With the groundwork of scholarship offers being extended, the school’s first on-campus camp and unofficial visits ongoing, Louisiana-Lafayette’s football program continued to reap the benefits on the recruiting trail.
The Ragin’ Cajuns added a pair of commitments Friday with pledges from quarterback Kadon Harrison of Port Arthur, Texas-Memorial and safety Shawn Shamburger of Theodore, Alabama.
UL-Lafayette opened the week with its first commitment in the Class of 2017 from outside linebacker/strong safety Julius Perkins of Blinn (Texas) Junior College.
“In talking to my parents, they thought it was close to home,” said Harrison, whose father Kenny is the head coach at Memorial. “They can come to all the games since it’s about two hours away.”
The 6-foot, 163-pound Shamburger confirmed his intentions on his Twitter account, selecting UL-Lafayette over offers from South Alabama, Southern Mississippi, Troy and Arkansas State.
“It was a decision that was well thought out,” Shamburger said. “I will still visit a few schools and do private workouts.”
Shamburger, a two-star prospect and No. 54 prospect in Alabama, according to 247 Sports, was selected to the Mobile Press Register’s All-Coastal Alabama team in 2015 with 42 tackles, six interceptions and six pass deflections.
He was also a member of the school’s track team with personal bests of 23.8 seconds in the 200 meters and 21 feet, 9 inches in the long jump.
Theodore finished 7-4 last season and reached the first round of the Class 7A state playoffs, losing 45-15 to Auburn.
Harrison has a long relationship with UL-Lafayette, dating to his freshman year, when now offensive coordinator Jorge Munoz saw him play for the first time.
“He told me then he would offer in the future because he saw that I was a player,” Harrison said.
After playing wide receiver his freshman season, Harrison has been Memorial’s starting quarterback the past two seasons.
Harrison completed 67 of 137 passes for 834 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.
“We run the same offense at our high school,” Harrison said in comparison to UL-Lafayette. “We’re no huddle, calling plays from the sideline. It fits me perfect.”
Munoz paid Harrison a visit during the spring evaluation period, but informed the 6-3, 185-pounder in order to earn an offer, he would have to attend the program’s camp in June and throw in front of head coach Mark Hudspeth.
Evidently, everything came together during his camp performance with Harrison earning an offer. He returned with his family Thursday, a day after visiting Memphis, and committed to Hudspeth.
“I’ve been to campus four or five times, attended Junior Day and a game last season,” said Harrison, who also had an offer from Lamar and interest from Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Illinois, New Mexico and Utah.
“I think I wanted to commit before they offered. I really liked them.”