NEW ORLEANS — Add LSU to the growing list of colleges vying for the services of Holy Cross receiver Kevin Spears.
At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Spears would offer the Tigers their biggest receiving target since Rueben Randle (6-4), who departed for the NFL after the 2011 season.
“That’s been something that’s been missing,” said Scott Long of Dandy Don’s Sporting News, a website that covers LSU sports and recruiting. “There’s no offer on the table from LSU yet, but they’ve expressed some interest in getting him in in January and have a talk with him.”
Spears is one of several New Orleans-area seniors who have yet to commit to a college. Others include Rummel quarterback Damien Williams, John Curtis linebacker Duke Riley and Destrehan guard Noland Sharpe.
For Spears, LSU is working to stay in the recruiting loop.
Holy Cross coach Barry Wilson said it’s been challenging to keep up with all the phone calls he’s received about Spears, who had more than 1,000 receiving yards this season — just his second year of football.
“I can’t keep track of all of them, I’ll be honest with you,” Wilson said. “I know San Diego, Colorado, LSU. Those were the places I heard. Tulane, ULL, everybody in the area. It’s been unbelievable, the amount of schools that have called ... Indiana. I can’t remember all of them. But they’ve all asked if he can visit them.”
At Edna Karr, this season’s Class 4A state champions, coach Jabbar Juluke said he expects seven seniors to earn some kind of a football scholarship. Topping the list is cornerback Noel Ellis (Texas A&M) and tight end Standish Dobard (Miami).
Running back Jeremy Jamison, the MVP of Karr’s championship game, is pondering offers from Howard, Arkansas Pine-Bluff and Jackson State. Outside linebacker Elcee Refuge has visits set up to Howard, Colorado, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Southeastern Louisiana.
“In the last decade, we’ve have 70 Division I, I-AA, Division II and NAIA guys that have come through the program,” Juluke said. “Most college coaches are coming to us because we have such a rich tradition, and that’s just a testament to our coaches and kids.”
At Rummel, Williams amassed 243 yards during the Raiders’ 35-14 victory against Barbe in the Class 5A state championship. Still he does not have any Division I offers, which has frustrated his coach.
“It’s a travesty,” Rummel’s Jay Roth said.
Teammate Cethan Carter, who played fullback/defensive end for Rummel, is deciding between a scholarship offer from Nebraska and a gray shirt offer from LSU, which could lead to a scholarship after the 2012 season. Also, Alabama is showing interest, but has not offered.
Also at Rummel, Patrick Kliebert, a 6-foot-8 offensive lineman, is being recruited by Dartmouth, Columbia and recently by Ole Miss.
Sharpe is receiving heavy interest from Southeastern Conference schools.
Riley, who returned a fumble 80 yards for a touchdown during Curtis’ Class 2A state championship game, is reportedly mulling a gray shirt offer from LSU which could improve.
Meanwhile, the recruiting line is already around the corner for St. Augustine junior Leonard Fournette, who by next winter could be the best high school running back to come out of Greater New Orleans — no easy feat in a city that produced Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk.
“He’s going to be one of the, if not the No. 1 ranked prospect in the nation, not just in the state,” Long said.
“He’s just got all the attributes: the size, the speed. He’s been the most dominating player, even as a junior.”