Carencro wide receiver Donald Stokes said there’s no player who will participate in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association East-West All-Star game Saturday with more to prove than him.
“It is a real big blessing for me to be a part of this,” Stokes said. “They’re taking care of us and making sure we have everything down.
“We got a game Saturday, and we’re getting another opportunity for some good exposure.”
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior is on the radar for a handful of schools, including Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State. Carencro coach Kevin Faulk said he thinks Stokes running track in the offseason played a big role in his on-field performance this season.
“The thing with Donald is that he is a very physical wide receiver,” Faulk said. “He is strong and a good runner. Running track last year really helped him on the football field. He was able to take that next step.”
Stokes said he was proud of his team’s accomplishments this season, going from 3-7 in 2013 to a District 3-5A championship. The Bears also picked up a critical victory over eventual state champion Acadiana in Week 9.
“We just had to make sure everything was done perfectly to get that ‘W,’ ” Stokes said of the Acadiana win. “We got a lot done this year. We worked hard for it, and I worked hard for it. The season didn’t end like we wanted to, but it was a real blessing that we got that far after going 3-7 last year.”
In the all-star practices, Stokes said he isn’t playing much wide receiver, his natural position. He said being versatile can only benefit his chances at a college scholarship.
“I am playing a lot of free safety,” Stokes said. “If a recruiter sees me playing outside my position, that is going to look good, no doubt.”
Faulk, who was highly recruited out of high school and eventually signed with LSU, said he thinks if Stokes picks the right spot, he will excel in college.
“If he gets in the right situation, I really think he’ll do well,” Faulk said. “It is very hard to be that go-to guy right off hand, but any guy who is getting recruited, if they get to the right situation and fall in the right spot, they can be great.”
Stokes agreed, saying he definitely has aspirations to play at the collegiate level and said he is just trying to find a place where he is most comfortable.
“Oklahoma State really wants to squeeze me into their roster,” Stokes said. “UL wants me. McNeese said they plan on starting me as soon as I would get there with the way their roster is looking.
“I’m really just letting the process play out. I am having a lot of fun right now.”