December 13, 2007

Superdome stars: Championship standouts

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The collection of talent that gathered in the Louisiana Superdome for the state championship games in each of the five classifications over the weekend was quite impressive.


After taking a closer look at the prospects in the Class 5A, 4A and 1A championship games yesterday, Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every breaks down and projects some future rankings for the prospects involved in the Class 3A and 2A championship games.





















Expert's View of La. 2A State Championship - St. James vs. John Curtis





Robby Green, 6-0, 175, CB, John Curtis

Class of 2008, Committed to Alabama


Assets: Green is a tall corner who will come up and give excellent run support..

Areas for improvement: Unfortunately, he was injured early in the second quarter and I was unable to get a full evaluation on him.



Most impressive play: Early in the first quarter, he came up in run support and lowered the boom on Juarelle Narcisse. That might have been the play that he was injured on because it was a violent collision.


Conclusion: Again, with his injury it was hard for me to give him a full evaluation. Physically he looks a little like current Miami Dolphin and former Tennessee cornerback Jason Allen.







P.J. Smith, 6-4, 185, S, John Curtis

Class of 2008


Assets: He is a very tall and rangy with the ability to come up and make the big hit.

Areas of improvement: Didn't really see him get a chance to cover because St. James only attempted four passes for a negative two yards.


Most impressive play: On one play in the first quarter, he came up in run support, lowered the shoulder and kept his feet moving through the tackle.


Conclusion: He is currently a three-star who could receive a bump in his ranking. He impressed me most of all the John Curtis players. He also reminded me a little bit of Oklahoma commit Joseph Ibiloye.







Alex Lauricella, 6-0, 180, CB, John Curtis

Class of 2008, Committed to Tulane


Assets: He is a tough little player with good speed and not afraid to hit.

Areas of improvement: He has nice height but is not very big. He will need to get stronger in order to contribute at the next level.


Most impressive play: Made a nice interception late in the third quarter and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown.

Conclusion: I can see why Tulane offered this kid. He plays hard and is not afraid to hit. He should become a very good performer on special teams for Tulane.






Kenny Cain, 6-1, 190, RB, John Curtis

Class of 2009


Assets: He is a very big back that has the ability to move the pile.


Areas of improvement: He has a tendency to run upright. Will need to work on his overall speed a little bit.


Most impressive play: Had a nice 20-yard run late in the second quarter.


Conclusion: May project as a fullback at the next level. He was listed at 205 pounds, but appeared to be near 225 pounds. I can see him initially coming out ranked as a mid three-star prospect. Physically looks a little like Cleveland Brown RB Jamal Lewis without the top-end speed of Lewis.







Luther Ambrose, 5-9, 160, RB, St. James

Class of 2008


Assets: Has legitimate 100 meter track speed.

Areas of improvement: Is slight in stature and needs to get stronger. Also needs to dance less and get vertical more often.



Most impressive play: Late in the third quarter I saw that big time speed as he finally broke free and ran 63 yards to the end zone untouched.


Conclusion: He is a mid-level D-I recruit that should make a good kick return guy and a third down back. Reminds me of tailback Tyson Browning who played at Georgia.






Juarelle Narcisse, 5-10, 202, LB, St. James

Class of 2008


Assets: He has unbelievable body structure, and plays with a nasty demeanor.

Areas of improvement: He lacks ideal height at 5 feet 10, and needs to learn to keep his composure.



Most impressive play: On a pass play in the second quarter, he did an excellent job taking Kenny Cain off of his route. He moves very well in space.


Conclusion: Currently is a two-star prospect that probably needs a bump to three-stars. He was the best all around player for St. James. He can play at the low to mid D-I level. He reminded me a little of former Dallas Cowboy Dexter Coakley.


Expert's View of La. 3A State Championship - Westlake vs. Parkview Baptist





Kevin Matt, 6-4, 280, OL, Westlake

Class of 2008


Assets: He has nice size at around 6 feet 4, 285 pounds. Seemed like a pretty tough kid.


Areas for improvement: Needs to use his arms and hands more in run block. Also needs to work on foot quickness.


Most impressive play: He kept a high intensity level through the whole game.


Conclusion: Has a chance to be a D-I guy. He is currently unranked and should be at least a two-star.







Vincent Collins, 6-1, 205, RB, Westlake

Class of 2009


Assets: He runs with very low pad level, and it takes more than one guy to bring him down.


Areas of improvement: Needs to work on overall speed if he wants to play tailback at the next level.


Most impressive play: He took a first-quarter kickoff 74 yards to the house.


Conclusion: Should come out as a two-star fullback next year who will need further evaluation.







Clay Spencer, 6-5, 285, OL, Parkview Baptist

Class of 2008, Committed to LSU


Assets: Should be a very big guard at the next level. He plays with a fire in his belly.


Areas of improvement: Needs to work on his lateral movement as he appeared to be a little stiff and upright.


Most impressive play: Really was the emotional leader of the offense especially when they were down 18-7 in the third quarter.


Conclusion: We have him at the correct ranking at this time. He should be a very good run blocker for LSU.








Jordan Free, 6-2, 263, Parkview Baptist

Class of 2008


Assets: He really got after it, and appeared to be a nasty player.

Areas of improvement: He also needs to work on his lateral movement.


Most impressive play: He did a nice job of running his feet after he made contact.


Conclusion: Should be a low to mid level D-I offensive guard. We have him at a two-star ranking and that is close to what he is. He has been overcoming an elbow injury most of the season. He may project as an offensive center.







Carneal Ainsworth, 6-4, 296, Parkview Baptist

Class of 2009


Assets: He had the best body structure of the linemen at Parkview Baptist.

Areas of improvement: He has been playing with a nagging knee injury, so I would say rehabbing the injury and getting back to full speed.




Most impressive play: He got rolled over by his own player in the third quarter. It didn't look good but he walked it off and came back into the game.


Conclusion: Should come out as a mid-level three-star guy that definitely needs to be re-evaluated in the spring. I just like the way this kid looks at about 6 feet 3, 290 pounds.






Drew Dileo, 5-9, 155, ATH, Parkview Baptist

Class of 2010


Assets: Should come out as a mid-level three-star guy that definitely needs to be re-evaluated in the spring. I just like the way this kid looks at about 6 feet 3, 290 pounds.


Areas of improvement: Needs to work on getting bigger and stronger as he is slight in stature at about 5 feet 9 and 155 pounds. But he is only a sophomore and has lots of time.



Most impressive play: Had a key catch for 34 yards on the go-ahead drive. Also was the MVP of the game.


Conclusion: He definitely has the makings of a special teams expert both as a return man and a cover guy. He will need to be further evaluated this spring.




Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He comes to Rivals.com after working in recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina. He can be reached at bevery@rivals.com


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