3 high school football state champs in Baton Rouge _lowres

Advocate file photo by RUSTY COSTANZA -- Southern Lab's Curtlan Williams celebrates with teammates after being named MVP in the Division IV state championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Dec. 4.

Southern’s football recruiting class got a boost Tuesday when Southern Lab wide receiver Curtlan Williams signed with the Jaguars.

Williams (5-foot-8, 175 pounds) changed his mind after announcing on national signing day two weeks ago that he would attend LSU as a preferred walk-on.

“He re-evaluated things,” Southern coach Dawson Odums said Tuesday night, “and he decided that it was a better opportunity for him to accept a scholarship to Southern.”

Williams, who also can return kickoffs and punts, is the 25th signee in this year’s class, which includes three from Southern Lab and two from Scotlandville.

He was named to the Louisiana Sportswriters Association Class 1A All-State team as a return specialist after returning seven punts for touchdowns as a senior.

Williams was selected MVP of the Kittens’ 36-2 victory over St. Mary’s in the Division IV state championship game. He returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown, caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from Southern signee Bladrick Veal and made an interception.

“He was one of the most explosive offensive players in Louisiana,” Odums said. “He’s very athletic, very talented and great in space. He has rabbit-like quickness and he’s bigger than he looks.”

Williams was named to The Advocate’s All-Metro team for Class 3A and below as a wide receiver after making catches for 686 yards and five touchdowns.

The third Southern signee from Southern Lab is running back Darbbeon Profit. The signees from Scotlandville are defensive back Bryce Beekman and linebacker Caleb Carter, giving the Jaguars their largest recruiting haul from their neighborhood in Odums’ four years as head coach.

Odums said Southern could sign two or three more recruits and offensive line is an area of emphasis.