Louisiana’s Top 25 for 2010
Tiger Rag’s rankings of the top 25 in-state high school prospects for the Class of 2010
by Daniel Mingea III
Tiger Rag Recruiting Analyst
A year ago, the Bayou State possessed a number of the top prospects in the country.
Players like Rueben Randle, Chris Davenport, Janzen Jackson, Michael Ford, Chris Faulk, Josh Downs and Barkevious Mingo all ranked among the top prospects nationally at each of their respective positions.
With Louisiana being so top-heavy in blue chip talent, it was no wonder Les Miles and the LSU Tigers reeled in the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class.
Well, things are a bit different in the state for the Class of 2010.
Only three Louisiana players are rated in the Rivals.com Top 100, including Thibodaux’s Trovon Reed (15th), West Monroe’s Jordan Allen (61st) and Dutchtown’s Eric Reid (72nd).
Below, Tiger Rag breaks down the top 25 prospects in the Bayou State for the Class of 2010.
1.) JORDAN ALLEN (6′5, 250, 4.8) Defensive Line West Monroe HS (West Monroe, La.)
Allen possesses the size, the strength, and the versatility needed at the next level. He recorded 70 tackles (9TFL), nine sacks, two blocked field goals, and one blocked punt which he returned for a score while earning Class 5A All-State honors as a junior.
2.) TROVON REED (6′0, 170, 4.5) Athlete Thibodaux HS (Thibodaux, La.)
Reed is capable of hitting pay-dirt every time he touches the ball. Last season, Reed racked up 764 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns, passed for 694 yards and 10 touchdowns, and added 19 receptions for 344 yards including another touchdown while earning Class 5A All-State honors.
3.) THAROLD SIMON (6′4, 185, 4.5) Athlete Eunice HS (Eunice, La.)
The LSU commit is projected as a safety and was lethal on the defensive side of the ball last season while tallying 75 tackles and five interceptions. He brings a ton of excitement with him on the field.
4.) DJ WELTER (6′0, 215, 4.5) Linebacker Notre Dame HS (Crowley, La.
Welter’s best quality was featured last season as he roamed the field from sideline to sideline hunting down ball carriers. The future Tiger finished his junior season with 128 tackles earning him Class 3A All-State honorable mention honors.
5.) ERIC REID (6′3, 200, 4.6) Safety Dutchtown HS (Prairieville, La.)
Reid is a hard hitting safety with good closing speed. The LSU commit tallied just under 50 tackles last season with four interceptions granting him Class 5A All-State honorable mention honors.
6.) RONNIE VINSON (5′11, 190, 4.53) Defensive Back Newman HS (New Orleans, La.)
Vinson is best suited as a corner at the next level. However, he spent much of his time on offense last year, carrying the rock for over 800 yards, catching it for another 400 yards while scoring 15 times.
7.) TERRANCE BROADWAY (6′1, 200, 4.5) Quarterback Capitol HS (Baton Rouge, La.
Broadway is as deadly with his arm as with his legs. As a junior, while missing three games with an ankle injury, he recorded over 1,300 yards passing with 16 touchdowns and added 200 yards on the ground with another four scores.
8.) JARRETT FOBBS (6′0, 185, 4.5) Athlete Huntington HS (Shreveport, La.)
Fobbs showed he could do it all last season while rushing for 614 yards and five touchdowns, catching 21 balls for 359 yards including another five scores. As a returner, he took four kicks back to the house and racked up 31 tackles and four interceptions on defense. His stock is on the rise.
9.) JAMES WRIGHT (6′2, 185, 4.55) Wide Receiver Belle Chase HS (Belle Chasse, La.)
Helping his team to a state title last season, the All-State receiver hauled in 58 passes for 1,058 yards and 18 touchdowns.He also carried the rock 22 times for 214 yards and four touchdowns.
10.) MUNCHIE LEGAUX (6′4, 185, 4.6) Quarterback Edna Karr Magnet HS (New Orleans, La.)
Legaux showcased his accuracy last season while completing 203 of 295 passes for 1,784 yards and an amazing 44 touchdowns. He added another 435 yards on the ground.
