Ranking Louisiana’s top 30 prospects in 2018

After evaluating the high school football talent throughout Louisiana during various camps, 7-on-7 competitions, drills on campus and watching film through the first half of the season, SEC Country is ready to unveil its third installment of prospect rankings for the Class of 2018.

As expected, LSU holds commitments from a bevy of the talent included in the top 30 and is squarely in the mix with those who remain uncommitted at the time of these rankings.

Note: These rankings take into account the spring and summer evaluation periods and were updated following the first two months of Louisiana’s high school football season.

Without further ado, here is our countdown of the top 30 prospects in Louisiana for 2018:

T-30. Josh Smith, 3-star DL (6-foot-4, 250 pounds); Kansas commitment

August rank: N/A

September rank: 28

Josh Smith is one of the more interesting pass-rushing prospects in the state. He has the size and motor to be a defensive end or stand-up linebacker, but also generates pressure from an interior line spot at times, too. His position versatility is well-documented, which helps to sharpen his ability to drop back into coverage. He is improving in shedding blocks to make plays at the point of attack but will need to continue to add strength.

T-30. Geor’quarius Spivey, 3-star TE (6-foot-5, 220 pounds); Mississippi State commitment

August rank: N/A

September rank: N/A

Recently minted Mississippi State pledge Geor’quarius Spivey has the size and potential to be a force at the next level. Those at Richwood believe he is turning a corner this fall as he gets more involved with the offense. A short sample size of his midseason film shows he has become a reliable jump-ball target and the recipient of easy routes. Spivey will need to add more size and learn the route tree, but there’s no question he has a high ceiling with his frame and raw athleticism.

29. Tyre Golmond, 3-star APB (5-foot-9, 175 pounds); uncommitted

August rankN/A

September rankN/A

There are several keywords that come to mind when watching Tyre Golmond’s tape, including dynamic, lightning bolt and big play waiting to happen. If he were 2 inches taller, he may have more than just interest from Power 5 schools. Golmond possesses elite speed, is especially elusive with the ball in his hands and, without question, is   explosive. He can change direction on a dime and is one of the biggest spark-plug prospects in the state this cycle.

28. Slade Bolden, 3-star ATH (5-foot-11, 195 pounds); Alabama commitment

August rank: 16

September rank: 21

Slade Bolden will transition from quarterback to slot receiver when he arrives at Alabama. During the camp circuit, he impressed with his crisp route-running and sure hands and there’s little doubt that his work ethic won’t allow him to make a smooth shift to his next role on offense. On quarterback draws, you get a sense of what kind of receiver he’ll be in the SEC and the field vision he possesses.

T-27. Jeremy Gibson, 3-star RB (5-foot-10, 189 pounds); Arkansas commitment

August rank: 26

September rank: 29

Jeremy Gibson is as tough of a runner as there is in the state despite a smaller frame. He may not burn you with his speed, but he can run around you or, at times, even over you, as his tape revealed some leaping ability. The Arkansas commitment is deceptively athletic and a true three-down back with the ability to reel in passes out of the backfield.

T-27. Corione Harris, 4-star CB (6-foot, 165 pounds); Kansas commitment

August rank: 9

September rank: 10

Corione Harris should be in the discussion as one of the better corners or nickel safeties in the state, but a lack of offensive firepower at Landry-Walker this fall has forced the Kansas verbal to play a multitude of other positions other than defensive back. Harris has lined up at quarterback, wide receiver and a nickel/linebacker role, with few snaps outside at cornerback. Harris has impressed with his raw speed and is playing very physical, but at times is susceptible to good routes. He will benefit from more time back at his natural position.

26. Dorian Camel, 3-star S (6-foot-2, 170 pounds); uncommitted

August rank: 22

September rank: 27

One of the fastest prospects in the state, Dorian Camel’s speed is translating to a strong first half of his senior season. Camel has impressed shadowing receivers deep and has been very solid in his run support. It has been promising to see his coverage skills improve as he fine-tunes his ability to read quarterbacks’ eyes. He’s a playmaker all over the secondary in coverage, run defense and as a blitzer off the edge.

25. Devin Brumfield, 3-star RB (5-foot-10, 219 pounds); Texas Tech commitment

August rank: N/A

September rank: N/A

This is Devin Brumfield’s first appearance in the top 30 and long overdue. He has long been considered one of the state’s top backs and his midseason tape does that claim justice. As does the fact he’s already over 1,000 yards rushing before Halloween. The Texas Tech commitment has incredible vision to find the hole and burst through it accordingly. He’s a physical runner with above-average lower-body strength and is a load to try and bring down in the open field. He doesn’t possess elite lateral quickness, but he makes up for it with his running style.

