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A look back at 25 years of the Super Dozen

  • A look back at 25 years of the Super Dozen

    Advocate sportswriter
    Published: Jan 25, 2009 - UPDATED: 12:05 a.m.

    College football recruiting, seemingly, has been around as long as college football.

    Yet we all know a time existed before the days of players announcing on national television which university had won their hearts.

    Some of us even remember a daily newspaper in Baton Rouge without a Super Dozen.

    So for readers of all stripes — young and old, men and women, recruiting fanatic or just plain fan in the fall — we hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane as we celebrate our 25th edition of the Super Dozen.


    Tommy Hodson and Terrence Jones became two of the state’s most prolific college QBs: Hodson, a four-year LSU starter, still holds virtually every career passing record there; Jones rolled up 9,445 yards passing and rushing as Tulane’s dual-threat extraordinaire. ... Tony Moss caught passes from Hodson at LSU, where he earned first-team All-SEC recognition. ... Karl Dunbar, a standout defensive lineman for the Tigers, is now an assistant coach for the Vikings in the NFL.

    LB Jamie Bice, LaGrange

    RB Tony Citizen, Church Point

    WR Craig Dartez, Cecilia

    DL Kenny Davidson, Huntington

    LB Karl Dunbar, Plaisance

    LB Leroy Etienne, New Iberia

    QB Tom Hodson, Central Lafourche

    DL Clinton James, John McDonogh

    QB Terrence Jones, Lutcher

    RB Troy Jones, Acadiana

    LB Oliver Lawrence, Neville

    RB Tony Moss, Bossier


    Brian Mitchell was a dual-threat QB ahead of his time at Louisiana-Lafayette, where he started four years. But he is best known for his success as a return man in the NFL, as he collected 19,013 yards and scored 13 special-teams touchdowns in a 14-year career. ... Leroy Hoard starred at Michigan, then enjoyed a 10-year NFL career that included a Pro Bowl selection i1994. ... Eddie Fuller became an LSU immortal in 1988 in “The Earthquake Game,” making the catch that rocked the campus.

    TE Stephen Clark, John Curtis

    RB Eddie Fuller, Leesville

    TE Chuck Gorman, LaGrange

    QB Sol Graves, Ouachita Christian

    LB Brad Guidry, Cecilia

    RB Leroy Hoard, St. Augustine

    WR Tony Houston, Ruston

    DT Steve Hudson, Ouachita Christian

    DT Warde Manuel, Brother Martin

    QB Brian Mitchell, Plaquemine

    DB Travis Oliver, O.P. Walker

    DT Mike Shepherd, Ouachita Christian


    Bucky Richardson was a Davey O’Brien Award finalist in 1991 after leading Texas A&M to the SWC championship. ... Todd Kinchen, a five-sport prep star, earned first-team All-SEC honors twice. He went to the Rams with the 63rd pick of the 1992 draft, three selections after Marc Boutte — his All-SEC teammate — went, also to the Rams. ... Mickey Joseph, one of the nation’s most coveted prospects, signed with Nebraska to run the option offense. But he started only a few games there.

    LB Marc Boutte, LC-Boston

    DB Shannon Citizen, Wash.-Marion

    OL Roger Hutchinson, East Ascension

    QB Mickey Joseph, Shaw

    WR Shane Garrett, Crowley

    RB Todd Kinchen, Trafton (Dunham)

    OL Andy Martin, DeRidder

    DL Mickey Miller, Kentwood

    QB Chris Moock, Baker

    QB Bucky Richardson, Broadmoor

    LB Pat Stant, Brother Martin

    DL Matt Young, Baker


    Michael Carr, one of the top QB prospects in the nation, quit the team at UTEP in 1991 after transferring from Clemson. ... Baron Jackson, who intercepted 63 passes in high school, signed with Pitt but finished his career at Southern, where he played receiver. He died at 24 after being shot during a dispute, the incident ruled a justifiable homicide. ... Tyrone Hughes made a name for himself returning kicks and punts for the hometown Saints, who picked him in the 1993 draft out of Nebraska.

