Destrehan back earns All-State nod

Rack up one more accolade for the soon-to-be newest LSU Tiger from the Destrehan pipeline.

Wildcats rusher John Emery, the highest rated senior running back in the country by ESPN.com and LSU signee, was named to the Class 5A All-State first team after helping to lead his team to the state semifinal round in 2018.

Destrehan’s Chase Cooke and Dontrell Smith were named honorable mention, as was Hahnville’s Adonis Friloux.

It marks the first time Emery has been named All-State, as he missed approximately half of his junior season due to a wrist injury.

But he made up for it and ensured his All-State selection this time by posting a monster senior season. Emery rushed for 1,683 yards and 26 touchdowns on 218 carries. He added 20 receptions, 281 yards and two touchdowns to his total as well. That production came in spite of Destrehan’s ability to rest him in several games it had well in hand early.

The 5’11, 202 pound senior signed with LSU in December after initially committing to Georgia, switching his commitment to the Tigers with an eye on garnering early playing time.

“He’s a versatile kid who can run, make all the moves and catch ball out backfield. He’s a real smooth guy that’s a truly good back,” said Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux. “He fights and fights and fights. I’ll take him any day. I want him on my team any day.”

Emery said upon signing with the Tigers that he feels blessed to have accomplished all he has with the Wildcats, but said he isn’t satisfied in the least and will arrive at LSU as hungry as can be.

“There are levels you have to reach in this game that I’m still striving for,” said Emery, who said his signing was bittersweet after falling short of a state championship with his teammates. “But I’m happy to have finally made the decision and I’m ready to go … I thought it would be hard for me to leave and go out of state and felt like I’d be homesick. With LSU … this is home.”

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