For the second consecutive year, LSU has jumped on a speedy New Orleans area linebacker late in the recruiting game.
A year ago, it was Debo Jones of Jesuit. This year, it is Duke Riley of John Curtis.
Riley and J.T. Curtis confirmed that LSU has offered the Patriots linebacker a grayshirt scholarship. Riley would pay his own way for the fall of 2013 before going on full scholarship for the 2014 spring semester. No commitment has been made, at this time.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Riley is considering Ole Miss, Tulane and TCU and has offers from Arizona, Cincinnati, Colorado, Houston, ULL, Minnesota, Mississippi State and San Diego State.
On the season, Riley was the leading tackler for Curtis with 124 tackles, including two sacks. In the 35-13 state championship victory over Evangel (2A), Riley had a team-high 8.5 tackles, including one for a loss. He returned a Dakota Duron fumble 80 yards for a touchdown. In a 55-0 semifinal win over Springfield, Riley had 15 tackles and recovered a fumble and was named Sportsnola.com's Prep Player of the Week for metro New Orleans.
A year ago, LSU offered Jones late. The concerns about both were the same--size. Jones is 6-foot-2, 200 pounds. He just completed a good freshman season at LSU, flying around on special teams and getting some playing time at linebacker. Jones recorded 21 tackles for the Tigers.
Meanwhile, standout tight end/fullback Cethan Carter of Rummel may receive a similar offer from LSU. The Tigers have ramped up their recruitment of Carter, a devastating blocker with very good hands and running ability.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Carter caught five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown in Rummel's 35-14 victory in the 5A state championship game over Barbe. Carter spoke with LSU earlier this week and visited the LSU campus a couple of weeks ago. LSU assistant Frank Wilson visited Rummel recently and is very high on Carter.
For the season, Carter caught 23 passes for 418 yards and five touchdowns and served as a terrific lead blocker for running back Keith Fulton and quarterback Damian Williams, who combined for over 2,000 yards rushing.
Carter has offers from Florida International, Memphis, Southern Miss, Tulane and ULL.
Performances in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome matter in December when it comes to recruiting.
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