Louisiana Recruiting Rankings – Class of 2011
1. DT Anthony Johnson – O. Perry Walker HS- 6’4″ 295 lbs (LSU)
Offers: LSU, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, USC, Miami, Oklahoma, others
Johnson has the nickname “Freak” for a reason. He is an absolute monster and is virtually unblockable. He is naturally very strong and has the ability to occupy blockers and stand up against the run. However, his quickness really, really stands out and he is better suited blowing past linemen and disrupting plays. He finished his junior season with 89 tackles and 16 sacks. He followed that up with 31 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks as a senior. Johnson is the nation’s all-time sack leader for high school, finishing his career with 79 sacks. He seems to get into the opponent’s backfield at will. He still has some work to do with his technique, but his physical skills are unmatched for a defensive tackle prospect from Louisiana. In my opinion, he’s the best prospect in the state this year and a Top 15 player nationally. Johnson will enroll at LSU this spring and participate in spring practice. He will compete for a starting job right away.
2. OL La’El Collins – Redemptorist HS- 6’5″ 285 lbs (LSU)
Offers: LSU, Florida, Tennessee, FSU, others
Collins is an elite offensive tackle prospect, and Louisiana hasn’t seen too many of them over the last several years. Collins really made a name for himself at some camps last summer. He has great footwork and uses his hands extremely well. He also has great strength and can dominate when run blocking. He really has everything you want to see in a franchise left tackle. He shows a mean streak and a willingness to get to the second level to finish off plays. He looks like a future multi-year starter for LSU at offensive tackle, a future multi-year All-SEC performer, and a potential first round pick. That’s a hell of a lot to project for someone, but Collins is that kind of prospect. He’s a consensus five star prospect and a Top 20 player nationally. He will compete for LSU’s left tackle position immediately upon his arrival.
3. WR Jarvis Landry – Lutcher HS – 5’11” 175 lbs (LSU)
Offers: LSU, Notre Dame, Auburn, Oklahoma, Michigan, Tennessee, others
Landry is a college-ready receiver that should be able to contribute right away at the next level. He runs very precise routes and can get open with ease. Landry has great hands and catches the ball away from his body. He’s also deadly after the catch. He is not a blazer but has good enough speed. He’s also extremely tough. Landry does it all, and his style of play will remind Tiger fans of Josh Reed. Landry is also extremely physical and takes pride in his blocking. At camps last summer, Landry outperformed all other receivers in attendance including some 5-star guys from the Class of 2010. He’s the real deal.
4. RB Kenny Hilliard – Patterson HS – 6’0″ 225 lbs (LSU)
Offers: LSU, Tennessee, Miami, Notre Dame, Texas A&M
Hilliard has probably been the state of Louisiana’s best running back over the last two years. Physically, he’s got the body to play college football right now. Despite being Dalton Hilliard’s nephew, Kenny is much bigger than Dalton and runs with a different style. Hilliard doesn’t have great top end speed, but he is decisive running the ball, and he accelerates quickly through the line. He navigates through traffic surprisingly well for a big guy. After his initial cut, he doesn’t shy away from contact and punishes defenders. He runs with a good low pad level. He’s also a good receiver out of the backfield. Hilliard will need to watch his weight. He is at his best when playing around 220 to 225 pounds. He has allowed himself to get up to 240 at one point. If he loses his quickness and ability to make cuts in traffic, then he runs the risk of losing what makes him special. He could become a plodder at that point. He running style reminds me of former Tennessee Vol Jamal Lewis
5. OL Greg Robinson – Thibodaux HS – 6’4″ 295 lbs (Auburn)
Robinson is an extremely versatile offensive lineman that could play either guard or tackle at the next level. Many believe that he is a franchise tackle, but I think he will eventually settle in at guard. As expected for someone rated so high, he has exceptional feet to go along with great strength. He is very impressive on running plays, and he uses his foot speed to get in front of the runner and is very good blocking down the field. He may need a year or two to get acclimated to the college game, but he looks like a multi-year starter in the SEC.
6. ATH Odell Beckham Jr. – Newman HS – 5’10” 175 lbs (LSU)
Offers: LSU, Miami, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Miss St.
