The LSU Tigers finished off a huge recruiting weekend by getting a verbal commitment from East St. John High School star athlete Ricky Dixon. Dixon, who was ranked as the nation’s 22-ranked wide receiver prospect, selected the Tigers over Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Dixon, 6-2 and 210 pounds, played wide receiver, quarterback and tight end as a senior at East St. John and he was named The Times-Picayune newspaper’s All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 after catching 7 passes for 158 yards and 1 touchdown and he rushed for 288 yards on 59 attempts and he scored 10 touchdowns. Dixon also completed 34 of his 65 passes for 663 yards and 8 touchdowns with no interceptions.
East St. John High School head coach Larry Dauterive says that Dixon is a tremendous athlete who can do a lot of things with the football in his hands.
“First of all Ricky is a phenomenal athlete,” Dauterive said. “He has great strength, excellent speed and good hands. And he will grow into a big man in college. He will probably play as a slot receiver in college.”
Dixon will be reunited in college with quarterback Ryan Perrilloux and defensive end Kirston Pittman, both who were star players at East St. John High School.
Dixon was not the only big addition the Tiger football team as Les Miles and LSU landed running back Kieland Williams from Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia and offensive tackle Phil Loadholt from Garden City Community College in Kansas.
Williams, who played prep football at Northside High School in Lafayette was regarded as one of the top halfback prospects in the nation and one Southeast Conference head coach says that Williams is “the best running back prospect to come out of the Louisiana high school ranks since Warrick Dunn.”
Williams selected LSU over USC and Ole Miss.
Loadholt, a 6-8, 340 pound offensive tackle, earned Junior College All-American accolades last season at Garden City and he selected the Tigers over Kansas State, Colorado and Kansas.
St. Charles High School standout wide receiver/kickoff and punt return specialist Casey Robottom has verbally committed to play football at Tulane University.
The 5-10, 165 pound athlete selected the Green Wave over Princeton, Southern Illinois, Brown University and UL-Monroe.
St. Charles High School head coach Frank Monica was quick to give praise to his multi-talented big play performer.
“Casey can play with anybody in the country, and I mean anybody. There are track guys who are faster and there are bigger players at his position out there, but he has the whole package. He is a tremendous athlete who will make a quick impact on special teams and he is a very intelligent young man.”
Robottom averaged 17 yards per punt return in 2005 and he returned both a punt and a kickoff for scores as a senior.
The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama is the premier showcase for senior talent in the country and this past weekend a local product got the call to participate in the most prestigious college all-star game. Former Lutcher High School and Northwestern State (LA.) cornerback David Pittman was invited to play in the Senior Bowl and he will play for the North squad this coming Saturday.
LSU Tiger standout players, halfback Joseph Addai, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and wide receiver/return specialist Skyler Green, will play for the South squad.
I will talk more about the upcoming Super Bowl next week, but I can’t help but write about the accomplishments of the new “7” in the NFL.
For many years when people referred to “7” in the NFL it meant a glowing compliment to Denver Broncos Hall of Fame and two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback John Elway. I can truthfully say that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has the looks of that same type player on the field and he is the new “7” in the NFL community.
Roethisberger, who is just in his second season in the NFL, has been on football “fire” the past month of the NFL season and the young signal-caller has put this Steelers’ team on his back and road them to three straight road victories to get them to the big show in Detroit.
I will write more about the Super Bowl next week, but I think you can see where I am leaning with my pick and you are watching the berth of a new football superstar in Ben Roethlisberger.