The New Orleans metro area is prime territory in regard to football recruiting. The players produced locally highly coveted by major college recruiters from coast to coast.
LSU made a change this offseason, assigning former Archbishop Shaw quarterback Mickey Joseph to lock down the turf in and around the Crescent City for the Tigers.
Here are top players in this area who will draw the most attention as recruiting for 2018kicks into high gear.
Tie-No. 25 RB Garland LaFrance (5-10, 168) St. Augustine
The 4.5 sprinter is at full speed on his 2nd step. Displays good balance as he slithers through arm tackles. Patient runner. Doesn’t allow defenders a good shot at him in the open field. Tulane the front runner followed by Army, Nicholls State, Jackson State, SFA and Troy.
Tie-No. 25 OG Jeremiah James (6-1, 285) De La Salle
Also an outstanding wrestler. Boasts a 600 lbs. squat. Tremendous run blocker. Drives opponent off the ball. Gets under his pads and locks onto defender. Balance and leverage. Nicholls watching along with ULM, SLU, McNeese and Southern.
No. 24 ATH Julien Gums (5-10, 212) De La Salle
Currently runs a 4.57 forty but that will improve when he begins track season. 300 lbs. bench press, 505 squat with a 3.3 GPA in academics. Totaled 1.141 yards passing with 20 touchdowns. 575 yards on the ground with 10 TD’s. Was District 9 3A MVP. Southern Miss and Nicholls monitoring. He appears to be ideal fit on Sun Belt roster.
No. 23 RB Corey Williamson (6-1, 205) St. Paul’s
Had 1,157 yards rushing with 17 scores in 2016. Patient runner who will continue to build up his frame. Quicker than he appears. Good vision, sees backside hole. Good feet and receiver. Attention from Tulane, UL Lafayette, Kansas, McNeese, La. Tech and Northwestern State.
No. 22 WR Sheldon “Sticks” Jones (5-9, 160) Warren Easton
Committed to UTSA. Memphis and Jackson State trying to pry him away. Can line as WR/CB/ KR/ PR. Athletic, good separation in route, high points ball, adjusts to throw, super hands, great upside.
No. 21 ATH Nick Martin-Morman (5-10, 167) Northlake Christian
Had over 1,000 yards rushing with 13 touchdowns, snared 18 passes for additional 323 yards. As a defensive back, will step up and challenge run. Runs a 4.45 40-yard dash. Confidence, flies to the ball. Comes downhill. Good open field tackler. Named All District on both offense and defense.
No. 20 ATH Lloyd Nash (5-11, 165) St. Charles Catholic
In 2016 he tallied 1,785 all-purpose yards. Season high mark was 322 yards rushing against Newman. Explosive, good football IQ, super athletic. Can use 4.4 speed to play wide receiver or cornerback in college. Trying to catch him is like trying to catch a mosquito in a cow pasture. He also excels on the diamond and can fly around the bases. Nicholls, SLU, Tulane and UL Lafayette taking a long, hard look at both sports.
No. 19 RB Devin Brumfield (5-9, 207) Covington
Recorded 1,553 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2016. For his career he has 4,134 yards.
Terrific balance, a north-south runner, great extra effort, breaks tackles with a low center of gravity.
Mississippi State offered back on Aug. 25.
No. 18 OT Deron Mack (6-4 1/2, 285) McDonogh 35
Good knee bend, moves his feet well. Plays snap to whistle. Can pull and get to second level. Good arm extension. Missouri, Miami, Kansas, Auburn and Texas all have him rated high.
No. 17 WR Jamaal Jolla (6-2, 190) St. Augustine
High points ball, concentration, fluid in and out of cuts, good blocker downfield, great effort each play. Memphis has offer on table.
No. 16 QB Jordan Loving (6-3, 210) Riverside
Boasts 400-pound squat and 300-pound power clean – not bad for a quarterback. Was District 9-2A MVP and led Rebels to Division III state title. Quick release, pocket presence, fires out pattern, reads defense quickly, good feet, velocity on his throws, has right placement on throws, goes through progressions, moves away from pressure. Passed for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns in championship game. Three-sport (football, basketball and baseball) star. Getting looks from LSU, Tennessee, Missouri and Texas A&M.
No. 15 CB Damien Tate (5-8, 175) Warren Easton
Had 40 tackles with 4 interceptions last season on defense. On opposite side of the ball had four catches for 172 yards. That’s a whopping 43 yards per grab with 2 touchdowns. Assigned to opponent’s best WR, can lock down and erase receiver. Has 4.42 speed in 40. Good special teams, transitions well with receiver. Comes up with key play. Jackson State has offered.
No. 14 WR Yo’Heinz Tyler (6-4, 183) Warren Easton
Runs crossing routes fearlessly. Adjusts to throw, gets behind coverage, mismatch in red zone, finds crease in secondary. Uses body to shield defender. Great positioning. Offers from Kansas (favorite), UAB and Jackson State.
No. 13 OLB Juan Monjarres (6-2, 204) St. Augustine
Leader on defense, knack for big play. Can run, displays great effort. Jackson State , Tulane and Troy hoping to land him.
