Recruiting Notes: Top 20 in Metro New Orleans for 2017 football class

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Lowell Narcisse

Lowell Narcisse (#2) is a coveted dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2017 (Photo: Parker Waters).

The ink is barely dry on the Letters of Intent signed just a couple of weeks ago by the 2016 class. It’s time now to move forward and see who will be the targets of our attention at this time next year.

Here we go, top 20 (or so) from Metro New Orleans and surrounding areas:

1-Lowell Narcisse (6-3, 220) QB St. James. Recently de-committed from Auburn, the process nis ow re-opened. LSU, Alabama, Clemson, Arizona State, Tulane, Illinois, North Carolina and Southern Miss have all joined Auburn in the sweepstakes.  He has maintained a good relationship with LSU offensive ccordinator Cam Cameron throughout. The left-handed passer has also dealt with a pair of knee injuries.

2-Bruce Jordan-Swilling (6-0, 215) RB/LB Brother Martin. Some see him as a feature back, others on the defensive side. Regardless, he is one of the top backs in the nation for the ’17 class. Powerful and explosive with good vision, he is a game changer. His top five appear to be Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Miami and UCLA. Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tulane, Oklahoma State and Mississippi State are trying to make their case. Jordan-Swilling had 344 yards and seven touchdowns in one half at St. Stanislaus and ust under 2,000 yards for the 2015 season.

3-Devonta Smith (6-1, 165) WR Amite. A one-time Georgia pledge, he has re-opened the process. A playmaker who is super in space, Smith gets good separation and shows another gear.  LSU, Alabama, Baylor, Georgia and Ole Miss are jockeying. Miami and Clemson are hoping to break into his upper tier.

4-Tre Swilling (6-0, 180) CB Brother Martin. Good hips, break on ball. Natural skills. Offers from Michigan, Georgia Tech, LSU, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas A&M. Florida State has jumped into fray.

5-Brad Stewart (6-0, 195) DB McDonogh 35. Will come up and challenge. Can play CB. Very athletic. Mississippi State appears to be leader. Miami, Florida State, Colorado, Memphis, Florida, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Missouri.

6-Michael Lee (5-9, 195) CB Landry-Walker. Has offers from Missouri, Miami, Georgia, Arizona State, California, Texas, Tennessee, Purdue, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. Cousin is LSU CB Dwayne Thomas. Super athletic, ball skills. Runs track.

7-Keytaon Thompson (6-4, 225) QB Landry-Walker. Committed to Mississippi State. Early comparisons to Cam Newton. Accuracy 60-65 yards. Can make all the throws. Excellent basketball player. Straight-A student. Changed from side arm delivery to more over the top.

8-Josh Clarke (6-3, 225) OLB Riverdale. Plays well in space. Comes off the edge with no wasted steps. Jackson State has offered. He likes Baylor but Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and Nebraska are all monitoring. It won’t be long before more offers come.

9-Derrick Munson (6-0, 200) SS/LB Rummel. A tackling machine who brings the wood.. He is committed to Arkansas. May may play strong safety at the next level.

10-AL’Dontre Davis (6-0, 190) WR Lutcher..Looks to be an LSU-Ole Miss battle.  Auburn a step behind, Tulane, Georgia and ULL in mix.

11-Terrell Bailey (6-0, 180) CB John Ehret. Lockdown cover man. Great hips and recovery.  Finds ball quickly. Arkansas and Tennessee with early offers.

12-Jontre Kirkland (6-0, 170) ATH Lutcher. Already committed to LSU. Exciting with ball in his hands. Could be slot or CB. Early on, I see him as a DB in college. A natural leader.

13-Jeremy Singleton (6-0, 177) WR Brother Martin. Cuts at full speed. Catches away from his body, hard worker, precise routes. Ball State, Cincinnati, Vandy and Tulane.

14-Justice McCoy (6-2, 180) QB St. Augustine. Good over the top delivery. Maintains eyes downfield. Offers from Tulane and Colorado State. Texas, Missouri, Memphis and ULL watching closely. Has made tremendous strides. Played as freshman in Catholic League. Mobile, good pocket presence.

15-Aldon Cark (6-3, 203) QB Edna Karr. Has offer from Memphis. Things should begin to heat up soon with camps. Makes good decisions. Can make all the throws, rifle arm, climbs the pocket. Football IQ.

16-Tevin Bush (5-8, 175) RB Landry-Walker. A homerun threat. Could play in slot. 100 meter sprinter. Strong enough to run inside. Offers from Cincinnati, Tulane, Kansas, ULL, Louisville and Texas Tech.

17-Corey Dublin (6-4, 285) OT Jesuit. Just won the 285 lbs. state wrestling title this past weekend. Good balance, uses hands very well, grandfather and uncle both played pro football. Started as freshman at RT for Jays. Finishes blocks. Doesn’t lunge. Jesuit has produced 2 good O-linemen, Bob Wynne(LSU) and Corey Hilliard (Oklahoma State).

18-Garrett Wallow (6-2, 200) DB John Curtis. Down hill tackler. Attacks ball. Tulane, Cincinnati and Ball State have early start. Kansas State and ULM are very interested. Smart, heady.

(tie) DanQuan Edwards (6-1, 250) DE De La Salle. Undersized, but has good motor. Relentless, uses hands. 2016 All Metro. South Carolina, Tulane, ULL and ULM have a line on him. Will attract more attention.

19-Travis Jordan (6-3, 185) WR John Ehret. Has played QB. Very athletic.  High points ball, great potential, hard worker, good hands, catches away from body. No offers yet but LSU, Tulane, Oregon, Colorado and Nebraska all monitoring.

(tie) Cameron Jackel (6-5, 285) OT Shaw. 4.0 GPA. Intelligent. Moves feet , good hand placement, doesn’t lunge. Desire to improve. Arkansas, Memphis, ULL, ULM have interest.

20-Cameron Maheu (6-4, 285) OT Jesuit.  Good drive blocker. Good punch. Tulane, Nicholls State, McNeese and SLU are all watching closely. Could play inside.

Watch our PRI segment (Wednesdays at 6 p.m. on WHNO-TV Channel 20) on the current Top 20:

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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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