Beckham is an incredible overall athlete. Though he’s just 5’10”, he has very long arms which make up for it and lets him compete as if he was 6’1″ or taller. Beckham has very good speed, and he accelerates to get there in a hurry. He’s also very shifty and can make quick cuts without slowing down. He has a perfect skill set to be an elite cornerback at the next level; however, he prefers to play on the offensive side of the ball. He could be an elite player on offense too. He is best suited to play as an inside receiver in an offense that can be creative in their ways to get him the ball in space. He will need to bulk up some before being able to physically match up with defensive backs at the college level….that is, if they can get their hands on him. He’s an outstanding candidate to return kicks as well. Both of Beckham’s parents were athletes at LSU.
7. DE Jermauria Rasco – Evangel HS – 6’3″ 240 lbs (LSU)
Offers: LSU, Texas, Alabama, Florida State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, USC, Tennessee, others
Rasco is an incrediby productive player in high school, registering over 100 tackles in two of the last three years from his defensive end position. He also logged 36.5 sacks over the last two seasons. As a senior, Rasco registered 86 tackles, 20 sacks, two interceptions and six fumble recoveries. He has offers from nearly every major college program, and the recruiting services think highly of him. Even though he plays 1A football, Evangel often matches up with some big name opponents, so he has performed against good competition. Rasco has good quickness and very good strength and power for a guy only 240 pounds. His senior film was very impressive, and he shows equal ability stopping the run or rushing the passer. While many try to project Rasco as a linebacker due to his size, he’s clearly at his best playing at the line of scrimmage. He is just one of these ultra productive smaller defensive ends in the mold of Dwight Freeney or Elvis Dumerville. He’s clearly the top defensive end in the state and is a huge priority for LSU.
8. RB Jeremy Hill – Redemporist HS – 6’1″ 220 lbs (Unsigned)
Offers: LSU, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas, Nebraska, others
Hill is another “big back” with a ton of potential. He’s awfully similar to Hilliard though not quite the bruiser at the point of contact. He makes up for that with exceptional vision, often making the right cut and finding a hole through the front seven and into the secondary. He runs very decisively. Hill doesn’t have great speed, but it’s pretty darn good for a guy who is 220 pounds. His running style reminds me a lot of Stevan Ridley. Hill has also shown exceptional hands out of the backfield. He may be the most complete back in the state this year, and he had an outstanding senior season.
9. WR D’haquille Williams – East St. John HS – 6’3″ 190 pounds
Many consider Williams the top receiver in the state, but his unique situation has prevented him from receiving a ton of attention on the recruiting trail. Williams attended a non-accredited high school for his first two years; therefore, none of those classes count towards being eligible to play NCAA football. As a result, he has zero chance to qualify academically and is headed to junior college. Based on ability alone, Williams is a Top 10 player in the state of Louisiana and one of the top receivers in the nation. He has good speed in the 4.5 range and long strides, allowing him to glide down the field. His athleticism is also off the charts, and he has shown good hands and the ability to go up in traffic and routinely come down with the ball. Look for Williams in a couple of years out of Junior College as part of the Class of 2013.
10. DT Mickey Johnson – St Pauls HS – 6’1″ 305 lbs (LSU)
Offers: LSU, Alabama, Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA, Mississippi State, others
Johnson is a force in the interior of the defensive line. He has the make-up of a Kyle Williams type of tackle that puts on the hard hat and goes to work every play. Like Williams, Johnson has some insane weight room numbers and that strength translates onto the football field. Even when double teamed, he is extremely difficult to drive out of the way and he clogs up running lanes as a result. But make no mistake, Johnson is not just a space eater. He has the quickness and ability to get into the backfield to disrupt plays and rush the passer. He will make the other players around him better. Due to his strength, Johnson is a candidate to play early in his college career.
