Jarrius Wallace, a safety at John Ehret, verbally committed to Central Florida on Saturday.
“I like their program,” Wallace said. It fits me both academically and athletically. They seemed to want me more.”
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Wallace also had offers from McNeese State, Northwestern State and Austin Peay.
His six interceptions as a junior led the Patriots defense.
Ehret coach Corey Lambert is equally proud of the numbers Wallace has put up in the classroom (3.8 grade-point average and a 20 on the ACT).
“Jarrius is one of the hardest working kids I ever coached on and off the field,” Lambert said. “What you see on a daily basis by Jarrius is what you get. Effort, hard working and leadership.”
Wallace is the third Ehret player to make a commitment. Linebacker De’Jon Harris committed to Arkansas and quarterback Carn Baham committed to Missouri. Bahan is expected to switch to receiver in college.
Wallace will make a visit to UCF on June 27th and then gear up for his senior season.
“My goals are to get more picks than last year and go win a state championship,” Wallace said. “Winning a state championship is the main goal, so whatever it takes to win.”
Jarreau top state player on list
Four players from Louisiana, including two from New Orleans, are ranked among the best high school basketball players in the nation, according to Scout’s Top 100.
This list of the top players in the Class of 2016 was updated on Friday.
Dejon Jarreau of McDonogh 35 was the highest rated Louisiana player.
Jarreau, a 6-foot-4, point guard, is ranked the 49th best player in the nation and the ninth bets point guard.
Jarreau averaged 16.9 points per game as junior, helping lead the Roneagles to the Class 4A semifinals
Landry-Walker guard Lamar Peters was ranked No. 98.
The sharp-shooting Peteres averaged 19.7 points as a junior and helped lead the Charging Buccaneers to their second straight Class 4A state championship.
The other two Louisiana players to make the list were power forwards.
North Caddo’s Robert Williams ranked No. 76 overall and Cameron Lard of Natchitoches Central was ranked one spot behind Peters at No. 99.
Hahnville looks to fill dates
The Hahnville boys basketball team is looking to fill open dates for this upcoming season.
The open dates are: Dec. 21 or 22, Jan. 8 and Feb. 2.
Call Hahnville coach Rick Spring at (985) 285-1362.
LHSCA director sought
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association is accepting applications for the position of the director of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association .
Applicants should have 10 years of experience as a high school faculty coach. It is recommended the applicant have a background, an interest in, and knowledge of high school athletics and the LHSCA. Service on various LHSCA committees is preferred.
Deadline for applications is June 16. Go to www.lhsaa.org for more information.