Ragin’ Cajuns sign 17 for football class in 2017

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2017 SIGNEE CAPSULES
SchDarren Archie – DB, 6-2, 185, Brandon, Miss. (Brandon HS)
A three-star prospect by Scout.com and rated as the No. 6 safety in Mississippi, No. 65 in the South and No. 147 nationally … rated as the No. 13 overall prospect in Mississippi … a first-team Class 6A All-State selection as a senior by the Clarion Ledger … made 35 tackles, picked off five passes — returned two for TDs — and had six pass breakups … participated in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Football Classic … led Brandon with eight interceptions as a junior … two-sport athlete where he excelled in basketball.

Karson Block – LB, 6-1, 185, Mission Viejo, Calif. (Saddleback College/Atascadero HS)
Junior college transfer who enrolled in classes in January and will participate in spring practice … a two-year letterwinner at Saddleback (Calif.) College where he led the team in tackles (55) in 2016 despite missing three games … rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com … as a freshman, registered 51 tackles with six tackles for loss, an interception, fumble forced and fumble recovered … Lettered in football, wrestling, baseball and track & field at Atascadero (Calif.) High School … a two-time all-county selection in football and a three-time all-league selection in wrestling, winning two league titles and a CIF title … made 108 tackles and had 17 tackles for loss in two varsity seasons … an honor roll student and the athlete-of-the-year, winning the Ewing Award.

Lavante Epson – OL, 6’3, 315, Greenville, Miss. (Washington)
Rated as a three-star recruit by the major scouting services (247Sports.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and Rivals.com) … rated as the No. 13 overall prep prospect in the state Mississippi by ESPN.com and the No. 2 interior lineman by Scout.com … versatile member on the offensive line, playing at both tackle and guard … helped Washington to a 10-3 mark during the 2015 season and a berth in the Mississippi State Playoffs … a first-team Belk Ford ALL-SES selection in 2016.

Kadon Harrison – QB, 6’3, 180, Port Arthur, Texas (Memorial)
A two-star prospect by Scout.com, 247Sports.com and Rivals.com … led MHS to a 9-3 record, a share of the 5A Region III, District 22 title and the third-round of the Texas UIL state playoffs … named to the Port Arthur News 2016 Football Super Team … as a junior, threw for 834 yards on 67-for-137 passing with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions … missed six games due to a knee injury … completed 86 of 175 passes for 929 yards and five TDs as a sophomore.

Bennie Higgins – DE, 6-0, 223, Greenwood, Miss. (Mississippi Delta JC/Greenwood)
Will have three seasons of eligibility at UL after redshirting one year and playing one at Mississippi Delta … rated as one of the top 100 seniors (No. 39) by the National Sports Report … posted 84 tackles with 11 sacks as a senior in 2014.

Zi’Yon Hill – DL, 6-2, 280, New Iberia, La. (Catholic)
A two-star prospect by Scout.com and 247Sports.com … named the Daily Advertiser All-Acadiana Defensive Most Valuable Player … helped the Panthers to a runner-up finish in the 2014 Division III state playoffs and the semifinals in 2016 … during his junior season, recorded 83 tackles with 12 stops for loss and six sacks … named to the All-District, All-Acadiana and All-Teche football teams.

Ja’len Johnson – DB, 6-3, 200, Morgan City, La. (Central Catholic)
A two-star prospect by 247Sports.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com … helped CCHS to a 9-6 record and 5-2 mark in District 7-1A … a two-time, first-team Class 1A All-State selection … recorded 68 tackles with four interceptions, 13 pass breakups and 1 forced fumble as a junior.

Andre Jones – DE, 6-5, 200, Angie, La. (Varnado)
Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com … a two-time, first-team District 8-1A selection … excelled in basketball, earning honorable mention Class 1A All-State honors in 2016.

Levi Lewis – QB, 5-11, 175, Baton Rouge, La. (Scotlandville Magnet)
Rated a three-star dual-threat quarterback on 247Sports.com and two-star on Scout.com … was the winner of the 2016 Warrick Dunn Award … also tabbed The Advocate’s All-Metro 5A/4A Offensive MVP … a first-team Class 5A All-State selection as an athlete … passed for 2,450 yards and 17 touchdowns, while also rushing for 1,577 yards and 23 TDs as a senior … guided Scotlandville to its first state championship appearance in nearly 50 years and its first ever as an LHSAA school … posted 427 yards passing in two games with four touchdowns as a junior … also ran for 108 yards and two TDs in 2015.

