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Diamond In The Rough: Cameron Wright, West Monroe High School

Cameron “Cam” Wright is a 5’9 175lbs running back in the 2019 class from West Monroe High School, in West Monroe, LA. This season he rushed for over 1300 yards on 170 carries, averaging 7.8 yards per carry, and 21 touchdowns, with zero fumbles. He also had five receptions for 74 yards and added another score. He is an elusive back, with big play ability, that helped propel his team to a record of 14-1 last season.

 

Check out his highlight film:

Photo Credit Hannah Baldwin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI3zNYQn3Uk

 

GPA: 3.8

ACT: 18

 

When did you start playing football?

I started playing football when I was in first grade, I wanted to play my kindergarten year, but I missed registration to sign up. So I started in first grade for a team called, I think it’s called “Woulsa” now, and I played for Riser, and from there I went to Good Hope, and now I’m at West Monroe.

 

What is your main reason for playing football?

Just my love for the game, I have a passion for it, I love scoring touchdowns and that feeling, hearing the crowds go crazy, and most importantly playing with my teammates and in front of my fans.

 

How do you feel your season went this year?

I think it went great, we didn’t accomplish our goals of winning a state championship, but, we came together and still played hard. I’m proud of we accomplished, I’m hoping we do the same thing this year, with a different outcome at the end.

 

Speaking of goals, what were your goals for this year?

One of my personal goals, was to get 1000 yards rushing, and I accomplished that. I had 1330 yards and 21 touchdowns and I was planning on getting around 15, so I accomplished all my personal goals.

 

What about team goals?

We won district, I wanted to do that, but championship, that’s the only one that we didn’t accomplish as a team.

 

What style of play best describes you?

Me, I’m a physical guy, a little shifty, I don’t have a problem blocking, I think I can block anybody. Just a great runner, I learn from my mistakes, I won’t mess up twice. You tell me to do something your way, I’ll do it your way.

 

What are some of your biggest accomplishments so far?

I was All-Northeast and All-District, I wanted All-State, but I got Honorable Mention for that one, so that’s a start. I’m looking to get that one this year.

 

What are you currently working on this off season?

This off season, I’m working on putting on a little weight while maintain my speed and get faster. I’ve also been working out, and getting stronger on my bench, and getting that better too.

 

What was one area that you think you exceled at this year?

Blocking, my blocking, I did a great job at protecting the quarterback this season.

 

Who are some of your biggest influences?

Slade Bolden, he was one of the guys, he’s at Alabama right now. Jacob Ingram, he was also another one, he played offensive line and he’s going to Central Arkansas, he was always encouraging me. Logan Green also encouraged me to just keep my head up. So is Coach Arledge, he’s my coach, he just coaches me up and tells me to keep pushing, and don’t put my head down.

 

Do you think attitude is a factor in winning?

Yes sir, most definitely! If you don’t have the right attitude, as a team, you’re not going to play together, and when you don’t play together, you’re not going to accomplish things, and there is going to be fighting and arguing, so you have to have a great attitude.

 

What do you think one of your strengths is in your game play?

Our coaches, every week they come up with a game plan based on our opponents. It works every week, and they just do a great job of drawing it up.

 

What your favorite offense to run?

The spread, because it spaces the defense out and it gives me more options, because they’re all spread out and I can pick a hole to hit, at full speed.

 

What would be a successful season for you?

As a team winning a state championship, my goals personally, having 1700 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns.

 

What’s your favorite song to listen to pre-game?

Versatile by Kodak Black, I just like listening to it, because it just kind of gets me in my zone before I go out there

SPECIAL GUESTS TO ANNOUNCE 2018 NFL DRAFT PICKS

SPECIAL GUESTS TO ANNOUNCE 2018 NFL DRAFT PICKS

Service Members, St. Jude Patient and

Youth Athletes Participate in Draft Celebrations

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Team Winners

and NFL Legends Recognized During Multiple Rounds

The NFL will honor outstanding members of the community throughout the three-day celebration at the 2018 NFL Draft. Special guests will take part in the excitement of the Draft by announcing various picks and participating in festivities in Dallas.

