The Southern Jaguars are seeking to dip into East Feliciana High School and nab a couple of prospects from just up the road.
After reeling in Trent Anio from East Feliciana last season, the Jaguars have their eyes set on a pair of Tigers standouts in running back Kameron McKnight and athlete Danny Johnson.
“Both of those guys are very explosive,” East Feliciana coach Cedric Anderson said. “They play both offense and defense for us. Both guys are complete athletes, and it’s just going to be up to the schools to try and figure out what side of the ball best suits their talents.”
Southern could be facing an uphill battle, however, in attempting to lure McKnight. The running back is hearing from several prominent programs.
“My recruiting is going good,” McKnight said. “I’m hearing from Southern Miss, (Louisiana) Tech, Tennessee and Southern and a few others.”
McKnight, who plans to major in physical therapy, has made two unofficial visits to Southern and plans on making more once the season wraps up.
“I’ve been up to Southern for a few games, and I like Southern,” McKnight said. “I was at the Alcorn State and Jackson State games. It was good.”
As for Johnson, who doubles as the team’s starting quarterback and defensive back, also has heard from various state schools, including Southern, Southeastern, UL-Monroe, UL-Lafayette, Nichols State and McNeese State.
“I have a lot of interest in Southern,” Johnson said. “I talk to them once a week. I speak with (co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach) Chennis Berry. I have been to every one of Southern’s home games.”
For Johnson, distance will play a factor in his eventual decision.
“It’ll be a big factor,” Johnson said. “It’d be nice to be right around the corner from home, and I can just come by whenever instead of trying to outline a certain date to come home.
“It’d be great to play close to home where you can have everyone in your family come to the games.”
Johnson, who plans to play wide receiver or defensive back in college, plans to narrow his list of schools when his high school season ends. McKnight plans to announce his declaration in early January.
Local schools are a focal point for Southern coach Dawson Odums and his coaching staff in recruiting, the coach said.
“A tank of gas. That’s my philosophy,” Odums said. “Every high school in the state of Louisiana we have gone to. We should know about every kid in this state before we go anywhere else. We are going to recruit Louisiana first.”
Bryan Anderson of Edna Karr High School, who is one of two commitments along with dual-threat quarterback Cordelral Cook of Stone Mountain (Ga.) High School, contributed with four tackles in the school’s 53-7 playoff romp over Salmen last week.