    OL Louis Age, St. Augustine

    RB Derwin Antoine, Loreauville

    WR Ron Baham, Covington

    QB Michael Carr, Amite

    OL Mike Duplantis, Central Lafourche

    RB Vincent Fuller, Leesville

    RB Tyrone Hughes, St. Augustine

    DB Robby Green, Shaw

    DB Baron Jackson, Southern Lab

    OL Darron Landry, Ponchatoula

    QB Steven Smith, Covington

    OL Raymond Smoot, Leesville


    Kevin Mawae started four seasons on the LSU line, playing three different positions. The Titans center recently earned his seventh Pro Bowl selection, but he won’t play because of an elbow injury. ... Jesse Daigle and Chad Loup signed with LSU and later split time at QB for the hometown school. ... Brad Banta, a Parade All-American, went to USC, where he played tight end. After being selected in the fourth round of the 1994 draft, he spent 11 seasons in the NFL as mostly a long snapper.

    TE Brad Banta, University

    OT Jeff Cancienne, John Curtis

    QB Jesse Daigle, Catholic

    NG Barron Hollins, Winnsboro

    WR Wesley Jacob, Crowley

    OT Brent LeJeune, Barbe

    QB Chad Loup, University

    C Kevin Mawae, Leesville

    WR Scott Ray, Catholic

    OG Sonny Smoak, E.D. White

    LB Roovelroe Swan, Green Oaks

    LB Corey White, Southwood


    Shawn King began his career at LSU before transferring to Lousiana-Monroe, where he starred at DL as a junior and senior. He was taken by the Panthers in the second round of the 1995 draft but started only 10 games in his career. ... James Jacquet rushed for 223 yards in two seasons at LSU, then ran against academic issues. Germaine Williams was mostly a blocking back there... After signing with Florida State, Sean Jackson became a fourth-round pick in the 1994 draft. But he never recorded a carry in the NFL.

    LB Chris Cowart, St. Augustine

    QB Chad Germany, Capitol

    DB Purvis Hunt, Ruston

    RB Sean Jackson, St. Augustine

    RB James Jacquet, St. Martinville

    QB Vance Joseph, Shaw

    TE Shawn King, West Monroe

    QB Chad LaRose, Brother Martin

    OL Phillip Simon, St. Martinville

    QB Thomas Simon, L.C.-Boston

    DB Ricardo Washington, Bogalusa

    RB Germaine Williams, Ascension Catholic


    Rodney Young, a Parade All-American, played at LSU before spending four pro seasons with the Giants. ... Carver’s Marshall Faulk and John Ehret’s Kordell Stewart, destined for NFL stardom, were Second Dozen selections.

    RB Norman Bradford, Jones.-Hodge

    RB Kendall Bussey, Shaw

    RB Inurell Chester, Shaw

    LB Robert Deshotel, LaGrange

    LB Fred Harris, Woodlawn (Shrev.)

    DL Shawn Jones, Shaw

    RB Roymon Malcolm, Ruston

    RB Pat Riley, Shaw

    TE Brandon Stelly, Catholic

    DL Robert Thibideaux, John Curtis

    LB Bobby Williams, Ruston

    S Rodney Young, Ruston


    Half the 12 signed with LSU, including: Eddie Kennison, a first-round draft pick in 1996 who has played 13 pro seasons; David LaFleur, a first-round pick in 1997 who played four seasons with the Cowboys; and Gabe Northern, a second-round pick in 1996 who played five seasons with the Bills.

    OL Gerald Ancar, Shaw

    LB Mike Calais, Patterson

    DL Trey Champagne, Covington

    DL Shannon Clavelle, O.P. Walker

    LB James Gillyard, Woodlawn (Shrev.)

    QB Jamie Howard, St. Thomas More

    WR Carlos Jones, Shaw

    WR Eddie Kennison, Wash.-Marion

    TE David LaFleur, Westlake

    TE Gabe Northern, Glen Oaks

    RB Nilo Silvan, Covington

    LB Reggie Wilson, John Curtis


    Tyrone Frazier played three seasons in the Royals farm system. He joined LSU in 1996 and played wide receiver; however, he was dismissed from the team prior to his sophomore season. ... Warrick Dunn, who played QB in high school, signed with Florida State, where he starred at RB. He recently completed his 12th NFL season, with the Bucs. ... Kevin Franklin, Dunn’s ex-running mate, went to LSU as a Parade All-American. He finished his career at Southern, where he played DB.

    RB Derrick Beavers, Carencro

    DL Billy Beron, Rummel

    TE Josh Bradley, Oak Grove

    QB Warrick Dunn, Catholic

    RB Kevin Franklin, Catholic

    QB Tyrone Frazier, Woodlawn (Shrev.)

