LAFAYETTE — A pair of late commitments have increased the number of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s possible 2014 football signing class to 22.
Scout.com reported Monday that LaDarius Kidd, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive lineman from Harrison Central High in Gulfport, Miss, had committed to the Cajuns.
The scouting service also reported that Kidd is a “flip commitment,” that is, he had previously committed to Texas Tech before apparently changing his mind and informing the Cajuns’ coaches this week that he plans to become one of the 22 nonbinding commitments.
Several recruiting services also posted information earlier this week that outside linebacker Darzil Washington, a 6-3, 230-pound outside linebacker, committed to UL-Lafayette this weekend.
Washington played first at Hahnville and later at West St. John, both in the New Orleans area.
In 2011, Washington signed out of West St. John with Texas A&M, but apparently never played for the Aggies, according to the services.
Instead, Washington played a season at East Arizona Junior College.
The University of Hawaii athletic website lists Washington on its 2013 football roster, but according to lists of UL-Lafayette commitments, Washington also played at East Los Angeles College last year.
UL-Lafayette’s commitment list as of Monday includes a heavy emphasis of wide receivers (five) and offensive and defensive linemen (eight).
One junior-college commitment, C.J. Bates, who played last season at East Mississippi Community College, is listed as a defensive back and wide receiver.
Bates will be eligible to participate in the Cajuns’ spring football drills, according to 247 Sports and Scout.com.
Antoine Allen, an Eeast Mississippi teammate of Bates, committed to the Cajuns as a wide receiver.
Last year, the Cajuns did not sign a quarterback. Bbut among this year’s commitments is Jordan Davis, a 6-3, 185-pound quarterback from Klein Oak High in Spring, Texas.
On the UL-Lafayette commitment list, there is no kicker, punter or running back.
The Cajuns have two place-kickers and kickoff specialist Hunter Stover on scholarship in addition to punter Daniel Cadona.
Among the offensive line commitments are two Baton Rouge players: center Drew Moore (6-3, 265) of University High and Jimmy Converse (6-3, 275) of Woodlawn.
In an earlier Advocate interview after the announcement of his commitment, Converse said the Cajuns were impressed by his versatility, since he played every offensive line position.
Washington isn’t the only New Orleans area commitment for UL-Lafayette.
Among the commitments are safety Travis Crawford (Holy Cross), cornerback Corey Turner (Miller-McCoy Academy) and wide receiver Lorenzo Cryer (Riverdale).
Among the wide receivers committed to the Cajuns are three Acadiana players.
Jennings High’s Malik Williams (6-3, 205) and Catholic High-New Iberia wide receiver Gabe Fuselier (5-11, 175) have committed, along with Dylan Bossier (6-2, 185) who played at Jones County Community College in Mississippi.
Bossier played at Teurlings Catholic along with current UL-Lafayette quarterback D’Shaie Landor.
According to Louisiana.Scout.com, Bossier caught 584 yards of passes at Jones County.
In previous seasons, UL-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth has signed heavily from Mississippi.
Before coming to UL-Lafayette in December 2010, Hudspeth, a native of Louisville, Miss., was passing game coordinator at Mississippi State for several seasons and recruited the state for the Bulldogs.
The Cajuns’ current commitment list includes only three Mississippi high school players and another three from Mississippi junior colleges.