Southern making headway with football recruits

The Southern football team has reaped the benefits of what a productive signing class can provide for a football program.

The Jaguars have received major contributions from true freshman wide receiver Randall Menard, who has 315 yards and four touchdowns this season; running back Kylum Favorite, who is third on the team with 145 rushing yards; and Blake Monroe, who started the first three games of the season at safety.

Additionally, Southern brought in former LSU commitment Chuck Baker and signed Southern Lab standout quarterback Deonte Shorts — players who are both redshirting this season.

Now, the Jaguars coaching staff is hot on the recruiting trail again. Southern has landed two prospects so far for the 2014 class: quarterback Cordelral Cook of Stone Mountain High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., and defensive back Bryan Anderson of Edna Karr High.

Cook, a 6-foot-1 dual-threat prospect, is a three-star prosepct, according to ESPN. He has completed 108 of 185 passes for 1,711 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Cook has also rushed for 551 yards.

“I committed to Southern on Oct. 26,” he said. “I spoke with (offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Chennis) Berry, and he was just real excited when I told him I wanted to commit. Coach (Dawson) Odums was also on the phone, and he feels like (Southern) will be a good place for me.”

Although Cook has not visited Southern’s campus, he’s hopeful to do so this weekend or in January.

“He’s a quiet leader,” Stone Mountain coach Dante Ferguson added. “He leads by example. (He) can both throw it and run it very well.”

For Anderson (6-foot-1, 200), The Bluff felt right for the safety prospect when he visited the school for its homecoming contest Oct. 26 against Alcorn State.

“Out of all the schools that offered me, when I visited Southern’s campus, I just liked it the most,” said Anderson, who chose Southern over scholarship offers from Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Grambling. “I felt at home with Southern.”

Anderson has six interceptions on the year and has made some special plays once he gets his hands on the ball.

“Bryan is a big-time talent,” Edna Karr coach Nathaniel Jones added. “Southern’s really getting a great player. Bryan is a general on the field. He’s a smart, intelligent player. I would pin a lot of my success in the locker room on Bryan and his leadership.”