One of the area's top returning quarterbacks made a commitment on Monday night.
Travis Mumphrey, entering his senior season at John Ehret High School, committed to the University of New Mexico.
"I made a really good connection with coach (offensive coordinator Calvin) Magee," Mumphrey said. "He and (head) coach (Bob) Davis believed in me that I could play quarterback at their school and in their system."
Mumphrey's list of offers included Tulane, Tennessee, Arizona, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Indiana.
The 6-foot, 190-pound dual-threat quarterback is rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.
He completed 119 of 160 passes for 1,381 yards and 16 touchdowns in the regular season as a junior for the Patriots, who reached the second round of the Class 5A playoffs where they lost to eventual state champion Zachary. The Patriots finished the season 8-4.
Mumphrey, who sports a 3.9 grade point average, hopes to improve on that mark this season. It's why he says he made his commitment so soon.
"I want to focus on the season and get out there with my team and try to get better," Mumphrey said. "I want to make it to the championship. That's my main goal. Make it to the Dome."
Mumphrey will be playing for his third coach in as many seasons. Marcus Scott takes over as head coach this season. The Patriots got their first action under Scott last week in a spring scrimmage against Edna Karr.
"I think we did pretty good," Mumphrey said. "We are going to progress more during the summer. We are pretty young with some new faces but we are going to jell more in the summer and I think we will have a good year. Coach Scott is a good coach and he's bringing some new tradition to Ehret and I think our team has adapted to it."
Mumphrey is the second quarterback from the Greater New Orleans area to make a commitment in May. Rummel quarterback Chandler Fields committed to Louisiana-Lafayette last week.