Missouri could offer Livonia WR Stephen Guidry _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Stephen Guidry of Livonia played in the U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl last month.

A starring role at the U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl last month wasn’t the first thing that made Livonia wide receiver Stephen Guidry’s recruiting stock rise.

However, the fact the 6-foot-4, 175-pound Guidry displayed plenty of skills while catching four touchdown passes for 130 yards for the Rough Riders in the annual Baton Rouge area all-star game certainly didn’t hurt.

Evidence of Guidry’s movement up on some recruiting charts is a possible offer from the University of Missouri.

“They got my transcripts today (Wednesday) and are looking to see if I can qualify (academically) before they make an offer,” Guidry said. “That would be big. I’m waiting to see how everything goes the next couple of weeks before deciding what do.”

Guidry previously received offers from Western Kentucky, Houston, McNeese and Louisiana-Monroe while helping the Wildcats win the Class 3A state title last fall.

“There’s not a doubt in my mind that (Guidry) can play on the SEC level,” Livonia coach Guy Mistretta said. “When you think about it, he had an exceptional year considering the fact that this was his first year at the school, and the fact that we were a running team with a first-year quarterback.

“Stephen is one of our guys who has the chance to qualify academically. He would also have the option to go to a junior college and maybe play on that (SEC) level a couple of years from now. He’ll have to decide what’s best for him.”

Mistretta said Missouri recruiters first came to look at Guidry while the Wildcats were preparing to face West Feliciana in the semifinals last month.

Guidry is one of four Livonia seniors currently pondering offers from colleges as the NCAA’s national signing day looms on Feb. 4.

Mistretta said linebacker Bryce Jones has offers from several state colleges, including Nicholls State, Northwestern State and McNeese and could also opt the junior college route. Like Guidry, Jones came to Livonia this fall after the closure of Class 1A Pointe Coupee Central.

Running back Malcolm Dedrick has pared his lists of offers down to three finalists — Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern and Southern, Mistretta said. Safety Diante Bridgewater was meeting with an out-of-state JUCO, Iowa Western, on Wednesday, Mistretta said. Dedrick, an all-state running back, is being recruited as a running back and a safety and has already met the NCAA’s academic qualifying standards.

Other offers

Plaquemine High offensive lineman Jodeci Harris and Zachary safety Khari Lowe also are among the local players receiving recent scholarship offers.

Harris has offers from Prairie View and Delta State, said Plaquemine coach Paul Distefano. ZHS coach David Brewerton said Lowe has an offer from Southern University and plans an official visit to SU.

Softball signees

Plaquemine High softball players Kristyn Fairchild and Mallory Perrault are scheduled to sign with LSU-Eunice at 9 a.m. Thursday in the school’s library, said PHS coach Mary Gaye David.

Perrault was an All-Metro selection last spring as a junior after compiling a 17-10 record on the mound and hitting .350. Fairchild made the All-District 6-4A team as a utility player.