RCS New Orleans: Teams that should be pleased
DESTREHAN, La. — The Rivals Camp Series made its latest stop in New Orleans, La., last weekend as some of the area's top talent made its way to Destrehan High School. While the talent-rich region typically attracts the attention of schools across the country, five schools stood out in talking to recruits during the camp.
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With some top talent making the trip in from the state of Alabama, it's no surprise that the Crimson Tide were well-represented among the interests of some top recruits. It starts with Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Northridge four-star offensive lineman Wilkin Formby, who was among the camp's best in the trenches on Sunday, as he holds an offer from his hometown school and has made multiple trips to see the program.
While Gadsden City (Ala.) 2024 cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick Jr. holds just one offer from Marshall, the interest from Power Five programs is starting to increase, including Alabama where his father won two national championships in the early 2010s.
Baylor has had success recruiting its neighboring state of Louisiana in recent classes, going back to when Matt Rhule was pulling talent out of The Boot, and that trend looks to be continuing under Dave Aranda.
If any school can pull 6-foot-4, 180-pound receiver Harvey Broussard out of the SEC, it would be Baylor where he sees an early opportunity to play as a freshman. Monroe (La.) Neville defensive end Matthew Fobbs-White is being recruited by Aranda as an outside linebacker with versatility around the defense, and it's standing out at this point with the Bears being potentially the top contender at the moment.
Add Baylor's momentum in Louisiana to the fact that the Bears are still doing well with Texas recruits such as Jeremy Payne, who recently took a visit to Waco, and the defending Big 12 champions could be set up for more success down the line.
It's almost a given that LSU would be making some noise in its home state, but the overwhelming optimism about the direction that Brian Kelly and his staff are heading stood out when talking to recruits on Sunday.
It starts with New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine offensive lineman Tyree Adams, who has LSU at the top of his list after a strong visit to Baton Rouge. Despite a large group of SEC teams also getting heavily involved with Adams, the Bayou Bengals have the inside track to retain the local prospect.
Additional prospects that have LSU in strong consideration are 2023 four-star OL Wilkin Formby, 2025 DT Reginald Vaughn, 2024 RB Jeremy Payne and notably 2023 CB Jai Eugene Jr., who has the Tigers in his top two with the connections his family has to the program.
Among the top quarterbacks in attendance, Memphis (Tenn.) Lausanne Collegiate School signal-caller Brock Glenn has Mississippi State among his top contenders amid a run of spring visits before taking official visits in the summer. With Mike Leach's system so dependent on a quarterback, having Glenn as an option this deep into his recruitment only benefits the Bulldogs.
Other recruits that mentioned Mississippi State include Tyree Adams, Jonathan Bax, Jai Eugene Jr., Matthew Fobbs-White, Tanner Welch and Reginald Vaughn. With an important 2023 class upcoming for the Bulldogs, the intrigue is certainly starting to set in for some of the area's top talent.
Michigan's national recruiting ability has kept the Wolverines prominent in the state of Louisiana for the better half of the last decade, and that continues to be the case.
With 2024 outside linebacker Kolaj Cobbins beginning to really take off in his recruitment, Michigan is among the programs in heavy contention early on. Along with LSU, Jai Eugene Jr. has the Wolverines in his top two at the moment after a solid visit recently to Ann Arbor. Baton Rouge (La.) Liberty Magnet four-star running back Kaleb Jackson also plans on using an official visit on Michigan this summer as his intrigue in the Wolverines continues to grow.