Louisiana Sports, Deuce McAllister, LSU And Tulane Signees
Written by  // Thursday, 02 February 2012 10:10 //


One of the rumors swirling around the Internet is that former New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister will be joining the football staff of Ole Miss, where he attended college. 

 LSU added another strong recruiting class to the fold on Wednesday as head coach Les Miles and the Tigers filled some immediate needs by signing five linebackers and five defensive backs to their 22-player class.

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Of the 22 signees, 14 are from Louisiana, three from Texas and two from Georgia. LSU got one player from Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. LSU’s class has been ranked as high as No. 7 by Scout.com. LSU picked up a No. 12 nationally ranking from 247sports.com and ESPN.com and a No. 13 rating from CBSsports.com.


“Any time that you get involved in a recruiting effort, the most important thing is to answer the needs your team has and I think this class meets our needs” Miles said. “It’s always been about the needs of our team. I can remember in 2008 we did not have a top 10-ranked recruiting class, and this year would have been that senior group. We won the conference. We won 13 games. We played in the final game and that would not have fit what was the national rank of that class. What it really amounts to is that we invest in these guys and we train them. They fit the need and this is a great class. This is the style of class that will continue to allow us to do what we have done here in the past, and that is winning championships.”


On defense, linebacker Kwon Alexander highlights the group. Rated as the No. 3 player nationally at his position, Alexander missed most of his senior season with a knee injury but he’s still projected as an impact player for the Tigers. Alexander had 144 tackles and 17 sacks as a junior at Oxford High School in Alabama. 


As in years past, LSU focused heavily on Louisiana, signing 14 of the state’s top 16 players. Since his first LSU signing class in 2005, Miles and his staff have signed 110 players from Louisiana with 81 coming from out of state. 


“Our philosophy is to give every in-state great player an opportunity to play here in Louisiana,” Miles said. “I can tell you that we did that (this year). We worked hard in this state to identify what we thought were the best players and we went after them hard. We represented the best opportunities that this state and this school have to offer. In my opinion we gathered the great majority of those men, and they are here with us in this class.”


“A key piece to every class is not what you see in the 40-yard dash, and not what you see in how much they weigh. It’s always going to be about the character, integrity, toughness and ambition of the men. I think we got a very quality group of men and that this class will give us the opportunity to play for championships.”


On the offensive side of the ball, the Tigers signed three receivers and three offensive linemen along with a quarterback, running back and tight end. Headlining the list of offensive signees are standout running back Jeremy Hill along with wide receiver Avery Johnson, who is the younger brother of former LSU standout Patrick Peterson. Hill was considered one of the nation’s top running backs as a senior at Redemptorist High School in 2010 after rushing for 2,260 yards and 36 touchdowns.


Johnson caught 113 passes for 1,752 yards and 20 touchdowns in three years at Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla.


Quarterback Jeremy Liggins is one of the most imposing players for his position at 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds. A native of Oxford, Miss., Liggins led Lafayette (Miss.) High School to 32 straight wins and back-to-back 4A state titles. He threw for 1,678 yards and 16 TDs and ran for 953 yards and 18 scores as a senior.


Five members of LSU’s signing class have already graduated from high school and are currently enrolled in school and will take part in spring practice, which starts later this month. The five early enrollees for LSU include: offensive lineman Vadal Alexander, linebacker Ronnie Feist, long snapper Reid Ferguson, running back Hill and linebacker Lamar Louis.


