BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana is home to some of the most talented athletes in the country on a yearly basis. It is such a unique state from a talent perspective that rare athletes often emerge seemingly out of nowhere. Such is the case in the class of 2011 in the Pelican State.
Tony Brown has plenty to like beyond his athleticism.
LSU has a commitment out of three-star Derrick Raymond, a tall speedy defensive back that hasn’t played a meaningful down of football since his freshman year due to transfer rules. And Raymond isn’t alone on LSU’s commitment list as a prospect that will be itching to get on the field as a senior.
Lamar Louis sat out his junior year but that didn’t stop LSU from offering and accepting the commitment of the two-way standout. On Sunday at LSU’s prospect camp, Louis showed what attracted LSU coaches. Louis, a probable linebacker for the Tigers, put up some absurd testing numbers. He ran a short shuttle 4.02 seconds, a vertical leap of 37.5 inches, a 10 foot standing broad jump and a 4.50 40.
Though he also has the ability to play running back, Louis was competing at linebacker on Sunday and showed good ability in space as well as some great physicality at the line of scrimmage. He was one of several LSU commitments in attendance.
In the linebacking corps, Louis was joined by fellow commit Trey Granier, a three-star inside linebacker. Wide receiver Travin Dural represented the offensive skill while Jerald Hawkins was one of the top offensive linemen in attendance. Several more commits were in attendance but didn’t work out. Torshiro Davis, Davante Bourque and Dwayne Thomas all took in the action and left open the possibility of competing in Monday’s session.
Introducing Tony Brown
2014 names are going to begin popping up as the class enters its sophomore season and one name that looks poised to be among the best in the nation is Tony Brown out of Beaumont (Texas) Ozen. Brown put on a show on Sunday at LSU and along with his talent, has plenty of other indicators of success in his favor.
At 6-foot, 175 pounds, Brown ran a sub 4.5 40 for the LSU coaches. As a freshman defensive back, he had 45 solo tackles, 50 assisted tackles, an interception, two forced fumbles and 14 pass breakups. There are some other factors that give Brown a good chance at success, starting with bloodlines.
Brown’s father of the same name played college football at Purdue and Texas Tech. He also ran track and was the Big 12 champion in the 200 meters. His mother, Tammy Walker was the Naismith award winner as a basketball player at Texas Tech. Her twin brother Sammy Walker played in the NFL with stints for the Raiders and the Packers. Meanwhile, Brown’s sister Bealoved Brown just returned from the junior track world championships in track where she was competing in the 200. Brown has already clocked a 10.8 in the 100 himself.
Beyond that, Brown is proud to admit that he scored a 1490 on the SAT as just a seventh grader and he has aspirations of being a Rhodes scholar. With that kind of resume, Brown will likely have plenty of college options in his future. However, he did indicate that LSU and Texas would be the two offers that he would receive in a perfect world.
Standish Dobard of Edna Karr will be one of the top prospects in Louisiana for 2013.
Big boy, big arm
Four-star athlete Jeremy Liggins always elicits some surprises when he arrives at an event. Sunday Liggins arrived late and, as is usually the case, he was immediately assumed to be a defensive lineman by several in attendance. But Liggins was quickly escorted to the quarterback group and proceeded to work with offensive coordinator Steve Kraigthorpe for the afternoon.
At 270 pounds, Liggins carries his weight extremely well and has an effortlessly strong arm. He is erratic at times as a passer but he is raw and the ability is certainly there. While the temptation would seem obvious to move Liggins to another position in college, the buzz around Baton Rouge was that LSU has legitimate interest in Liggins as a quarterback and quarterback only.
Edna Karr loaded with youngsters
New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr fell just short of a state championship in 2010, losing to Franklinton in the state championship game. Fortunately for head coach Jabbar Juluke, there’s plenty of talent coming up in the pipeline. On Saturday at the LSU 7on7 camp, Edna Karr had lots of young players on display that will be major recruits in the coming years.
2013 tight end Standish Dobard is the first to stand out for Karr. He stands at 6-4, 245 pounds and doesn’t have an ounce of bad weight on him. Fellow sophomore Noel Ellis mans the cornerback position for Edna Karr and is a ball hawk in the secondary. Both left LSU en route to camp at Alabama.
Juluke also is privileged to coach two of the state’s best out of the 2014 class. Devante Noil was showing off his ability on Saturday as a wide receiver. Noil has elite athleticism with a 4.41 40 time, a 36 inch vertical and a 10-5 standing broad jump. Defensive end Gerald Willis didn’t compete in the 7on7 but he will be competing with Noil, Dobbard and Ellis at Alabama. Willis is one of the top defenders in the state of Louisiana as a rising sophomore and will be a national recruit.
Odds and ends
- 2013 running back James Oden out of Amite High School in Louisiana wowed coaches and onlookers with a blistering 4.32 40. Oden also had a good day of work in the running back drills and 7on7 work.
- Leonard Fournette, one of the top prospects in the entire nation for the class of 2014 looks like a man already. The big back took part in Saturday’s 7on7 camp with his St. Augustine teammates and he showed the kind of size that you would expect out of an incoming college freshman, not a rising high school sophomore. Fournette leads what is shaping up to be a phenomenal 2014 class in Louisiana.
- LSU coaches spent a lot of individual time with rising junior offensive lineman Josh Thomas out of Shreveport (La.) Evangel. Thomas is a massive kid with a 6-foot-11 wingspan who possesses a lot of upside. At this point in his development, Thomas is still very raw both as a player and as an athlete but he certainly has some tools that have caught the attention of the LSU coaches.
- Along with Saturday’s 7on7 there was a lineman camp in which Vadal Alexander out of Buford (Ga.) High School was the premiere name competing. Alexander has been to LSU on multiple occasions and looks very comfortable with the LSU coaching staff. Elite 2013 offensive lineman Kenneth Santa Maria was also taking part in the lineman camp and he could be a potential offer for the Tigers down the line as well.