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Recruiting: Louisiana's Class of 2014 draws attention of college powerhouses

St. Augustine's Leonard Fournette may be the most coveted player in the country for the recruiting class of 2014.St. Augustine's Leonard Fournette may be the most coveted player in the country for the recruiting class of 2014.

When you compare this exceptional Recruiting Class of 2013 in Louisiana against the Class of '14 one season hence, what difference will a year make?

Hardly a ripple.

This season's crop of talented juniors will certainly attract a host of invaders from the elite college football programs across the nation next fall, and with good reason.

The shelves are again stocked in the Bayou State, with an upper tier that promises to be crammed.

"There are a ton of top-end BCS (Bowl Championship Series) players for next year," said Tulane recruiting coordinator Doug Lichtenberger. "There are fantastic players throughout the state and it may be the deepest crop I have seen in my seven years here. There is a little bit of everything and it is evenly divided (among positions)."

The state's Top 30 (plus one) rankings include at least one player at every on-field position, in addition to a place-kicker. There is no punter.

Breaking down the listings a notch, here is one person's evaluations of the Top 12 for next season -- players who will command an avalanche of national attention:

  • Running back Leonard Fournette, St. Augustine, 6-2, 225.
  • Wide receiver Trey Quinn, Barbe, 6-1, 195.
  • Wide receiver Davante 'Speedy' Noil, Karr, 5-10,175.
  • Wide receiver Malachi Dupre, Curtis, 6-3, 190.
  • Wide receiver Cameron Sims, Ouachita, 6-4, 190.
  • Tight end Jacory Washington, Westlake, 6-5, 210 (LSU pledge).
  • Offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, West Monroe, 6-6, 315.
  • Offensive guard Garrett Brumfield, University High, 6-3, 275.
  • Offensive guard William Clapp, Brother Martin, 6-4, 270 (LSU pledge).
  • Defensive end Gerald Willis, Karr, 6-3, 270.
  • Linebacker Kenny Young, Curtis, 6-1, 210.
  • Safety Laurence Jones, Neville, 6-2, 210.

Louis Armstrong Airport promises to remain busy next fall since six of the Top 12 hale from the greater New Orleans area, as do 12 of the state's remaining 19 prospects. The wide receiver position looks exceptionally strong, talented and deep.

LSU, with four early pledges from juniors, will continue to feel intense recruiting competition from SEC West rivals Texas A&M and Alabama, among others.

As for 2013, LSU has already secured 26 commits and signees for 2013 with more pivotal recruits in their sights.

Tulane has 21 commits with 16 players scheduled to visit the campus this weekend, including three who are undecided.

The Green Wave's most recent commitment came last week from defensive back Jarrod Franklin (6-0, 195) of University High in Baton Rouge. The Wave could add as many as three more 2013 seniors. One of the Wave's primary targets is Curtis All-State linebacker Duke Riley. With local emphasis, Tulane has landed 15 of its current recruits from the New Orleans area, in addition to two more from Louisiana.

LSU, by contrast, has spent much more on jet fuel, with commitments from players in nine states outside of Louisiana. The Tigers will certainly land another Top 10 national class, with many critical decisions yet to be made.

Scheduled to visit LSU this weekend is Kevin Spears, a 6-2, 190-pound wide receiver from Holy Cross already committed to Louisiana Tech. The visit schedule of safety Tahaan Goodman (6-2, 185) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., seems to be hanging in limbo.

LSU would love to punctuate its effort on Feb. 6 by landing some from this foursome: defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (6-5, 260) of Grayson in Loganville, Ga., who is also considering Ole Miss; safety Priest Willis (6-2, 185) of Tempe, Ariz., who is visiting UCLA; linebacker Reuben Foster (6-2, 230) of Auburn, Ala., who will likely stay in his home state; and Goodman.

Elsewhere, coach Jay Roth of state champion Rummel said that tight end Cethan Carter (6-4, 235) visited Nebraska last weekend and was offered a scholarship by the Cornhuskers. On Thursday, Carter accepted that offer so he will not visit Alabama or LSU the next two weeks. Raiders quarterback Damian William (6-1, 235), who had visited Southern Mississippi, also committed this week, picking USM. Williams had interest from Western Kentucky, Florida International and Florida Atlantic, Roth said.

Louisiana’s Class of 2014
Top 30 (Plus one)
Pos. Name, school................................ Ht.  Wt.
QB Donovan Isom, Destrehan.............. 6-4  235
QB Quentin Gibson, Archbishop Shaw.... 6-2  180
QB Glen Cuiellette, Mandeville.............  6-1  205
RB Leonard Fournette, St. Augustine....  6-2  225
RB Sione Palelei, East Ascension.........  5-10  190
RB Darrell Williams, Ehret...................  6-1  210
RB Raekwon James, John Curtis..........  5-9  185
WR Trey Quinn, Barbe........................  6-1  195
WR Davante ‘Speedy’ Noil, Karr..........  5-10  175
WR Malachi Dupre, Curtis....................  6-3  190
WR Cameron Sims, Ouachita...............  6-4  190
WR Steven Dunbar, Rummel...............  6-2  180
WR Jared Cornelius, Evangel...............  6-1  175
TE Anthony Jones, Karr......................  6-5  215
TE Jacory Washington, Westlake*........  6-5  210
OT Cameron Robinson, West Monroe...  6-6  315
OT Bailey Granier, South Lafourche.....  6-5  290
OG Garrett Brumfield, University.........  6-3  275
OG William Clapp, Brother Martin*....... 6-4  270
DE Gerald Willis, Karr........................  6-3  270
DE Davon Godchaux, Plaquemine........ 6-4  245
DT Deldrick Canty, Scotlandville.......... 6-2  260
DT Garrald McDowell, Covington.......... 6-3  255
LB Kenny Young, John Curtis............... 6-1  210
LB RaeJuan Marbley, Destrehan........... 5-10  220
CB Jermaine Roberts, St. Augustine..... 5-11 175
CB Terrence Alexander, John Curtis..... 5-11 180
S   Laurence Jones, Neville................. 6-2  210
S   Ricky Gibson, Marksville................ 6-2  185
Ath. Kennon Fontenot, Barbe............... 5-10 185
PK  Craig Ford, Hahnville..................... 6-3  160
*   Committed to LSU
Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2013 11:49  
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