Expectations will be sky high again for the Rummel football team this fall.
The Raiders are ranked No. 22 nationally, according to the MaxPreps preseason rankings.
Jay Roth’s Rummel team is going for its third state championship in four seasons after winning it all in 2012 and 2013. The Raiders reached the Division I semifinals last season, falling to eventual champion Jesuit.
They finished 11-1 last season and return several key pieces from last year’s team, including quarterback Chase Fourcade. The senior quarterback returns for his third season as a starter.
The defense will be led by defensive lineman Briston Guidry, who has committed to Arkansas, and defensive back Kristian Fulton.
Fulton, one of the nation’s top cornerbacks, was The New Orleans Advocate’s Defensive Player of the Year as a junior after recording 11 interceptions.
Rummel is the only Louisiana team in MaxPrep’s rankings thus far. The top five schools will be revealed beginning on June 22, but the Raiders are expected to be the only team from the state.
With what appears to be a rough schedule, Rummel will have plenty chances to move up in the rankings.
The nondistrict slate includes road games at University High, Don Boscoe Prep (New Jersey) and to Wayne County (Mississippi). They also play a home game against Covington.
They will follow that up with the Catholic League schedule, which this year includes newcomer John Curtis.
Roth, in his 21st season, is five victories away from winning his 200th career victory.
Magee an All-American
Franklinton outfielder Josh Magee was named third-team All-American on the ABCA/Rawlings All-American Team announced Thursday.
Magee was a first-team selection on The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro Team after a senior season when he batted .529 as leadoff man for Demons. He also had 29 RBIs, 10 doubles, six triples, a home run and 20 stolen bases in helping lead the Demons to the Class 4A quarterfinals.
Magee signed with Southern Miss, but was drafted in the fifth round by the San Diego Padre and will pursue a pro career.
Earlier in the week, Magee was chosen to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Team, comprised of players from Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
He was one of two Louisiana players to make the all-region team.
Sulphur pitcher Kade Breaux, who also named Louisiana’s Mr. Baseball and Gatorade Player of the Year, also was an all-region pick.
Offers keep coming
The scholarship offers continue to roll in for Landry-Walker quarterback Keytaon Thompson.
Thompson, who still has two more seasons to play, says he now has 14 offers.
The latest one came from LSU.
It is one of three SEC offers he has, along with Mississippi State and Florida.
The 6-foot-4, 210 pound Thompson also has offers from Miami, Illinois, Arizona State, Colorado State, Texas tech and UCF.
He is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 5 ranked dual threat quarterback in the Class of 2017.
He alternated at quarterback as a sophomore with Li’Jon Cordier, but is expected to play full-time this fall for the Charging Buccaneers after Cordier graduated.
Thompson is also a standout on the basketball team.
He hit the game-winning shot in the championship game as the basketball team won its second straight title.
He has basketball offers from Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
He says he will likely play football in college though, although he is unsure what his favorite sport is.
“Whatever season is in, that’s the one I’m in love with,” Thompson said.