 

Salute to Service

The NFL will honor and welcome active duty service members, veterans and their families at events throughout Draft Week.

On Thursday, April 26 a joint color guard from Joint Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth will join talent on-stage during the National Anthem to open the Draft.

On Friday, April 27, the NFL will continue to honor our Nation’s heroes in unique ways, including military appreciation moments during Rounds 2 and 3.

During Round 2 the NFL will team with the Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS) to honor Army Capt. ELLERY RAY WALLACE, a Texas native, who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. Wallace’s wife and four children will accompany Cowboys Legend BOB LILLY on-stage to announce the Cowboys’ Round 2 pick.

In addition, the NFL is teaming with the USO, TAPS and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to host active duty service members from all five branches of the military and veterans as guests at the Draft for all three days.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® 

St. Jude patient AUSTIN will join COMMISSIONER GOODELL onstage at AT&T Stadium to announce the Denver Broncos’ Round 1 pick on Thursday, April 26. This week, Austin, Broncos’ fan, joined NFL Network’s “Up to the Minute” to break the news and analyze the team’s Draft needs – watch here.

An aspiring NFL broadcaster, Austin, 17, from New Mexico, was diagnosed with oligoastrocytoma, a rare form of cancer, at the age of two and has been in remission since 2007. Today, as a junior in high school, Austin is an announcer for a sports radio show in his hometown and is an on-air personality and prep sports statistician for local ESPN radio in New Mexico.

NFL PLAY 60 is the “official champion of play” at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping to give all kids the chance to PLAY 60 and lead active and healthy lives. Earlier this year, during the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Network host RICH EISEN ran the 14th annual ‘Run Rich Run’ 40-yard dash to benefit the NFL PLAY 60 relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

Youth and High School Football

ROUND 1

Football captains from six Arlington ISD schools will take the stage alongside COMMISSIONER GOODELL and represent the Dallas Cowboys during their Round 1 pick. ​

Below is the list of high schools whose football players will be represented:

  • Arlington High School
  • Bowie High School
  • Juan Seguin High School
  • Lamar High School
  • Martin High School
  • Sam Houston High School

ROUND 6

Round 6 of the NFL Draft will be Play Football-themed and celebrate youth and high school football participants across the country. Youth football players from NFL FLAG and local youth and high school football have been selected by NFL Clubs to announce Round 6 picks from various locations throughout the country.

ROUND 7

Fuel Up to Play 60 Draft Student Ambassador, TRINITY WILLIAMS, will be recognized on-stage during the Cowboys’ Round 7 selection.

 

NFL Legends and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Recognition

Thirty-two NFL Legends, one representing each team, will be featured in Round 2. Eleven Pro Football Hall of Fame members will announce picks: JIM BROWNWILLIE BROWN, JERRY KRAMER, WILLIE LANIER, BOB LILLY, ANDRE REED, MIKE SINGLETARY, DWIGHT STEPHENSON, LADAINIAN TOMLINSON, AENEAS WILLIAMS and ROD WOODSON.

Round 3 Draft announcements will feature past recipients and team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and represents the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact.

Below is the list of former players scheduled to make selections in Round 2, as well as Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year national and team winners announcing Round 3 picks.

**Bold designates Hall of Famers

**Teams selected players to be honored regardless of whether the team possesses a Round 2 or Round 3 pick.

 