Name                                    Pos.        Ht.          Wt.         Hometown (High School/JC)

Kwon Alexander               LB           6-2          220         Oxford, Ala. (Oxford HS)

Vadal Alexander               OG         6-6          315         Buford, Ga. (Buford HS)

Travin Dural                       WR         6-3          170         Breaux Bridge, La. (Breaux Bridge HS)

Derek Edinburgh Jr.          OL          6-7          325         New Orleans, La. (Karr HS)

Ronnie Feist                        LB           6-2          225         Edgard, La. (West St. John HS)

Reid Ferguson                    SNP       6-2          235         Buford, Ga. (Buford HS)

Dillon Gordon                    TE           6-5          265         River Ridge, La. (John Curtis HS)

Trey Granier                       LB           6-1          225         Thibodaux, La. (Thibodaux HS)

Jerald Hawkins                  OL          6-6          290         Baldwin, La. (West St. Mary HS) 

Jeremy Hill                          RB          6-2          225         Baton Rouge, La. (Redemptorist HS)

Kavahra Holmes               WR         6-2          180         Breaux Bridge, La. (Breaux Bridge HS)

Danielle Hunter DL          6-5          235         Katy, Texas (Morton Ranch HS)

Avery Johnson                   WR         6-2          180         Pompano Beach, Fla. (Ely HS)

Deion Jones                         LB           6-2          200         New Orleans, La. (Jesuit HS)

Jeremy Liggins                   QB          6-3          270         Oxford, Miss. (Lafayette HS)

Lamar Louis                       ATH      6-0          220         Breaux Bridge, La. (Breaux Bridge HS)

Jalen Mills                           CB          6-0          180         DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto HS)

Lorenzo Phillips                LB           6-2          200         Patterson, La. (Patterson HS)

Derrick Raymond             CB          6-2          175         Metairie, La. (East Jefferson HS)

Jerqwinick Sandolph       S              6-2          180         Boutte, La. (Hahnville HS)            

Dwayne Thomas               CB          6-1          170         New Orleans, La. (O.P. Walker HS)

Corey Thompson              S              6-2          205         Missouri City, Texas (Lawrence Elkins HS)                            


Signing Class Breakdown

ESPN.com 150 (5)

Kwon Alexander (29), Vadal Alexander (75), Jeremy Liggins (118), Ronnie Feist (125), Lorenzo Phillips (135)


Yahoo/Rivals.com Top 250 (4)
Dwayne Thomas (168), Lamar Louis (231), Vadal Alexander (234), Avery Johnson (247)


Fox Sports/Scout.com Top 300 (10)

Kwon Alexander (82), Danielle Hunter (109), Corey Thompson (168), Derrick Raymond (177), Vadal Alexander (216), Lorenzo Phillips (228), Derek Edinburgh (232), Ronnie Feist (241), Avery Johnson (270), Dwayne Thomas (284)


247Sports.com Top 247 (9)

Jeremy Liggins (93), Kwon Alexander (104), Corey Thompson (137), Jerald Hawkins (158), Lamar Louis (162), Vadal Alexander (165), Deion Jones (226), Lorenzo Phillips (236), Dwayne Thomas (240)


By State:

Louisiana (14)                                    Texas (3)                               Mississippi  (1)

Georgia (2)                                           Alabama (1)                        Florida (1)


By Position:

Linebacker (5)                                     Defensive Backs (5)           Offensive Line (3)

Wide Receiver (3)                              Quarterback (1)                  Running Back (1)

Tight End (1)                                       Defensive Line (1)             Athlete (1)            Long Snapper (1)



Kwon Alexander

6-2 * 220 * Linebacker

Oxford, Ala.

Oxford High School



An impact player on the defensive side of the ball, he missed most of his 2011 senior campaign with a knee injury after posting 144 tackles, 17 sacks, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 2010 … A participant in the Under Armour All-American Game (Black Team) … Chosen as a finalist for the High School Butkus Award, given annually to the nation’s top linebacker … Named to the 2011 ESPN All-Alabama Football Team … Named to the Class 6A All-State Football Team Honorable Mention … Ranked No. 19 in the 2012 Scout.com Final Southeast Top 150 … Ranked No. 45 in the Press-Register Super Southeast 120 … Ranked No. 29 in the 2012 ESPNU 150 … Listed in MaxPreps 2012 Top 100 … A four-star prospect according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, and Scout.com … Rated as Alabama’s No. 3 prospect by ESPN.com, No. 11 by Rivals, and No. 6 by 247sports.com … Nationally, ESPN.com and Scout.com rate him as the No. 3 linebacker, 247sports.com rates him as the nation’s No. 9 linebacker, while Rivals.com rates him at No. 20 at that position nationally … Coached by John Grass.



