Northwestern State announces deep signing class of 32 for football

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LAKE CHARLES – A three-star gem, several two-star players and a host of athletic and talented gridiron warriors, highlight McNeese’s 2017 National Signing Day roster.

In all, McNeese head coach Lance Guidry and staff signed 17 players that included four defensive backs, four defensive linemen, a linebacker, two offensive linemen, two wide receivers, a tight end, running back and two athletes.

“We focused on the defensive side of the ball,” said Guidry who is entering his second season as the Cowboys’ head coach. We got some defensive backs, some athletes who can play dual spots. We also got some good defensive linemen which we needed to get into this class.”

One of the players that really stood out was 3-star cornerback Hanif Muhammad out of Clear Falls High School (TX).

“He was recruited very heavily and had offers from a lot of people,” said Guidry. “He stuck with us the entire time. We feel like he’s probably the most highly recruited player in McNeese history. I’m not saying he’s the best player but as far as today’s recruiting goes, if you have all those offers and you decide to come to McNeese, it tells you something about the type of character he and his family has.”

A few of the teams that offered Muhammad included Nebraska, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, and UCLA, among many more.

Wide receiver Quincy Cage was one the Cowboys were hanging onto as he appeared to be leaning a different direction, but his papers came in just after noon. The 2-star prospect was sought after by several Southland Conference schools as well as FBS’s Ball State.’

“He’s a dynamic slot receiver that has great route running ability and running skills with the ball,” said Guidry. “He should make a push to play early… real early.”

The Cowboys got another gift when 2-star defensive end Tyrique Gibson (6-2, 250) faxed his papers in. Gibson had committed to UL-Lafayette but McNeese kept pursuing him and ended up winning the battle.

“He also had some other offers but we stayed on him and stayed on him and we ended up getting him in the end,” said Guidry. “He’s a big kid who is very physical with good size and good weight. We feel like he can be that big defensive end that we’re missing that can be a good pass rusher.”

A third 2-star player to sign was defensive end Cody Roscoe (6-1, 230) out of Heights High School in Houston. Roscoe received offers from a few Southland Conference schools as well as schools from the Big Sky Conference.

“Cody is a defensive end who is a lot like (current McNeese DE) Jammario Gross,” said Guidry. “He’s a business guy who’s really going to get after it. He’ll take the coaching and wants to get better and he’ll do very well in his academics.”

McNeese signed a couple of local prospects in wide receiver Nate Briscoe (Barbe HS) and linebacker Garrick Gray (Welsh HS).

“Nate came to our camp and there wasn’t a defensive back that could cover him there,” said Guidry. “He really benefitted by coming to the camp because we got to work with him a lot. Both his dad and grandfather played football at McNeese. He is a McNeese guy through and through.

“Garrick is another kid who came to our camp and someone I’ve been watching since he’s been a freshman. He started all four years there first at safety then moved to linebacker his junior and senior seasons. He’s a really violent hitter. He’s very physical and loves to play the game.”

A couple of players that have already been enrolled in classes were announced in this class including offensive lineman Chris Aye who transferred from Louisiana Tech prior to the 2016 season but was ineligible to play last fall. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman is expected to be an anchor for the Cowboys’ line this coming season.

Also enrolled this spring is defensive tackle transfer Harris Tafah (6-3, 270) who is currently going through team offseason workouts.

The Cowboys signed another offensive lineman transfer, Donovan Carter (6-4, 270) out of Hinds Community College.

“We were going after some older guys on the offensive line,” said Guidry. “We did have a commitment early on from a high school player but he ended up changing his mind. We got Aye already in the system and got Carter coming in, and there’s a possibility of another one coming in this summer, who is another older kid, which is really good.”

NSU Demon Football Class of 2017 – Final (32)

Stadford Anderson, RB, 6-1, 213, Baton Rouge, LA-Glen Oaks HS

J.P. Arceneaux, OL, 6-1, 280, Houma, LA-Vandebilt Catholic HS

Tanner Ash, WR, 6-2, 200, Benton, LA-Evangel Christian Academy

Xavier Bell, WR, 5-9, 152, Baton Rouge, LA-Southern Lab HS

William Bordelon, OL, 6-3, 305, St. Mary’s, KS-Holy Savior Menard (LA) HS

Jackson Carroll, LB, 5-11, 210, Natchitoches, LA-St. Mary’s HS

Marquisian Chapman, WR, 5-10, 190, Jackson, MS-Murrah HS (Northwest Mississippi CC)

Braylon Daigle, DL, 6-5, 230, Cecilia, LA-Cecilia HS

Duke Dantzler, DL, 6-2, 300, Purvis, MS-Purvis HS (Southwest Mississippi CC)