    LB Tim Hutton, Slidell

    DE Colby McCullough, Shaw

    DL Brandon Mitchell, Abbeville

    OL Heath Panks, Salmen

    RB Jermaine Sharp, Ouachita Christian

    OL Marcus Vidrine, Sulphur


    The most coveted QB in the nation might have been Peyton Manning, who shattered school passing records after signing with Tennessee and now has a street named after him. He has won three MVP awards and a Super Bowl ring to boot. Or it might have been Josh Booty, who signed a pro baseball contract out of high school. He finally made it to LSU in 1999, but never rekindled his schoolboy magic. ... Ike Hilliard became an All-American at Florida. The seventh pick of the 1997 draft by the Giants, he has since amassed 6,397 receiving yards.

    RB Jason Armstrong, Zachary

    QB Josh Booty, Evangel

    DB Robert Hammond, Opelousas

    WR Isaac Hilliard, Patterson

    RB Chris Howard, John Curtis

    QB Peyton Manning, Newman

    QB Chuckie Parquet, Shaw

    OL Jarvis Reado, Shaw

    K Wade Richey, Carencro

    RB Clifton Rubin, Welsh

    OL Lee Stromberg, Ouachita

    LB Mike Sutton, Slidell


    After being named LSU’s 29th football coach, Gerry DiNardo headed right to Carencro, where Kevin Faulk was the big man on campus. Smart move. After signing with the Tigers, Faulk compiled 6,883 all-purpose yards in four years. He has since won three Super Bowls with the Patriots. DiNardo also landed Anthony McFarland, a future All-American at noseguard. “Booger” was a first-round pick in the ‘99 draft and has won Super Bowl rings with the Bucs and the Colts.

    DT Ernie Badeaux, John Curtis

    QB Lajun “Pete” Burks, Terrebonne

    RB Kevin Faulk, Carencro

    WR Larry Foster, West Jefferson

    DB Benny Guilbeau, Opelousas

    TE Derek Lewis, St. Augustine

    QB Frankie London, LaGrange

    DT Anthony McFarland, Winnsboro

    RB Rondell Mealey, Destrehan

    TE Jamal Pack, Shaw

    RB Jamie Spencer, Ouachita

    OT Ryan Thomassie, South Lafourche


    After star-crossed stops at LSU and McNeese and a brief pro stint with the Dolphins, Cecil Collins was convicted on a 1999 burglary charge and sentenced to 15 years in a Florida prison. ... Eric Jefferson signed with Illinois, but he never played a down. He found legal trouble of his own, including a five-year prison sentence for armed robbery. ... Midway through his senior season, Mark Roman, a four-year starter at LSU, was ruled ineligible after having inappropriate contact with an agent. However, he was selected in the second round of the 2000 draft and is now a staple in the 49ers secondary.

    LB Bubba Alexander, Evangel

    OT Marcus Clavelle, New Iberia

    RB Cecil Collins, Leesville

    WR Jerry Dioron, Crowley

    LB George Guidry, Wash.-Marion

    DE Eric Jefferson, Evangel

    S Clarence LeBlanc, John Curtis

    LB Scott McMurray, West Monroe

    DT Johnny Mitchell, John Ehret

    RB Mark Roman, New Iberia

    DE Roland Seymour, St. Augustine

    DE Raynoch Thompson, St. Augustine


    The Super Dozen boasted three future NFL mainstays in Jarvis Green, Travis Minor, Craig Nall and Anthony Thomas. But the Second Dozen was second to none, including: Destrehan’s Ed Reed and John Ehret’s Reggie Wayne, teammates at Miami before blossoming into pro stars; Shaw’s Ryan Clark, a defensive back for the Super Bowl-bound Steelers; Episcopal’s Jimmy Williams, a former Vanderbilt star who spent 2008 on IR with the Texans; and Catholic’s Major Applewhite, a former Texas quarterback.

    FB Tommy Banks, West Monroe

    DB Fred Booker, Hammond

    WR Abram Booty, Evangel

    QB Phillip Deas, Evangel

    TE Joe Domingeaux, Crowley

    DE Demetric Evans, Haynesville

    DE Jarvis Green, Donaldsonville

    WR Michael Hayes, Opelousas

    RB Travis Minor, Catholic

    QB Craig Nall, Alexandria

    DT Thomas Pittman, East St. John

    RB Anthony Thomas, Winnfield


    Josh Reed was converted to wide receiver at LSU, where he became the only LSU player to win the Biletnikoff Award. He just completed his seventh season with the Bills, who selected him in the second round of the 2002 draft. ... The state’s Mr. Football, Adam McConathy transferred from LSU to Texas before the start of his freshman season. He finished his career at La. Tech, where he played the 2002 season. ... Chad Lavalais, who signed with LSU, finally made it to campus in 2000 after being academically ineligible for two years. He blossomed into the All-American anchor of the 2003 national champs.