Parents are Peaches and Broderick Taylor … Born Aug. 3, 1994.


Vadal Alexander

6-6 * 315 * Offensive Guard 

Buford, Ga.

Buford High School



One of the top offensive linemen in the nation as a senior at Buford High School … Projects as either a tackle or guard at LSU … ESPN.com rated him as the nation’s fifth-best offensive lineman and No. 9 overall prospect in the state of Georgia … Ranked No. 75 nationally in the ESPNU 150 … Member of Rivals 250 as he’s rated as the nation’s No. 11 offensive tackle prospect and No. 17 overall prospect in the state of Georgia … Rated the No. 11 offensive tackle by Scout.com and is No. 78 on Scout.com’s Southeast 150 … Superprep All-America ranked him as the 29th best offensive lineman … 247sports.com rated him as nation’s No. 5 offensive lineman and is ranked as 14th-best overall prospect in Georgia … Participated in the Under Armor All-American game … Consensus four-star prospect … Ranked No. 64 on the Press-Register Super Southeast 120 … Earned Georgia AA All-State first team honors as a junior and senior … Coached by Jess Simpson.



Parents are Rhonda and James Alexander … Born on March 23, 1994, in New Orleans, La. and moved to Georgia at age three … Graduated from high school in December and enrolled at LSU in January … Will take part in spring drills at LSU beginning in February.









Travin Dural

6-3 * 170 * Wide Receiver

Breaux Bridge, La.

Breaux Bridge High School



One of the top receivers in Louisiana … Led Breaux Bridge to the 4A semifinals as a senior … Hauled in 42 receptions for 902 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior … Finished his junior season with 32 catches for 536 yards and nine touchdowns … ESPN.com rated him as the 73rd wide receiver nationally and No. 15 overall in Louisiana … Ranked as the No. 49 wide receiver and eighth overall in Louisiana by Rivals.com … Rated as the 98th wide receiver by Scout.com and No. 139 in their Southeast 150 … 247sports has him as the No. 38 wide receiver and No. 12 overall recruit in Louisiana … Superprep has ranked him as the 12th overall prospect in Louisiana … Rivals.com and 247sports.com lists him as a four-star prospect … Ranked No. 106 on Press-Register Super Southeast 120 … Named to the Times Picayune 2012 Blue-Chip list … Earned 4A first team All-State honors as a senior and honorable mention All-State as a sophomore and junior ... Coached by Paul Broussard.



Parents are Tamika Dural and Troy Clement … Born November 19, 1993.


Derek Edinburgh

6-7 * 325 * Offensive line

New Orleans, La.

Edna Karr High School



One of the top offensive linemen in Louisiana … Anchored an offense that went to two straight Louisiana 4A state championship games … ESPN.com rated him as the nation’s No. 76 offensive lineman and No. 27 overall prospect in Louisiana … Rivals.com has him as the No. 29 offensive lineman nationally and the 10th overall player in Louisiana … Ranked the No. 29 offensive lineman in the nation and No. 84 in the Southeast 150 by Scout.com … 247sports.com has rated him as the No. 49 offensive lineman and No. 17 overall in Louisiana … Superprep All-America ranked him as the No. 5 prospect in Louisiana and the No. 25 offensive lineman in the nation … Four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … Ranked No. 111 on the Press-Register Super Southeast 120 … Member of the Times-Picayune Blue Chip list … Named to the MaxPreps 2011 U.S. Air Force Medium School All-American Team … A two-time 4A first team All-State selection in Louisiana … Coached by Jabbar Juluke.



