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Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD – John Ehret's Juwan Leonard runs against Zachary's Justin Jackson in the first quarter Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, during the Class 5A championship of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

John Ehret senior running back Juwan Leonard will continue his football career at Louisiana-Lafayette.

Leonard will be a preferred walk-on for the Ragin’ Cajuns.

“It was just a place where I felt really comfortable, and I really like the coaches there,” Leonard said. “It’s pretty close to home, too, and I like the direction the program is going.”

Leonard rushed for 1,338 yards and 11 touchdowns this season to help lead Ehret to the Class 5A state championship game.

He rushed for 144 yards in the title game loss to Zachary.

The 5-foot-9, 205 pound Leonard played a key role in the Patriots going from 0-9 his freshman season to reaching the title game his senior year.

Leonard also had an offer from Louisiana College, and said he was drawing interest from Southern.

“The only knock schools had on Juwan was his height,” Ehret coach Corey Lambert said. “If I had kept feeding Juwan in the state championship game, I think the game would have been different. I got away from the run. Other than people looking for someone six feet, Juwan is the total package. They are getting a great kid, a hard worker who knows the offense.”

He is one of seven John Ehret players who will be playing in Division I in the fall.