    DE Kendrick Allen, Bogalusa

    QB Arnaz Battle, Byrd

    LB Chris Cooper, West Jefferson

    DT Byron Dawson, Evangel

    S Donald Dykes, Hammond

    WR Talman Gardner, McDonogh 35

    ATH Damian James, Carencro

    LB Chad Lavalais, Marksville

    LB Adam McConathy, West Monroe

    RB Josh Reed, Rayne

    OL Brad Smalling, West Monroe

    OL Bob Wynne, Jesuit


    Eli Manning signed with Ole Miss, where he became a Heisman Trophy finalist. The No. 1 pick of the 2004 draft, he led the Giants to an NFL championship in his fourth season. ... Cole Pittman signed with Texas and spent two seasons there, but he died in a car accident prior to spring practice in 2001. In their second game without him, the Longhorns scored 44 points — opting not to kick the extra point late in a blowout win — to match Pittman’s jersey number. ... Bradie James, an All-American at LSU, has spent six seasons with the Cowboys, registering 100-plus tackles each of the past three.

    RB Domanick Davis, Breaux Bridge

    TE Eric Edwards, Ouachita Christian

    LB Treverance Faulk, Lafayette

    DB Demetrius Hookfin, Kentwood

    LB Bradie James, West Monroe

    DB Norman LeJeune, Brusly

    QB Eli Manning, Newman

    DE Cole Pittman, Evangel

    OL Rodney Reed, West Monroe

    QB Antron Seiber, Independence

    RB LaBrandon Toefield, Independence

    DE Brian West, West Monroe


    Brock Berlin, the USA Today Offensive Player of the Year, signed with Florida before transferring to Miami, where he started two years. He has spent two pro seasons with the Rams, appearing in two games. ... A fifth-round MLB pick by the Reds, Roydell Williams instead pursued football at Tulane, where he broke the Conference USA record for TD receptions. He was cut by the Titans after three NFL seasons, including a 55-catch, 719-yard 2007 campaign. ... Devery Henderson, a Saints veteran, is renowned for his role in the “Bluegrass Miracle,” the final play of LSU’s improbable victory at Kentucky in 2002.

    QB Brock Berlin, Evangel

    ATH Shyrone Carey, Shaw

    OL Kade Comeaux, Notre Dame

    ATH Lynarise Elpheage, Carver

    DB Phillip Geiggar, Evangel

    RB Devery Henderson, Opelousas

    DL Stevie Lee, Evangel

    OL Nate Livings, Washington-Marion

    ATH Ronald McClendon, Ponchatoula

    RB Derron Parquet, Rummel

    LB Robert Peace, Ruston

    WR Roydell Williams, East St. John


    Michael Clayton, Marcus Spears, Andrew Whitworth, Rudy Niswanger, Ronnie Prude and Marquise Hill provided the core of LSU’s heralded 2001 recruiting class. Clayton, a former first-round draft pick, just finished his fifth season with the Bucs; Spears his fourth with the Cowboys; Whitworth his third with the Bengals; and Niswanger his third with the Chiefs. Prude played two seasons with the Ravens before being released. Hill, who played three seasons with the Patriots, was found dead in Lake Pontchartrain following a jet ski accident in 2007. ... Brandon Jacobs is in his fourth season as a force in the Giants’ rushing attack, but it was no direct route that got him there. He made stops at Coffeyville (Kans.) Comm. College, Auburn and So. Illinois along the way.

    WR Michael Clayton, Christian Life

    DE Donovan Grayson, Karr

    DL Marquise Hill, De La Salle

    RB Brandon Jacobs, Assumption

    LB Jason Mitchell, Abbeville

    OL Rudy Niswanger, Ouachita Christian

    WR Ronnie Prude, Fair Park

    QB Brent Rawls, Evangel

    QB Tristan Smith, Salmen

    TE Marcus Spears, Southern Lab

    OL Andrew Whitworth, West Monroe

    LB Brandon Williams, Port Allen


    Skyler Green, whose four career punt returns for TDs remain an LSU record, has played for the Cowboys, Bengals and Saints. ... Justin Vincent sat out the ‘02 season with academic issues, then emerged for LSU in ‘03 as the MVP of the SEC and BCS championship games. His final three seasons, however, he rushed for only 949 combined yards -- 52 fewer than the first. ... Kyle Williams, an All-American at LSU, has started 43 of 48 games in three seasons with the Bills.

