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Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Helen Cox quarterback Dion Ray

Head of the class

Keenan Barnes, Madison, Miss./Central, ATH, 6-3, 200

Barnes had offers from some Power Five schools after catching 156 passes for 2,464 yards in a three-year career.

Ja’Marcus Bradley, Ackerman, Miss./Choctaw, ATH, 6-1, 180

Bradley was a last-minute grab following a prep career that included 4,636 rush yards and 76 touchdowns.

Gary Haynes, Manvel, Texas, WR, 5-9, 175

Recruited to fill key slot receiver spot after he was MVP of the Nike Training Camp in Houston last May.

Michael Jacquet, Beaumont, Texas/Central, WR, 6-2, 180

Ranked in the nation’s top 150 athletes by 247Sports, rushing for 17 scores and passing for 2,141 yards and 26 TDs.

Mario Osborne, Daphne, Ala., DL, 6-4, 250

Osborne didn’t commit until the final weekend, after having several early offers from Power Five programs.

Other signees

Stevie Artigue, Lafayette/Lafayette, K, 5-10, 175

Alonzo Brown, Magee, Miss./Magee, LB, 6-0, 200

Steven Coutts, Brisbane, Australia/Queensland, P, 6-4, 200

Joe Dillon, Tylertown, Miss./Tylertown, LB, 6-3, 225

Kevin Dotson, Plaquemine/Plaquemine, OL, 6-4, 311

Christian Goodlett, Lawrenceville, Ga./Hutchinson CC, DB, 5-11, 175

Kamar Greenhouse, Marksville/Marksville, DB, 6-1, 180

Robert Hunt, Burkeville, Texas/Burkeville, OL, 6-5, 315

Jarrod Jackson, Reserve/East St. John, WR, 6-0, 185

Ken Marks, Beaumont, Texas/Central, OL, 6-4, 287

Terik Miller, Pensacola, Fla,/Escambia, ATH, 6-0, 220

Cole Prudhomme, Eunice/Eunice, OL, 6-3, 280

Dion Ray, New Orleans/Helen Cox, QB, 6-0, 194

Carlos Robinson, Monroe/Ouachita, TE, 6-3, 213

Rico Robinson, Pensacola, Fla./Catholic, OL, 6-5, 290

Ethan Rose, Lafayette/Northside, DB, 5-10, 180

Chris Weaver, Saraland, Ala./Saraland, QB, 6-0, 217

Walter Williams, Vancleave, Miss./Vancleave, RB, 6-1, 207

Jordan Wright, Pearl, Miss./Pearl, RB, 5-11, 207

Briefly ...

NEEDS ADDRESSED: The Cajuns filled a much-needed quota of offensive linemen, with fifth-year coach Mark Hudspeth saying he wouldn’t have gotten into most of that group’s living rooms a few seasons ago. UL-Lafayette also signed three standout receivers, with some combination of Barnes, Haynes and Jacquet figuring to see playing time this fall.

WHAT’S NEXT: The staff still has some work to do on the defensive line, signing only the highly regarded Osborne in that role in what Hudspeth called a very selective process in the D-line. “We’re looking for the next Christian Ringo and Justin Hamilton there,” he said, indicating that he may pull the trigger on one more signee between now and August.

Lagniappe: Five members of Wednesday’s announced signing class are already enrolled for the spring semester, including the team’s only juco signee in cornerback Christian Goodlett and Australian punter Steven Coutts. Early high school enrollees are Kamar Greenhouse of Marksville, Dion Ray of Helen Cox and Walter Williams of Vancleave, Mississippi.