Louisiana-Lafayette makes scholarship offer to Cecilia’s Raymond Calais _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Cecilia's Raymond Calais Jr. (5) runs away from a downed Breaux Bridge defender on Friday night in Cecilia.

LAFAYETTE — One of the most prolific running backs in the state the last two seasons was offered a scholarship by Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday.

Cecilia running back Raymond Calais has rushed for more than 2,000 yards in each of the last two seasons. He announced via Twitter on Sunday afternoon the Cajuns became the fifth school to offer him a scholarship, joining Southern Miss, McNeese, Nicholls State and Southern.

This season, Calais has rushed for 2,038 yards and 24 touchdowns for the district champion Bulldogs. He topped 200 yards on five separate occasions with a season-high of 293 yards against St. Louis High School.

His stellar senior season came on the heels of a junior year in which he ran for 2,228 yards and 25 scores.

Even with the gaudy numbers, it’s unclear what position the Cajuns are recruiting Calais to play. Calais is considered undersized for the running back position, checking in at 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, a frame that fits more at defensive back or slot receiver.

The Cajuns have shown they can successfully use a runner that size, however. Current Cajuns running back Torrey Pierce is similar to Calais in stature and has run for 339 yards and four scores this season.

Plus, Calais makes up for his lack of size with big-time wheels.

In addition to being an outstanding high school football player, Calais has also stood out as a sprinter on Cecilia’s track team. He ran a 10.79 100-meter dash at last spring’s Class 4A championships, nearly three-tenths of a second faster than his nearest competitor.

Calais and the Bulldogs return to the field this Friday in a first-round playoff matchup against Northwood.