Which LSU prospects came away with wins in the Louisiana state semifinals on Friday? From Trey Quinn's late touchdown to Speedy Noil's return trip, there were some big games to cap off the stretch run to the Superdome.
Speedy Noil will be at QB for Karr next Saturday in The Dome
Which names will the LSU staff be able to get a closer look at during next weekend's title games?
Here is the rundown:
No. 5 Kentwood - 0
at No. 1 Ouachita Christian - 35
No. 6 West St. John - 35
at No. 2 Haynesville - 36
State Championship: (1) Ouachita Christian vs. (2) Haynesville 4:00 p.m. Friday
Note: Two seasons ago, LSU safety Ronald Martin was carrying White Castle to a state title in Class 1A. Fast forward to next Friday, the lowest classification in Louisiana won't give LSU fans much to see in terms of a window into the future. OCS does have a 2014 athlete to keep an eye on: Akheem Henderson. But it's likely Henderson would need a huge camp showing to get a strong look from the Tigers.
Kenny Young will pace the Patriots defense next weekend
No. 4 Springfield - 0
at No. 1 John Curtis - 55
No. 3 U-High - 45
at No. 2 Evangel - 52
State Championship: (1) John Curtis vs. (2) Evangel 12:00 p.m. Saturday
Note: With Les Miles and Steve Kragthorpe in the stands watching, it was a tough Friday night for University High, who fell short at Evangel after a botched call gave EHS momentum in the third quarter - and seven points in the process. With the loss for U-High, LSU targets Tim Williams (2013), Garrett Brumfield (2014) and Nic Brossette (2015) all come up one weekend short of The Dome. Brossette made the most of Friday night's loss, rushing for 341 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries. In The Dome this Saturday, watch for two names on the John Curtis side: WR Malachi Dupre and LB Kenny Young. Both 2014 prospects are drawing heavy interest from LSU, with Dupre already holding an offer.
No. 5 Livonia - 6
at No. 1. Parkview Baptist - 49
No. 2 Notre Dame - 16
at No. 22 East Feliciana - 14
State Championship: (1) Parkview Baptist vs. (2) Notre Dame 4:00 p.m. Saturday
Diarse knows the pressure of the title game as well as anyone
Note: After nearly single-handedly carrying East Feliciana back from the brink of elimination against Farmerville, the Tigers didn't have the comeback mojo going on Friday night, ultimately bounced from the playoffs by No. 2 Notre Dame after four quarters that separated the sides by only two points. With LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson in the stands, Beckwith finished the game with 76 yards on 14 carries, while completing 13-of-26 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
No. 21 McDonogh 35 - 8
at No. 1 Neville - 28
No. 6 Holy Cross - 16
at No. 2 Karr - 28
State Championship: (1) Neville vs. (2) Edna Karr 8:00 p.m. Friday
Note: The rematch everyone has been waiting on has arrived. No. 1 Neville will take on No. 2 Karr for all the marbles for the second consecutive year. Names to watch on both sides, all of which are LSU targets: 2013 ATH John Diarse, 2014 S Hootie Jones, 2014 DE Gerald Willis, 2014 ATH Speedy Noil (tell me when to slow down...). With a now healthy Noil at quarterback for Karr and Diarse at quarterback for Neville, this matchup should be even more entertaining than last season's.
No. 13 Mandeville - 14
at No. 1 Rummel - 17
Trey Quinn and teammate DeSean Smith will play for a state title
No. 3 West Monroe - 48
at No. 2 Barbe - 49
State Championship: (1) Rummel vs. (2) Barbe 8:00 Saturday
Note: While Rummel squeezed out a win over Mandeville, the late-game dramatics that shot through the boards and Twitter on Friday came from Lake Charles, where late-game touchdowns from LSU tight end commit DeSean Smith and LSU target and 2014 WR Trey Quinn, coupled with a pair of onside kicks, pushed the Bucs back from a 20-point deficit and past West Monroe in the final seconds. With a new-look 5A state title game, keep an eye on Smith and Quinn, two potential future Tigers who are coming off the most emotional performances of their high school careers. Also watch for Rummel tight end Cethan Carter, who got a visit from the LSU staff this week and could be in play for the 2013 class.
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