Jazz Ferguson, WR, 6-5, 223, St. Francisville, LA-West Feliciana HS (LSU)

Parker Fink, TE, 6-3, 247, Jena, LA-Jena HS

Kaleb Fletcher, QB, 5-11, 187, Mesquite, TX-Poteet HS

Jake Gore, OL, 6-2, 280, Sugar Land, TX-George Ranch HS

LaTerrion Green, DT, 6-1, 300, Winnfield, LA-Winnfield Senior HS

Clay Holgorsen, QB, 6-0, 200, Katy, TX-Taylor HS (Northwest Mississippi CC)

Obinna Iheoma, DE, 6-2, 245, Grand Prairie, TX-South Grand Prairie HS (Tyler JC)

McKane Kinchen, LS, 6-2, 185, Baton Rouge, LA-Parkview Baptist HS

Landon King, LB, 6-1, 220, Pineville, LA-Pineville HS

Guy LeCompte, TE, 6-4, 235, Mandeville, LA-Mandeville HS

Isaiah Longino, LB, 6-1, 240, Humble, TX-Humble HS

Kalen Meggs, TE, 6-1, 245, Richton, MS-Richton HS (East Central CC)

Darion Miller, LB, 6-1, 188, Many, LA-Many HS

Rashuad Powell, DE, 6-3, 225, Houston, TX-George Bush HS

Kevin Ratliff, S, 6-0, 197, Canton, MS-Canton HS (Hinds CC)

Jalon Sangster, DL, 6-0, 276, Louisville, MS-Louisville HS (East Central CC)

Kenny Sheldon, OL, 6-2, 270, Houston, TX-Langham Creek HS

Ronald Sims, DL, 6-2, 280, St. Francisville, LA-West Feliciana HS

Keldrick Ward Jr., CB, 5-11, 178, Monroe, LA-Wossman HS

Myles Ward, WR, 5-10, 168, New Orleans, LA-De La Salle HS

Jaylen Watson, WR, 6-0, 192, Los Angeles, CA-St. Anthony HS (Long Beach City College)

Trey Williams, DB, 5-11, 177, Plaquemine, LA-Plaquemine HS

Dylan Wilson, CB, 6-3, 200, Gretna, LA-West Jefferson HS (Arkansas Baptist College)

NSU Demon Football Class of 2017 – signee bios

Stadford Anderson, RB, 6-1, 213, Baton Rouge, LA-Glen Oaks HS
Played in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Classic and the Red Stick Army Bowl after his senior season … named the top running back in the Red Stick game … three-sport athlete at Glen Oaks … lettered four years in football for coaches Donald Clark and Jack Phillips and two in basketball for coach Harvey Adger … owns three letters in track and field for Clark … carried 80 times for 663 yards and a touchdown and caught 12 passes for 115 yards, earning first-team all-district honors … ran for 1,315 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior, earning second-team all-district honors … born 10/9/98 … son of Shirley and Stadford Anderson … one sister, Erica (25) … honor roll student owns a 3.0 GPA … member of the art club and was named Mr. Senior at Glen Oaks … plans to major in communications … career plans include working for a television station or playing in the NFL … life’s ambition is to “be successful in whatever I do.”

J.P. Arceneaux, OL, 6-1, 280, Houma, LA-Vandebilt Catholic HS
Named one of the state’s top 15 centers by Louisiana Football Magazine … played for Jeremy Atwell at Vandebilt Catholic High School … Louisiana High School Rodeo State finalist… two-year letterman in football… all-district as a senior… born 4/29/98 … son of Bryan and Sammy Arceneaux … father is the CEO at TANK Specialties, LLC and was a four-time letterwinner in football at Northwestern State and all-Gulf Star Conference selection … mother is Director of TANK Specialties, LLC and was a Gold Glove winner, all-conference member and four-time letter winner in softball, and all-conference and four-time letter winner in volleyball at McNeese State … has one brother, Colby, who is CFO for TANK Specialties and was a two-year Demon football letterman and an NSU graduate … plans to major in business and get his master’s degree … life’s ambition is to be a CFO … full name is Jean’-Pierre Arceneaux.

Tanner Ash, WR, 6-2, 200, Benton, LA-Evangel Christian Academy
All-State Class 5A honorable mention for state champion Eagles … mid-year graduate who enrolled at NSU in January … three-sport athlete at Evangel … played four seasons for coach Byron Dawson … caught 54 passes for 843 yards and eight touchdowns as Evangel won the state championship in his senior season … named all-district and honorable mention Class 5A All-State by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association … all-state selection as a junior after catching 46 passes for 754 yards and 10 touchdowns … Evangel went 43-9 in his four seasons … also lettered in tennis for coach Andy Lloyd where he was a state quarterfinalist and in track and field for Dawson … born 11/16/98 … son of Cherie and Bubba Ash … father was a wide receiver at then-Northeast Louisiana University … one brother, Braylon (26) … graduated with a 3.7 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society and the honor roll … majoring in biology with a concentration in pre-dentistry … plans to attend dental school at LSU-New Orleans following graduation and wants to become a dentist.

