They have one of the most famous football last names in the state, and this week they both finally made their college decisions.
The Mandeville duo of quarterback Cody Orgeron and wide receiver Parker Orgeron will be continuing their academic and athletic careers at McNeese State.
The twin sons of LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron are Parker Orgeron, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver and Cody Orgeron, a 6-0, 165-pound quarterback. A three-year starter at Mandeville, Orgeron had an outstanding senior season for the Skippers. Helping Mandeville return to the Class 5A state semifinals for the third time, Parker Orgeron had 58 catches for 845 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also rushed for 68 yards on 15 carries and completed three passes for 29 yards and a touchdown.
In addition, Parker Orgeron excelled in the kick return game, returning multiple kicks for touchdowns during his senior season en route to being named to the all-district 6-5A first team and Class 5A all-state honorable mention.
“All the credit goes to the coaching staff (at McNeese),” he said. “They brought Cody and I in and treated us well. I think the transition is going to be easy.
“I don’t know if I can come in and make an immediate contribution or not, but I will tell you this: I am going to go in and work my tail off and try and to do everything I can.”
Playing his first season of varsity football in his last year of eligibility at Mandeville, Cody threw for 1,677 yards and 17 touchdowns.
“I know for me it was important for (he and Parker) to play together in college,” Cody Orgeron said. “I was thinking about either going to McNeese State or LSU. Coach Guidry really liked me, and I went on a visit and got an offer. That is why I committed.
“Me having only played one year of high school football is less of a worry for the coaching staff (at McNeese) than it is excitement. The coaching staff sees a lot of potential in my game and says I have a high ceiling. They took a gamble on me, and I’m going to go in and prove them right.”
With national signing day less than two weeks away, Parker and Cody Orgeron are the seventh and eighth commitments for first-year Cowboys coach Lance Guidry and the second from 6-5A, joining Covington offensive lineman Adam Joiner.
“Coach Guidry has been recruiting us hard,” Parker Orgeron said. “I really like him, and I think he is going to be that energy and passion to the entire team this year, not just the defense.”
The Orgeron brothers are the second and third verbal commitment from a north shore area school this week. Hannan place-kicker Hunter Sellen verbally committed to Suwanee, a Division III university out of Tennessee.
Sellen made 33-of-38 extra points and 4-of-9 field goals and is the first Hannan football player to verbally commit to a college since the arrival of new coach Scott Wattigny.