Class of '14 Top 11 Louisiana Prospects
1) Leonard Fournette - RB - St. Augustine - Fournette is among the best running backs in the nation, regardless of classification. Virtually every major program in the country has either offered or plans to offer. The vast majority of pundits believe Fournette to be an LSU lock, thanks to the connections the Purple Knights have with Baton Rouge. LSU ace recruiter Frank Wilson is a St. Augustine grad, and he's landed the Purple Knights that he's gone after: Tyrann Mathieu, Trai Turner and Jonah Austin. It certainly doesn't hurt that the Tigers were the first to offer Fournette (6-1, 220). Last year, he ran for 238 yards in the season-opener vs. West Jefferson. Fournette finished the season with close to 1,800 yards for St. Aug, which drops down from Class 5A to 4A in 2011. He has brawn and speed, having placed first in the 200 meters and third in the 100 in the Catholic League district track meet. A few interesting matchups this fall for Fournette & St. Aug: Brother Martin & DE Julien Obioha (week two), Hahnville & DB Jerquinick Sandolph (LSU commit) (week four), Archbishop Shaw & DE Ryan Brown (South Florida commit) (week five) and East Jefferson & DB Derrick Raymond (LSU commit) (week nine).
2) Trey Quinn - WR - Barbe - When do you see a freshman receiver expose senior defensive backs at the 5A level? Not too often, but that's what Quinn accomplished last year. During the regular season, Quinn caught 42 passes for 966 yards (23 yards per catch) with 8 touchdowns. He was named to the MaxPreps U.S. Air Force Freshman All-American Team (only two other WRs made the first-team). Quinn regularly blew past various coverage schemes with his 4.5 speed. He's already a true home-run threat, which brings us to his baseball exploits. Quinn played for South Lake Charles in the 2008 Little League World Series. During the tourney, he tossed a no-hitter vs. Jeffersonville, Indiana. As a frosh, he starred for Barbe, which is a prominent baseball power. His teammate, TE Desean Smith, is our No. 4 ranked '13 prospect in Louisiana. Quinn made the Honorable-Mention All-State squad last year. He and the Bucs tangle with Evangel Christian on the road in early non-district play.
3) Gerald Willis - DL - Edna Karr - Collected 10 sacks for last year's 4A state runner-up. Willis, whose older brother is blue-chip safety Landon Collins (Dutchtown), teams up with seniors Leonard Washington and Darrian Dyson on the state's best defensive line. They'll be put to the test on Labor Day vs. Texas 5A program Arlington Bowie, which features QB Kolby Listenbee (TCU commit) and RB Russell Hansbrough (multiple BCS offers). Already 6-3, 260-265 pounds.
4) Elijah McGuire - ATH - Vandebilt Catholic - Dual-sport star favors hoops more than the gridiron at the moment, but he plans to play college football. As an eighth grader, was already the Terriers' best varsity basketball player. 5-10, 175. Played both quarterback and running back last year for the Houma-based Class 4A school. Ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns in the final game of the season (playoff loss to Bastrop). Brilliant ability to make sharp cuts when he has the football in his hands. VCHS has an intriguing non-district matchup in week three vs. St. Charles Catholic (RB Lazedrick Thompson, DB Jeffrey Hall, DE/LB La'Jaylin Smith). McGuire says he favors LSU, Duke, Kentucky, Syracuse, Georgetown and Alabama.
5) Blake Roussel - LB - Lutcher - Earned All-District honors last year. Also a headhunter on special teams. Displays savage tackling ability on film - stops ball carriers in their path at the point of contact. 6-1, 205. He grew up facing talented teammates in practice (Jarvis Landry, Daniel Taylor, Dorian Semien). Plays alongside underrated safety Kyron Jackson and corner Jordan Batiste (Ole Miss commit). Makes tackles from sideline-to-sideline. Very aggressive, hard-nosed inside linebacker. Throwback, Dick Butkus-type.
6) Donovan Isom - QB - Destrehan - Young signal-caller has terrific size (already in the 6-3 to 6-4 range) and the luxury of throwing to WR Rickey Jefferson (the No. 1 ranked '13 prospect in Louisiana). Last year, Isom completed a 90-yard touchdown pass in the Wildcats' come-from-behind 27-20 win over East Ascension. Destrehan will undertake a challenging 2011 slate that includes Edna Karr (CB Noel Ellis), Dutchtown (S Landon Collins), East St. John (QB/DB Darion Monroe) and Hahnville (DB Jerquinick Sandolph).