Team Round 2 Round 3
Arizona Cardinals Aeneas Williams Deuce Lutui
Atlanta Falcons Michael Vick Ben Garland
Baltimore Ravens Todd Heap Edwin Mulitalo
Buffalo Bills Andre Reed Fred Jackson
Carolina Panthers Jordan Gross Jason Baker
Chicago Bears Mike Singletary Charles Tillman
Cincinnati Bengals T.J. Houshmandzadeh Michael Johnson
Cleveland Browns Jim Brown Randall Telfer
Dallas Cowboys Bob Lilly Travis Frederick
Denver Broncos Steve Atwater Ed McCaffrey
Detroit Lions Nate Burleson Stephen Tulloch
Green Bay Packers Jerry Kramer Brad Jones
Houston Texans Kevin Walter Kris Brown
Indianapolis Colts Joseph Addai Gary Brackett
Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Brunell Brad Meester
Kansas City Chiefs Priest Holmes Willie Lanier
Los Angeles Chargers LaDainian Tomlinson Darrell Stuckey
Los Angeles Rams Henry Ellard Rodger Saffold
Miami Dolphins Dwight Stephenson Reshad Jones
Minnesota Vikings Keith Millard Robert Griffith
New England Patriots Deion Branch Ty Warren
New Orleans Saints Marques Colston Roman Harper
New York Giants Justin Tuck Chris Canty
New York Jets Laveranues Coles Quincy Enunwa
Oakland Raiders Willie Brown Bruce Irvin
Philadelphia Eagles David Akers Harold Carmichael
Pittsburgh Steelers Rod Woodson Max Starks
San Francisco 49ers Merton Hanks Nate Clements
Seattle Seahawks Mack Strong Mack Strong
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ronde Barber To Be Confirmed
Tennessee Titans Vince Young Wesley Woodyard
Washington Redskins Gary Clark Darrel Young

 

Fuel Up to Play 60

TRINITY WILLIAMS, a student at Frisco Heritage High School, will serve as the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) Student Reporter at the 2018 NFL Draft. As part of her experience, Williams will announce a Round 7 Draft pick on-stage at AT&T Stadium.

Day 3 Pick Announcements

As previously announced, NFL teams will announce their Day 3 selections for Rounds 4 to 6 of the 2018 NFL Draft from special locations of their choosing. Featuring special guests, clubs will make their picks from around the world, including military bases, state landmarks, and major attractions.

Here is a sampling of special team announcements during Day 3 of the NFL Draft:

  • BALTIMORE RAVENS: Former Raven and Hall of Fame Offensive Tackle JONATHAN ODGEN and HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ALL-STARS will make selections from the USS CONSTELLATION.
  • BUFFALO BILLS: Bills Legend THURMAN THOMAS and BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS COLLABORATIVE OF WESTERN NEW YORK (WNY) NFL FLAG FOOTBALL PROGRAM will announce picks from NIAGARA FALLS.
  • CLEVELAND BROWNS: Pro Football Hall of Fame President DAVID BAKER and youth football players will make selections from the PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME.
  • JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Team defensive linemen CALAIS CAMPBELL and YANNICK NGAKOUE will join Jaguars sweepstakes winners to announce Round 4 and 5 picks from LONDON. Back in Jacksonville, players from the JAGUARS’ 2018 GIRLS FLAG FOOTBALL JAMBOREE will announce the team’s 6th Round Pick.
  • KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: FORT RILEY CHILD AND YOUTH SERVICE TEAMS will announce selections from FORT RILEY MILITARY BASE.
  • LOS ANGELES CHARGERS & LOS ANGELES RAMS: Pick announcements for both teams will occur at the construction site for the LA STADIUM AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT AT HOLLYWOOD PARK. In addition, 2017 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year ROBERT GARRETT will announce the Chargers’ Round 6 pick.
  • MIAMI DOLPHINS: The MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM will announce picks with the FAMILY OF SLAIN FOOTBALL COACH AARON FEIS from the DOLPHINS TRAINING FACILITY.
  • MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Members of the 2018 U.S. MEN’S OLYMPIC CURLING TEAM – the first ever U.S. curling gold medalists – will announce picks at the ST. PAUL CURLING CLUB.
  • NEW YORK JETS: BOOMER ESIASON and HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STAR GAME PLAYERS will make picks from THE INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM.
  • OAKLAND RAIDERS: YOUTH AND HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS from Las Vegas will make selections from NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE.
  • PITTSBURGH STEELERS: UNITED STATES ARMY CAPTAIN AND BRONZE STAR RECIPIENT JOHN KELLY will make a pick announcement from Heinz Field along with his SERVICE DOG RANGER.
  • SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: From LUCASFILM, RON HOWARD, CHEWBACCA, STORMTROOPERS, and R2-D2 will make picks along with the SFPAL’S 49ERS PREP FLAG FOOTBALL TEAM.
  • TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: PARROT will deliver the team’s selection to a pick announcer at the PIRATE SHIP IN RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM.
  • TENNESSEE TITANS: Members of the TENNESSEE YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE to make picks from the GRAND OLE OPRY music stage.