Ryheem Malone – WR, 5-9, 182, Houston, Texas (SMU/Bellaire)
Transfer from SMU who will sit out the 2016 season … will have two years remaining beginning in 2017 … Played in all 12 games, starting four… Had 23 receptions for 258 yards and two touchdowns… Recorded a tackle … Played in five games, hauling in five catches for 37 yards… Returned two kicks for 18 yards at Tulsa … Named first-team All-District at wide receiver… Chosen the District 20-5A Special Teams MVP.

Elijah Mitchell – RB, 5-11, 215, Erath, La. (Erath)
Rated a two-star running back on Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com … posted 1,903 yards and 28 touchdowns his senior season despite only seeing significant action in eight games due to injury … finished his career as the leading rusher in Bobcats’ history with 4,045 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons on only 457 carries … had a career average of nine yards per carry and a touchdown every nine carries.

Earnest Patterson – WR, 5-7, 155, Brenham, Texas (Blinn/Brenham)
Rated a three-star wide receiver by 247Sports.com … played two seasons at Blinn College … recorded 68 receptions for 906 yards and six touchdowns in his sophomore season … had two games with 16-plus receptions including 17 receptions for 233 yards and a touchdown against Kilgore College … notched a career-high 263 yards on six catches with three TDs against Navarro College … saw action in nine games as a freshman with three rushes for 10 yards while hauling in five receptions for 41 yards with a long reception of 17 … also returned 11 kickoffs for 126 yards and 17 punts for 29 yards …… Notched 5,076 career yards on 681 carries for 59 touchdowns at Brenham High School … also caught 31 passes for 381 yards and four TDs … named all-district and all-state in high school … also played basketball and track in high school.

Julius Perkins – LB, 6-3, 200, Houston, Texas (Blinn/Summer Creek)
Rated a two-star linebacker by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … Registered 22 tackles (14 solo) with 2.5 tackles-for-loss (TFL) in nine games as a sophomore at Blinn College … Played in six games as a freshman … recorded nine tackles (seven solo) with 1.0 TFL …. Named All-District and MVP runner-up at Summer Creek High School in 2014 … also competed in track in high school.

Chase Rogers – TE, 6-4, 248, Bay St. Louis, Miss. (St. Stanislaus)
Rated a three-star tight end by ESPN, Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … finished his prep career as Mississippi’s all-time leader in receiving yards and touchdowns, accumulating 216 receptions for 3,729 yards and 44 touchdowns … as a senior, Rogers was named to MaxPreps 2016 First-Team All-American squad after hauling in 61 passes for 1,042 yards and 12 touchdowns … a three-time all-state selection … helped St. Stanislaus reach the MHSAA Class 4A title game in 2016 and 2014 … recorded 1,462 yards on 81 catches and 19 touchdowns as a junior … reeled in 52 passes for 877 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore.

Carlos Rubio – OL, 6-5, 250, Alexandria, La. (Alexandria Senior)
Named to the 2016 All-Cenla Team … earned LSWA 5A All-State Honorable Mention honors … anchored an Alexandria Senior High School offensive line that helped the offense score 33 points and 375.5 yards per game.

Bralen Trahan – DB, 6-0, 180, Lafayette, La. (Acadiana)
A first-team Class 5A All-State selection as a defensive back … helped lead Acadiana High School to a 10-4 record and a berth in the Class 5A state playoffs … rated as a two-star prospect by Scout.com, 247Sports.com and Rivals.com … earned All-District 3-5A honors … a do-it-all player for the Wreckin’ Rams, had a breakout game in the Regional round of the Class 5A playoffs at No. 3-seeded Ponchatoula, rushing for two touchdowns and returning an interception for a score … earned MVP honors at the I-10 Bowl All-Star Game, where he picked off two passes and returned a fumble for a touchdown … named the Daily Advertiser All-Acadiana Special Teams Most Valuable Player.

Staten Wade – OL, 6-5, 285, Texarkana, Ark. (Reedley/Arkansas)
Enrolled at UL for the Fall 2016 semester and practiced with the Ragin’ Cajuns … did not see playing time … A 2015 All-California League selection at Reedley College … rated as the No. 28 JUCO lineman overall by GridironRR.com … Played tackle and defensive end at Texarkana’s Arkansas High School.

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