11. OL Trai Turner – St. Augustine HS- 6’5″ 340 lbs (LSU)
Offers: LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Tennessee, others
Turner is a mammoth offensive lineman prospect who projects as a guard in college. Turner has outstanding power and a nasty attitude on the field. That combination typically spells bad news for whoever is lined up across from him. Despite his size, Turner can explode off the ball and keep a good low pad level. He often drives his opponent backwards and then reaches the second level to find someone else to block. Though he projects as an interior lineman, Turner displays the athleticism to play tackle, where he plays for St. Aug. He’s surprsingly light on his feet and is very effective when blocking in space or down field. Turner also plays some defensive tackle in high school. He has some bad weight on his frame, which is a slight concern. But once in LSU’s strength and conditioning program, that should no longer be an issue. If he loses that bad weight, I would not be too surprised to see Turner as a legit right tackle at the major college level.
12. RB Terrance Magee – Franklinton HS – 5’9″ 190 lbs (LSU)
Offers: LSU, Texas A&M
Magee is a fantastic athlete who plays quarterback for Franklinton but projects as a running back in college. Magee has a very powerful lower body that is reminiscent of Dalton Hilliard and has great strength for someone who is under 200 pounds. He’s got very good speed and could outrun defenders at the college level. He shows the ability to make great reads as a runner. He picks the right hole and bursts through it consistently. He could stand to add some bulk to his upper body which would enable him to take the pounding he’ll see at the next level. I am very high on Magee and won’t be surprised if he turns out to be the best back in this class. Magee had a great senior year and proved to be a very effective quarterback and an outstanding leader. If not for his height, he would be a legit quarterback prospect. Magee passed for 2,634 yards and rushed for 1,370 yards as a senior while accounting for 54 touchdowns. He was voted as the Most Oustanding Offensive Player in the state for Class 4A. He’d be a great option in some Wildcat sets at the next level.
13. ATH Paul Turner – West Monroe HS – 5’11” 185 pounds (LSU)
Offers: LSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Miss St., TCU, Navy
Turner is the quarterback for West Monroe but projects as a slot receiver or defensive back in college. I love Turner as an athlete, and I’m very high on him. As expected, Turner runs the ball quite a bit from his quarterback position. He shows exceptional quickness, speed, and change of direction ability. He also shows a good bit of toughness as a runner. All of those have the makings of a good cornerback; however, Turner has never played the position. His height is the only somewhat negative about Turner that I can see. He tried his skills at cornerback at an Ole Miss camp in June and promptly earned an offer from the Rebels. He ran a sub 4.5 at LSU’s July camp and worked out on both offense and defense, impressing those in attendance and earning an offer from LSU. Turner is also a great leader and great student. Like Magee, Turner had a great senior year and impressed as a quarterback. He could be a very versatile weapon at LSU. He could be a versatile guy on defense similar to current Tiger Ron Brooks.
14. DB Floyd Raven – East St. John HS – 6’2″ 180 pounds (Texas A&M)
Offers: Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Arizona, Memphis, Tulsa
Raven is an intriguing prospect who looks to play cornerback in college. However, he mostly played linebacker as a junior; therefore, it is difficult to judge his film and project him at another position. It probably did not help him get noticed by college coaching staffs either. Raven attended a camp at Ole Miss and wowed everyone in attendance. The Ole Miss coaches offered Raven on the spot, and he has been a hot commodity since then. He did the same at a Texas A&M camp. Due to Raven’s size, he could easily slide over and play safety if cornerback does not work out. However, he has the speed and hips to be a lock down corner. After his Ole Miss camp performance, Rivals.com sated that Raven is “emerging as one of the top cornerbacks in the nation.” Raven was unable to perform at LSU’s camp due to a hamstring injury, and the LSU coaching staff did not offer as a result. Then, LSU filled up in the secondary and he does not appear to be an option for the Tigers at this time. I’m very high on Raven and think LSU is missing on a great prospect.
15. WR Bradley Sylve – South Plaquemines HS – 5’11” 175 lbs (Alabama)
Offers: LSU, Alabama, Nebraska, USC, Tennessee, Cal, Others
Sylve’s biggest asset is his incredible speed. He’s not just fast. He’s really, really fast. He’s Tridon Holliday / Skyler Green fast, and he obviously has the ability to be a big playmaker in college. Sylve doesn’t show a ton of “shake” on his film and is better when he can get the ball and just go. In that sense, he reminds me a little more of Devery Henderson than the two previously mentioned guys. He does run good, crisp routes and he plays the ball very well in the air. He also accelerates very quickly, making him ideal for quick passes such as receiver screens, inside screens, or slant routes. Sylve has struggled with injuries, missing his entire junior season with a foot injury and then missing parts of this spring wih yet another injury. His track and field times as a junior were slower than the ones from his sophomore year. There are concerns about whether he’ll re-gain that truly elite speed and about his knack for finding the training room. Without that speed, he runs the risk of being “just another guy”. Sylve had a pretty pedestrian senior season as well. Due to those concerns, I dropped him down in the rankings. So Sylve has a very high ceiling, but there’s a high chance he ends up being fairly ordinary as well.
