Baton Rouge area football players make commitments _lowres

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- Patrick Queen, Livonia running back

Temperatures always heat up in June. And so does college football recruiting.

Donaldsonville High lineman Tyarise Stevenson committed to Tulane on Saturday, becoming one of the area’s most recent commitments.

The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Stevenson plays offensive tackle and defensive tackle.

In a tweet the senior-to-be said, “I want to thank God, my coaches, family & all the others who supported me throughout the years. After discussing my decision over with my family, I’m blessed to say that I commit to Tulane & will make the best of it!! #RollWave.”

Livonia defensive back Patrick Queen, a junior-to-be, picked up a scholarship offer from Tulane that also was confirmed on twitter.

Mississippi State picked up a commitment from St. Thomas Aquinas athlete Cameron Dantzler on Saturday. Dantzler, also a top track competitor, plays quarterback for STA but is projected as a defensive back by MSU. Dantzler’s other suitors included Cincinnati, Louisiana Tech, Southern Mississippi, Texas Tech, Tulane and Utah.

The Bulldogs also have commitments from athlete Dontrell Allen of East St. John and defensive back C.J. Morgan-Walker of Parkway.

Madison Prep defensive end/tight end Malcolm Roach received his first two Southeastern Conference scholarship offers last week. Mississippi State offered the son of MPA coach Michael Roach the day after he attended the Bulldogs camp.

An offer from Missouri followed Thursday. Roach, who has 31 scholarship offers going into his senior season, is scheduled to attend an Arkansas camp next weekend.

“I had a good camp and I got to talk to coach (MSU coach Dan) Mullen,” Roach said of the MSU offer. “They told me they’d be in touch, but I had no idea it would be the next day.”

Weiner now Dunham A.D.

Football coach Neil Weiner of The Dunham School is now also the school’s athletic director. He takes over for Donna Pixley, who will continue as the school’s head volleyball coach and other tasks, including work with the locally-based Team Sportsplex.

“Last year I helped Donna with some of the things she did,” Weiner said. “She’s got a lot of things on her plate, so I guess this was a logical step.”

Job openings

Not long after the school sent out a news release about the new A.D. title, Weiner sent in an advertisement for a softball coach. Dunham opted to drop its softball program two years ago but is set to restart it with 21 girls in grades 9-12 looking to participate in 2016.

Dunham seeks a nonfaculty certified head softball coach who will receive a stipend. In addition to coaching the high school team, the head coach also would implement a middle school/feeder program.

Send résumés to neil.weiner@dunhamschool.org.

  • Brusly is accepting applications for its football coach position until June 17. Applicants must be certified to teach physical education. Contact Brusly Principal Walt Lemoine at (225) 749-2815 or Athletic Director Tait Dupont at (225) 776-6829.

Questionnaires sought

The Advocate mailed out football questionnaires to coaches from across the state in recent days. Coaches who have not received a questionnaire can contact Robin Fambrough at rfambrough@theadvocate.com or (225) 388-0142.

An online questionnaire is available on our website at theadvocate.com/sports/preps/. The deadline to submit a questionnaire is July 17.

Prep notables

Two Catholic High players, pitcher Ross Massey (second team) and shortstop Josh Smith (first team), were part of the 2015 Louisville Slugger High School All-America team announced last week.

Smith and Massey helped the Bears advance to the Class 5A title game. Other Louisiana players on the squad include: Sulphur pitcher Kale Breaux, St. Thomas More shortstop O’Neal Lochridge, Sulphur first baseman Austin Nelson, Barbe shortstop Braden Comeaux, South Beauregard pitcher/shortstop Nick Lee were first-team selections.

St. Thomas More pitcher Hogan Harris, Barbe first baseman Addison Armand, Barbe outfielder Marshall Alexander, outfielders Daniel Cabrera and Myles Washington of John Curtis, South Beauregard pitcher/first baseman Logan Savoy were second-team selections.

Compiled by Robin Fambrough