Xavier Bell, WR, 5-9, 152, Baton Rouge, LA-Southern Lab HS
Twice All-State Class 1A selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (at wide receiver) and the Louisiana Football Coaches Association as a return specialist … two-time all-district selection … as a senior, scored 15 touchdowns on 32 catches, with 532 receiving yards, an average of 16.6 yards per catch … had 11 TDs and 800 yards receiving as a junior … four-time track All-American … part of a state champion 4×400 relay team … listed with a 4.46 40-yard dash time but reportedly has run 4.29 … was committed last summer to Arizona and also gained other offers, including Tulane … played for former Southern Jaguars’ quarterback Marcus Randall at powerhouse Southern Lab, winning state championships in his last two seasons … originally from New Orleans, but his family relocated after Hurricane Katrina … born 2/14/98.

William Bordelon, OL, 6-3, 305, St. Mary’s, KS-Holy Savior Menard (LA) HS
One of the Cenla Super Six top prospects in Central Louisiana as named by the Alexandria Town Talk going into the 2016 season … two-sport athlete at Holy Savior Menard in Alexandria … four-year football letterman for coaches Freddie Hallman and Joel Desselle … named first-team all-district as an offensive and defensive lineman in his junior and senior seasons … recorded 46 tackles and 25 pancake blocks as a senior … earned Menard’s Leadership Award as a senior … helped lead the Eagles to four straight playoff appearances and an eight-win season as a senior … named Menard’s Outstanding Defensive Lineman as a junior … lettered in powerlifting as a freshman … board member of the Menard Key Club and a member of the Glee Club … earned the Chemistry I award for academic excellence … carries a 3.4 GPA .. born 9/9/98 … son of Alice and Chad Bordelon .. has four sisters – Alison (26), Marie-Noel (20), Aileen (16) and Teresa (13) – and three brothers, Matthew (21), Peter (15) and Charles (13) … plans to major in forensic science with a biology concentration … plans to serve at least six years in the United States Marine Corps, then work for the FBI or a local police department as a forensic scientist … life’s ambition is “to retire in Colorado and work as a snowboard instructor.”

Jackson Carroll, LB, 5-11, 210, Natchitoches, LA-St. Mary’s HS
Honorable mention Class 1A All-State linebacker … first-team All-District 3-1A as a senior … 120 tackles combined, 9 sacks, 7 interceptions in his final two seasons … ran for 352 yards on 50 carries, with 5 touchdowns, as a senior … helped Tigers reach the state championship game as a junior … SMHS went a combined 38-13 in his four years, including a 13-1 mark in his junior season, falling to Southern Lab in the state finals … Tigers reached state playoffs all four years, playing in the quarterfinals in his freshman year, the semifinals in his sophomore year … had three coaches in four seasons, finishing with former NFL player and All-Southeastern Conference tight end Corwyn Aldredge … three-time Leadership Through Athletics Player of the Week as a senior … lettered two years in baseball … also active competing in rodeo … born 12/17/98 … full name is Jackson Anthony Carroll … son of Brian Carroll and Laurie Berry … has an older brother and two older sisters … planning to major in applied science and resource management … wants to work for the Bureau of Land Management and own a commercial cattle company … National Honor Society member with a 3.6 grade point average … qualified for nationals in the History Bowl competition … missed most of his sophomore football season due to a bull riding injury … class president two years, served on student council three years … four-year member of FBLA, BETA Club, and active in FCA.

Marquisian Chapman, WR, 5-10, 190, Jackson, MS-Murrah HS (Northwest Mississippi CC)
First-team Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-State … 1,550 receiving yards, 15 touchdowns in two seasons … snagged 59 passes for 829 yards and 5 touchdowns, while rushing for 2 TDs on 7 carries in his sophomore year … had a monster 204-yard game on 7 catches at East Mississippi CC … two more triple-figure receiving games, 110 and 108 yards … 11 receptions in his final game vs. Trinity Valley CC (108 yards) in Heart of Texas Bowl … as a true freshman, led team with 50 catches for 721 yards (third in the MACJC) and 8 touchdowns … also ran for 275 yards on 40 carries, (6.9 yards per carry) … had three 100-yard games, including 123 and 130 to open the 12-game season … productive running back at Murrah HS with over 2,400 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns in his final two seasons … as a junior, he ran for 1,410 yards and 7 TDs while making 30 catches for 435 yards and 8 scores … in his senior year, had 295 yards on 47 carries with 3 TDs and had 13 receptions for 216 yards and 6 touchdowns … played for coach Zack Grady … born 9/1/95 … son of Breanne Miller … nickname is “Red Dog.”