16. OL Corey White – Capitol HS – 6’4″ 280 lbs (LSU)
Offers: LSU, Houston
White is a very solid offensive guard prospect. He has big size and good strength. He’s a mauler and uses his enormous size to overpower opponents at the high school level which he won’t be able to do as frequently in college. White had some bad weight on his frame and was more of a mauler as an underclassman. However, he worked very hard his senior year and transformed his body by shedding over 20 pounds. He showed much more agility and quickness as a senior, playing tackle for his high school team. Originally looking like just a straight ahead run blocker, White now displays the ability to do some pulling and be a complete interior lineman at the next level.
17. Micah Eugene – Acadiana HS – 5’10” 185 lbs (LSU)
Offers: LSU, USC, Others
Eugene enjoyed a superb senior season and an especially impressive performance in the state playoffs to earn an offer from LSU. Academic struggled kept Eugene’s recruitment pretty low-key but a strong senior year in the classroom has him on track to qualify. Once news of his improved academics leaked out, schools like Alabama and USC showed high levels of interest. Eugene starred on both sides of the ball for Acadiana, but looks to be a defensive back in college. He shows really great hitting ability and outstanding burst and acceleration. He’s a great candidate to be a combo defensive back that could play either corner or safety or perhaps find a home as a nickel back. He reminds me a lot of current Tiger Brandon Taylor. Many claim that Eugene is one of the top talents in the state, even though his recruitment was practically silent until December.
18. ATH Ronald Martin – White Castle HS – 6’2″ 190 lbs (LSU)
Offers: LSU, Tulane, Memphis
Martin plays a little bit of everything for White Castle, including quarterback. He threw for around 1,400 yards and rushed for over 1,100 as a junior. He accounted for 20 total touchdowns. On defense he made 58 tackles, intercepted nine passes and broke up 15 others. He intercepted 12 passes as a soophmore. He is 6’2″ 190 pounds and can run a sub 4.5 in the 40. He has a great frame that he can fill out to over 200 pounds. He looks like a great coverage safety that will have the ability to stick with some wide receivers in the slot. He may even be able to play at cornerback though I believe he ultimately ends up at safety. Martin’s recruiting process got started late since he plays for a relatively unknown 1A school. After great performances at both LSU summer camps, Martin earned an offer from the Tigers and accepted immediately. With LSU mostly using bigger, run support type of safeties recently, Martin looks like a guy that can cover some ground and handle some man to man duties in the slot.
19. QB Dak Prescott – Haughton HS – 6’3″ 225 lbs (Mississippi State)
Offers: Mississippi State, LSU, TCU, Memphis, LA Tech
Prescott is a very athletic quarterback prospect that is well suited to operate a spread offense and should fit in well in Dan Mullen’s offense. He shows better than average mechanics on his drop backs and throws for someone at the high school level. His arm strength is good enough, though he certainly won’t be compared to Jamarcus Russell or Ryan Mallet. As a junior, he threw 30 touchdowns against just nine interceptions and also rushed for 670 yards. But as a senior, he took a giant step forward. Prescott completed 63% of his passes for 2,860 yards and 39 touchdowns with just six interceptions. He also rushed for 831 yards. He reminds me a lot of NC State quarterback Russell Wilson.
