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 →

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 →

LSU recruiting targets deciding late

LSU coaches will be on the edge of their seats Wednesday as several of their top targets are deciding their college choice. Here are key players the Tigers are wooing, including position, school, stars (out of five), national position ranking signing time, and the scoop on the player: Malachi Dupre: Wide receiver, … 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Signing Day the culmination of coaches’ Twitter mastery

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles leads his team onto the field prior to the first half of an SEC football game. Photo shot on Friday Nov. 23, 2012, in Fayetteville, Ark.. MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT / ONLINE OUT / NO SALES / TV OUT / FOREIGN OUT / LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT / GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT OUT / 225 OUT / 10/12 OUT / IN REGISTER OUT / LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT / MANDATORY CREDIT : THE ADVOCATE/BILL FEIG /

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 →

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 →

Set for LSU, Davon Godchaux still wanted to explore

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Plaquemine High School's Davon Godchaux during warm up before the game against St. Michael at the Louisiana Leadership Institute Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012.

Late Thursday night, a plane carrying Malachi Dupre, Kenny Young and Davon Godchaux touched down in Los Angeles for their final official visits. For a segment of LSU’s fan base, the trip induced tremors. Dupre, a wide receiver, and Young, a safety, are a John Curtis duo who double as vital targets in LSU’s recruiting … Continue reading →

East St. John DE Daren Williams commits back to Tulane

Advocate file photo by ANDREA MABRY -- East St. John's Daren Williams (9), Amani Martin (44), Darelle Means (37), and Andrew Weber (46) tackle Ivan Phipps of Archbishop Rummel  while Joel Runnebaum (54) of Rummel assists Phipps in September.

Getting Daren Williams on campus for the final recruiting weekend appears to have paid dividends for Tulane. Williams, a highly regarded defensive end from Reserve East St. John High, has switched his commitment back to the Green Wave from Kansas State, East St. John coach Phillip Banko said Monday. Williams, who committed to Tulane … Continue reading →

John Ehret’s Washington opts for Southern Miss

John Ehret receiver Jay’Shawn Washington committed to Southern Miss on Sunday morning after a visit over the weekend. “When I went up there and met all of the coaches, they welcomed me like family,” Washington said. “They are all about education first, and that was one of the main reasons I chose them. It’s about an hour … Continue reading →

Signing Day menu

If you want to party ... 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 … Continue reading →

Expanded ‘dead period’ puts rush on recruiting

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- John Curtis' Malachi Dupre

Try to keep up. Malachi Dupre’s journey began with an official visit to LSU on Jan. 17. Two days later, the highly recruited John Curtis receiver drove to Tuscaloosa, Ala., and visited Alabama. That weekend, he flew to Tallahassee, Fla., to check out Florida State. From there, he took a flight to Memphis, Tenn., … Continue reading →

For Sione Palelei, decommitting from LSU was tough — but right

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- East Ascension running back Sione Palelei (33) gains yardage on a play during the Spartans' game against St. Charles Catholic.

Early Friday morning, Sione Palelei dropped by East Ascension coach Paul Bourgeois’ office. The important topic: Party planning. That, at least, is how the Spartans coach wants his running back to treat National Signing Day. Surrounded by seniors, friends and family, the three-star running back will sign a faux letter of intent at a ceremony … Continue reading →

National Signing Day bashes in Louisiana

Advocate staff photo -- Participants at the 2013 Bayou Bash fill the Baton Rouge River Center as they keep an eye on recruits.

A look at National Signing Day parties across south Louisiana: 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 Tope (225-819-0128) for Gridiron Club membership … Continue reading →

LSU targeting eight prospects to complete recruiting class

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Kenny Young of John Curtis shouts with coach J.T. Curtis, Matrell McGraw and other teammates after Young was named MVP in their 32-0 win over University High in the Division II state championship Dec. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Five days before National Signing Day, LSU is targeting eight prospects for their signatures. This is the home stretch of, in some cases, what has been a three-year process of relationship building and constant courting of the state’s most talented players (John Curtis stars Malachi Dupre and Kenny Young). … Continue reading →

Keeping committed prospects a challenge for Tulane

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Tulane comes takes the field for the first half of the New Orleans Bowl.

Tulane’s football coaching staff remained intact when co-defensive coordinator Jon Sumrall rejected an offer to be the defensive coordinator at San Jose State earlier this week. Keeping the recruiting class intact has proven a little more challenging. With the Feb. 5 Signing Day approaching fast, the Green Wave has sustained two significant defensive line … Continue reading →

Dutchtown coach Benny Saia says Arkansas takes back offers

Advocate staff photos by ADAM LAUDutchtown’s Torrance Mosley outruns Sulphur’s Austin Land after catching a long touchdown pass in 2012.

Dutchtown High running back Torrance Mosley and wide receiver Corey McBride are suddenly looking for a college destination and Griffins coach Benny Saia is not happy about it. Saia said he received a call late Tuesday from University of Arkansas coaches informing him that the school did not plan to honor the commitments of … Continue reading →

Redemptorist athlete Russell Gage commits to LSU

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELDRedemptorist quarterback Russell Gage drops back to pass as Northlake Christian's Caleb Sampson rushes him during a game Nov. 15.

It’s fair to say that Redemptorist High Schools’s Russell Gage has been an LSU football fan for half of his life. On Wednesday, Gage did something most 18-year-old Tigers fans can only dream about: He committed to LSU. “This is something I dreamed about and prayed about for a while now,” Gage said. “I knew LSU … Continue reading →

Scotlandville’s Canty commits to Louisiana Tech

Deldrick Canty, Scotlandville defensive end

Some football recruits canceled or postponed visits to northern destinations last weekend because of winter storm issues. Scotlandville High defensive lineman Deldrick Canty took the opposite approach, and it paid off in a big way. Canty visited Louisiana Tech and wound up committing to the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Canty originally planned to take another … Continue reading →