Defensive lineman Tanzel Smart, who committed to Tulane, helps lead a group of six Scotlandville High athletes scheduled to sign with a variety of colleges.

Wide receiver Larry Clark (Texas Southern) and defensive back Dondre Dobbins (Texas-San Antonio) are the other football players committed.

Smart, a Class 5A all-state selection and The Advocate’s All-Metro Defensive MVP, also considered Texas-San Antonio, North Texas and McNeese, Scotlandville coach Eric Randall said. Georgia Tech also has expressed interest in Smart over the past two weeks, Randall said.

Sprinter/jumps specialist D’Lacia McKinley (Ole Miss) and sprinter Takara Beverly (Grambling) are girls track competitors set to sign. Boys track distance runner Miguel Decuir is set to sign with William Penn.

Sarrazin changes pledge

Dutchtown High kicker-punter Tyler Sarrazin changed his commitment to the University of Southern Mississippi during a weekend visit to the Hattiesburg, Miss., based school, according to DHS coach Benny Saia.

An All-Metro and Class 5A all-state selection, Sarrazin had committed to Nicholls State last month. Former Louisiana Tech and Southern Lab standout John Simon is the recruiting coordinator for USM.

Kelly commits

Port Allen High running back Jestin Kelly committed to Grambling last week. Kelly rushed for more than 1,000 yards.

Kelly and Darian Claiborne (Texas A&M) are scheduled to sign at 9 a.m. Wednesday in a ceremony at the school, PAHS coach Guy Blanchard said.

Gage, others visit

Zachary High wide receiver-kick return specialist Donald Gage left Friday night for an official visit to Nebraska, ZHS coach Neil Weiner said.

Gage committed to Houston last spring, but has attracted interest from other schools.

Denham Springs High lineman Tevin Lawson was on a visit to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Lawson committed to LSU last spring, but was offered the chance to grayshirt rather than sign for 2013.

  • The signing ceremony for St. James High linebacker Seth Keller has been changed. Keller will sign with Nicholls at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday during a school ceremony.


University High girls soccer coach Melissa Ramsey wasn’t able to attend Baton Rouge High’s milestone playoff victory last Thursday because her own team also had a playoff contest.

Ramsey, a former BRHS standout, was part of the equation when Shelia Achee accepted the Bulldogs’ job. Achee, who picked up her 400th career victory in that Thursday playoff, was working with goalkeepers on Ramsey’s club team when Ramsey suggested that she consider becoming the BRHS coach.

The recruitment of Brusly High quarterback Jay Christophe has helped bring two notable former local players to town. Former Glen Oaks standout Ted White, now the head coach at Howard University, has been recruiting Christophe along with former GOHS and LSU standout Gabe Northern, an assistant to his brother, Heishma, at Prairie View. Heishma Northern was a GOHS and Southern standout.

ZHS coach on leave

Zachary High girls basketball coach April Brown Barnes is on maternity leave and now receiving texts with game information.

“I’m on bed rest now,” Barnes said, “so I get texts from my assistants and players after the game.”

Barnes is expecting her first child, a daughter, with husband Roderick, in early April. Barnes said assistant coach Patrick Jenkins leads a group of assistants handling the day-to-day chores with the Broncos.

Hall of Fame nominations

Nominations for the Denham Springs High Athletic Hall of Fame can be submitted from Feb. 1 to March 29.

A total of 29 former athletes, coaches and supporters were inducted into the Denham Springs honor group in just two years. Any person with an interest in Denham Springs athletics can submit a nomination, but cannot nominate themselves.

Copies of the guidelines for nomination can be found at or in the school office. All nominations must include documentation of accomplishments in athletics, academics and civic endeavors.

Nominations will not be accepted by email or fax. Because an 8x10 photograph of the nominee is required, all nominations must be hand-delivered or mailed to Denham Springs High School, Attention: Athletic Director (HOF), 1000 N. Range Ave., Denham Springs, LA 70726.

All nominations must be postmarked by March 29. Contact Jim Spring at (225) 588-0366 for details.

Coaches sought

St. James High seeks teachers/coaches with multiple certification areas to fill a variety of coaching positions in football, softball, track and volleyball for the 2013-14 school year.

Send résumés to Athletic Director Dwain Jenkins at

Teams needed

Catholic-Pointe Coupee seeks high school softball teams for its CHSPC tournament set for March 1-2 in New Roads. Contact Catholic-PC coach Lauren Doucet at or call the school at (225) 638-8572.

Bayou Bowl staff

Neville High offensive coordinator Brett Lemoine is going be the head coach for the Louisiana squad that will compete against a Houston area Texas all-stars team in the Bayou Bowl football all-star game this summer.

Others on the coaching staff are Washington-Marion head coach Freddie Harrison (quarterbacks), Bonnabel head coach Reggie Rogers (running backs), St. Michael the Archangel head coach Eric Held (wide receivers, special teams), Woodlawn-BR assistant Jimmy Lieux (offensive line), Franklinton defensive coordinator Steven Burriss (defensive coordinator/defensive backs), Donaldsonville defensive coordinator Jay Dykes (linebackers) and Lutcher defensive line/special teams coach Troy Borne (defensive line/special teams).

Compiled by Robin Fambrough