20. ATH Alonzo Lewis – St. James HS – 6’3″ 195 pounds (LSU)
Offers: LSU, Houston, Tulsa
Lewis has very good size at receiver and should be a very physical player in college regardless of what side of the ball he plays on. He attended the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine in January and ran a slow 40 time while he was there. However, I’ve seen a few clips of him from the combine and he looks to have plenty of speed. LSU coaches saw Lewis first hand at a camp last summer, and they obviously liked what they saw. Lewis received a very early offer from Les Miles and did not take long to accept it. Lewis has good size and is built like a linebacker. Many debate what position Lewis is best suited to play, but nobody debates his physical ability. He could be a big receiver. He could potentially grow into a receiving tight-end similar to Deangelo Peterson. He could probably play some safety or play some outside linebacker. It will be interesting to see where he lines up for the Tigers next fall.
21. S T.K. Fleming – Benton HS – 6’3″ 200 pounds (Unsigned)
Offers: LSU, Tennessee, Nebraska, Miss St, Oklahoma St., UCLA, others
Fleming has a ton of athleticism and doubles as one of the state’s top track and field athletes. He also has a good frame for a big-time safety. That combination has a lot of big schools very eager to sign him. However, Fleming looks very raw as a defensive back. His film is a bit underwhelming, but his athletic ability is easy to spot and cannot be coached. He takes some poor angles and still has a long way to go before he’s ready to play in the SEC. If he does not work out at safety, he has the frame to potentially grow into a linebacker, a la Harry Coleman and Stefoin Francois. Fleming has really struggled with some off the field issues which caused him to be suspended for his senior year. He also has some work to do academically. A lot of schools have backed off of Fleming as a result, but LSU continues to recruit him. A prep school or junior college is not out of the question.
22. DE Quentin Thomas – Breaux Bridge HS – 6’3″ 265 lbs (LSU)
Offers: LSU, Texas A&M
Thomas was recruited to LSU as a big defensive end, and he has the frame to play both end or tackle. He’s currently a very lean 6’3″ 265 pounds with a large wingspan. His film is impressive, and he shows incredible potential and a willingness to never give up on a play. He tends to play a little high but that’s not too uncommon for a high school lineman. He is still pretty raw but his physical talent and upside is obvious. He won’t be able to out muscle players at the next level so he’ll need quite a bit of “coaching up” before he’s ready for SEC ball. I can see him as a big strongside defensive end or as a quicker interior lineman. Thomas was suspended for his senior season which caused him to drop in my rankings since we were not able to see how he has developed. Thomas has a very high ceiling but has a lot of question marks at this point.
23. DT Demarcus Hodge – Neville HS – 6’1″ 295 lbs (Arkansas)
Offers: Arkansas, Tennessee, Miss St., Ole Miss, Texas A&M, TCU, Kansas, Missouri, Others
Hodge has an impressive offer list and looks like a guy that can play at the SEC level. He has good size and looks like a classic DT. He mostly overpowers people at the high school level, and he is effective at doing so. He gets to the quarterback by going through the offensive lineman rather than using moves to get around them. Will he be able to do the same at the SEC level? Hodge had a very impressive game in the Dome for the state championship as a junior. He has a very low chance of becoming a bust and will be a solid player for the Hogs.
24. DT Chuck Hunter – West Monroe HS – 6’1″ 285 pounds (TCU)
Offers: Ole Miss, TCU, Miss St., Baylor, Memphis
Hunter is a small but very tough defensive tackle prospect from West Monroe. He plays like a run stuffing defensive tackle but has the size of a quicker, penetrating tackle. He shows good strength and the ability to stand his ground and drive his opponent backwards. He is very strong against the run. He shows good quickness off the ball but his ability to rush the passer is only adequate. LSU has some higher targets at defensive tackle this year, but Hunter could be an option down the line if things don’t work out with the others.
25. OL Ethan Hutson – Destrehan HS – 6’4″ 290 lbs (Ole Miss)
Offers: Ole Miss, Miss St., Colorado, Arizona, Others
Hutson is a very smart, very solid offensive line prospect that many project as a center. Though he plays mostly tackle in high school, he projects as an interior lineman in college. As a good student with a 28 on his ACT, he would be a good fit as a center where some smarts are generally required. Hutson displays pretty good feet on his film and does a good job getting in front of running plays and driving defenders out of the way. He also plays with a mean streak which is necessary in the SEC. Hutson performed very well at the Baton Rouge Nike camp. Rivals.com rates Hutson as the #1 center in the nation.