Notebook: Madison Prep’s Michael Roach trims his recruiting list to 11 finalists _lowres

Advocate staff photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Madison Prep's Malcolm Roach

Madison Prep defensive end-tight end Malcolm Roach stopped just short of a dozen, listing 11 schools as his finalists Wednesday.

Roach, one of the area’s top 2016 recruits, has a list of finalists that includes four Southeastern Conference schools Arkansas, Mississippi State, Missouri and Tennessee. His other finalists are Arizona, Texas, California, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, North Carolina State and Texas Tech.

“Nothing is final until signing day,” Roach said. “I talked with my family, and we prayed about it. These are schools that have been recruiting me very hard. What I wanted to do was get a list and narrow things down, so I can focus on the season ahead.”

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Roach has over 40 scholarship offers. He attended LSU’s camp last week and was not among the players offered a scholarship to LSU. As a junior, Roach earned Class 1A all-state and all-metro honors by compiling 134 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 20 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

Sevario picks FIU

St. Amant middle infielder Adam Sevario has committed to Miami-based Florida International, where he’ll play for former LSU assistant coach Turtle Thomas.

Sevario, who visited FIU in May, plans to sign in November. He also considered Nicholls State, Southeastern Louisiana and LSU-Eunice.

“I liked the campus and all the coaches when I visited,” Sevario said. “There were very welcoming, and they told me they’d like for me to play second base. This takes a weight off my me going into my senior year. Now I can just play baseball.”

The senior-to-be hit .459 last spring with nine doubles, a home run and 21 RBIs to help the Gators advance to the Class 5A baseball playoffs.

Sevario also played in 10 games for Gauthier & Amedee this summer before being sidelined by injuries suffered in a car crash.

Three exit MHSAA

Three private schools, Cathedral of Natchez, St. Aloysius of Vicksburg and Greenville-based St. Joseph-Greenville pulled out of the Mississippi High School Activities Association and have joined the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, according to a report in the Jackson’s Clarion-Ledger.

The exodus follows a recent MHSAA ruling that upholds a rule that prohibits out-of-state students from participating in athletics for MHSAA’s schools. The move comes just three weeks before the scheduled start of football season. All three schools applied for MAIS membership this week.