Louisiana lands 19 juniors on ESPN list _lowres

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- John Curtis football coach J.T. Curtis will lead his team into the Battle on the Border against Lufkin, Texas, on Sept. 13.

While Louisiana’s Class of 2015 appears to be loaded with football talent, the Class of 2016 could be just as good or even better.

Nineteen juniors made ESPN’s Junior 300 released last week.

That number eclipsed the 13 players that made ESPN’s list of top seniors earlier last week.

Edwin Alexander, a defensive tackle at St. Thomas Aquinas, was the highest rated junior in Louisiana, ranked the 10th-best player in the county.

The list featured seven players from the Greater New Orleans area. The highest rated local junior was John Curtis offensive lineman Willie Allen.

The Louisiana players who made the list, with ranking in parentheses, are: (10) Alexander, DT, St. Thomas Aquinas; (18) Rashard Lawrence, DT, Neville; (35) Shea Patterson, QB, Calvary Baptist; (50) Willie Allen, OL, John Curtis; (52) Shyheim Carter, ATH, Kentwood; (54) Drake Davis, WR, Dunham; (59) Michael Divinity, LB, John Ehret (62) Isiah Graham, WR, Bastrop; (72) Stephen Sulllivan, WR, Donaldsonville (91) Kristian Fulton, CB. Rummel; (121) Mykell Jones, WR, Patterson;

(132) Kelejawan Leflore, WR, Easton; (151) Glen Logan, DT, Destrehan; (161) Tre Turner, RB, Holy Cross; (172) C.J. Morgan, WR, Parkway; (206) Devin White, ATH, North Webster; (216) Trey Ragas, RB, Shaw; (218) Andraez Williams, CB. Calvary Baptist; (253) Tre Jackson, ATH, University High.

See Rod Walker’s blog at www. blogs.theadvocate.com/neworleanspreps/ for a complete list of the rankings.

Curtis set for showcase

The John Curtis football team will participate in the annual Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase in Shreveport.

The showcase, featuring 12 of the top teams from the south, will be played on Sept. 12 and 13 at Independence Stadium.

Curtis will play Lufkin, Texas, on Sept. 13 at 2 p.m.

Curtis, going for its fourth consecutive title, is ranked 17th nationally in the CBS MaxPreps rankings for nonpublic schools.

Patriots coach J.T. Curtis is Louisiana’s all-time winningest coach with a 530-56-6 record and 26 state titles. His win total ranks second nationally.

The other games on the schedule are:

Sept. 12: 6 p.m., St. Thomas More vs. Gladewater (Texas); 8:30 p.m.: El Dorado (Ark.) vs. Byrd

Sept. 13: 11 a.m., Marshall (Texas) vs. Parkway ; 5 p.m., Shades Valley (Ala.) vs. Acadiana; 8 p.m., Neville vs. Longview (Texas)

Retif Oil set for regional

Jesuit-based Retif Oil, which won the Louisiana American Legion Baseball championship, will play in the Mid-South Regional tournament beginning on Thursday in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

The double-elimination tournament ends on Aug. 11, with the winner advancing to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, North Carolina, later in August.

Retif Oil will play the Arkansas state champion in the third game of the opening day at 4:30 p.m.