Diamond In The Rough: Freddie Mango, Delta Charter High School

Deep in Ferriday, LA lies a newly formed school known as Delta Charter Academy. Although unknown to most, Delta Charter is quickly becoming a prerenal powerhouse in Louisiana High School Football. There are numerous hidden gems within their football team, and the most notable is running back, Freddie Mango. One glimpse at Freddie Mangos film will leave onlookers in awe. He exudes athleticism, and can be effective in any aspect of the game. It is safe to say that Mango is a sumptuous athlete, and he puts fear into opposing defenses when he is on the field. This young man’s athletic ability intrigued me and I wanted to dig deeper into who he was on and off the field. I had the honor of being able to interview this outstanding individual and he was able to impress me more than he already has.

 

Mango has impressive size for a high school athlete. He stands at a gargantuan 6’0 tall, and weighs in at concrete 194lbs. At this size, most would deem him unable to carry such a colossal weight, but even with his build, Mango runs an impressive 4.54 in the 40 yard dash. He has sprinters speed, combined with ideal size, which makes him a terror on the offensive side of the ball. Along with size, Freddie has mammoth like strength and strives for physicality. When Freddie Mango touches the ball, all defenders should be put on notice. https://www.hudl.com/profile/5098625/Freddie-Mango/videos.

 

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Photo by The Natchez Democrat

Accolades

  • All-Metro
  • 1st Team All-District x 3
  • 2nd Team Wide Receiver (as a sophomore)
  • 1st Team Defensive End (as a sophomore)

 

When did you first get introduced into the game of football?

This is a question I ask all athletes. This allows me to get a glimpse into how they were raised, and how they began their journey to stardom. Freddie immediately explained to me that he was introduced to the game at the age of 6. As a young child, Freddie noticed high school athletes participating in the sport as he rode with his mother. This is what initially created the interest within Freddie for the sport of football, and after that day he told his mom he wanted to be a football player. His introduction to the game differed from most. Most parents push their children into sports at an early age, because life lesson are synonymous with sports. Freddie explained that he took the initiative when it came to beginning his football career.

 

Why do you play football, and are you involved in other sports?

Most athletes struggle when asked this question, but Freddie differed. He explained, that he has deep, rooting passion and love for the game of football. This passion was instilled him by numerous relatives because the sport has affected his entire family. Along with football, Freddie also participates in soccer, basketball, and baseball. He was quick to tell me that he not only has a passion for football, but he also is enamored with sport of baseball as well. Although football is his first love, Freddie would also love to make a professional career out of baseball, if the opportunity presented itself.

 

Can you describe your style of play, and what are some players you pattern yourself after?

When watching Freddie play he looks like a combination of countless running backs who dominate the NFL today. He explained to me that he patterns himself after Leonard Fournette and Alvin Kamara, and his playstyle reflects this. Freddie was able to dictate why he enjoyed watching and learning from each of these players, and he explained that Fournette is extremely powerful, and that Kamara shows astonishing elusiveness. He is able to combine these two styles of play and become an offensive juggernaut. Freddie also said that one of his favorite college players was Baker Mayfield, despite him being a quarterback. He explained that Mayfield’s attitude and confidence is appealing to him as a high school player.

 

What are your strengths and weakness as a player?

