Notebook: Heating up in New Orleans
It was an unseasonably cool weekend in New Orleans, but the football action and
recruiting news was as hot as ever. From McDonogh 35 to Rummel and St.
Augustine, to long time rivals Holy Cross and Jesuit, there were big-time
players on the field and big recruiting news off of it.
New Orleans McDonogh 35 defenders Sci Martin (three-star defensive end) and
Stephon Taylor (three-star defensive tackle) both have top 10s.
Taylor did admit TCU, LSU, and Florida State did standout among his top group,
while Martin has Missouri making a strong push from outside of his top 10.
Neither knows when they want to make their final decision right now. Both know
they are not ready to commit right now and are waiting until they are
100-percent sure of their choice.
There are a few things they do know for sure right now. First, they will take
the majority of their official visits after the season. Second, they will take
an official visit to TCU together. Third, there is a good chance the two end up
playing college football together. In fact, Taylor put the chances of them
sticking together on the college at about 85 to 90-percent.
There is no doubt the two are close off the field and form a powerful
combination on it.
"We dominate," Taylor said. "He's a great pass rusher. I'm a run stopper. We do
Change in plans
Metairie (La.) Rummel Rivals100 cornerback Kristian Fulton planned to make a
preseason decision, but after taking a few unofficial visits towards the end of
the summer, he decided he was not ready.
He admits he came close to making a decision, but now he is focused on the
"Right now, to be honest, I really haven't been thinking about the recruiting
process with the season starting," Fulton said. "My plan was to commit before
the season and get it out of the way. I really want to focus on the season and
winning everything. It's my last year so I wanted to go out with a bang so I put
the whole recruiting process on hold right now."
He does not have any official visits scheduled and he will likely have to wait
to take them after the season since Rummel plays four of its last five games of
the regular season on Saturday.
as visit possibilities. He plans to take all of his official visits to
out-of-state programs, so he does not currently plan to take an official visit
to LSU, who he has unofficially visited several times already.
Committed but looking
New Orleans Holy Cross four-star cornerback Kyle Meyers committed to Florida
State after seeing a huge recruiting surge in the summer.
"Florida State is a traditional college," Meyers said. "It's one of the best
colleges in the country. Great coaching staff, nice area, nice people around the
campus. I felt at home there going up and visiting there and talking to the
coaches and my family and friends who have been up there. It just felt like home
and it felt like the right place for me."
Shortly after his commitment to Florida State the LSU Tigers extended an offer.
LSU continues to pursue along with the Ole Miss Rebels. He plans to take an
official visit to Ole Miss the weekend of Nov. 20, and will take his
official visit to Florida State in December. He will take an unofficial visit to
Florida State during the season and he does not know if he will visit LSU.
As for his commitment, he feels strong about his choice.
"I'm a solid commit, but I don't doubt the other schools," Meyers said. "I go
through the process, talk to them, and enjoy it.. But yes, I'm 100-percent
New Orleans McDonogh 35 three-star athlete Clifford Chattman also feels pretty
strong about his decision. When he received his scholarship offer from LSU in
February he knew he wanted to call and commit. So he did, and he has been
committed to LSU ever since. However, he is also keeping a look at his options.
"I'm feeling great about LSU, but my recruitment is still open to a lot of
people and people are still showing me love," Chattman said.
Oklahoma and TCU are the main schools currently showing interest.
He may take visits to other schools, but he does not know when and where at this
Underclassmen grabbing offers
New Orleans (La.) McDonogh 35 2017 three-star safety Brad Stewart already has
several scholarship offers with Colorado recently adding its name to his growing
He is not ready to declare any leaders at this early point in the recruiting
process, and he has already learned some valuable lessons from his teammates who
have gone and are currently going through the recruiting process.
"Really they just tell me to soak it all up," Stewart said. "Let them recruit,
let them come hard, show love, and go to games."
He has already visited LSU this fall, and he would like to take unofficial
visits to Mississippi State and Florida during the season. He mentioned
Tennessee, Colorado, Mississippi State and Florida as schools he would like to
visit during the summer months.
Louisiana Tech, South Florida and McNeese State, and he has already taken
unofficial visits to LSU and Louisiana Tech. He says he will probably return to
LSU this season.
Archbishop Shaw three-star running back Trey Ragas has narrowed his list to
to make his decision to make his decision in October.
Holy Cross 2016 inside linebacker Jacques Boudreaux is currently committed to
Oklahoma have recently stepped up their interest. He was all over the field for
Holy Cross and helped lead a goal line stand to secure the Tigers 28-21 double
overtime win over Jesuit on Friday night.
athlete Ceejay Powell is small in stature but he has a big game. He spends his
time at quarterback for Livonia, but he is also a standout receiver and
cornerback at 5-foot-8, 165-pounds. He currently holds offers from Grambling, McNeese
and Nicholls, while Louisiana Tech is showing interest.
The 2019 class
is already making some noise in Louisiana, and two members of that class stood out over the weekend. New
Orleans Holy Cross starting quarterback Chandler Fields has some growing to do
at 5-foot-9, 175-pounds, but he showed some great poise and polish. He also
throws with zip and accuracy on the run and from the pocket. Amite (La.)
defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher is more of an imposing figure at 6-foot-3 and 305-pounds. Both
had their freshmen moments and have some work to do as they develop, but both
are also already earning attention from college coaches.