Parents are Gretchen and Derek Edinburgh … Born May 17, 1994.


Ronnie Feist
6-2 * 225 * Linebacker
Edgard, La.
West Saint John High School

A top linebacker prospect who will bring the combination of speed and strength to the field for LSU … Graduated early and enrolled at LSU in January … Will take part in spring drills this year with the Tigers … Earned a four-star rating from both ESPN.com and Scout.com … Rated as the No. 3 overall prospect in Louisiana by ESPN.com, No. 15 by 247sports.com, and No. 18 by Rivals.com … Had 13 sacks as a senior for West St. John High School … Registered 73 tackles, 22 sacks and 35 tackles for losses as a junior … Named the Louisiana 1A Defensive Player of the Year as well as earning first-team 1A all-state in 2011 … Ranked as the nation’s 11th best linebacker prospect by ESPN.com, No. 25 by Scout.com and No. 34 by Rivals.com … Member of the ESPNU Top 150 and the 2012 Press-Register Super Southeast 120 … Participated in the Under Armour All-American game in January … Named to the New Orleans Times-Picayune Blue Chip list … Missed four games during senior season with a back injury … Coached by Robert Valdez.

Parents are Felicia and Ronnie Feist, Sr. … Born February 10, 1994.


Reid Ferguson

6-2 * 235 * Long Snapper

Buford, Ga.

Buford High School


Graduated early from Buford High School and enrolled at LSU in spring 2012 … Will compete in spring practice for the Tigers … An accurate and powerful long snapper with strong blocking ability … A five-star recruit according to chrissailorkicking.com ... Rated the No. 2 long snapper prospect in the nation by Scout.com … Started at long snapper and guard all four years at Buford High School in Georgia … Member of the 2009 and 2010 Georgia 2A state championship teams … Coached in high school by Jess Simpson … Student of renowned long snapping instructor Chris Rubio.



Parents are Tracy and Kevin Alexander … High school teammate of fellow incoming Freshman Vadal Alexander … Amassed a 3.8 GPA while in high school … Born March 24, 1994.


Dillon Gordon

6-5 * 265 * Tight End

River Ridge, La.

John Curtis Christian



One of the top tight ends in Louisiana … Prepped at John Curtis High School where he earned class 2A first-team all-state honors as a senior in 2011 … Helped John Curtis to its 24th state title in 2011 … Caught seven passes for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns … Had 12 tackles and three sacks on defense … Thrived as a blocker in John Curtis’ powerful running game … Caught nine passes for 127 yards as a junior … Rated as the nation’s No. 23 tight end prospect Rivals.com and No. 33 by ESPN.com ... Listed on the ESPN 2011 All-Louisiana Football Team as an honorable mention selection … Named a New Orleans Times-Picayune Blue Chip recruit … Coached by J.T. Curtis, Jr.



Parents are Rita and Bernard Jarrow … Born Sept. 2, 1993 … Cousin of former LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson and former Tiger fullback Quinn Johnson.






Trey Granier

6-1 * 225 * Linebacker

Thibodaux, La.

Thibodaux High School



One of the elite linebackers in Louisiana with the size and athleticism to play either middle linebacker or outside linebacker at LSU … Entered his senior season at Thibodaux High School on the High School Butkus Award Watchlist … Tallied 36 solo tackles and returned both an interception and a fumble for touchdowns in four games … Missed the remainder of the season due to a knee injury … Totaled close to 300 tackles in his sophomore and junior seasons … Played all three linebacker positions in high school … Rated the 19th player in Louisiana and the nation’s 38th outside linebacker by Rivals.com … Listed on the ESPN 2011 All-Louisiana Football Team as an honorable mention selection … Tabbed a New Orleans Times-Picayune Blue Chip prospect … Coached by Dennis Lorio.