Braylon Daigle, DL, 6-5, 230, Cecilia, LA-Cecilia HS
Class 4A All-State selection … two-sport letterman at Cecilia … lettered three years in football … recorded 90 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, five blocked field goals, three forced fumbles, eight sacks, seven quarterback hurries and three batted passes as a senior … named second-team all-state by the LSWA, district defensive MVP, first-team All-Acadiana and first-team all-district as a senior … honorable mention all-district pick as a junior … awarded team’s most improved as a sophomore … three-year baseball letterman at first base … born3/2/99 … son of Hollie and Kerry Daigle … member of National Honors Society and Beta Club … has one younger brother, Jace, and one younger sister, Leah… member of National Honors Society and Beta Club … plans to major in nursing… life’s ambition is to support his family… Full name is Braylon Nicholas Daigle.

Duke Dantzler, DL, 6-2, 300, Purvis, MS-Purvis HS (Southwest Mississippi CC)
First-team All-State defensive tackle and a two-year letterman at Southwest Mississippi Community College … as a sophomore, recorded 72 tackles (42 solo) with two tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery to earn Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-State honors… ranked 62nd nationally in tackles per game (8.0) and 79th in total tackles … had four games with at least 10 tackles, including a career-high 11 against Jones County on Sept. 29 … produced 16 tackles and a sack in his first season at Southwest Mississippi … in his final two seasons at Purvis High School, collected 93 total tackles, including 67 solo stops … named first-team All-Area by the Hattiesburg American … a Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star who also earned the MLK Outstanding Contribution to Football award … produced six tackles for loss, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble at Purvis … also played basketball at Purvis … born 2/10/97 … son of Sherita Willis … has four siblings … undecided on a major … plans to get a job and support his family … life’s ambition is to “be successful in life.”

Jazz Ferguson, WR, 6-5, 223, St. Francisville, LA-West Feliciana HS (LSU)
A 4-star prospect (247 Sports, ESPN and Scout.com) as a high school senior in 2014 before signing with LSU …will sit out 2017 and have two seasons of eligibility beginning in 2018 … lettered as a true freshman in 2015 for the Tigers, playing at Syracuse and against South Carolina … as a sophomore, played in seven games, started the 2016 Missouri game before departing from the program … had two catches for 17 yards in 2016 … ranked as high as the nation’s No. 22 receiver, and No. 2 receiver in Louisiana, according to Scout … scored 17 touchdowns, 10 on receptions, in 2014 at West Feliciana … 889 receiving yards, along with 561 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns … also as a senior, made 87 tackles, 8 for loss, and 4 interceptions … in his junior season, snagged 67 receptions for 1,137 yards and 12 TDs … helped WFHS go 11-4 as a senior … was coaches’ association first-team All-State in 2014 … a Warrick Dunn Award finalist in the greater Baton Rouge area … nominated to play in the Army All-American Game … was a four-year all-district selection … starred in basketball and track and field … high school teammates with current Demons Ryan Reed, Ricky Chatman and Chris Taylor and 2017 signee Ronald Sims … coached by Robb Odum … made the school honor roll … born 1/12/97 … full name is Jazmond Ja’Quan Ferguson, goes by Jazz … son of Jackie and Richard Harris … older brother Jaylon Ferguson is a junior (2017) defensive end at Louisiana Tech.

Parker Fink, TE, 6-3, 247, Jena, LA-Jena HS
Honorable mention all-state Class 3A tight end … two-sport athlete at Jena … played football and baseball … lettered twice in football and helped lead coach Jay Roark’s Giants to the second round of the playoffs as a senior … two-time first-team All-District 3-3A tight end … first-team all-district defensive end as a senior, second-team all-district defensive end as a junior… caught nine passes for 165 yards and three touchdowns as a senior … helped pave the way for a Giants running game that averaged 212 rushing yards per game … added 40 tackles (19 solo), three sacks. two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery as a defensive end … blocked a field goal on special teams … caught nine passes for 106 yards and a touchdown as a junior … defensively, made 17 tackles, including three for loss, with three quarterback hurries, two sacks and two forced fumbles as a junior … born 6/15/99 … son of Laura and Kurt Fink … two sisters, Brittney (29) and Paige (23) … plans to major in business with an interest in the construction field.