No. 12 WR Jared Miles (6-1, 185) McDonogh 35
Speed to burn with 4.4 forty and 10.4 hundred. Super deep routes, gets off press coverage, catches with hands away from body. Velcro hands, speed sweeps, good separation from defender. Good in classroom with 3.0 GPA. Jackson State offer; Kansas, UL Lafayette, Mississippi State and LA Tech monitoring. Camped at LSU last summer.
No. 11 S Isaiah Windmon (6-2, 180) John Ehret.
Good closing speed, takes good angles to ball, knack for coming up with big play. Very fluid. Offers from Texas A&M, Colorado, Arizona State, UL Lafayette, Miss. State, Arkansas and Iowa State. Good range.
No. 10 DB Aaron Brule’ (6-2, 195) Rummel.
Big play waiting to happen, runs alley, will drop the hammer on runner. A striker, plays with energy. A ball hawk. Reads and reacts. Devastating tackler. Kansas pledge. Arkansas, Cincinnati, UTSA, Memphis, Tennessee, Oregon State and Tulane offers. LSU and Alabama on periphery watching.
No. 9 WR Jamarr Chase (6-1, 193) Rummel.
Had 634 yards receiving with 11 touchdowns averaging 27.6 yards per grab last season. Opened junior season with 226 yards receiving and four TDs against U-High. Catches in a crowd, runs after catch. Protects ball, super work ethic. Separation, natural skills. His stock will rise as process continues. Kansas commit with offers from Louisville, Indiana, LA Tech, Oregon State, Memphis, Tennessee, Ole Miss and TCU. 4.5 speed.
No. 8 DB Joe Foucha (6-0, 195) McDonogh 35.
Very physical. Blows up runners who venture into his territory. Plays in box, good open field tackler, could grow into outside linebacker, No false steps, run support, plays with juice. Tennessee, Florida State, Auburn, Texas, Arizona, SMU, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Ball State, Memphis and Texas A&M all interested.
No. 7 TE Glenn Beal (6-4, 255) John Curtis.
Converted LB is Dillon Gordon-like (former LSU blocking TE). Good yards after catch, maintains block very well, very physical, drives opponent, receiver’s mentality. Super athletic. LSU looks like team to beat, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas, Could come down to LSU-A&M battle. TCU and Miami next tier.
No. 6 DT Jamiran James (6-0 1/2, 276) De La Salle
Super strong with a 320 lbs. bench press, 630 lbs. squat (school record) . Outstanding athlete as a wrestler and shot put in track. Has also played baseball. Collapses pocket, uses hands well, good get off, pressure on QB, plays with leverage, great effort, hot motor. Demands double team, passionate. If he was two inches taller, everyone would be beating his door down. Nicholls with early offer. Notre Dame and LSU watching closely. Georgia and Florida keeping tabs on him. Will visit South Bend.
No. 5 WR Lawrence Keys (5-11 165) McDonogh 35
Athletic speedster who runs 10.3 in 100 and 4.35 in 40 with a 36-inch vertical. Super catching radius, acrobatic catches, finger tip grabs, good crossing routes, will blow past coverage. Current list includes Houston, Nebraska, Texas Tech, TCU, Vanderbilt, Arizona State and Arkansas. Tennessee and Oklahoma are in the fray.
No. 4 CB Corione Harris (6-1, 170) Landry-Walker
Runs like a deer, guard on basketball team, smooth, covers a lot of ground, great reach, reactions, plants and drives , exudes confidence. Kansas commit was LSU pledge. Has Arkansas, Utah State, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Auburn, Florida and Mississippi State trying to flip him.
No. 3 WR/CB Jammal Houston (6-2, 185) John Ehret
Has game-changing skills, Can play on either side of ball and runs 4.42 in 40. Will return from torn ACL last season. Plays with a little swagger. Ran well at LSU camp. Good hands, good separation. Very athletic, will come up and challenge as defender. Lots of confidence. Top three look like LSU, Tennessee and Mississippi State. Colorado, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Tennessee, UL Lafayette, Arizona, Southern Miss and Nebraska.
No. 2 ATH Anthony “Pooka” Williams (5-8, 165) Hahnville
Ran blistering 4.27 in 40 and also has 39 1/2-inch vertical. District 7-5A MVP had 355 yards against Thibodaux on the ground. Game changer in the mold of Kevin Faulk and Joe McKnight. Ed Reed called him best freshman he’d ever seen. Is a touchdown waiting to happen. Explosive KR, electric. Kansas commitment with Ball State, Mississippi State, Tulane, UCLA, TCU, Memphis, LSU, Texas Tech and Virginia not giving up on him. Could be great slot receiver in college.
No. 1 WR Devonta Jason (6-3, 187) Landry-Walker
Had 51 catches for 1,018 yards (20 yards per reception) with 17 touchdowns in 2016. Electrifying, eats up ground in big chunks with stride, makes difficult catch look easy, super catching radius, soft hands, a night mare cover, acceleration, super work habits, makes one handed beauties. Kansas commit was LSU pledge. Alabama, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida State, Florida and Ole Miss have him as a primary target.