When asked this question, Freddie somewhat hesitated. Confidence is key when playing any sport, so asking an athlete to critique himself may be deemed very difficult. After some thought, Freddie gave answers that I expected of a superb athlete such as himself. He explained that his greatest strength comes in the form of toss plays or sweep plays. This immediately made sense because of his breathtaking speed, but he was quick to debunk the stereotype I had placed upon him. Freddie explained that he enjoys those style of plays because it allows him to use his exceptional field vison to determine how holes are developing and whether he needs to cut back if holes are being clogged by defensive players. Alternatively, he explained that his main weakness comes in the form of screen plays. When trying to see the field, screen plays slow him down, and his field vision gets blurred. Although he is able to make plays out of this offensive style, he deemed it as his greatest weakness.

 

What are your upcoming goals for this season, as well as your favorite moment as a player?

Freddie has already set goals that I know he will achieve in this upcoming season. Individually, he wants to tally 25 total touchdowns, along with 1900 rushing yards. This may seem monumental in stature, but Freddie has enormous amounts of confidence in his offensive line and his athletic ability. He explained that this year is going to be his biggest yet, and with talented, new players being introduced to the team, he believes his goals are achievable. Freddie understands that his singular goals cannot be achieved by himself and that his teammates are of the utmost importance. He then went on to explain his favorite moment as player, which came in the spoiling of St. Fredericks homecoming game. During this game, Freddie rushed for over 300 yards on 21 carries, and combined for 4 total touchdowns.

 

What are your college aspirations?

This question showed me how dedicated Freddie was to the game, as well as how humble he truly is. He explained to me that, whichever college he decides to attend, he wants to fight for a position, and earn the right to receive reps on the field. He understands that nothing is given to him and that everything has to be earned through hard work and dedication. Freddie is also open to playing running back, which is his preferred positon, as well as defensive back at the next level. Academics are also an important part of being a student athlete, and Freddie explained to me that he has the goal of being an engineer, and has yet to pick his focus.

 

Why do you love football?

I prefer to end every interview with this question. For some, it may be difficult to answer, but when asked, Freddie continued to impress me. He explained that football teaches life lessons, and that things do not always go your way whether it be on the field or in life. Once this happens, we strive to perform better than we did the in the previous day or game. This answer is something I did not expect from Freddie, but it showed just how much compassion he has for the game of football. He also explained that football is release for him, and helps to improve his character as well. Football also stems into Freddie’s family life, which increases his love for the game.  Freddie explained that he is also able to teach his little brother to be an immaculate athlete and person through the game of football.

 

Freddie Mango is not only an astounding athlete, he is also phenomenal young man. He has unassailable potential, and if continues on his current path, the sky is the limit. Make sure to take note of him and Delta Charter in this upcoming season because they surely will not disappoint.

Freddie Mangos twitter: @mangoERA15

 

High School Football Recruiting: Holy Cross High School

Josh Sibley played football for approximately thirteen years. He is now a scout with Louisiana Gridiron Football and is currently scouting high school level talent throughout Louisiana. He hopes to help recruits reach their full potential and get to that next level of play.

 

Holy Cross High School is located in New Orleans, LA. Last season they finished with a district record of 5-2 and an overall record of 5-4.

 

Merlin Seminary          Size|6| Speed|5| Strength|7| Technique|4| Hands|6| Overall|5.6|

JR FB/TE

Height: 6.0

Weight: 220

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good strength

Negatives

  • Footwork

Overall

Merlin has good strength and plays until the whistle. He should look to concentrate on his footwork and his blocking technique more during the off season. Could be a DI FCS or DII prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5438825/5a255e1402bc3811fc9b95c3

 

Dru Stephens          Size|6| Speed|7| Strength|4| Technique|8| Hands|8| Overall|6.6|

JR CB

Height: 5.11

Weight: 150

4 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good speed
  • Hands

Negatives

  • Bulk

Overall

Dru has great hands and excellent closing speed. He does need some additional bulk however. He has the ability to high point the ball and can win most 50/50 balls. He is a good run support CB as well. Could be a DI FBS or FCS prospect. Here is a link.  https://www.hudl.com/video/3/9353617/5a06a8479a91200ccc852d11