Kaleb Fletcher, QB, 5-11, 187, Mesquite, TX-Poteet HS
Academic All-Stater (4.6 GPA) who was a three-year letter-winner in football for coach Kody Groves … first-team all-district selection as a senior after throwing for 2,840 yards and 27 touchdowns, helping lead Poteet to an 11-4 record and a Class 5A Division II semifinal berth … added 501 rushing yards and four touchdowns … second-team all-district pick as a junior, throwing for 2,608 yards and 29 touchdowns and running for 432 yards and three touchdowns … took over at quarterback in the second game of his sophomore year, earning Sophomore of the Year honors after throwing for 1,783 yards and 20 touchdowns … two-sport athlete at Mesquite Poteet … lettered three years in baseball at shortstop for coach Jeff Johnson … born 1/23/99 … son of Natisha Williams and Devery Williams … has one sister, Jasmin Williams … plans to major in nursing … aspires to play in the NFL or become a doctor after college … life’s ambition is to “be rich, successful and take care of my family.”

Jake Gore, OL, 6-2, 280, Sugar Land, TX-George Ranch HS
Two-time all-district lineman for coach Ricky Tullos … named second-team all-district as a junior and as a senior … first-team academic all-district as a senior … second-team Texas High School Coaches Association Academic All-State pick as a senior … named second-team All-Greater Houston by the Houston Chronicle as a junior when he helped lead George Ranch to a state championship … born 5/19/98 … son of Christine and Carlton Gore … holds a 3.5 GPA … plans to major in business.

LaTerrion Green, DT, 6-1, 300, Winnfield, LA-Winnfield Senior HS
All-State Class 2A selection as a junior … a two-sport athlete at Winnfield … four-year football letterman for retiring coach Andy Pyles, an NSU graduate … three-year track and field letterman … helped lead Winnfield to the state playoffs all four years, including a state semifinal appearance as a freshman … posted 55 tackles, including 10 for a loss, 10 quarterback hurries, one sack and a blocked field goal as a senior … first-team all-district selection as a junior when he also was named second-team all-state after posting 34 tackles, including six for loss … second-team all-district as a sophomore and as a senior … second-team All-Cenla selection by the Alexandria Town Talk as a senior … helped team win 26 games in his four seasons … finished sixth in the state in the shot put as a sophomore … born 11/28/97 … son of Sharlene Green and Terry Brown … one sister, Tyra (16) … plans to major in sport administration and wants to be a coach after graduation.

Clay Holgorsen, QB, 6-0, 200, Katy, TX-Taylor HS (Northwest Mississippi CC)
Former Houston Chronicle Top 100 recruit who spent one season at Northwest Mississippi Community College after two years at Memphis, backing up current Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch as a redshirt freshman in 2015 … in 2016, led Northwest Mississippi to a 9-3 record and a berth in the Heart of Texas Bowl by throwing for 1,682 yards and 13 touchdowns, completing 57 percent of his passes …threw for a season-best 263 yards and two touchdowns against Itawamba CC … completed 14 of 20 passes for 177 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his redshirt freshman season at Memphis … two-year team captain at Katy Taylor High School, throwing for 3,302 yards and 23 touchdowns … played for his father Brett at Taylor .. also lettered in baseball for coach Flint Risien, and won a district championship in the 400 meter dash … born 11/24/95 … son of Lesley and Brett Holgorsen … nephew of current West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen … graduated from high school and junior college with a 3.0 GPA … majoring in business administration and plans to start a restaurant … life’s ambition is to “own some businesses and come back to coaching and own a restaurant.”

Obinna Iheoma, DE, 6-2, 245, Grand Prairie, TX-South Grand Prairie HS (Tyler JC)
Two-year letterman at Tyler Junior College … recorded 36 tackles and six sacks for 45 yards as a sophomore … added a fumble recovery and another five tackles for loss … collected eight sacks for 80 yards in nine games as a freshman, finishing the season with 35 total tackles … first-team all-district defensive end as a senior at South Grand Prairie High School … also threw the shot put in high school … son of Silver Amaliri … has three siblings … majoring in kinesiology and plans to become a personal trainer after graduation.

McKane Kinchen, LS, 6-2, 185, Baton Rouge, LA-Parkview Baptist
Four-sport athlete at Parkview Baptist … playing multiple positions in football, helped lead the Eagles to a state runner-up finish as a senior and to the state championship as a junior … as a quarterback, named honorable mention all-district and was selected offensive MVP by his coaches as a senior … also lettered in golf, tennis and basketball … born 4/15/99 … son of Lori and Brian Kinchen … his father is a former LSU standout who snapped for the game-winning field goal by the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII … comes from an athletic family as both brothers, Austin and Hunter, long-snapped for LSU … carries a 4.0 GPA and plans to major in kinesiology.

