Add one more first for Archbishop Rummel quarterback Damian Williams, who is set to become part of former LSU and Oklahoma State assistant Todd Monken’s first recruiting class at the University of the Southern Mississippi.
Williams committed to the Golden Eagles on Thursday night following a home visit.
“(Southern Miss) made me feel at home,” Williams said. “From the time coach Monken took the job, he made it clear they wanted me and they recruited me hard. Coach Monken told me that I fit his system perfectly. And I’m looking forward to running it for him.”
Williams led the Raiders to their first state football title and a 14-0 record. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Williams was a four-year starter. He will make his official visit to USM this weekend and previously had visits set for Western Kentucky and Florida International.
As a senior, Williams garnered Class 5A All-State honors as an athlete after amassing 2,595 total yards and 26 TDs. He also was selected as the Outstanding Player in Rummel’s 35-15 victory over Barbe-Lake Charles in the 5A title game.
In the 5A final, Williams completed 11 of 13 passes for 193 yards and two TDs. He also rushed for 52 yards.
“I think it’s a great choice for Damian,” Rummel coach Jay Roth said. “It’s an hour and a half away, and you’ve got a new coach coming in. He gets to be in on the ground floor of what they’re doing. I’m so proud of him and everything he accomplished here. Personally, I think Southern Miss is getting themselves one heck of a football player — one of the best in the state in my opinion.”
Carter ponders options
Meanwhile, Williams’ football and basketball teammate, tight end Cethan Carter, had extra support in the stands during Tuesday’s night 61-48 loss at Brother Martin. College coaches from LSU and Alabama were among those in attendance.
Carter visited Nebraska last week and Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini is scheduled to come to New Orleans to visit Carter this weekend, Roth said.
It looks like talent runs in the Flagg family. Both senior receiver/tight end Jalon Flagg and junior offensive tackle/ defensive tackle Adrain Flagg are sparking interest from colleges. Their high school coach at L.B. Landry, Damian Bocage said the two are distant cousins.
Bocage said Jalon Flagg (6-2, 165) has been contacted by Southern University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Adrain Flagg’s list of suitors includes Tulane, ULL and Louisiana Tech. He is 6-foot-3, 250 pounds.
Spears to visit LSU
Holy Cross receiver Kevin Spears is visiting LSU this weekend. Spears received an offer from the Tigers and could commit this weekend, according to Holy Cross coach Barry Wilson.
Holy Cross cornerback KJ Curtis is taking a more relaxed approach, Wilson said. Curtis has an offer from Northwestern State and some interest from Army and Air Force.
“They like him a lot,” Wilson said of the military academies. “They want him to continue to work on his grades to get them as high as he can.”
In basketball news, the University of New Orleans, which is gearing up for a return to Division I, is getting out in the city. Also in attendance at the Brother Martin-Rummel basketball game was UNO coach Mark Slessinger. Last week, assistant UNO Kerwin Forges attended East Jefferson’s game against Riverdale.
Robin Fambrough and Gary Estwick contributedto this report.