's commitment comes less than 24 hours after three-star defensive tackle Brian Webb committed to Tulane, providing a potential boost to its defensive line. Smart, who … Continue reading →

By Scott Kushner Tulane didn’t have to go far to land its second football commitment for the 2015 signing class. But it had to get through plenty of competition along the way. Brian Webb, rated a three-star defensive tackle prospect from New Orleans’ Miller-McCoy Academy pledged to the Green Wave on Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve … Continue reading →

Tulane gets commitment from Warren Easton’s Devin Glenn

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Warren Easton's Devin Glenn tries to avoid the tackle of East Jefferson's Edgar Jackson during a kickoff return in the Class 5A playoffs Nov. 29 at Yenni Stadium in Metairie.

It takes risks to earn responsibility, and when Warren Easton athlete Devin Glenn became the first commitment to the Tulane’s 2015 football recruiting class, he was rewarded for his faith. The 5-foot-8, 180-pounder didn’t wait around to collect offers or take a whirlwind tour across the country to find what he was looking for. Instead, the New Orleans … Continue reading →

Landry-Walker’s Tyree Griffin commits to Oklahoma State

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK Landry-Walker's Tyree Griffin goes out to collect the player of the game trophy after his team's victory against East Jefferson in the Class 4A final Saturday in Lake Charles.

There were some colleges (well, actually most colleges) who thought Landry-Walker point guard Tyree Griffin wasn’t quite tall enough. But the 5-foot-10 Griffin never saw that as a problem. “If you have heart, you can play in any conference,” Griffin said. Griffin committed to Oklahoma State on Thursday. He had originally committed … Continue reading →

Warren Easton’s Deshawn Capers-Smith commits to Texas A&M

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Warren Easton's quarterback Deshawn Capers-Smith has no where to run as he loses four yards where East Jefferson's Hakeem Poche sacks him at Yenni Stadium  in Metairie, La. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 during state playoffs action.

Warren Easton’s Deshawn Capers-Smith verbally committed to Texas A&M over the weekend. Capers-Smith (6-foot, 175 pounds) lined up at quarterback, receiver, cornerback and on special teams for Easton, helping the Eagles to a 10-3 record and the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs. Easton coach Tony Hull said he expects Capers-Smith to play defensive back … Continue reading →

Eighth-grade quarterback from Texas commits to LSU for 2018

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Zadock Dinkelmann, an eighth-grade quarterback from Texas and the nephew of Ty Detmer, has committed to LSU for the Class of 2018. Dinkelmann, 14, gave his nonbinding verbal pledge to offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Friday, said Detmer, the former Heisman Trophy quarterback for Brigham Young. Dinkelmann, a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder from near San Antonio, has not … Continue reading →

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.

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 … Continue reading →

LSU gets commitment from Karr defensive end Isaiah Washington

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Kavahra Holmes (36) and teammates celebrate with Mike the Tiger mascot after the second half of the Outback Bowl. LSU won 21-14.

Karr High School defensive end Isaiah Washington committed to LSU on Saturday, his high school coach confirmed. Washington, a three-star prospect ranked as the No. 26 weakside defensive end in the nation, made a nonbinding verbal pledge to the Tigers during the Boys from the Boot, a camp for the state’s top juniors hosted by LSU. … Continue reading →

LSU’s 2015 recruiting class is off to a fast start

Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- University High's Nick Brossette runs past Parkview Baptist defender Alex Ginn during a Division II playoff game Nov. 29. Brossette, a 2015 LSU commitment, rushed for 2,188 yards this season.

After it was all over, Frank Wilson returned to the LSU coaches’ meeting room, dubbed the “war room” on signing day. In the center is a 20-seat table. On the wall is a giant projection screen on which LSU recruiting targets had announced their decisions live on television earlier in the day. There is also a dry-erase … Continue reading →

Notebook: John Curtis players head to the Pac-12

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- JT Curtis, far right, emcees signing day at John Curtis which included Malachi Dupree, who picked LSU,  and Kenny Young who will attend UCLA Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

For the next three or four years, they’ll be archrivals far, far away. But for one last time Wednesday, Kenny Young, Terrance Alexander and Mattrell McGraw were John Curtis teammates as they signed their National Letters of Intent with UCLA, Stanford and Oregon, respectively. “There’s already some trash-talking,” McGraw said. “But we all love each other and we’re … Continue reading →

Dutchtown standouts happy to end up at TCU

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Dutchtown's Torrance Mosley breaks away from Destrehan defender Malcolm Darensbourgh during a Class 5A playoff game. Mosley and Dutchtown teammate Corey McBride signed to play at TCU this fall.

