Everyone knew about the drama behind the recruitment of one Dutchtown High School player by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Offensive lineman Lloyd Cushenberry received a late offer from LSU and wound up signing with the Tigers during a ceremony at the school.

There was another, lesser-known battle going on for a Griffins player. Afterwards, defensive back Coney Durr was all smiles because he realized his first instinct was best.

“Even up to last night I was confused,” Durr said. “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I had North Carolina and Virginia Tech come in on me late. There was an appeal to both schools. I kept going over it and over it in my mind. As I weighed the options, it all came back to Minnesota. Given what I want to major in, it’s the best choice. And in terms of having the chance to play right away it was the best. So I decided to stick with Minnesota.”

Durr’s decision to stay with his original commitment to Minnesota may have caught some by surprise. As national signing day wore on Wednesday, it was evident that most Baton Rouge area players bound for out-of-state schools were opting to stand by their original commitments.

Zachary High offensive lineman Kellton Hollins (TCU), University defensive back Malik Antoine (Stanford) and Madison Prep linebacker/defensive lineman Malcolm Roach (Texas) stuck with the commitments they made months ago. Dutchtown quarterback Jared Sparks (Purdue) stayed with the school he selected in mid-January.

A few under-the-radar names also stood out. For example, Donaldsonville High defensive lineman Tyraise Stevenson signed with Tulsa. Stevenson committed to Tulane last summer but ultimately found a new home after the Green Wave changed coaches.

Zachary wide receiver Doug Coleman committed to Tulane initially, but changed that pledge to the school he signed with — Texas Tech — last weekend.

Southern Lab wide receiver Tevis Abraham opted for New Mexico State, following in the footsteps of linebacker Javahn Ferguson, who signed with the Aggies a year ago and played in five games last fall.

But the biggest out-of-state migration involved a school much closer to home: Jackson State. Former Capitol High head coach and Southern quarterbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Chad Germany joined the JSU staff last month and wasted little time taking the route back to Baton Rouge to recruit, reportedly offering scholarships to more than 20 area players. At least seven signed Wednesday.

The best-known players to sign with Jackson State were Zachary running back Terry Sullivan, who saw the chance to follow in the footsteps of the greatest JSU player, Walter Payton. Northeast High defensive lineman Leroy Roddy was a two-time All-Metro and Class 2A all-state selection. Belaire running back DaQuan Hicks, who rushed for 1,841 yards, was yet another signee.

The fact that so many players signed with Southern’s SWAC rival was a big part of signing day in Baton Rouge. That fact was one that surprised even some of the players themselves.

“When I went on my visit to Jackson State, I didn’t know what to expect,” Southern Lab defensive back/JSU signee Tenoa Alex said. “I had no idea the campus would be as beautiful as it was or what the school had to offer.

“Coach Germany did a great job. But when (new head coach Tony Hughes) told us his objective was to make sure every player walks across the stage to get a degree, that sold me.”

Wednesday’s football signees


RB DaQuan Hicks, Jackson State

FB Anthony Nelson, Jackson State

DT Quan Gales, Texas A&T JC

DB Kirkland Bova, Texas A&T JC


OL Akkai Ward, Louisiana-Lafayette


QB Ian Brian, Southeastern

Denham Springs

DE Caleb Roddy, LSU


QB Tyler Brown, Southern

DL Tyarise Stevenson, Tulsa

WR Stephen Sullivan, LSU


OL Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU

CB Coney Durr, Minnesota

QB Jared Sparks, Purdue

East Feliciana

DL Tra’Vontae Booker, Louisiana-Lafayette

OL Darius Davis, Alcorn State

LB Treylan Dunn, Grambling

WR Kamaron Irvin, Louisiana College

RB/DE Dunn Treylan, Grambling


T.J. Wisham, Army

Glen Oaks

DB Darren Evans, Nicholls State


CB Shyheim Carter, Alabama


DE Willie Baker, Louisiana Tech


DL Sully Laiche, Nicholls State

DB Ben St. Pierre, Nicholls State

Madison Prep

WR Charrod Brumfield, Jackson State

LB/DL Malcolm Roach, Texas

DB/WR Everett Richard, Grambling

OL Thomas Sterling, Langston

LB Cedric Triplett, Jackson State

DT Justin Wade, Langston


LB Nic Wiggins, Louisiana-Lafayette


DL Leroy Roddy, Jackson State

parkview Baptist

OL Grant Kerstens, Army

RB Kayin White, Louisiana-Monroe


FS Bryce Beekman, Southern

OLB Caleb Carter, Southern

LB Reggie Cleveland, Louisiana Tech

WR Jordan George, Louisiana College

DL Maleek Grant, Louisiana College

WR Tyson Hives, East Texas Baptist

WR Chris Johnson, Tulane

SS D’Quincy Jones, Louisiana College

DB Ahmar Muse, Louisiana College

TE/WR Torrez, Williams Coffeyville C.C.

DE Deandre Williams, Tulane

DB DJ Williams, Louisiana Tech

OL Manzie Williams, Louisiana College

St. John

TE Colin Crockett, Louisiana College

St. Michael

OL Beau Morris, McNeese State

Southern Lab

DL Deion Rainey, Tulane

QB Bladrick Veal, Southern

RB Darbbeon Profit Jr., Southern

WR Tevis Abraham, New Mexico St.

DB Tenoa Alex, Jackson State

OL Chad Smith, Mississippi Valley State

ATH Louis Tre James, Belhaven


DB Malik Antoine, Stanford

CB Tre Jackson, Tulane

LB Laryon James, Nicholls State


QB Terry Bozeman, Arkansas-Monticello

DB Trey Keller, Arkansas Baptist

LB Henry Monley, Louisiana College

DB Anthony Montgomery, Belhaven

LB/TE Kyle Nevels, Louisiana-Monroe

White Castle

WR Gavin Landry, Northwestern State

RB Dontrell Taylor, Nicholls State


WR Doug Coleman, Texas Tech

TE/DE Cameron Carrier, Nicholls State

C Kellton Hollins, TCU

QB Lindsey Scott, LSU

RB Terry Sullivan, Jackson State

DE Aaron Celestine, Louisiana College

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