Landon King, LB, 6-1, 220, Pineville, LA-Pineville HS
First-team All-Cenla by the Alexandria Town Talk … … also a member of the Cenla Super 6 group of top prospects … two-sport athlete at Pineville … lettered four years in football for coach Robbie Martin, a starting offensive lineman on NSU’s 1988 Southland championship team … 96 tackles (14.5 for loss), 16 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles, five blocked kicks, four touchdowns, three sacks and two fumble recoveries … three-time second-team All-District … three-year track letterman for coach Dan Christman … District 2-5A champion and regional qualifier in the shot put as a junior … 2015 state qualifier for shot put as a sophomore … helped lead the Rebels to the 2015 district track and field championship … born 10/1/98 … son of Alisha King and Walter Wells Jr. … has one younger brother, Jaden … honor roll member is also a National Honor Society member and Student Council representative … career plans are to work in sports medicine in order to stay close to the game … life’s ambition is “walking this earth doing the will of God.”

Guy LeCompte, TE, 6-4, 235, Mandeville, LA-Mandeville HS
Two-sport athlete at Mandeville … three-year letterman for his father, Guy LeCompte … helped lead the Skippers to three state playoff appearances, including a semifinal appearance as a junior … as a senior helped Mandeville average 122 rushing yards per game and 332 total yards … caught 19 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns as a junior, earning honorable mention all-district honors … named a WGNO Metro Area Scholar Athlete as a senior … played two season of basketball for coach Paul Paille, helping the Skippers to a district championship and second-round playoff berth as a sophomore … born 10/2/98 … son of Colleen and Guy LeCompte … one sister, Marissa … carries a 3.65 GPA … honor roll student who is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Leadership Council, the National Honor Society and Skipper Buddies … planning to major in finance … career plans include earning an MBA and having a successful career in finance … life’s ambition is to “have a successful career in the field that I enjoy working in and to be able to impact the life of others in a positive way. Also, I would like to be a good husband and father.”

Isaiah Longino, LB, 6-1, 240, Humble, TX-Humble HS
District Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior … two-sport athlete at Humble, playing football and basketball … lettered three years for coach Charles West’s football team … captained both his football and basketball teams as a senior … totaled 207 career tackles, topped by 90 his senior season … recorded 23 tackles for loss and 15 sacks en route as a senior … first-team all-district as a junior, making 77 tackles, including 14 for loss and 12 sacks … scored two touchdowns as a senior … honorable mention all-district as a sophomore, making 40 tackles and recording seven sacks … three-year basketball letterman who helped Humble to playoff appearances as a sophomore and junior … also a member of the Humble High band … born 2/10/99 … carries a 3.89 GPA … son of Doraana and Aaron Longino … one sister, Aarianna (23) … plans to major in kinesiology … wants to become a physical therapist or a coach … life’s ambition is to “be great in whatever I choose to do.”

Kalen Meggs, TE, 6-1, 245, Richton, MS-Richton HS (East Central CC)
Second-team Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-State as a sophomore, averaging 16.8 yards per catch with a pair of scoring catches … caught nine passes for 151 yards as a sophomore and added one kick return for 4 yards … caught two passes for 61 yards as a freshman … three-sport letterman at Richton High School … lettered four years in football for coach Chris Fortenberry … all-district and second-team all-state selection as a senior after catching 33 passes for 330 yards and seven touchdowns … recorded 50 tackles as a junior … four-year basketball letterman for coach Hugh Thoms … averaged double-doubles as a senior (16 points, 10 rebounds) and as a junior (13 points, 10 rebounds) … was among the top 25 rebounders in Mississippi as a senior … also lettered four years in track and field … born 10/21/96 … son of April Meggs McDougle … one brother, Jerrelle Boose (24), and one sister, Marshauna Meggs (17) … undecided on his major … plans to become a coach … life’s ambition is to “be a great father and follow God’s plan.”

Darion Miller, LB, 6-1, 188, Many, LA-Many HS
Coaches’ first-team All-State selection as a senior, and a three-year all-district selection … three-sport athlete at Many … lettered four years in football for coach Jess Curtis … helped lead the Tigers to 55 wins and four playoff berths, including the 2014 Louisiana Class 2A state championship and a runner-up finish in 2013 … honorable mention Class 2A LSWA All-State selection as a senior after totaling 79 tackles, 10 for loss, four fumble recoveries, two sacks, one interception and a defensive touchdown … first-team all-district pick as a junior after recording 86 tackles (15 for loss), four sacks and an interception … first-team all-district as a sophomore, recording 76 tackles (10 for loss), seven sacks, five fumble recoveries, an interception and a defensive touchdown … in the 2015 state championship game against Kinder, Miller made six tackles, forced a fumble and recorded a sack in a 22-15 win … made 14 tackles as a freshman on the state runner-up squad … lettered three years in track and field and two in basketball … is a two-time state qualifier in the triple jump and as part of the 4×400 relay team … was the District 3-2A Track and Field Meet MVP … born 5/11/98 … son of Sandra Johnson … has four brothers – Richard (26), Aaron (deceased), Javoy (23) and Curtis (21) and one sister, Nikita (20) … undecided on his major.