11.) NICK JACOBS (6′5, 240, 4.8) Tight End/Defensive End Many HS (Many, La.)
The future Tiger has the ability to play on either side of the ball at the next level.
12.) JONATHAN McKNIGHT (6′0, 170, 4.5) Athlete John Curtis HS (River Ridge, La.)
Last season, McKnight tallied 1,107 all-purpose yards. He hauled in 14 passes for 177 yard and three touchdowns and followed that up with 37 tackles on defense with eight interceptions. He also showcased his return abilities as he returned 17 punts for 331 yards and 12 kickoffs for 326 yards.
13.) HOUSTON BATES (6′2, 218, 4.8) Defensive End St. Pauls HS (Covington, La.)
Bates may be used as a defensive end or outside linebacker at the next level. As a junior he tallied 69 tackles and 14 sacks.
14.) RISEAN BROUSSARD (6′2, 280, 5.1) Defensive Tackle LaGrange HS (Lake Charles, La.)
One of the best defensive tackles in the state, the future Tennessee Volunteer tallied 33 tackles and five sacks in just four games due to a broken foot. He had to miss his junior season after transferring from Washington Marion H.S to LaGrange H.S.
15.) BRANDON JACKSON (6′4, 252, 4.8) Defensive Tackle Evangel Christian HS (Shreveport, La.)
The future Texas A&M Aggie recorded 113 tackles, six sacks, and 1 fumble recovery during his junior season.
16.) JEREMY MEYERS (6′2, 205, 4.66) Quarterback St. Michael HS (Baton Rouge, La.)
The signal caller possesses a strong arm and wears down defenders with his deceptive speed. Last season he threw for over 1,200 yards and rushed for nearly 900 yards. He is being recruited as a quarterback and as a safety at the next level.
17.) DREW DILEO (5′11, 175, 4.5) Athlete Parkview Baptist HS (Baton Rouge, La.)
While Dileo may not be the biggest man on the field, he is the biggest threat. As a junior, he recorded 760 yards rushing including nine touchdowns and added 315 yards receiving with four scores..
18.) WALKER ASHBURN (6′3, 250, 4.75) Defensive End John Curtis HS (River Ridge, La.)
Ashburn plays with a high motor on every play. Last season he racked up 89 tackles with 11 sacks while leading his team to yet another state championship.
19.) GAVIN WEBSTER (6′0, 190, 4.45) Athlete Lutcher HS (Lutcher, La.)
Served as the signal caller for his team while leading them to a state championship, but will likely be best suited as a corner back at the next level.
20.) LUKE CARPENTER (6′4, 290) Offensive Tackle John Curtis HS (River Ridge, La.)
The light-footed hog-molly played a vital role in opening up holes for the Patriots’ offense which ultimately led them to another state title.
21.) JAMES GILLUM (5′11, 180, 4.7) Running Back Pearl River HS (Slidell, La.)
On 170 carries the All-State back rushed for over 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns.
22.) TAYLOR BURCH (6′3, 205, 4.6) Quarterback Neville HS (Monroe, La.)
The strong-armed quarterback threw for over 1,300 yards and eleven touchdowns before tearing his ACL in the ninth week of his junior season. The fate of his recruitment will be determined by how he returns from the injury.
23.) CURTIS CARTER (6′1, 185, 4.41) Athlete North Desoto HS (Stonewall, La.)
Although he serves as quarterback for his team, Carter is projected as a receiver at the next level. As a junior he threw for over 700 yards and 10 touchdowns and added 262 yards on the ground with seven touchdowns.
24.) NICK SCELFO (6′3, 215, 4.7) Tight End St. Michael HS (Baton Rouge, La.)
Scelfo has gotten off to a slow start on the recruiting front largely due to the fact he did not have many passes thrown his way. With that said Scelfo has all that is needed to play at the next level.
25.) KARL BUTLER (6′0, 182, 4.55) Defensive Back Brother Martin HS (New Orleans, La.)
Butler was a Second Team All-State selection after recording 23 tackles, 25 pass-breakups, and four interceptions.