Photos: New Orleans area prep football _lowres

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR -- John Curtis' Mike Corcoran closes in on Karr quarterback Aldon Clark last season.

THIBODAUX — Nicholls State coach Tim Rebowe stressed the importance of recruiting Louisiana players when he was hired late last year. Rebowe delivered Wednesday.

The Colonels unveiled an All-Louisiana 26-player signing class led by a large group of players who earned all-state recognition.

Morrell Bartholomew of West St. John, Mikey Corcoran of John Curtis and Ryan Hanley of Rummel were first-team all-state selections.

Northeast’s Darryl Adams, Thibodaux’s Peyton Bonvillain, Franklinton’s P.J. Burkhalter, Plaquemine’s Joseph Keller and Destrehan’s Allen Pittman were honorable mention selections.

Of the 26 high school signees, 12 are expected to play on the offense. The Colonels signed six offensive linemen, three receivers, two quarterbacks and one fullback.

On defense, Nicholls added five defensive backs, five linemen and four linebackers.

The majority of the Colonels signees hail from within 100 miles of Nicholls campus.

Louisiana Tech

In Ruston, coach Skip Holtz announced the signing of 23 players. Holtz and his staff added 22 high school players and one transfer from a four-year college in quarterback Jeff Driskel.

The Bulldogs signed 14 defensive players and nine who are expected to play on offense.

Driskel, a transfer from Florida, will provide experience at quarterback, while running back Jaqwis Dancy of Junction City, Arkansas, adds depth.

Northwestern State

In Natchitoches, the Demons announced a 27-player signing class. The group included three transfers from four-year schools and three junior college signees who enrolled in January.

High school signees from south Louisiana included Central defensive lineman Cameron Hooper, Carencro defensive D’Ronnie Littleton, defensive lineman Desmond Prejean of Lafayette Christian, defensive back Ryan Reed of West Feliciana and McKinley athlete Charles Vaughn.

McNeese State

The Cowboys announced 21 signees in Lake Charles. Texas A&M transfer Isaiah Golden, who enrolled last month, helps lead the signing class.

The Cowboys’ class includes 12 defensive players, eight on offense and one special teams player. McNeese added five defensive backs, four defensive linemen and three linebackers, and on offense, there were two offensive linemen, two running backs, two wide receivers, two tight ends, two running backs, and a long snapper was signed on special teams.

Livonia players, who also signed with a junior college, receiver Stephen Guidry and linebacker Bryce Jones, signed with McNeese.

Louisiana-Monroe

Louisiana-Monroe released a 27-player signing class that included 23 high school players.

Many defensive back Xavier Dias, who led his team to a Class 2A state title last fall, was among the prep signees along with linebacker Chase Day of The Dunham School.

Edna Karr offensive lineman Devin Jackson and Notre Dame-Crowley defensive lineman Nate Link were other south Louisiana signees.