Rashuad Powell, DE, 6-3, 225, Houston, TX-George Bush HS
All-state selection as a senior … a two-sport athlete at George Bush … coached by Allen Aldridge … earned first-team All-District 20-6A and all-state honors as a senior after recording 40 tackles, including eight for loss, six quarterback hurries and two sacks … first-team All-District 23-5A as a junior … also played basketball for Rodney Courtney at George Bush … born 10/25/97 … member of the Math Club … son of Wanda and Vernon Powell … two brothers, Jamal (27) and Vernon (25) … one sister, Veranique (26) … plans to major in mechanical engineering … life’s ambition is “to graduate college and provide for my family.”

Kevin Ratliff, S, 6-0, 197, Canton, MS-Canton HS (Hinds CC)
First-team All-Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges as a sophomore … two-year letterman for Gene Murphy at Hinds Community College … recorded 75 tackles (47 solo), two tackles for loss and two pass breakups in 2016 … made 11 tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss as a freshman … four-year letterman for Daryl Jones at Canton High School … named Canton’s Best Defensive Back, Best All-Around, Male Athlete of the Year and team MVP … also lettered in track and field, where he helped Canton to a 5A title after being a part of the state champion 4×400 meter relay team … was the senior class favorite and Mr. Track and Field at Canton … member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes … born 12/7/95 … son of Philisa Ratliff and Clavin Dawson … has seven brothers – Kenderrick, Ladarius, Larodgric, Lamarcus, Keyarn, Desmond and La’Calvin – and two sisters, Niketia and Chutney… majored in sport administration at Hinds … life’s ambition is to have a good career in order to provide for his family.

Jalon Sangster, DL, 6-0, 276, Louisville, MS-Louisville HS (East Central CC)
Second-team All-Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges … also named Most Improved as a sophomore … collected 25 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception … four-year letterman at Louisville High School for coach M.C. Miller … named the top defensive lineman on the all-region team as a senior, helping Louisville go 8-5 and reach the third round of the playoffs … as a junior was named all-state as Louisville won the state championship and produced a 16-0 season … second-team all-region selection as a sophomore when Louisville went 8-5 and reached the fourth round of the playoffs … helped Louisville go 10-2 and reach the third round of the playoffs as a freshman … born 11/7/96 … son of the late Mattie Sangster and Willie Sangster … married to the former Jenelle Geter … three sisters, Shara, Kesha and Quita, and one brother, Jeremy, who plays football at Southern Mississippi … graduated from East Central with a 3.4 GPA and had a 3.2 GPA in high school … majoring in sports medicine … plans to have an NFL career … life’s ambition is “to just make something out of myself and to pursue in the NFL.”

Kenny Sheldon, OL, 6-2, 270, Houston, TX-Langham Creek HS
Unanimous all-district offensive lineman who was a two-time first-team academic all-district selection … earned three football letters, also lettered in baseball … chosen to play in the Bayou Bowl All-Star Game between Texas, Louisiana prep stars … helped Langham Creek reach the playoffs in his sophomore (9-1), senior (8-3) seasons … born 4/2/99 … son of Ken and Lynne Sheldon … father is a healthcare executive, mother is a realtor … has one older sister, Erin (20) … his full name is Kennth Blane Sheldon … nickname is “Captain Ken” … 3.26 grade point average … plans to major in business administration.

Ronald Sims, DL, 6-2, 280, St. Francisville, LA-West Feliciana
A triple-option fullback who has added weight and will play on the defensive front for the Demons … four-year letterman for coach Rob Odom at West Feliciana … named All-District 6-3A as a running back after amassing 770 yards on 115 carries and 10 touchdowns as a senior … made 25 tackles, including 11 for loss, as a defensive lineman … also forced two fumbles along with two fumble recoveries … chipped in 11 hurries and one sack … honorable mention all-state selection as a junior … helped the Saints reach the state semifinals as a junior and as a senior … high school teammates with current Demons Ryan Reed, Ricky Chatman and Chris Taylor and fellow signee Jazz Ferguson at West Feliciana … born 6/18/99 … son of Anika Cotton and Ronald Sims … has four brothers – Riyan Cotton, Ronnie Sims, Dee Hilliard and Ryland Cotton – and two sisters, Trinity Hilliard and Kierstin Sims … undecided on his major … plans to become a coach after graduation.