    ATH SKyler Green, Higgins

    WR Akieem Jolla, St. Augustine

    DE Alonzo Manuel, Jennings

    DL Doug Planchard, Catholic

    QB Lester Ricard, Amite

    DB Vernon Russell, John Curtis

    LB Cameron Vaughn, Shaw

    RB Justin Vincent, Barbe

    LB Thaddious Washington, John Ehret

    OL Garett Wibel, Rummel

    DL Kyle Williams, Ruston

    WR Mark Young, Hahnville


    Laron Landry started as a freshman for LSU on the 2003 national title team and earned All-America honors as a senior. He was taken with the sixth pick of the 2007 draft by the Redskins and has started every game of his pro career. ... Craig Davis racked up 2,107 receiving yards at LSU before the Chargers selected him with the 30th pick of the 2007 draft. ... Robert Lane backed out of his LSU commitment to attend Ole Miss, where he played little quarterback before being converted to tight end.

    RB Alley Broussard, Acadiana

    DB Nick Child, Rummel

    LB Dominic Cooper, O.P. Walker

    WR Craig Davis, O.P. Walker

    DE Vegas Franklin, East St. John

    DB Darryl Johnson, O.P. Walker

    DB LaRon Landry, Hahnville

    QB Robert Lane, Neville

    DE Kirston Pittman, East St. John

    OL Jerry Sevin, John Curtis

    DL Carnell Stewart, John Curtis

    DL Ryan Watson, John Curtis


    Eight of the prospects helped LSU win the 2007 national title, including three who just completed their rookie seasons in the NFL: Glenn Dorsey with the Chiefs, who took him with the fifth pick of last year’s draft; Early Doucet with the Cardinals; and Craig Steltz with the Bears. ... Tyson Jackson, who played his final game at LSU last month, is projected as a high pick in this year’s draft. So is Darryl Richard, who starred at Ga. Tech.

    DL Charles Alexander, Breaux Bridge

    DL Glenn Dorsey, East Ascension

    WR Early Doucet, St. Martinville

    DL Marlon Favorite, West Jefferson

    DL Dion Gales, Kennedy

    DE Tyson Jackson, West St. John

    TE Lance Louis, Landry

    C Ryan Miller, Barbe

    DL Darryl Richard, Destrehan

    LB Luke Sanders, West Monroe

    S Craig Steltz, Rummel

    RB Derron Thomas, East St. John


    Ryan Perrilloux helped LSU win the national title as a sophomore. He was in line to become the starter at QB in 2008 before being kicked off the team and transferring to Jacksonville State. ... A three-year starter at hometown LSU, Darry Beckwith made 189 career tackles. ... Nic Harris started three seasons at safety for Oklahoma, earning All-Big 12 honors along the way. ... Al Jones changed his name to Rahim Alem after arriving at LSU, where he earned All-SEC recognition last season.

    LB Darry Beckwith, Parkview Baptist

    TE Selvish Capers, St. Augustine

    DB Nic Harris, Alexandria

    DB Chris Hawkins, Walker

    DE Alonzo Horton, Abramson

    DE Al Jones, St. Augustine

    QB Ryan Perrilloux, East St. John

    RB Kendrick Perry, Amite

    RB Antonio Robinson, Winnfield

    WR LaTerryal Savoy, Mamou

    QB Lucas Taylor, Carencro

    DB Patrick Trahan, St. Augustine


    Chris Brown has shined in three seasons at Oklahoma, including a 1,239-yard, 20-TD junior season. He had 116 yards rushing and 37 receiving in the BCS championship game earlier this month. ... Charles Scott rushed for 1,208 yards and 18 TDs in 2008, his first season as LSU’s feature back. ... Though still a member of the LSU football team, Jared Mitchell could be destined for a pro baseball career. He is the starting left fielder for the Tigers.

