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 →

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 →

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 →