Parents are Krystal Hollis and Cory Butler … Born Jan. 25, 1994 … Two of his cousins - David Butler and Lionel Wallis - are both Houma natives who played football for LSU during the 1990s and '80s, respectively.


Jerald Hawkins

6-6 * 290 * Offensive Lineman

Baldwin, La.

West St. Mary High School



A versatile athlete with the ideal size and speed to play the offensive tackle position at LSU … A three-year starter for West St. Mary High School at both offensive and defensive tackle … Helped West St. Mary reach the postseason for the first time in several years, finishing with a 6-5 record in 2011 … Didn’t allow a sack as a senior and had over 20 pancake blocks … On defense as a senior he recorded 70 total tackles, 35 tackles for losses, six force fumbles, a safety and a fumble recovery … As a junior he registered 61 tackles and 18 stops for loss at defensive end … Rated the No. 15 player in the state by Rivals.com and No. 20 by ESPN.com … Ranked the 42nd offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com and the 73rd best defensive end prospect by ESPN.com … Earned 2011 LSWA 2A All-State Honorable Mention honors for his play on both offense and defense … Tabbed a New Orleans Times-Picayune Blue Chip recruit … Featured on the Scout.com Southeast 150 … Participated in football, basketball, baseball and track and field throughout high school career … Is the reigning state outdoor shot put champion with a personal best heave of 52-9 ½ in 2011 … Coached by Ryan Antoine.



Parents are Theresa and Warren Hawkins … Born Oct. 16, 1993.










Jeremy Hill

6-2 * 225 * Running Back

Baton Rouge, La.

Redemptorist High School



One of the top running backs coming out of Louisiana in 2010  …  Named to 2010 Parade All-America team … A strong downhill back rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com … Ranked No. 13 in the state by Rivals and No. 5 by Tigerbait.com … Ranked as the No. 11 running back by Scout.com … Named to PrepStar Top 150 list and USA Today All-USA High School team … Named a Times Picayune Blue-Chip recruit and a member of The Advocate’s Super Dozen … Finished his senior season in 2010 with 302 carries for 2,260 yards and 36 touchdowns … Named to the Louisiana 3A All-State team in both 2009 and 2010  … Broke the Redemptorist High School career rushing record … Teammate of current LSU player La’El Collins … Coached by Guy Mistretta.



Parents are Y. Lisa and C.J. Hill … Born Oct. 20, 1992.


Kavahra Holmes
6-2 * 180 * Wide Receiver
Breaux Bridge, La.
Breaux Bridge High School

One of three Breaux Bridge players to sign with LSU … Caught 23 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns in his senior season … Made nine catches for 145 yards and one touchdown as a junior for Breaux Bridge High School … A three-star prospect according to ESPN.com, Scout.com and Rivals.com … Rated the No. 34 player in the state by ESPN.com and No. 36 by Rivals.com … Ranked as the nation’s No. 104 best wide receiver according to Scout.com and No. 127 by ESPN.com … Participated in the 2011 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl … Posted the nation’s second fastest 400 meter dash time at the high school level … Named Gatorade’s 2010-11 Louisiana Boys Track Athlete of the Year … Coached by Paul Broussard.

Parents are Jennifer Bourque and Lenny Holmes … Born Feb. 25, 1994.


Danielle Hunter
6-5 * 235 * Defensive End
Katy, Texas
Morton Ranch High School


An outstanding athlete on both sides of the ball at Morton Ranch High School … A four-star prospect according to ESPN.com and Rivals.com … Led Morton Ranch to their first Class 5A State Playoffs appearance … Great speed and strength that allowed the all-district defensive end to effectively pressure the quarterback … Tallied 63 tackles and seven sacks in his junior season … Recorded 30 quarterback pressures, 11 tackles for losses, four sacks and four pass breakups in his senior season … Had 108 total tackles in his career and posted 16 stops in his final high school game against Houston-Lamar … Caught four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown his senior season … Ranked as the No. 14 defensive end by Scout.com, No. 21 by Rivals.com and No. 34 in his position according to ESPN.com … Rated as the No. 37 player in Texas by Rivals.com and No. 56 by ESPN.com … Coached by Dave Meadows.

