Kansas makes big recruiting waves in metro New Orleans with 2018 class

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JaMarr Chase

JaMarr Chase (#1) scores one of his four touchdowns in Rummel’s season-opening win against University Lab at Joe Yenni Stadium (File Photo: Bill Arthurs).

College football fans in Louisiana, more specifically LSU faithful, have endured Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide assistants swooping into the state and making off with some of the best recruiting talent in this portion of the country.

Well, if very recent happenings hold true until this time next year, the new recruiting elephant in the room won’t be the Tide, but the Kansas Jayhawks. Seriously, the New Orleans area has become a big target area for those KANSAS JAYHAWKS!

One year ago, Kansas head coach Dave Beaty added Warren Easton head coach Tony Hull to his staff with the express purpose of taping into the New Orleans Metro area for the wealth of talent the city produces every year. Hull has done an outstanding job with just over a year on the job.

This weekend, five of the New Orleans top 10 recruits for the 2018 recruiting class have committed to Hull and the Jayhawks. Keep in mind, with the new early signing period in place, the Jayhawks staff might not have to hold their breath for quite as long as the past, if players are allowed to make their intentions official as early as December 2017 (an NCAA vote awaits later this year).

One Kansas pledge, Hahnville super athlete Anthony “Pooka” Williams, has dismissed offers from Memphis, Mississippi State, Tulane, Ball State, UCLA, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, TCU and Virginia. He can go from zero-to-60 in the blink of an eye thanks to his reported 4.27 forty speed. Pooka also has a 39.5 ” vertical. He’s electric with a resemblance to Kevin Faulk and Joe McKnight the way he can change the complexion of a contest at any time.

The Metro area’s top-rated player, Landry Walker receiver Devonta Jason, is a one time commitment to LSU who went back out on the open market in July. Arkansas, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Auburn, Fla. State, Georgia, Ole Miss, Memphis, Tennessee, West Virginia, Miami and Miss. State have all offered.

Texas A&M and Oklahoma have him highly rated on their “must get” charts. Jason visited Auburn last weekend in January.

Jason had 51 grabs for over 1,000 yards (20 yards per catch) and 17 touchdowns for the Chargin’ Buccaneers in ’16. The 6-foot-3, 187 pounder is a long strider who eats up turf with every step and possesses soft, sure hands. A nightmare to cover. Jason also has super work habits and acceleration out of cuts.

The Jayhawks also gained a commitment from Jason’s teammate at Landry-Walker, Corione Harris (6-1, 170). The top ranked cornerback in the New Orleans area for ’18 has offers from LSU, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Miss. State, West Va., Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Iowa State.

Jabbar Juluke and Corey Raymond were recruiting for LSU. The departure of Juluke from the coaching staff may have a influence in this decision. Florida State and Tennessee are observing with interest.

Rummel also have a pair who committed to Kansas, including 4 star wide receiver JaMarr Chase (6-2, 195) and safety Aaron Brule (6-2, 194).

Chase who turns a 4.5 forty averaged over 27 yards per catch in 2016, including 11 touchdown grabs. He had a 226 yard game with four touchdowns against U-High. He catches in a crowd, makes plays with good run after catch talent, gains good separation and trains with a super work ethic. Chase possesses natural skills.

Cincinnati, La. Tech, Memphis, Ole Miss, TCU, Tennessee , Texas Tech and Arkansas have all reached out with offers to Chase. The Razorbacks have made a living with a Rummel pipe-line the past few seasons. Native New Orleanian and ex-Jesuit High player Michael Smith recruits this area area for Razorbacks.

LSU and Tulane have been watching Chase closely, but the now departed assistants Juluke and Dameyune Craig were the LSU representatives.

Brule has a knack for the big play. He runs the alley well and can drop the hammer on a running back. A striker, Brule is a high-energy ball hawk who reads and reacts quickly.

Arkansas, Cincinnati, Memphis, UTSA, Tennessee and Tulane have offers for Brule. LSU, Alabama and Texas A&M are all taking a closer look at him.

Kansas will have to hold on tightly to these local standouts before they can sign them, but it is impressive that the former football doormat has gained the respect and interest from highly-recruited talent.

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even greater fashion while in Baton Rouge. Nadeau played semi-pro football for two seasons with the New Orleans Blue Knights. He has been a prominent sports figure in the New Orleans area for 29 years. Nadeau currently serves as a color…

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