The LHSAA State Track and Field Championships took place on Friday and Saturday and several college football prospects competed in the event.
2015 WR Jazz Ferguson goes airborn in the long jump
*** Edna Karr won the Class 4A state crown and five-star receiver Speedy Noil helped the Cougars’ cause with a third place finish in the long jump at 23-06. After he finished the event, Noil said he will take all five official visits and currently they will go to LSU, Texas A&M, Florida, USC and Texas Tech. The nation’s No. 1 receiver also said he plans to wait to announce his commitment at the Under Armour All-America game in January.
*** There was a lot of anticipation for the Class 5A 100-Meter Dash that featured the nation’s No. 1-ranked prospect in the 247Composite for 2014 in Leonard Fournette from St. Augustine, four-star wide receiver Trey Quinn from Barbe, three-star running back Sione Palelei, 2013 UL-Lafayette signee Devin Scott from West Jefferson, and 2015 running back Derrius Guice from Catholic of Baton Rouge, who holds an offer from LSU. Unfortunately, the race did not live up to expectations as Quinn was disqualified for a false start, and Fournette pulled up with a pulled hamstring that ended his day. Scott placed second with a 10.72 and Guice edged Palelei for seventh place out of eight with a time of 10.98 compared to a 10.99 for Palelei.
*** Speaking of Sione Palelei, Arkansas assistant coach Michael Smith is scheduled to be in Gonzales this week to check on the three-star back and the Hogs are sitting in a good place. Palelei says he will visit Wisconsin this summer and will also check out LSU again. However, he currently doesn’t plan to attend LSU’s camp and workout in June or July.
*** Clemson had a pair of assistant coaches in South Louisiana this past week and they stuck around to watch Trey Quinn run on Saturday, as well as checking on Malachi Dupre the day before. Clemson also made a stop by Warren Easton to follow up with 2015 wide receiver Tyron Johnson, who also holds an offer from the Tigers.
*** John Curtis took home the Class 2A state crown fueled by a strong finish from Malachi Dupre, who earned the 2A MVP after winning the high jump (6-06) long jump (23-05.75) and triple jump (44-02.25).
*** 2013 LSU signee Duke Riley finished second in the 110-Meter Hurdles and also ran the anchor for the winning 4X100-Meter Relay team that included Sherman Badie, Richard Allen and Terrence Alexander. Riley also came in second in the discus (150-08) behind his teammate Anthony Taylor (161-06).
*** Another 2013 LSU signee that had a big day was Loranger’s Jeryl Brazil. Brazil took home top honors in the Class 3A 100-Meter Dash with a time of 10.64.
*** West Feliciana 2015 wide receiver Jazz Ferguson finished fifth in the Class 3A long jump with a 21-08.50 mark. Ferguson has been blowing up on the offer front of late as he and his brother – 2014 defensive end Jay Ferguson – now report offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Houston, Southern Miss and Central Florida.
*** East Jefferson finished fourth in the Class 4A 4X400 Meter Relay and 2015 defensive back Deshawn Raymond ran the anchor. Raymond picked up his first offer last week from Houston and is getting increased interest from several other schools including LSU, who is the team to beat.
*** The Class 2A 100-Meter Dash had even more prospects running than the highly anticipated 5A bracket. 2014 speedster [/b] Chris Lewis[/b] finished first with a 10.46 mark and he was followed by 2013 Tulane signees Sherman Badie and Richard Allen of John Curtis at 10.59 and 10.63, respectively. Loreauville’s 2014 standout receiver Rhashid Bonnette placed fourth at 10.92 and 2016 linebacker Devin White from North Webster placed fifth at 11.05. Bonnette has a chance of picking up an LSU offer this summer at camp and White will be a big-time prospect, already standing in the 6-foot-2, 205 pound range.
*** Houston 2013 signee Donald Gage of Zachary won the Class 5A long jump with a leap of 24-01.75.