Head of the class

David-Michael Carrell, Bourg/South Terrebonne, LS, 6-0, 258

Carrell is one of the best long snappers in the country and is likely to start right away after Ohene Akuoko graduated.

Jodeci Harris, Plaquemine/Plaquemine, OL, 6-7, 310

Harris has a chance to contribute right away and add muscle to his 6-7 frame and ultimately have a standout career.

Christopher Jones, Franklin/Franklin, DT, 6-2, 265

Southern signed several defensive ends, but Jones’ arrival could bolster the depth on the interior of the defensive line.

Mason Sims, Atlanta/Benjamin Mays, OL, 6-4, 315

Sims was a key player on a team that went all the way to the Georgia Class 5A championship game before losing.

Jordan Williams, Lafayette/Northside, LB, 6-1, 225

Williams was a middle linebacker but also played fullback — a dual role Brian McCain filled as an SU senior last year.

Other signees

Elijah Allen, Denton, Texas/Denton Ryan, CB, 6-0, 185

Andrea Augustine, Monroe/Carroll, S, 6-3, 190

Jaylon Brinson, Tallahassee, Fla./Godby, C, 6-1, 270

Ceajae Bryant, Spring, Texas/Westfield, DL, 6-1, 270

Joe Davis, New Orleans/Clark, DE/TE, 6-4, 245

Montavius Gaines, Anderson, S.C./T.L. Hanna, S, 6-2, 180

Jaquel Grant, Donaldsonville/Donaldsonville, WR, 6-1, 195

Thaddeus Hoffer, Madison, Wisc./Madison East, DE/TE, 6-5, 235

Demario Houston, Shelby, N.C./Shelby, CB, 5-11, 175

Jaron Johnson, Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial, DE, 6-2, 245

Collin LaGarde, New Orleans/St. Augustine, OL, 6-3, 310

Calvin Lunkin, New Orleans/Warren Easton, LB, 5-11, 225

Nicholas McDonald, Summit, Miss./Southwest CC, LB, 5-11, 195

Taylor Merritt, Arcadia/Arcadia, P, 6-1, 180

Austin Opara, Spring, Texas/Westfield, TE, 6-2, 245

A.J. Palomino, Atlanta/Newton, LB, 6-1, 220

Stacy Piro, Houston/Furr, WR, 5-11, 170

Brad Porter, Amite/Amite, DE, 6-2, 250

Loren Tademy, Stockbridge, Ga./Woodland, DE, 6-3, 265

Jahmal Tillman, Harvey/Helen Cox, DE, 6-2, 250

Timothy Thompson, Jackson/East Feliciana, CB, 5-11, 170

Tedric White, Jefferson/Riverdale, DE/TE, 6-4, 245

Briefly ...

NEEDS ADDRESSED: The Jaguars’ priorities were defensive line, secondary and offensive line, and those are the areas with the heaviest concentrations. Southern signed nine defensive linemen, three of whom are ends who also will be looked at as tight ends. The defensive backs consist of three cornerbacks and two safeties. Three of the offensive linemen have the size to play tackle, and the fourth is a center.

WHAT’S NEXT: Southern doesn’t expect to sign any more players, but it’s still waiting on news regarding players who could bolster the roster. The Jaguars were hopeful that several key players who were academically ineligible last season — notably defensive end Daniel Brown and offensive lineman Anthony Mosley — will regain their eligibility.

Lagniappe: Odums said the Jaguars would “circle the wagons” around Louisiana, and they did land 14 in-state recruits. But Southern also had a pretty extensive reach. Five players came from Texas, and three from Georgia.

COACH ODUMS SAYS: “Overall I think it will be a good class, but that’s yet to be determined.”