24. Jeremiah McDonald, 3-star S (6-foot-3, 195 pounds); Northwestern commitment

August rank: 25

September rank: 26

Often one of the most overlooked prospects in the state, Jeremiah McDonald has impressed despite a limited sample size of highlights this fall. The big-bodied safety has been a force at the back end of the North Shore defense. He’s brought a physical presence to the secondary and has effectively read opposing quarterbacks and is taking advantage. He’s a truck-stick sort of hitter with a nose for the football in coverage.

23. Nelson Jenkins, 3-star DL (6-foot-2, 270 pounds); LSU commitment

August rank: 23

September rank: 23

Nelson Jenkins has been in and out of the lineup for Plaquemine this season as he has battled some minor injuries dating back to the spring and early on in the fall. When healthy, the LSU commitment has shined. He generates consistent penetration and is a big-play threat due to his quick burst into opposing team’s backfields. Jenkins lines up at both defensive tackle and end in the three-man front and uses a swift swim move to rush the quarterback. He consistently gets his hand into the air to bat down pass attempts and is a major presence for the Plaquemine defense when he’s on the field.

22. Eddie Smith, 3-star ATH (6-foot, 172 pounds); TCU commitment

August rank: 20

September rank: 25

Eddie Smith is forced to play a bevy of roles at Salmen — at defensive back, quarterback, wide receiver and return specialist. He possesses great football instincts and above-average athleticism to keep pace with wide receivers. Smith is physical at the point of attack and deceptively plays with a nasty streak. The strong film Smith has at cornerback — playing in both man and zone schemes — already is a promising sign that he will continue to develop when he can dial in on one position when he arrives at TCU.

21. Joseph Foucha, 3-star DB (5-foot-11, 180 pounds); uncommitted

August rank: 21

September rank: 24

Joseph Foucha is a dynamic defensive back and is a sparkplug for the McDonogh 35 defense in so many ways. His game has completely evolved over the years as he’s essentially a Swiss Army knife in the secondary. Foucha plays with a giant-sized chip on his shoulder — with physicality, with attitude — and it’s glaring when seeing him meet receivers at the line of scrimmage or in run defense. Foucha has seen time at corner, safety and nickel, but also as a wildcat quarterback. He is proving to be one of the more versatile defensive backs in the state.

20. Pooka Williams, 3-star APB (5-foot-9, 165 pounds); Kansas commitment

August rank: N/A

September rank: 20

Pooka Williams is locked into the top-20 for the first time after reminding people that he is the most dynamic athlete in Louisiana regardless of class or position. Despite a small frame (5-foot-9, 165 pounds), Williams is a home-run threat every time he touches the rock. Williams averages a touchdown every six touches and has clocked a sub-4.3 40 time. To date, he’s at 1,000 yards rushing with 14 touchdowns. Grades are the only reason why he doesn’t have all the offers he is entitled to, but LSU pulled the trigger recently and could become a power player in his recruitment. His ability to run around defenders and create plays in the passing game and return game is special.

19. Aaron Brule’, 3-star LB (6-foot-2, 215 pounds); Georgia commitment

August rank: 19

September rank: 22

Aaron Brule’ is a defensive force no matter where he lines up on the football field. This fall, he has focused solely at linebacker for Rummel and has been a stout run defender all season. His track record at safety should serve him well as he balances his ability to stop the run but also drop back into coverage. The Georgia coaches are very high on the versatility Brule’ should bring to Athens, Ga.

18. Michael Williams, 3-star ATH (6-foot-2, 260 pounds); uncommitted

August rank30

September rank: 19

Michael Williams was originally ranked as the No. 30 prospect in the state this summer, but after watching the quarterback — and really, the athlete  — in person, he was deserving in a boost. Williams will play defensive end for LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss or wherever he winds up. You get an idea of his freakish athleticism from watching him run all over the yard. When he sees snaps at defensive end, he has deceptive speed and overwhelming power. He has all of the traits desired out of a 5-technique in a three-man front and the ability to learn a variety of positions.

17. Ar’Darius Washington, 3-star DB (5-foot-9, 175 pounds); LSU commitment

August rank: 29

September rank: 18

Ar’Darius Washington made a steady climb to the No. 17 spot after a closer inspection in person. At Evangel, the prospects do not advertise all their offers. Washington is committed to LSU, but holds offers from nearly the entire SEC, Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences. If he was 2 inches taller, he may be touted as the top safety in the state. Washington is a versatile athlete with an uncanny nose for the football. He is explosive with incredible instincts and should have an immediate impact on LSU’s defense and special teams. This fall, he has been a ball-hawk in the secondary, but deserves attention for the plays he has made on offense and as a return specialist.