    RB Chris Brown, Alexandria

    LB Jacob Cutrera, Acadiana

    WR Ricky Dixon, East St. John

    DB Jai Eugene, Destrehan

    LB Troy Giddens, Hammond

    DE Kentrell Lockett, Hahnville

    ATH Chris Mitchell, John Ehret

    ATH Jared Mitchell, Westgate

    RB Richard Murphy, Rayville

    RB Charles Scott, Jones.-Hodge

    OL Zhamal Thomas, New Iberia

    DL Al Woods, Elton


    Chad Jones started six games for LSU in 2008 after playing as a reserve his freshman year. ... DeAngelo Benton is expected to sign with the Tigers for a third time next month. He still looks to get academically qualified. ... Joe McKnight, who picked USC over LSU, hasn’t needed long to make an impact. In two seasons, he has amassed 1,215 yards rushing, 396 receiving and 1,065 in punt returns.

    DE Kentravis Aubrey, Bastrop

    WR DeAngelo Benton, Bastrop

    DE Will Blackwell, West Monroe

    DE Luther Davis, West Monroe

    S Stefoin Francois, East St. John

    S Chad Jones, Southern Lab

    RB Joe McKnight, John Curtis

    DL Rolando Melancon, Lutcher

    DT Drake Nevis, John Ehret

    DE Jason Peters, Catholic

    DB John Williams, Breaux Bridge

    OL D’Montreal Wilson, Rayville


    Jordan Jefferson, who led Destrehan to a 15-0 record his senior year, has positioned himself as the man to beat in LSU’s quarterback derby. Brandon Taylor, another LSU signee, saw action in all 13 games last season.

    TE Matt Branch, Sterlington

    DE Chase Clement, E.D. White

    DE Lavar Edwards, Desire Street

    TE Tyler Edwards, Ouachita

    QB Jordan Jefferson, Destrehan

    LB Michael Mauti, Mandeville

    WR Tim Molton, Destrehan

    DB Ryan St. Julien, Catholic-New Iberia

    DB P.J. Smith, John Curtis

    OL Clay Spencer, Parkview Baptist

    DB Brandon Taylor, Franklinton

    WR Chris Tolliver, Rayville

    All-Time Super Dozen

    Take the number 300 and divide it by 25. This is the Dozen you get:

    GLENN DORSEY, East Ascension 2004

    WARRICK DUNN, Catholic 1993

    KEVIN FAULK, Carencro 1995

    IKE HILLIARD, Patterson 1994

    BRANDON JACOBS, Assumption 2001

    LARON LANDRY, Hahnville 2003

    ELI MANNING, Newman 1999

    PEYTON MANNING, Newman 1994

    KEVIN MAWAE, Leesville 1989

    ANTHONY MCFARLAND, Winnsboro 1995

    BRIAN MITCHELL, Plaquemine 1986

    JOSH REED, Rayne 1998

    Sleeping Giants

    Hey, nobody’s perfect. Here are 12 who proved us wrong:

    JAKE DELHOMME, Teurlings Catholic 1993

    TROY EDWARDS, Huntington 1995

    MARSHALL FAULK, Carver 1991

    MATT FORTÉ, Slidell 2004

    MEWELDE MOORE, Belaire 2000

    ED REED, Destrehan 1997

    KORDELL STEWART, John Ehret 1991

    BRANDON STOKLEY, Comeaux 1994

    MIKE STONEBREAKER, John Curtis 1986

    REGGIE WAYNE, John Ehret 1997

    COREY WEBSTER, St. James 2000

    CHRIS WILLIAMS, Catholic 2003

  • Some amazing talent in the state of LA!

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  • I remeber the late 80's well. Chuck Gorman was a good friend of my sisters. I think he went on to coach at Lagrange. I remember Eddie Fuller running over our Lagrange team in the playoffs. I was good friends with Marc Boutte and Shannon Citizen's brothers. And Brent LeJeune ate my lunch on the field a couple of years. He was huge. I believe it was Shannon Citizen's Wahington Marion team that made it to the championship and lost to John Ehret in the championship game. We had some talent in our area back then. That list brought back some memories.

  • Thanks for providing a terrific read - just an amazing array of talent listed.

  • Great memories! Its interesting to see the amount of kids that Lsu either did not get or didnt pan out for whatever reason. And Mike Sutton went to Salmen, not Slidell!

  • This is right up there with one of the most informative links to date. Thanks a ton for posting this

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  • That was neat to read. Why hasn't shaw produced the talent recently. They were averaging 2-3 a year for a while.

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  • thanks, offers! Great stuff. Bookmarking this one for the future.cheers

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  • Lots of kids on the Wank are now going to public schools...

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  • Sonny,
    Credit goes to Mr. Hotard. I was just scrounging around the 'puter's H:drive for something else and saw this. A few posters were recently opining on previous classes so it seemed a no-brainer to post.
    It's dated '09. Think I got some clutter on the H:...on the C:, the D: etc.?