Parents are Kimara Bonitto and Ckeikh Ndiaye … Born October 29, 1994.


Avery Johnson

6-2 * 180 * Wide Receiver

Pompano Beach, Fla.

Ely High School



A physically gifted wide receiver with good route running skills and the speed to stretch the field … Consensus four-star prospect by every major recruiting publication … Amassed 113 catches for 1,752 yards and 20 touchdowns over his three-year stay at Ely High School in South Florida … Ranked the No. 23 wide receiver prospect in the nation by ESPN … Listed as the No. 36 overall player from the state of Florida and No. 101 prospect in the Southeast according to Scout.com … Placed No. 7 on the Miami Herald Florida Top 101 list … The No. 3 recruit on the Miami Herald Broward County Top-25 recruit list … Earned All-County honors in 2009 … Played for the white team in the 2012 Under Armour All-American game under former NFL head coach Steve Mariucci … Coached in High School by Rodney Gray.



Younger brother of former LSU cornerback and current Arizona Cardinals all-pro Patrick Peterson … Parents are Shandra and Patrick Peterson … Played his freshman season of high school at Redemptorist in Baton Rouge and was teammates with current LSU sophomore OL La’El Collins and incoming RB Jeremy Hill … Born Oct. 7, 1992.


Deion Jones

6-2 * 200 * Outside Linebacker

New Orleans, La.




A top linebacker prospect from New Orleans … Displayed tremendous awareness and an ability to make tackles from sideline to sideline … Led Jesuit to one of the best seasons in school history as a senior, finishing 12-1 and reaching the quarterfinals of the 5A playoffs … Named LSWA Class 5A Outstanding Defensive Player and first-team All-State in 2011 after posting 179 tackles, eight sacks, five forced fumbles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries … A member of the ESPN All-Louisiana Football Team … Ranked No. 129 in the 2012 Final Southeast Top 150 … Named the New Orleans 5A Catholic League Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 … Named to the New Orleans Times-Picayune 2012 Blue Chip list … Listed on the 2011 Jackson Clarion Herald Elite Football Team … Earned the New Orleans Times-Picayune Metro Defensive Player of the Year award … Rated as Louisiana’s No. 4 prospect by SuperPrep, No. 8 by 247sports.com, and No. 14 in the state by Rivals.com … ESPN.com rates him as the nation’s No. 24 outside linebacker while Rivals.com rates him at No. 31 … Coached by Wayde Keiser.



Parents are Cal and Tahonas Jones … Nicknamed “Debo” … Born Nov. 4, 1994.





Jeremy Liggins

6-3 * 270 * Quarterback

Oxford, Miss.

Lafayette High School



A talented dual-threat quarterback who combines strength and size to overpower opponents through the air and on the ground … Led Lafayette High to 32 consecutive wins and back-to-back Class 4A State Championships … Helped Lafayette High School earn the No. 1 ranking in Mississippi’s final Super 10 … Passed for 1,678 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 953 yards and 18 touchdowns during his senior campaign … Passed for 1,186 and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 1,661 and 20 touchdowns during his junior season … Named the 2010 and 2011 MHSSA All-Division 2-4A Player of the Year … Awarded First-Team All-State honors by the Clarion Ledger and All-Area by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal his junior and senior seasons … A member of the 247Sports.com top 247 as the 93rd prospect in the country as well as the ESPNU 150 as the 118th prospect in the nation … Rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN.com and 247Sports.com … Listed as the ninth-best athlete in the nation by 247Sports.com and 12th by ESPN.com … Rated as the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback by Rivals.com and the No. 19 quarterback by Scout.com … Ranked as the No. 3 overall player in Mississippi by 247Spots.com, fourth by ESPN.com and seventh by Rivals.com … Boasts a three-year career record of 46-2 … A member of the Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen … Selected as a member of the Press-Register Super Southeast 120 … Coached by Anthony Hart.



