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Walker-Landry quarterback Keytaon Thompson scores against John Ehret during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, at Hoss Memtsas Stadium in Harvey.

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD


Southern Lab outside linebacker

6-foot-4, 235 pounds

Allen, an Under Armour All-American, was voted top defensive player in Class 1A for the second straight year by the LSWA. He finished with 82 tackles and six sacks. He helped the Kittens beat Ascension Episcopal 36-9 for the title with 7½ tackles, including a sack.

Committed to Alabama


East Ascension tackle

6-foot-7, 300 pounds

Ealy is considered by most to be the state’s top offensive lineman prospect. Ealy, who transferred from University High, paved the way up front for the Spartans. The tackle was voted to the Class 3A all-state team as a junior and the Class 5A team this season.

Committed to Oklahoma


Jennings running back

5-foot-11, 210 pounds

Considered the state’s top running back, Etienne rushed for more than 2,000 yards two seasons in a row. He was a Class 3A all-state selection as a junior and senior, landing top offensive player as a junior. He rushed 221 times for 2,459 yards and 30 touchdowns this year.

Committed to Clemson


Plaquemine safety

6-foot, 180 pounds

Under Armour All-American is a two-time all-state selection. He was The Advocate’s defensive MVP for large schools in the Baton Rouge area. He finished with 91 tackles and added three interceptions and three pass breakups. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

Considering Alabama, LSU and TCU


Brother Martin running back/linebacker

6-foot, 215 pounds

Jordan-Swilling played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He is a two-time Class 5A all-state selection who rushed for 1,716 yards and 28 touchdowns this season. He was a first-team All-Metro selection for large schools by The New Orleans Advocate as a junior and senior.

Committed to Georgia Tech


Neville defensive tackle

6-foot-4, 290 pounds

Mathis recorded 41 tackles, including five for loss, for the Tigers, who reached the Class 4A title game. He added seven sacks despite often being double-teamed. Selected for the Under Armour All-America Game and was also a first-team all-state selection by the LSWA.

Considering Alabama, LSU and TCU


St. James quarterback (dual threat)

6-foot-2, 237 pounds

Narcisse missed his senior season with a torn ACL but is considered the state’s top QB prospect. He also missed most of his junior season with a knee injury but returned during the playoffs and led his team to the Class 3A title game. Was once the nation’s top dual-threat QB recruit.

Enrolled at LSU


Notre Dame (Crowley) defensive tackle

6-foot-3, 375 pounds

Considered by some the state’s top prospect, Shelvin is a force up front. Despite missing significant playing time, he recorded 34 tackles and had 11.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also recorded a pair of sacks and chipped in seven quarterback hurries.

Committed to LSU


Amite wide receiver

6-foot-1, 165 pounds

Big-play receiver played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Was a Class 3A all-state selection with 1,160 receiving yards and 22 TDs. He led the Warriors to the Class 3A title game and earned Most Outstanding Player (eight catches, 111 yards, 93-yard kickoff return TD).

Considering Alabama and LSU


McDonogh 35 cornerback

6-foot, 194 pounds

Stewart was Defensive MVP on the LSWA Class 4A all-state team and Defensive MVP on The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro team for large schools. He had 54 tackles, seven interceptions and six forced fumbles. He added five TDs to lead the Roneagles to the state semis.

Florida, TCU, Arizona State or Arkansas


Brother Martin cornerback

6-foot, 180 pounds

Swilling was an All-Metro selection each of the past two seasons. He finished 2016 with 42 tackles and had seven pass break-ups when quarterbacks tried to throw it his way. He also had three interceptions, following up a 53-tackle, three-interception season as a junior.

Committed to Georgia Tech


Landry-Walker quarterback (dual threat)

6-foot-4, 225 pounds

Thompson won almost every award possible, being named Louisiana’s Mr. Football and Gatorade Player of the Year after leading the Charging Buccaneers to the Class 5A title. He threw for 3,825 yards and 46 touchdowns to go with 1,434 and 26 on the ground.

Enrolled at Mississippi State

The second dozen

Terrell Bailey

John Ehret cornerback

6-0, 175

Committed to Tennessee

Keldrick Carper

Plain Dealing safety

6-3, 185

Enrolled at Texas A&M

Trey Coleman

West Monroe athlete

5-11, 205

Committed to Tennessee

Dennis Collins

West Monroe defensive end

6-2, 250

Committed to TCU

Al’Dontre Davis

Lutcher wide receiver

6-0, 190

Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU, Arizona or Arkansas

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Catholic running back

5-7, 190

Committed to LSU

Troy James

Madison Prep defensive end

6-4, 275

Committed to Oklahoma

Bryan Jones

Madison Prep defensive end

6-5, 240

Texas A&M, Houston, Texas, Mississippi State or Ole Miss

Jontre Kirklin

Lutcher quarterback

5-11, 165

Committed to LSU

Racey McMath

Edna Karr wide receiver

6-3, 215

Committed to LSU

Derrick Munson

Rummel linebacker

6-0, 200

Committed to Arkansas

Patrick Queen

Livonia athlete

6-1, 210

Committed to LSU

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