    Hotard writes, "[Josh Booty] finally made it to LSU in 1999, but never rekindled his schoolboy magic." Hmm, 1st Team All-SEC QB ain't too shabby either.

    "LB Roovelroe Swan, Green Oaks"
    Didn't he play in 'Scooby-Doo,' too?

    This post was edited by CobraJet428 18 months ago

  • Awesome thread and post. Here are some more names to consider along with the ones you mentioned. I only went back to 1990 as I've accumulated these over the years. I've always liked to look back to see what could have been if we got all of the best in the state every year. Missing anyone?

    Cowart, Chris (LB)
    King, Shawn (TE/DE)
    Jackson, Sean (RB)
    Hankton, Karl (RB/WR)
    Powers, Bobby (LB)
    Hilliard, Ivory (S)
    Washington, Ricardo (LB/S)
    Williams, Germaine (RB)
    Collins, Sedric (S)
    Joseph, Vance (QB)
    Bouie, Tony (S)
    Jacquet, James (RB)
    Dixon, Johnny (S)
    Smith, Corey (DT)
    Ducre, Brad (RB)
    Stortz, Chris (OL)
    Juluke, Jabbar (DB)
    Hunt, Purvis (DB)
    LaRose, Chad (QB)

    Faulk, Marshall (RB)
    Stewart, Kordell (QB)
    Young, Rodney (S)
    Riley, Pat (DE)
    Deshotel, Robert (LB)
    Huerkamp, Matt (K)
    Chester, Inurell (RB)
    Malcolm, Roymon (RB)
    Peterson, Ray (WR)
    Thomas, LeMay (WR)
    Bussey, Kendall (RB)
    Gumina, Scott (S)
    Jones, Shawn (DT)
    Palmer, Sorola (WR)

    Kennison, Eddie (WR)
    James, Tory (WR/CB)
    Clavelle, Shannon (DT)
    Wilson, Reggie (LB)
    LaFleur, David (TE)
    Jones, Carlos (ATH)
    Northern, Gabe (TE/LB)
    Silvan, Nilo (WR/KR)
    Gillyard, James (LB)
    Simmons, Dalton (DB)
    Champagne, Trey (OL)
    Calais, Mike (LB)
    Ancar, Gerald (OL)
    Manning, Cooper (WR)
    Howard, Jamie (QB)
    Carmouche, Marcus (OL)
    Bouie, Corey (DB)

    Dunn, Warrick (RB)
    Delhomme, Jake (QB)
    Mitchell, Brandon (DE)
    Kenney, Marchant (LB)
    Savoie, Nicky (TE/QB)
    Hankton, Furnell (TE)
    Sharp, Jermaine (RB)
    Frazier, Tyrone (QB)
    Phillips, Mike (DE)
    Hutton, Tim (DE)
    Wiley, Chuck (DT)
    Mixon, Kenny (DE)
    Raymond, Horace (RB)
    Zenon, Ivan (DT)
    Rogers, Pat (LB)

    Manning, Peyton (QB)
    Hilliard, Ike (WR)
    Stokley, Brandon (WR)
    Howard, Chris (RB)
    Reado, Jarvis (OL)
    Booty, Josh (QB)
    Twillie, Troy (WR/CB)
    Hill, Raion (S)
    Miller, Arnold (DE)
    Richey, Wade (K)
    Hammond, Robert (S)
    Sutton, Mike (DE/LB)
    Beard, Chris (WR)
    Barrilleaux, Rusty (OL)
    Bonner, Trupania (LB)
    Parquet, Chuckie (QB)

    Faulk, Kevin (RB)
    McClure, Todd (OC)
    McFarland, Anthony (DT)
    Mealey, Rondell (RB)
    Tyler, Herb (QB)
    Miller, Arnold (DE)
    Edwards, Troy (WR)
    Foster, Larry (WR)
    Guilbeau, Bennie (S)
    Spencer, Jamie (RB)
    Pack, Jamal (TE)
    Smith, Charles (LB)
    Spears, Markeith (LB)
    Thomassie, Ryan (OL)
    Burks, Pete (QB)
    Badeaux, Ernie (DE)

