Jeremy Cutrer is an LSU Tiger – again.
Cutrer, a 2013 commit out of Kentwood who didn’t qualify, signed with LSU on Wednesday.
A former four star prospect out of Jewel M. Sumner, Cutrer is ranked as the sixth-best junior college safety in the nation, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He plans to graduate this month and enroll early in January, said Chad Huff, Cutrer’s coach at MGCCC.
“LSU is getting a really athletic, physical corner that could play safety,” Huff said.
Wednesday marked the first day junior college players could sign with four-year schools. LSU had no other junior college players committed to the 2015 class.
Cutrer had 44 tackles, three for loss, and an interception this season at MGCCC in Perkinston, Mississippi. Cutrer also returned kicks, and he played receiver as a freshman in 2013.
Cutrer blossomed with coaches moved him from receiver to cornerback this season, Huff said.
“That’s his position,” the coach said. “We figured that out after moving him over there. He really came out of his shell and grew up. He’s a very physical corner. Can really run. Very athletic. Got good range and size.”
Cutrer was named defensive team captain this year, Huff said. The coach called him “a leader on the field.”
Cutrer grew up in the 7th Ward section of New Orleans, relocating with his family to the Kentwood area in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
“He’s a quick learner,” Huff said. “Humble guy.”
Cutrer is one of a handful of players set to enroll early. Texas tight end Hanner Shipley, Texas quarterback Justin McMillan and Florida defensive back Kevin Toliver II have all been cleared by the school and will enroll in January.
Cutrer could compete for early playing time at safety or cornerback. LSU might lose as many as three of its four starting defensive backs.
Safety Ronald Martin is a senior, and safety/nickelback Jalen Mills and cornerback Jalen Collins are draft-eligible guys. Cornerback Rashard Robinson’s future is in doubt. He’s been indefinitely suspended for more than a month.
Colby Delahoussaye had too much toe.
Delahoussaye, LSU’s sophomore field goal kicker, blames his late-season woes on hitting the ball with too much toe. He says he’s corrected the issue,
“It’s just hitting it off my toe a little more,” he said. “I’ve gotten better with it. Worked in these past few off days, gotten better with it. I feel a lot better now, a lot more confident with it.”
Delahoussaye had made 20 of his first 21 attempts and had hit 11 straight field goals before missing three of seven kicks – including three straight misses.
He ended that three-kick skid with a 43-yard make in the final minutes of the Tigers’ 23-17 win at Texas A&M in the regular season finale on Thanksgiving Night.
He was yanked in that game in College Station, Texas, after whiffing on a 22-yard attempt in the first quarter. Trent Domingue then hit two of three attempts before Delahoussaye re-entered for the 43-yarder.
“Frustration with myself,” Delahoussaye said summing up the A&M game. “I was really happy that Trent went in and did well. I’m always rooting for Trent. Me and Trent are like brothers. Happy I got to go back out there and fix my kicks.”
Delhoussaye and Domingue continue to compete in practice at the field goal kicking duties, something they’ve done all season.
Porter: I left my mark
All indications are that senior center Elliott Porter won’t play in the Tigers’ bowl game.
He spoke to reporters Wednesday using crutches and with a boot covering his right foot and ankle. Coach Les Miles said that Porter probably won’t play, and players, even, have said they expect Ethan Pocic to line up at center against Notre Dame.
Don’t tell that to Porter, who fractured the ankle.
“Questionable,” he said about his status. “Still a chance.”
It appears that Porter played his final game as a Tiger.
“I think I left my mark. That’s what I can say. I really believe I left my mark,” he said. “I thank this place for all they’ve done for me, making me the man I am today.”
Porter was injured when running back Terrence Magee accidentally rolled into his leg in the loss at Arkansas.
“It’s football,” Porter said. “Things happen for a reason. God makes things happen for a reason.”
Evan Washington said Wednesday that he’ll play right guard, and Pocic will play center against Notre Dame.