There isn’t much Scotlandville High boys basketball coach Carlos Sample can say about Wednesday’s signing ceremony set for noon in the school’s library.
Sample knows that three of his players — Tre’Lun Banks, Brian Bridgewater and Jared Sam — are set to sign. But the Scotlandville coach said he doesn’t know who the players are signing with.
“They’re being really quiet about it,” Sample said. “All I can tell you is they’ve all got offers. Now where they’ll sign, I don’t know. I think they want it to be a surprise.”
Plenty of speculation revolves around the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Bridgewater, who was top prospect in football as a tight end, but has opted to play basketball. LSU was reportedly in the mix, but the Tigers are using their one scholarship currently available to sign Australian center Darcy Malone.
If a roster spot were to open up, LSU could then sign Bridgewater or another player.
TCU, coached by ex-LSU coach Trent Johnson, has been listed on some websites as having an interest in Bridgewater, who earned Class 5A all-state honors and was the MVP of the 5A title game last month.
The 6-1 Banks is the son of Southern coach Roman Banks and has attracted interest from several state schools and South Alabama, along with the Jaguars. Sam (6-8) has state college offers, and Southern is also in the mix.
“I’m anxious to see what the little guard Tre’Lun Banks is going to do,” Roman Banks said. “He hasn’t shared it with me. I think he might let the cat out the bag to his mom during the night, and we’ll see tomorrow.
“I know there have (been) some good schools on him hot and heavy. I’m going to do what a dad does. Whether he signs with us or not, I’m going to be at his signing ceremony tomorrow. He knows I’m going to hug him, I’m going to support him like a father.”
Two Scotlandville girls basketball players are also supposed to sign. Kenya Dixon (5-10) will sign with Florida A&M, according to Scotlandville Athletic Director Latoshia Clay. Point guard Lanae Bickham (5-0) will sign with Baton Rouge Community College.
Thomas to SU
Glen Oaks High’s Christopher Thomas (6-5) will sign with Southern at approximately 11 a.m. at the school. Thomas said he also had offers from Southeastern, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette and UNO.
Thomas, the District 6-3A MVP and the MVP of the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s all-star game last month, was also recruited by the Jaguars for football after playing wide receiver as a senior.
“I like coach Banks’ coaching style,” Thomas said. “And I really feel like I’ll fit in with his up-and-coming program.”
Three Cubs to sign
University High girls basketball point guard Di’Mond Jackson and two girls soccer players, Annabell Simpson and Jessica Williamson, are scheduled to sign in a 12:45 p.m. ceremony at the school.
Jackson, who led the U-High to the semifinals and was a first-team all-state choice, is set to sign with Arkansas-Little Rock. Simpson and Williamson also led the Cubs to the semifinals in soccer. Simpson is scheduled to sign with Troy State, while Williamson is set to sign with Austin, Texas-based St. Edward’s University.
Redemptorist wrestler Grant Godso is scheduled to sign with Nebraska-based Hastings College during a noon ceremony at the school.
Godso, who was 37-4 competing in the 145-pound weight class, will move to Hastings with Redemptorist coach Roderick Ratcliff, who has accepted a job as an assistant coach there.
- Dutchtown High swimmer Alyssa Dilldine will formally sign with Navy during a cermony at the school set for 12:30 p.m. Dilldine already has the legislative appointment to attend Navy.
Tulane adds commitment
Defensive end Peter Woullard of St. Augustine has become Tulane’s third commitment for its 2014 football signing class.
Woullard (6-foot-3 ½ , 240 pounds) committed to the Green Wave Tuesday after visiting the school with his mother, Ingrid Perrilloux.
“Tulane has a lot of faith in me, and I wanted to show my commitment to them,” Woullard said. “My old high school coach (David Johnson) is there, and with things like the new stadium, there’s a lot of excitement going on.”
Woullard said he had no other official offers, although Arkansas State had shown considerable interest and he had contact with Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
Tulane’s other early commitments are from quarterback Glen Cuiellette of Mandeville and defensive end Sean Wilson of South Plaquemines.
Scott Hotard and Ted Lewis contributed to this report.