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.
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
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.”