Mother is Latisha Liggins … Born March 31, 1993.


Lamar Louis

6-0* 220 * Athlete

Beaux Bridge, La.

Breaux Bridge, HS.



Showed his dynamic versatility as both a running back and linebacker in high school … Graduated early from high school and is currently enrolled at LSU … Will take part in spring practice with the Tigers … As a senior, had 293 rushing yards and one TD on 43 carries … On defense he made 37 solo tackles, two sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble in his senior season … A member of the ESPN All-Louisiana Football Team … An honorable mention selection to the 2011 LSWA Class 4A All-State Offense … Named to the 2012 Times Picayune Blue-Chip list … Ranked No. 111 in the 2012 Final Scout.com Southeast Top 150 … Selected to the 2011 Press-Register Super Southeast 120 … A four-star prospect according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, 247sports.com and Scout.com … Rated as Louisiana’s No. 6 prospect by ESPN.com and 247sports.com, and No. 7 by Rivals.com … Listed as the nation’s No. 10 athlete by ESPN.com, while Rivals.com rated him at No. 18 as an athlete … Coached by Paul Broussard.



Parents are Redell and Kennedy Louis … Born Oct. 2, 1993.







Jalen Mills
6-0 * 180 * Cornerback
DeSoto, Texas
DeSoto High School

Led DeSoto to a 10-2 record his senior season, losing to Dallas-Skyline in the second round of the state playoffs … Registered 26 tackles, one interception and six pass breakups in his final campaign … Spent one season at DeSoto after transferring from Lancaster High School … Ranked as the No. 33 cornerback by 247sports.com, No. 48 by Rivals.com and No. 126 by ESPN.com … Rated as the No. 68 recruit in Texas by 247sports.com, No. 80 by Rivals.com and No. 283 by ESPN.com … Joins Evan Washington as DeSoto players who signed with LSU … Coached by Claude Mathis.

Mother is Kisa Mills … Born April 6, 1994.


Lorenzo Phillips

6-2 * 200 * Linebacker

Patterson, La.

Patterson High School



A dynamic and physical player who has the size and athleticism to play at outside linebacker in college … Finished with 52 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks as a senior … Tallied 73 tackles and 23 tackles for a loss during his junior season … A four-star prospect across the board … Helped lead Patterson to an undefeated regular season in 2011 … ESPN.com recruiting services say he has the capability to dominate the line while coming off the edge as a pass rusher … A member of the ESPNU 150 … Ranked the No. 24 linebacker in the country by Scout.com and No. 29 by Rivals.com … A member of the Top 247 by 247sports.com … Ranked fourth in the ESPNU Top Louisiana Recruits … Ranked No. 9 in Louisiana by 247sports.com … Rated as an All-American candidate with the ability to make an impact on a college team by Rivals.com ... Named a Times Picayune Blue-Chip recruit … Earned 2010 class 3A All-State first-team defense honors … High school teammate of LSU running back Kenny Hilliard … Coached by Tommy Minton.



Parents are Shannon and Brad Barthelemy…Born August 7, 1993.


Derrick Raymond

6-2 * 175 * Cornerback

Metairie, La.

East Jefferson High School



A talented player in the secondary who projects as a cornerback at LSU … Tremendous all-around athlete as he not only excelled in football but also claimed the Louisiana 4A state title in the 100 and 200-meters … Clocked at 10.52 in the state track meet in the 100-meters in 2011 and turned in a time of 21.51 in the 200-meters … Capped his senior season in football with 39 tackles, 15 pass breakups and three interceptions on his way to earning first-team 4A All-State honors … Rated as Louisiana’s 35th best overall prospect by ESPNU … Ranked No. 67 by Scout.com on the Southeast 150 … Tabbed as an All-America by SuperPrep and listed as one of the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s Blue Chip prospects … Coached by Nick Saltaformaggio.



