MIKE ASKS ...
‘What happened to the 2007 football season?’
It seems like almost yesterday that the high school, college and pro seasons were just starting and now we are on the verge of the entire 2007 football season being over with.
The prep season has been over for a month and now football enthusiasts are keeping a close eye on where the best prep talent decides to continue their football career in college. This past weekend the LSU Tigers landed two of the most coveted high school players in the country in Ouachita Christian High School in Monroe (LA.) tight end Tyler Edwards and Ely High School in Florida cornerback Patrick Johnson.
Edwards who was regarded as one of the top two tight ends in the state of Louisiana, along with Sterlington High School standout Matt Branch, has verbally committed to play for Les Miles and the Tigers.
Johnson, who was rated the top prep cornerback in the country by Rivals.com, andc he selected the Tigers over Miami (Fla.),Florida and Florida State.
Johnson and Edwards now join River Parish standouts in quarterback Jordan Jefferson and wide receiver Tim Molton, both from Destrehan High School who have decided to play for LSU.
And more local recruiting news is ahead over the next few weeks as Destrehan running back/defensive back Jerico Nelson will select either Alabama, Miami (Fla.), Florida, Colorado, Ole Miss or Louisiana Tech for his college choice.
Destrehan High School standout wide receiver/return specialist Demaris Johnson has also emerged as a hot prospect on the recruiting circuit. The speedy playmaker has been sought after by Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis and Northern Illinois. I wouldn’t be surprised to also see the SMU Mustangs in the hunt for Johnson, especially if head coach June Jones decides to leave Hawaii and take the head coaching job with SMU.
Three other Wildcat performers, quarterback Ramal Ellis, running back Joel Banks and linebacker Chris Richard, are getting long looks by recruiters in the state of Louisiana.
Hahnville High School has three players also in wide receivers LaRon Byrd and Ivory Washington, and defensive tackle Nathan Lewis getting heavy attention from multiple schools in-state and out of state.
While these would-be college players are getting attention for what they will bring their respective schools in the future, everyone saw last week what type of football player former Hahnville High School standout and current West Virginia wide receiver Darius Reynaud is.
The former All-State running back was a key cog in the West Virginia 48-28 upset win over third-ranked Oklahoma. Reynaud caught 5 passes for 42 yards and 1 score and he also rushed the football one time for 30 yards and 1 touchdown in the Mountaineers big win in the 2008 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
This past weekend we also got to see some of the best talent produced by the state of Louisiana in post-season play in the NFL.
Former Hahnville High School and LSU All-American LaRon Landry intercepted 2 passes and totaled 5 tackles in the Washington Redskins 35-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Former Destrehan High School offensive tackle Jeremy Parquet, who was on the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad for most of the 2007 season, was activated to the regular season roster due to injuries along the Steelers offensive line, but his football club also was eliminated in the run to the Super Bowl by the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-29.
Sunday’s pro football game also brought to light just how much football talent there is in the state of Louisiana and we witnessed another native-son, quarterback Eli Manning, lead the New York Giants to a 24-14 upset win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He was helped along the way by former Assumption High School star running back Brandon Jacobs who scored 2 touchdowns, 1 rushing and another on a pass reception.
Former St. James High School quarterback Corey Webster, who starred at LSU at cornerback, was also another football hero for the Giants as he intercepted 1 pass, recovered 1 fumble and held Tampa Bay Buccaneers playmaking wide receiver Joey Galloway to just 1 catch for 9 yards.
Another Louisiana product, outside linebacker Reggie Torbor, who prepped at Lee High School in Baton Rouge before playing college football at Auburn, was also a big contributor for the Giants registering 3 tackles and constantly getting pressure on Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia all afternoon.
In the late game we again were able to see one of the best football players to ever come out of the River Parish as former Destrehan High School and current San Diego Chargers punter Mike Scifres continue to work his magic with his strong leg. He averaged 40.8 yards per punt on 4 punts in the Chargers 17-6 win and he consistently backed up the Tennessee Titans offense all game long.
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