 

Nolan Hettmeier          Size|3| Speed|4| Strength|7| Technique|7| Hands|1| Overall|4.4|

JR K

Height: 5.09

Weight: 155

2 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good strength

Negatives

  • Bulk

Overall

Nolan has a strong leg, and was an accurate kicker this past season. He should look to add some extra bulk during the off season as this could help driving kicks further downfield. Nolan starts his kicks at the snap of the ball, and not the arrival. Could be a DI FBS or FCS prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8610589/5a39a2df02b1f405b8ba938c

 

Austin Wehrlin          Size|6| Speed|7| Strength|7| Technique|6| Hands|6| Overall|6.4|

JR T/G

Height: 6.02

Weight: 270

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good strength

Negatives

  • Size

Overall

Austin has good strength and speed. However, he does need additional bulk, and he should concentrate on his footwork during the off season. he has the ability to get to the next level in blocking and keeps defenders in front of him. Could be a DI FCS or DII prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5283021/59dade02578eb80d54214902

 

Grant Jenny          Size|6| Speed|6| Strength|7| Technique|7| Hands|7| Overall|6.6|

JR C

Height: 6.03

Weight: 255

4 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good strength

Negatives

  • Bulk

Overall

Grant has good strength and the ability to get to the next level in blocking. However, he needs additional bulk, and could practice his hand placement drills more during the off season. He has a quick accurate shotgun snap and the ability to drive defenders off the ball. Tends to play with a mean/nasty streak. Could be a DI FBS or FCS prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5438809/5a9f57700660a20db00217c3

 

If you’d like to be featured in Louisiana Gridiron Football Magazine this summer, then call Josh @ 240.750.7746. This magazine will be sent to every college in the country in July.

Diamond in the Rough: Will Delahoussaye, Lafayette High School

Will Delahoussaye is a 5’10 175lbs linebacker from Lafayette HS. Will has great speed and can make excellent tackles in open space. Going into his senior year Will is expected to be a leader on the defense and help the team end the recent drought of not reaching the playoffs.

Hudl: https://wwwr.hudl.com/profile/7700567/Will-Delahoussaye

Bench: 285

40 Time: 4.7

Height: 5’10

Weight: 175

GPA: 4.0

ACT: 32

 

When and Why did you start playing football? What do you love about football?

I started playing football back in the 7th grade at Paul Breaux. And I wanted to because of the competitiveness of game and how it runs in my family. My brother played football so I wanted to follow his footsteps.

 

You seem pretty quick do you run track or play any other sports?

No, I only play football in high school. I used to play soccer.

 

 

What Colleges would you like to play for?

Not limited to a certain school but I would prefer a school that has good academics.

 

How do you feel your junior season went?

My junior season went pretty well for the most part even though I was out for the first half of the season because of a hamstring injury. I came back for the 5th game of the season and still made first team all-district.

 

What is one thing you want to improve on during the offseason?

I would say, could only get better and continue to be a leader and help my team get better.

 

What are some goals you have heading into your senior year?

A big goal of mine is to make the playoffs with my team and have more forced turnovers than last season.

 

What helps you stay successful at football?

My mindset I work very hard and take pride in it. I never keep my head down, if I make a mistake I brush it off and play the next play.

High School Football Recruiting: Delta Charter High School

Traveon Anderson played football for approximately 5 years. He is now a scout with Louisiana Gridiron Football and is currently scouting high school level talent throughout Louisiana. He hopes to help recruits reach their full potential and get to that next level of play so that they can further their education.

 

Delta Charter High School is located in Ferriday, LA. Last season they finished with a District record of 3-4 and overall record of 5-6.