Keldrick Ward Jr., CB, 5-11, 178, Monroe, LA-Wossman HS
Two-way first-team all-district pick for the Wildcats … three-sport athlete at Wossman … four-year football letterman for coaches Dean Smith and Dale Zimmerman … named first-team all-district as a wide receiver and as a defensive back as a senior … as a senior, collected 61 tackles (23 solo), 17 pass breakups and scored four touchdowns … participated in the I-20 All-Star Game following his senior year … first-team all-district defensive back as a freshman … three-year letterman in track and field … lettered two seasons in basketball … born 1/13/99 … son of Tonya Small and Keldrick Ward … one sister, Brittny Small (25), and one brother, Marquez Small (23) … carries a 3.1 GPA … plans to major in business administration … career plans include playing in the NFL and managing a business … life’s ambition is “to be great.”

Myles Ward, WR, 5-10, 168, New Orleans, LA-De La Salle HS
Played running back and was an All-Metro New Orleans and all-district selection … as a junior, was an all-district running back who had 68 carries for 846 yards and 13 touchdowns … scored 3 more TDs while catching 9 passes for 158 yards for a state quarterfinalist team that finished 9-2 … as a senior, in a short season, ran 8 times for 97 yards, caught 2 passes for 38 yards… earned all-district honors at cornerback when he made 13 tackles and snatched 3 interceptions as a senior, helping his team go 11-1 and reach the state semifinals … lettered four years in football (coach Ryan Manale) and track (coach Michael Penn), two years in wrestling (coach Rod Cusachs) … De La Salle went 34-14 in his four football seasons, reaching at least the quarterfinal round of the playoffs in his last three … ran on a state champion 4×100 meter relay team as a junior … part of a 4×200 relay team that was third in the state as a sophomore, helped wrestling team finish as state runner-up … full name is Myles Joseph Ward … son of Joe and Dana Ward … has an 8-year-old brother, four sisters, three who are older … his cousin, Jerome Collins, played on two Super Bowl champion teams, in consecutive years, with the Giants and Colts … owns a 3.2 grade point average … member of the Chess Club and the yearbook staff.

Jaylen Watson, WR, 6-0, 192, Los Angeles, CA-St. Anthony HS (Long Beach City College)
All-conference second team receiver who led the league in receiving touchdowns (10), was second in receiving yards (832 on 42 catches) as a sophomore … averaged 19.8 yards per catch last fall, 18.4 in his two junior college seasons … 54 career catches in 19 games, 993 career yards, 11 touchdowns, including an 85-yarder as a sophomore … helped Long Beach win two bowl games … also saw spot duty on defense in the secondary, and had a tackle for loss among 4 stops … enrolled in January at NSU … helped St. Anthony’s reach the playoff semifinals in his senior season … born 2/18/97 … son of Eric Watson and Jalynda Medley … has five siblings, two younger brothers (Kylin, 11; Jahmil, 15) and three younger sisters (London, 4; Kamri, 3; Alaysia, 18) … plans to major in psychology … hopes to play in the NFL, then go into coaching and open a training facility … owned a 3.3 grade point average at St. Anthony … Dean’s List student with a 3.1 GPA at Long Beach City College.

Trey Williams, DB, 5-11, 177, Plaquemine, LA-Plaquemine HS
Two-year all-district selection in the secondary for the Green Devils … three-sport athlete at Plaquemine … three-year football letterman for coach Paul Distefano … first-team all-district selection as a junior and as a senior … recorded 33 solo tackles, seven pass breakups, three tackles for loss, two interceptions and scored one touchdown as a senior … helped lead the Green Devils to three straight district titles and playoff berths, including a No. 1 seed and semifinal berth as a sophomore when he also played tight end … three-year track and field letterman as a sprinter … district champion in the 100 meters and as part of the 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams as a sophomore and as a junior … born 1/17/99 … son of LaKeshia Williams and Lance Phillips … has four sisters – Traylan (16), Maya (16), Trinity (13) and Taijah (11) – and two brothers, Landon (22) and Laren (22) … cousin of Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins … carries a 3.0 GPA … plans to major in mechanical engineering … career plans include playing professional football … life’s ambition is to “take care of my family.”

Dylan Wilson, CB, 6-3, 200, Gretna, LA-West Jefferson HS (Arkansas Baptist College)
Two-year letterman at Arkansas Baptist where he accumulated more than 100 tackles, forced four fumbles, intercepted three passes, recovered two fumbles and scored one touchdown … played for head coach Marcus Scott at West Jefferson … ran a 4.85 40-yard dash and recorded a 32.0 inch vertical jump in high school … recorded 35 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery his senior season… born 6/30/96 … son of Laguana Wilson and Junior Holiday … has five brothers – Kyle, Mike, Noah, San and Jacob – and two sisters, Triea and Kaylee … majoring in health and exercise science … plans to play in the NFL or make a career in physical therapy … life’s ambition is to help his family.

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