16. AJ Carter, 3-star RB (6-foot-1, 225 pounds); UCLA commitment

August rank: 13

September rank15

Louisiana’s No. 1 running back continues to hold that title. AJ Carter, who possesses a massive 6-foot-1, 225-pound frame, has been the state’s premier downhill runner in the 2018 class. His stats back it up, too, going over the century mark on the ground regularly for Many this fall. Carter’s game is simple: power, power, power. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield and has deceptive athleticism as a pass-catcher, but his bread and butter is running over would-be defenders.

15. Lawrence Keys III, 4-star WR (5-foot-11, 175 pounds); uncommitted

Lawrence Keys is Louisiana’s top slot receiver prospect with exceptional explosiveness and athleticism for his position. He possesses a high football IQ and understanding of reading defenses and exploiting them accordingly. As the featured receiver in the McDonogh 35 offense, defenses are keying in on him, yet he is still finding ways to get open and put up numbers. He is a deep threat, but can also beat defenders around the edge on screens and gadget plays. Keys also adds a ton of value as a return specialist.

August rank: 10

September rank: 13

14. Glenn Beal, 3-star TE (6-foot-5, 250 pounds); uncommitted

August rank: 11

September rank: 17

Louisiana’s top tight end, Glenn Beal has his choice of colleges. The John Curtis offense does not feature the versatile tight end in the passing game, but he was ultra impressive as a pure run-blocker at the recent Battle on the Border in Shreveport, La. Beal looks the part of a blocking tight end who could probably shift to offensive tackle. Beal sees snaps at defensive end, too, and has all of the ability to do that at the next level. However, he remains dialed in at tight end, where he has come up with several explosive catches this fall thanks to his deceptive speed and consistent pass-catching skills.

13. Dantrieze Scott, 3-star DE/OLB (6-foot-6, 235 pounds); LSU commitment

August rank: 18

September rank: 16

Dantrieze Scott has moved from No. 18 inside the top 15 in light of a dominant first half of his senior season. As an edge rusher, his future position in Baton Rouge, Scott has consistently been in the face of opposing quarterbacks. As a tight end, he has a handful of touchdown catches already under his belt. His explosiveness off the line of scrimmage and ability to bully offensive linemen will serve well for LSU’s defensive front. Scott has the size and raw abilities to thrive there. He’ll need to polish up a few aspects of his game, but when he can focus on just rushing the passer, he will cement himself as one of the hidden gems in this class.

12. Jaray Jenkins, 3-star WR (6-foot-2, 185 pounds); LSU commitment

August rank: 12

September rank: 12

Jaray Jenkins was off to a hot start to his senior season before fracturing his fibula. The LSU commitment was being used as a wide receiver, running back, defensive back and return specialist, and would have likely seen his stock continue to rise as he put up eye-popping numbers in those roles throughout the fall.  Jenkins has an incredibly high ceiling given his versatility and explosiveness on the offensive side of the ball and on special teams. When healthy, he is among the state’s elite receivers.

11. Cameron Wire, 3-star OT (6-foot-6, 285 pounds); LSU commitment

August rank: 15

September rank: 14

Cameron Wire has had to battle some injuries to start the fall, but the state’s top offensive lineman is fully entrenched at left tackle for East Ascension. Physically, Wire has all of the measurables of a future NFL offensive tackle. He has a mean streak to him and a great work ethic, which shows in his film. Like most high school left tackles, he needs to add some weight, strength and fine-tune his technique. However, Wire has all of the necessary traits to eventually be a stalwart on the LSU line.

10. Damone Clark, 4-star LB (6-foot-3, 220 pounds); LSU commitment

August rank: 8

September rank: 8

Damone Clark’s transition to a full-time linebacker at Southern Lab has been rather smooth. A strong safety for the Division IV state champions a year ago, Clark has bulked up and is now playing in the box on a full-time basis. He is also getting opportunities to rush the passer and see some snaps at tight end. Clark is very physical and shows a tendency to deliver big-time blows at the point of attack. He’s continuing to improve his ability to read plays, but his natural inclination to find the football is uncanny.

9. Dare Rosenthal, 4-star DL (6-foot-7, 331 pounds); LSU commitment

August rank: 14

September rank: 11

Dare Rosenthal’s bump in the rankings comes as a result of his timeshare at both defensive line and offensive tackle. In terms of size and raw physical tools, Rosenthal has a high ceiling no matter where he lines up on the field. As an end, he has elite power to bull-rush opposing offensive linemen. As an offensive tackle, he can utilize that same strength and long arms to eventually compete for a starting job at LSU. Whichever position he plays, Rosenthal has brute strength and deceptive athleticism, which has been on display all fall.

