Head of the class
Keenan Barnes, Madison, Miss./Central, ATH, 6-3, 200
Barnes had offers from some Power Five schools after catching 156 passes for 2,464 yards in a three-year career.
Ja’Marcus Bradley, Ackerman, Miss./Choctaw, ATH, 6-1, 180
Bradley was a last-minute grab following a prep career that included 4,636 rush yards and 76 touchdowns.
Gary Haynes, Manvel, Texas, WR, 5-9, 175
Recruited to fill key slot receiver spot after he was MVP of the Nike Training Camp in Houston last May.
Michael Jacquet, Beaumont, Texas/Central, WR, 6-2, 180
Ranked in the nation’s top 150 athletes by 247Sports, rushing for 17 scores and passing for 2,141 yards and 26 TDs.
Mario Osborne, Daphne, Ala., DL, 6-4, 250
Osborne didn’t commit until the final weekend, after having several early offers from Power Five programs.
Stevie Artigue, Lafayette/Lafayette, K, 5-10, 175
Alonzo Brown, Magee, Miss./Magee, LB, 6-0, 200
Steven Coutts, Brisbane, Australia/Queensland, P, 6-4, 200
Joe Dillon, Tylertown, Miss./Tylertown, LB, 6-3, 225
Kevin Dotson, Plaquemine/Plaquemine, OL, 6-4, 311
Christian Goodlett, Lawrenceville, Ga./Hutchinson CC, DB, 5-11, 175
Kamar Greenhouse, Marksville/Marksville, DB, 6-1, 180
Robert Hunt, Burkeville, Texas/Burkeville, OL, 6-5, 315
Jarrod Jackson, Reserve/East St. John, WR, 6-0, 185
Ken Marks, Beaumont, Texas/Central, OL, 6-4, 287
Terik Miller, Pensacola, Fla,/Escambia, ATH, 6-0, 220
Cole Prudhomme, Eunice/Eunice, OL, 6-3, 280
Dion Ray, New Orleans/Helen Cox, QB, 6-0, 194
Carlos Robinson, Monroe/Ouachita, TE, 6-3, 213
Rico Robinson, Pensacola, Fla./Catholic, OL, 6-5, 290
Ethan Rose, Lafayette/Northside, DB, 5-10, 180
Chris Weaver, Saraland, Ala./Saraland, QB, 6-0, 217
Walter Williams, Vancleave, Miss./Vancleave, RB, 6-1, 207
Jordan Wright, Pearl, Miss./Pearl, RB, 5-11, 207
NEEDS ADDRESSED: The Cajuns filled a much-needed quota of offensive linemen, with fifth-year coach Mark Hudspeth saying he wouldn’t have gotten into most of that group’s living rooms a few seasons ago. UL-Lafayette also signed three standout receivers, with some combination of Barnes, Haynes and Jacquet figuring to see playing time this fall.
WHAT’S NEXT: The staff still has some work to do on the defensive line, signing only the highly regarded Osborne in that role in what Hudspeth called a very selective process in the D-line. “We’re looking for the next Christian Ringo and Justin Hamilton there,” he said, indicating that he may pull the trigger on one more signee between now and August.
Lagniappe: Five members of Wednesday’s announced signing class are already enrolled for the spring semester, including the team’s only juco signee in cornerback Christian Goodlett and Australian punter Steven Coutts. Early high school enrollees are Kamar Greenhouse of Marksville, Dion Ray of Helen Cox and Walter Williams of Vancleave, Mississippi.