Tulane scored a huge recruiting victory when University High School defensive back/wide receiver Tre Jackson committed to the Green Wave over Kansas State on Saturday.
And score one for Catholic High quarterback Ian Brian, who committed to Southeastern Louisiana University.
Jackson (5-foot-10, 178 pounds), who tore an ACL four games into his senior season, decommitted from South Carolina after taking official visits to Tulane on the weekend of Jan. 15 and Kansas State on the weekend of Jan. 22. He was committed to Florida as a sophomore.
“It’s been a tough decision between two great programs that fit me so well,” Jackson tweeted. “But after much prayer and consideration with my family I’d like to announce that I’ll be spending the next 4 years obtaining my degree at Tulane University. Roll Wave.”
Jackson committed to Florida and former coach Will Muschamp before his sophomore season, intending to follow in the footsteps of his father, Jack Jackson, a star receiver for the Gators from 1992-94.
In 2014, Jackson was a Class 3A first-team all-state U-High during a 15-0 and won the Division II select state championship. It was the Cubs’ first state title since 1988, and he played an integral role as a two-way starter, catching 45 passes for 876 yards and nine touchdowns. He also averaged 35.6 yards on kickoff returns and 16.9 yards on punt returns with a score.
Brian’s story also included a late recruiting push. He was offered by SLU last week and was also considering the Southern Miss. He also had offers from Arkansas schools Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State.
The fact that Brian’s father, David, played for the Lions in 1960 made the recruiting pitch an easier one.
“I’ve been coming to games here with my dad since I was about 8 years old,” Brian said during his recruiting visit. “I’ve seen the program and the school. But getting to see everything behind the scenes has been an eye-opening experience. I really like it and look forward to playing here.”
Brian (6-0, 185) set a school record by completing 25 of 34 passes for 340 yards and three TDs in the Bears’ 31-28 victory over Rummel in the Division I title game last month. He passed for 2,017 yards and 20 TDs during the season.
Donaldsonville defensive lineman Tyarise Stevenson, originally a Tulane commitment before the coaching change, has a new school. Stevenson is committed to Tulsa, Donaldsonville coach Brian Richardson said.
Richardson said quarterback Tyler Brown is visiting Jackson State and should decide between JSU and Southern this week.
Dutchtown’s Caleb Ricca, Payton Stafford and Britton Benoit are among the area’s recent baseball commitments.
Ricca and Stafford both committed to Northwestern State, said Griffins coach Chris Schexnaydre, while Benoit is committed to Mississippi College.
Stafford is a first baseman and Ricca is a shortstop. Both were second-team all-district last spring. Benoit is a pitcher.
Denham Springs junior pitcher Brock Batty has committed to Louisiana-Lafayette. Batty was 5-1 last spring and was first-team All-Livingston Parish and second-team all-district.
Compiled by Guerry Smith and Robin Fambrough