J.T. Curtis couldn't quite remember the last year he didn't have a player sign with to play college football.
Normally it's a Power Five conference school
"You probably have to go back to the 1990s, at least," the longtime coach said.
The Patriots added more Wednesday when tight end Glenn Beal signed with Texas A&M and defensive back Brandon Davis signed with Tennessee.
Beal finished his senior season with catches for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Those numbers are probably to be expected in the Patriots' run-heavy offensive scheme.
So Beal's eyes lit up a bit when asked how thrilled he is to get a chance to reel in more passes in college.
"Big-time," he said. "Maybe more than five passes a game."
Beal, one of the state's top recruits, signed with Texas A&M on Wednesday.
"It was just the history behind A&M," Beal said. "When I went on my visit, it felt like home and I just went to where my heart is. I felt like that was the best fit for me."
Beal said his final three choices were Texas A&M, Tennessee and Alabama.
He is ranked a three-star recruit by 247Sports.
"They know I was a great blocker coming from this program," Beal said. "I can also catch the ball. I really haven't had the opportunity so it's nice knowing those coaches believe in me."
J.T. Curtis says the Aggies are getting a special player.
"He's a great blocker at the line of scrimmage. He can stretch the field and he has the speed and athleticism to be able to make big plays and big catches," Curtis said. "He's really a great combination of both, and some of the schools even talked to him about splitting out and playing some wide receiver for them."
Davis signed with Tennessee after recording six interceptions this season.
"When I went up there, coach (Jeremy) Pruitt told me a lot about the school, and I just fell in love with it," Davis said. "They treated my family like family, and that's what really got to me."
Davis is also a standout on the baseball team.
"Brandon was a guy who is an excellent baseball player and late in the (recruiting) process he came and said he'd like to play football," Curtis said. He sent his tape out. A lot of people were late. Jeremy Pruitt loved his tape and the rest of it is history."
Davis and Beal were both members of The New Orleans Advocate's All-Metro Team.
Curtis defensive back Cade Comeaux will go to Ole Miss as a preferred walk-on.
Running back Marquese Albert signed with Idaho, and offensive lineman Cade Blalock signed with Trinity College. Wide receiver Tyrone Legette signed with South Alabama in December.
Loving stays with LSU
Despite an 11th-hour scholarship offer from Nicholls State, Riverside Academy quarterback Jordan Loving remained committed to LSU.
The four-year starter received an offer from LSU last week as a preferred walk-on. He also had an offer from Louisiana College. An honors student at Riverside, Loving is expected to be a TOPS qualifier.
“I am thankful for the (Nicholls) offer,” Loving said. “I just honored my previous commitment. I wanted to do what was best for my parents, but they said they supported me either way so I stuck with LSU.”
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Loving passed for 2,013 yards in seven regular season games and three playoff games to earn Class 2A All-State honors. He threw for 545 yards in a single game against Archbishop Rummel.
Gibson taking JUCO route
Riverside running back Jeremy Gibson, once an Arkansas commitment, signed Wednesday with Southwest Mississippi Community College. He also had an offer from Tulane.
“It’s always been my dream to play in the SEC,” Gibson said. “This is my best way to get back to the SEC.”
An All-Stater after rushing for 955 yards as a junior, the 5-foot-11,190-pound Gibson had committed to Arkansas last June. He missed much of this season with a knee injury, then decommitted from Arkansas after a coaching change.
Brumfield heads west
Covington's Devin Brumfield, one of the state's top running backs, signed with Utah on Wednesday.
Brumfield is his school's all-time leading rusher.
As a senior, he rushed for 2,307 yards and 25 touchdowns to for the District 6-5A champions who reached the Class 5A quarterfinals.
He is rated as the No. 33 running back in the nation, according to 247Sports, and the No. 28 overall player in Louisiana.
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