8. Davin Cotton, 4-star DL (6-foot-2, 260 pounds); LSU commitment

August rank: 17

September rank: 9

Davin Cotton should be a 5-technique in LSU’s 3-4 front, but he will have to continue to add muscle to his frame. Right now, he’s rehabbing from a season-ending leg injury. Cotton has slimmed down during the season, but likely needs to add between 15 and 20 pounds to play in the SEC. He was Evangel’s featured pass rusher from the defensive end and tackle positions. He has a tireless work ethic and great understanding of how the entire defense functions. Dave Aranda will appreciate the physical, intelligent prospect on his way to LSU.

7. Kenan Jones, 4-star WR (6-foot-3, 205 pounds); LSU commitment

August rank7

September rank: 7

In what is a loaded wide receiver crop in 2018, Kenan Jones often falls under the radar. However, LSU’s 4-star commitment puts up video-game numbers week in and week out and is quietly one of the most dominant prospects in all of Louisiana. Jones has a tireless work ethic and has polished up numerous aspects of his game, including his route-running. He works on the outside and in the slot to take advantage of matchups, and as a result, has produced a number of big-time touchdown catches early on this fall. LSU is very high on the Berwick receiver, who should be considered among the elite prospects in the class.

6. Micah Baskerville, 3-star LB (6-foot-3, 225 pounds); LSU commitment

August rank6

September rank6

Micah Baskerville has played defensive end, linebacker and safety at different times over the past four years for Evangel. A versatile prospect with a wide knowledge of multiple positions, he has found a home commanding the middle linebacker spot. He is a known thumper who invites contact and often meets ball carriers at the point of attack or in the backfield. Baskerville’s stout run defense is complemented by an underrated ability to cover running backs out of the backfield. He is also showing his ability to make plays while blitzing this fall.

5. Devonta Jason, 4-star WR (6-foot-3, 215 pounds); Kansas commitment

August rank: 5

September rank5

Devonta Jason is a “SportsCenter” highlight waiting to happen. He became a national sensation when now-Mississippi State quarterback Keytaon Thompson was under center at Landry-Walker. Now, the offense has to manufacture touches for the 4-star wide receiver. To their credit, he has still produced regardless. He has strong hands and is the best in the country at snatching 50-50 balls. Jason is always open even when he’s covered.

4. Justin Rogers, 4-star QB (6-foot-4, 210 pounds); TCU commitment

August rank: 3

September rank: 4

Louisiana’s top-ranked quarterback was destined for a monster 2017 campaign before a torn ACL derailed his season. Justin Rogers will take advantage of the time on the sidelines by learning the playbook and how to better read defenses. The 4-star dual-threat made incredible strides in the short and intermediate passing game from last fall to now. He has one of the strongest arms in the country and incredible accuracy. What separates him is his ability to make decisions while moving in the pocket and deliver. Whether it’s TCU or elsewhere, Rogers has all of the tools to be a No. 1 quarterback.

3. Ja’Marr Chase, 4-star WR (6-foot-2, 200 pounds); Florida commitment

Ja’Marr Chase’s stock has steadily risen from the spring through the summer through the early parts of the fall. The dynamic 4-star wide receiver is arguably the most explosive pass catcher and athlete overall in the state, and perhaps the entire country. Rummel has revised a notorious run-dominated offense to now feature Chase. He is the recipient of screen passes, short slants and a couple of deep balls, and all seem to yield the same result: touchdowns. He is unguardable and always a threat to house the ball. The most fitting comparison is to another New Orleans native, Odell Beckham Jr., for his yards-after-catch potential.

August rank: 4

September rank3

2. Kelvin Joseph, 4-star DB (6-foot-2, 190 pounds); uncommitted

Kelvin Joseph has cemented his spot as Louisiana’s No. 1 defensive back and No. 1 overall defensive prospect. He plays with a nasty streak at his free safety position for Scotlandville. He thrives in 1-on-1 coverage with his incredible upper-body strength and ability to press at the line of scrimmage. He is also a true center fielder in his ability to disrupt plays with hits after the catch or assisting in the run game. This fall, the 4-star defensive back is flirting with 5-star territory averaging better than 10 stops per game and thriving as a return specialist. Joseph’s game is at an all-time high.

August rank: 2

September rank: 2

1. Terrace Marshall Jr., 5-star WR (6-foot-3, 195 pounds); uncommitted

August rank: 1

September rank: 1

Terrace Marshall, the state’s top prospect, kept his post at No. 1 despite a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula, which will sideline him for upward of two months. Between his elite size, smooth route-running and consistent hands, Marshall has all of the necessary tools to be a prototypical No. 1 receiver at any Power 5 school. LSU believes he has the skills to succeed D.J. Chark, a future first- or second-round pick. Marshall’s game has been taken to new heights in the past 15 months, which shows how incredibly high his ceiling moving forward.

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