 

 

Freddie Mango

JR RB

Height: 6’0

Weight: 194 lbs

4 Star Prospect

Size Speed Strength Technique Hands Overall
8 9 8 8 8 8.2

Positives

  • Top-Tier Speed
  • Extremely powerful
  • Great hands
  • Cuts extremely well

Negatives

  • Needs to add bulk to his frame

Overall

Freddie Mango is an offensive juggernaut. His speed is unmatched, and he can be seen outrunning any and every defender. Mango combines his unparalleled speed, with his extraordinary elusive ability. Along with speed, Mango runs with thunderous power, and he will not go down with first contact. Here is a link https://www.hudl.com/profile/5098625/Freddie-Mango/videos.

 

Trey Poole

JR RB

Height: 5’9

Weight: 170 lbs

4 Star Prospect

Size Speed Strength Technique Hands Overall
3 7 8 8 8 6.8

Positives

  • Excels in numerous positions
  • Great hands
  • Surprisingly strong
  • Great leg drive

Negatives

  • Undersized

Overall

Trey Poole is a multifaceted football player that excels in any position he is placed in. Offensively, Poole is a wrecking ball at running back and can be seen running through most tackles. Along with his prodigious strength, Poole has excellent speed, and he can be seen outrunning most players on the field. Defensively, Poole is a nightmare at defensive back, and although most would consider him undersized, he makes up for it with extraordinary technique and athleticism.  Here is a link  https://www.hudl.com/profile/5099398/Trey-Poole/videos.

 

Rykeion Glasper

JR WR/CB

Height: 5’11

Weight: 180 lbs

2 Star Prospect

Size Speed Strength Technique Hands Overall
4 4 5 4 5 4.4

Positives

  • Good coverage skills
  • Good hands
  • Consistent tackler

Negatives

  • Average speed
  • Average strength

Overall

Rykeion Glasper is an excellent defensive back. He shows that he has the ability to cover receivers, and pick off balls with ease. He shows that he can be a consistent tackler, as well as having a high football IQ. Here is a link https://www.hudl.com/profile/6368666/Rykeion-Glasper/videos.

 

If you’d like to be featured in Louisiana Gridiron Football Magazine this summer, then call Traveon @ 229.563.4767. This magazine will be sent to every college in the country in July.

 

LSU COACH ED ORGERON POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES – Spring Game

Opening Statement…

“I think you’ve all seen tonight what I’ve been talking about with all the quarterbacks. Sometimes they’re doing well sometimes they’re not. I thought Justin McMillan had a good game tonight. I thought he extended plays with his feet when he was in. We moved the football when he and Clyde (Edwards-Helaire) were back there. I thought the offense was moving the football down the field. Just talking with Steve (Ensminger), I thought there were some inconsistencies. There are still some misreads, some missed throws, some missed protections. I told our team that we will be a good football team when we execute. The theme for the summer will be execution. Fumbled snaps, people going the wrong way, dropped footballs, that stalls drives. But when we did execute, I thought we made big plays. I thought we made some big plays down the field. There were a couple of times we didn’t call a sack that would have probably been a sack instead of a touchdown. Justin Jefferson made some big plays. Stephen Sullivan showed out today. Some other guys were disappointed. They had some better springs, but they didn’t show out the like they did, today. Defensively, I thought we started very strong. Obviously, we tailed off towards the end. We allowed them to make some plays. Overall, I was pleased with our football team and I was pleased with the preparation by our coaches. There was a lot of energy in here. It was a good finish. These guys took this game very seriously and I’m pleased with our football team.”

On throwing the ball deep down field…

“We love to do that. We started out throwing the short, intermediate routes, but we wanted to hit them deep, especially when we get one-on-one coverage and get great protection. We have some quarterbacks that can scramble, some guys who can extend plays with their feet and they have strong arms. They can throw the football down the field, that’s what you saw tonight.”

