Twenty players from Louisiana, led by John Curtis offensive lineman Willie Allen, were listed in ESPN’s Top 300 football rankings for the Class of 2016 released earlier this week.
Allen, a 6-foot-7, 300 pound offensive tackle, is ranked the No. 5 player in the country.
“He’s a big tall rangy guy who has excellent feet,” said Patriots coach J.T. Curtis. “He plays basketball for us too, so he can move and that’s what they’re looking for in those tackles.”
Allen has scholarship offers from pretty much every school in the country.
“We have had guys like Jonathan Wells and Joe McKnight and Malachi Dupre and Chris Howard those guys, and he’ll be in that category as far as his recruitment goes,” said Curtis. “He has a great work ethic and works hard at what he does and has a positive attitude. And one of the things you can never coach is height and he definitely has that.”
Allen is one of nine players from the New Orleans area to make the list.
Rummel was the only Louisiana school to put two players on the list.
Cornerback Kristian Fulton, who was the New Orleans Advocate’s Defensive Player of the Year for Large Schools as a junior, is ranked No. 31 and teammate Briston Guidry, a defensive lineman, is ranked No. 132.
Fulton recorded 11 interceptions in 2014.
Guidry has verbally committed to Arkansas.
Other local players on the list are John Ehret LB Michael Divinity; St. Augustine tight end Jamal Pettigrew, Warren Easton WR Clyde Chriss, McDonogh 35 defensive tackle Stephon Taylor, Karr DE Andre Anthony and Destrehan DT Glen Logan.
MCA back at state tourney
Mount Carmel defeated Ponchatoula 8-3 Saturday to advance to the Fast Pitch 56 state softball tournament
It will be the third straight trip to the Fast Pitch 56 for the Cubs, who reached the quarterfinals last season where they lost to Denham Springs.
Amanda Cannella got the win on the mound for Mount Carmel.
Three other local teams will try to punch their tickets to Sulphur on Sunday after weather delays Saturday.
In 5A, No. 10 Hahnville will play at No. 7 Dutchtown at 3 p.m. Sunday with the winner playing Mount Carmel at 4 p.m. on Friday in Sulphur.
In 4A, Belle Chasse, a No. 15 seed, will play No. 2 Teurlings Catholic at 3 p.m. Sunday.
In 2A, St. Charles, the No. 2 seed, will host Caldwell Parish at 1 p.m..
Three other locals teams (Cabrini, John Curtis and Riverside) have already advanced to Sulphur.
Cabrini will play at 4 p.m. Friday against the winner of Sunday’s game between Assumption and Benton in the Class 4A quarterfinals.
Curtis, the top seed in 3A, will play No. 9 Notre Dame at noon Friday. Curtis is going for its fourth straight title.
Riverside, the No. 2 seed in 2A, will play No. 10 Many at noon Friday.
Easton duo sign scholarships
Sabrina Banks and Shaniqua Tobias, members of Warren Easton’s 2015 Class 4A girls basketball state championship team, will continue their basketball careers at junior colleges.
Banks has signed with Tallahassee Community College and Tobias has signed with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Banks and Tobias were second-team selections on The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro team.
“I thought they would go to school together,” Eagles coach Darius Mimms said. “They were recruited by several schools that wanted both of them. Tallahassee was interested in Tobias, but they kind of were rushing her to make her decision, so she didn’t think they wanted her as much as they wanted Sabrina. And she liked what Gulf Coast was offering in terms of (projected) playing time.”
Former Warren Easton standouts Lawriell Wilson and Jeremica Edwards spent last season Tallahassee’s roster.
The LHSAA will release brackets for the Class 5A baseball playoffs Sunday.
Brackets for the other classifications are set to be released Tuesday.