Parents are Roxanne and Jamie Vance … Born Nov. 27, 1992.


Jerqwinick Sandolph

6-2 * 180 * Safety

Boutte, La.

Hahnville High School



One of the fastest players in the state that is capable of playing either cornerback or safety … Compared to former Tiger LaRon Landry because of his physical style of play … Will join Hahnville graduate and current Tiger Alfred Blue on the LSU roster … Honored as a member of the 2011 LSWA 5A All-State First-Team at defensive back … Rated as a three-star recruit at cornerback by ESPN.com … Rated as a three-star recruit at safety by Rivals.com and Scout.com … Ranked as the 36th best cornerback by 247sports.com, and 45th by ESPN.com … Ranked as the 59th best safety by Scout.com … Listed as the 18th best cornerback in Louisiana by 247sports.com, and 29th by ESPN.com … Named to the Times-Picayune’s Blue Chip list … Coached by Lou Valdin.



Mother is Melissa Hills … Born Nov. 15, 1993.


Dwayne Thomas

6-1 * 170 * Cornerback

New Orleans, La.

O. Perry Walker High School



Will become the sixth football player from O. Perry Walker High School to sign with LSU in the last 20 years along with current Tiger and O. Perry Walker graduate, Anthony Johnson … Named an All-State, All-Metro, and All-District 10-4A player as a junior … Played in the 2011 Offense/Defense All-American Bowl … Named to the 2011 Louisiana All-State football team … Rated a four-star athlete by both Rivals.com and Scout.com and a three-star be ESPN.com … Ranked as the No. 14 cornerback by Rivals.com and 247sports.com, 23rd by Scout.com, and 26th by ESPN.com … Ranked as the fifth overall recruit in Louisiana by Rivals.com, 10th by 247sports.com, and 18th by ESPN.com … One of the Times-Picayune’s Top Blue Chip prospects … A SuperPrep All-American and member of the 2011 Press-Register Super Southeast 120 … Named to the Scout.com Southeast 150 and ESPNU.com Top Louisiana Recruits … Coached by Emanuel Powell.



Father is Dwayne Biggs … Mother and stepfather is Barbara and Thomas Spears … Born Aug. 22, 1993.


Corey Thompson

6-2 * 185 * Safety

Missouri City, Texas

Fort Bend Elkins High School



An aggressive and physical defensive player that is versatile and quick on the pursuit … Picked off three passes during his senior season … Ranked the No. 18 safety in the country by both Rivals.com and 247sports.com … Rated the No. 23 safety in the nation by ESPN.com … Rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com who lists him as the No. 15 outside linebacker in the nation … Considered the No. 18 recruit in Texas by 247sports.com ... A member of the 2011 Class 5A All-State Team … Also ran track throughout his high school career … Coached by Dennis Brantley.



Son of Dianne Webber and Tony Thompson, a former Texas A&M wide receiver.

New Tulane coach Curtis Johnson on his first recruiting class: "It is very important right now in getting local talent. I know that the NFL has more players per capita from Louisiana than any other state with Mississippi being a close second. So, I would say that we need to get the players that LSU doesn't get. If we do that, we will be fine. If we can continue to keep good Louisiana kids in the state and at our university, we can be successful." Tulane signed nine players from the New Orleans area and 11 prospects from Louisiana...LSU recruit linebacker Kwon Alexander from Alabama was wearing a bow tie and suspenders when he announced he was going the Tigers...The top 10 recruiting classes according to scout.com: 1) Texas, 2 ) Alabama  3)  Ohio State, 4) Michigan, 5) Florida, 6) Stanford, 7) LSU, 8) Miami, 9) Oklahoma, 10) Florida State...

by Ed Staton and Bayoubuzz Staff

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Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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