    Roman, Mark (ATH)
    Thompson, Raynoch (LB)
    LeBlanc, Clarence (S)
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  • Great stuff and brings back a lot of memories.
    Although I think you can lay most of the blame at the feet of his stubbornness in hiring and then retaining his coordinators Tepper and McConnnell, you can trace DiNardo's downfall to the 97 and 98 recruiting classes and the misses and bad luck. Starting with Reed and Wayne. Imagine if LSU had landed both of those guys! A Reed-Clark safety combo wouldve probably offset Tepper! How much better would our mixed bag of QBs been with Reggie Wayne to throw to?
    I also thought that Ken Allen would be a superstar. He was a clear 5* and turned out to be average at best. Similarly, OL Brad Smalling and Bob Wynne were the equivalent of 5* OTs but as I recall injuries short circuited both their careers?
    And, of course, the biggest what if? came from DiNardo's 2nd class, Cecil Collins in '96. Imagine him and Kevin Faulk for 3-4 years..,,

  • It was a very weak year at QB. He wouldn't even have made honorable mention with that season if he had it in 2012.

    "In the SEC,you're a glorified run support guy.In the Big 12, you're a cover guy."-Bobby Burton asking why DBs go SEC

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  • If my aunt had nuts she'd be my uncle, too. The fact remains the same: Josh Booty was 1st Team All-SEC QB.

    This post was edited by CobraJet428 18 months ago

  • No, you're right. Going 17 TDs vs 14 Ints and having to go pro after the year because you lost your starting job in the bowl game is certainly the textbook definition of recapturing his high school magic as the #1 player in America. We won't mention that he didn't even make honorable mention on the AP all-SEC team or that someone named Ben Leard was first team QB on that squad. Ben Leard recaptured his magic too!!!

    "In the SEC,you're a glorified run support guy.In the Big 12, you're a cover guy."-Bobby Burton asking why DBs go SEC

  • No denying that and I think Booty could have had a much better career had he finished it out and there wasn't the QB derby between he and Rohan Davey. He started to shake off the rust and not take as many risks.

    Here's a little recap from Wikipedia.....

    During his sophomore season (2000), under Coach Nick Saban, Booty started the first four games of the season.

    In LSU's 58–0 victory over Western Carolina he completed 80.0% of his passes for 291 yards, throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions. In LSU's 28–13 victory over Houston he completed 44.0% of his passes for 175 yards, throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions. In LSU's 17–34 loss to #24 Auburn he completed 44.8% of his passes for 214 yards, throwing two touchdowns and one interception. In LSU's 10–13 loss to UAB he completed 39.5% of his passes for 156 yards.

    Booty did not play in next game against #11 Tennessee because of a rib injury. Davey quarterbacked a 38–31 overtime victory over Tennessee in Tiger Stadium.

    Davey only completed 33.3% of his passes against Florida, throwing no touchdowns and one interception, so Booty took over with 10:32 left in the third quarter while the score was Florida 24, LSU 3. Booty finished the game, completing 62.5% of his passes for 184 yards, throwing one touchdown. The final score was Florida 41, LSU 9.

    Booty was starting quarterback for the rest of the season:
    LSU's 34–0 victory over Kentucky (completing 45.5% of his passes for 225 yards, throwing three touchdowns and no interceptions)
    LSU's 45–38 OT victory over #13 Mississippi State (completing 63.2% of his passes for 246 yards, throwing two touchdowns, and one interception)
    LSU's 30–28 victory over Alabama (completing 58.1% of his passes for 275 yards, throwing for four touchdowns and no interceptions). This competition is known as the "It's About Time" game because it was the first time in 31 years that LSU had defeated Alabama at home.[1]
    LSU's 20–9 victory at Ole Miss (completing 53.3% of his passes for 290 yards, throwing one touchdown and no interceptions)
    LSU's 3–14 loss to Arkansas (completing 22.2% of his passes for 65 yards, throwing no touchdowns and two interceptions) in pouring rain and windy conditions

    During Booty's nine games as a starter, LSU went 6–3, as Booty threw 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Booty finished his sophomore season throwing for 2,121 yards, which at the time was the third-best performance by a sophomore in LSU history, behind Jeff Wickersham's 1983 sophomore season (2,542 yards) and Tommy Hodson's 1987 sophomore season (2,125 yards). Booty was voted to the first team All-SEC Team, becoming the first LSU quarterback to be awarded that honor since Tommy Hodson (first team All-SEC Team, 1986–1989).

    At the end of the 2000 season, LSU went to the Peach Bowl and posted a 28–14 victory over #15 Georgia Tech. Booty played the first half (only completing 42.1% of his passes for no touchdowns and no interceptions).

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