John Ehret football coach Corey Lambert has watched college football recruiters swarm to Patriot Street in Marrero this spring.
It’s to be expected for a school loaded with Division I talent in the Class of 2016.
Two of those Patriots made verbal commitments last week.
Linebacker De’ Jon Harris verbally committed to Arkansas, and quarterback Caron Baham committed to Missouri.
“When I visited there in the spring, I just really liked all the things they have to offer,” Harris said about his commitment to the Razorbacks. “I really like the way I fit into their defense and what they like to do. That was the school that showed the most interest to me in the recruiting process.”
Harris also had offers from Oregon, Arizona State, Vanderbilt, Tulane, Arkansas State, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Harris recorded 82 tackles, including 15 for loss, to go with three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a junior.
Of the six players who have already committed to Arkansas, three are from Louisiana and two from the New Orleans area.
Rummel defensive lineman Briston Guidry and Teurlings Catholic quarterback Cole Kelly committed to Arkansas in April.
Harris isn’t the only Ehret player headed to play in the Southeastern Conference.
Baham committed to Missouri, where he is expected to make the switch from quarterback to receiver.
“It’s a school I have been waiting to get an offer from,” Baham said. “Their offense was a great fit for me because it’s similar to what we run at Ehret.”
Baham also had offers from Arkansas, Arkansas, State, Troy, Southern Miss, Tulane and Memphis.
Baham (6-1, 190) hurt opponents with his legs and his arm as a junior. He rushed for 1,750 yards and 27 touchdowns and threw for 1,080 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He said he looks forward to the switch to receiver in college.
“At quarterback, there is a lot going on and a lot on you as far as responsibility,” Baham said. “I look forward to being at a position where I can just play free and make a lot more plays. It was important to go ahead and commit. It’s something I worked for and my coaches and teammates have pushed me for.”
Both players can make their verbal commitments official in February on national signing day.
“It’s like a big relief,” Harris said about his early commitment. “I can concentrate on the summer and all the things we can accomplish as a team. It’s been interesting this spring to see all the schools come by with the different coaches.”
There’s still plenty of more Division I talent to go around at Ehret though, including linebacker Michael Divinity.
Divinity is ranked the 45th best player in the nation and the No. 5 linebacker, according to ESPN’s Top 300.
LHSAA task force meeting
The LHSAA will host the first meeting of the newly formed football task force Wednesday in Baton Rouge.
Coaches and administrators from all over the state will meet at the LHSAA building to discuss issues regarding the current split of select/nonselect in the football playoffs.
Wednesday’s meeting will be closed to the public and media. LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine will chair the task force.
All-star game set for weekend
The Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star Baseball games will be played Friday and Saturday at North Park in Denham Springs.
Friday’s game will start at 6 p.m. and Saturday’s game is set for noon.
Six players from the New Orleans area will compete in the game and will all suit up for the East squad.
Local participants are: Destrehan shortstop Brennan Breaud, Destrehan outfielder Connor Cominita, Chalmette pitcher Shane Saizan, Mandeville first baseman Harnson Jambon, Mandeville pitcher Joseph Gennaro and St. Charles pitcher Austin Weber.