The past eight days have been a roller-coaster ride for Dutchtown High’s Torrance Mosley and Corey McBride. Signing with TCU on Wednesday offered an emotional high. It also was more than enough to put the Griffins duo back on track to fulfill their dreams of playing football at a Division I school. “I have to thank … Continue reading →

Nicholls State rediscovers Baton Rouge football

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKAMcKinley  running back Tyrone Scott fights for extra yardage against Northeast in a jamboree game last season.

Believe in the power of 10? Nicholls State football coach Charlie Stubbs does. And why not? The Colonels’ 2014 signing class includes 10 players from the Baton Rouge area, the most local players among Louisiana’s state colleges. “We consider Baton Rouge to be an important part of our recruiting area,” Stubbs said. “Every year, we’ve chipped … Continue reading →

Notebook: John Curtis players head to the Pac-12

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- JT Curtis, far right, emcees signing day at John Curtis which included Malachi Dupree, who picked LSU,  and Kenny Young who will attend UCLA Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

For the next three or four years, they’ll be archrivals far, far away. But for one last time Wednesday, Kenny Young, Terrance Alexander and Mattrell McGraw were John Curtis teammates as they signed their National Letters of Intent with UCLA, Stanford and Oregon, respectively. “There’s already some trash-talking,” McGraw said. “But we all love each other and we’re … Continue reading →

2014 National Signing Day Updates: Baton Rouge Area

Advocate Photo by JOHN OUBRE --  Woodlawn's Cameron Lazare is brought down by Central's Craig Jones after catching a pass.

Signing day updates and lists 6:08 p.m. Grambling Ryan Moore, OL, 6-1, 270, New Orleans (St. Augustine) DeVante Brown, OL, 6-3, 270, New Iberia (Westgate) Devohn Lindsey, WR, 6-3, 200, North Little Rock, Ark. Charlie Payne, DE, 6-1, 265, LaPlace (East St. John) De’Vante Davis, WR, 6-3, 190, Maurice (Kaplan) … Continue reading →

Signing Day menu

A look at National Signing Day parties Wednesday across south Louisiana: LSU TIME: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (coach Les Miles at 5:30 p.m.) WHERE: L’Auberge Casino Event Center ADMISSION: Table for 10 for $1,500-$2,000, or Gridiron Club membership ($350) SPONSOR: RobinsonBrothers.com/Tiger Gridiron Club INFORMATION: Call Ed Fisher (225-767-7699) for table availability or Beth … Continue reading →

Signing Day the culmination of coaches’ Twitter mastery

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles leads the Tigers onto the field before a game. The Southeastern Conference released its 12-year schedule of cross-divisional rotating opponents Monday.

Recruiting is the lifeline of college coaches, and with teenagers using social media like Twitter to communicate, some football staffs have pushed the boundaries of NCAA regulations to reach top high school recruits. National Signing Day is Wednesday and the stakes are high. The NCAA allows schools to confirm they’re recruiting a specific unsigned prospect, but … Continue reading →

Cajuns pick up two late commits

LAFAYETTE — A pair of late commitments have increased the number of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s possible 2014 football signing class to 22. Scout.com reported Monday that LaDarius Kidd, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive lineman from Harrison Central High in Gulfport, Miss, had committed to the Cajuns. The scouting service also reported that … Continue reading →

Tulane hoping to beat K-State

All eyes at Tulane will be on the fax machine around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday when East St. John defensive end Daren Williams participates in a signing ceremony at his school. Williams will choose between Tulane and Kansas State, but that might be the only drama for the Green Wave on National Signing Day as the Green Wave’s … Continue reading →

Southern football commitments

Southern commitments Bryan Anderson: safety, Edna Karr, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds Cordelral Cook: quarterback, Stone Mountain (Ga.), 6-1, 190 Malcolm Crockett: running back, Pitt, 5-10, 205 Jarrad Hayes: quarterback, Central, 6-0, 180 … Continue reading →

Jaguars enjoying recruiting head start

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Southern coach Dawson Odums: 'We think this is going to be a good (recruiting) class. If we get 19 or 20 of the 24 (players offered scholarships), it will be a great class.'

Southern has a good head start on its football recruiting class. And coach Dawson Odums sounds like he’s expecting good news to roll in when scholarship papers start arriving at Southern Wednesday morning. The Jaguars have offered scholarships to 24 players, and Odums said he’s hopeful of landing about 19. Eight of those players are transfers already … Continue reading →