On Justin McMillan having more experience than other quarterbacks…

“I think that gives him an advantage. Obviously, he’s a junior. He won the state championship in high school. He’s been here. He’s older. He’s playing with more confidence right now than the other quarterbacks. It’s about what he’s been doing. He keeps on coming up. The other guys have had better practices. I don’t think this was Myles’ (Brennan) best practice. I don’t think it was Lowell’s (Narcisse) best practice. We would have a practice like this, Justin would be the best player, then we would come back and then one of the other guys would be the best players. It’s been up and down the whole spring, but overall I think Justin had a good night.”

On the play making ability of Justin Jefferson…

“Jefferson can catch the ball. He is smooth. He runs routes well. He has a great knack for getting yards after the catch. He’s a good player.”

PURPLE EDGES WHITE, 28-27, IN L CLUB LSU SPRING GAME

BATON ROUGE – The Purple team stopped a two-point conversion in the waning seconds Saturday evening in the 2018 National L Club LSU Spring Game in Tiger Stadium to score a 28-27 win over the White team.

The White team had rallied in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter with an 11-play, 60 yard drive that was capped when LSU quarterback Justin McMillan scored from 12-yards out to make it 28-27. The White team elected to go for two but McMillan’s pass under pressure was incomplete in his attempt to get the ball to tight end Foster Moreau.

The game was followed by a one-hour autograph session in which fans were able to go on the floor of Tiger Stadium and get things signed by their favorite Tigers.

The three quarterbacks combined for 534 yards in passing offense as they rotated between the two teams with three touchdowns and just one interception. McMillan completed 14-of-29 attempts for 216 yards, while Myles Brennan was 11-of-23 for 113 yards and Lowell Narcisse hit 6-of-13 for 205 yards. Each player had a touchdown pass and Brennan had the lone interception of the game.

Narcisse’s yardage was helped by a short out route that turned a short out route into a 94-yard touchdown pass to Justin Jefferson to open the scoring in the first quarter. Jefferson led all receivers with five catches for 128 yards.

The White jumped out 14-0 to close a lengthy 18-play 88-yard drive when Nick Brossette scored from one-yard out.

But the Purple side got back into the game with two quick drives before the half – one of four plays and 65 yards and a two-play, 72-yard drive to tie the game at 14-14 before intermission. Lanard Fournette had a two-yard touchdown run and Davis Drake caught a 33-yard pass from Justin McMillan.

The Purple made it 21 unanswered points with the lone score of the third quarter when a 4 play, 41-yard drive was capped by a 28-yard run by Tae Provens to give the Purple team a 21-14 lead. Provens had six carries for 64 yards.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the leading rusher in the contest with 14 carries for 74 yards, got the White back even as the fourth quarter got going at 21-all as Edwards-Helaire scored from two-yards out to cap a 60-play drive.

But with Brennan throwing a five-yard pass to Jacory Washington, the LSU Purple team was back on top 28-21 in the waning minutes of the game, setting up the last chance rally for the White team.

The White team ran 36 rushing plays for 163 yards, while the Purple team rushed the ball 15 times for 52 yards. The teams combined for 53 first downs in a game with only seven total penalties.

While the White team was only 5-of-14 on third down conversions, the team was 4-of-6 on fourth down attempts. The Purple squad was 3-of-8 on third down and 0-2 on fourth down.

The Tigers now will concentrate on the end of the spring semester before turning the team turns their attention to the start of the 2018 football season on Sunday, Sept. 2, against Miami at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.

High School Football Recruiting: Belle Chasse

Josh Sibley played football for approximately thirteen years. He is now a scout with Louisiana Gridiron Football and is currently scouting high school level talent throughout Louisiana. He hopes to help recruits reach their full potential and get to that next level of play.

 

Belle Chasse High School is located in Belle Chasse, LA. Last season they finished with a district record of 1-4 and an over record of 7-5.

 

Ralph Jones          Size|6| Speed|10| Strength|7| Technique|1| Hands|2| Overall|5.2|

JR QB/WR

Height: 6.0

Weight:

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Great speed
  • Good vision

Negatives

  • Bulk

Overall

Ralph has great speed and good vision, however he should look to add some extra bulk during the off season. He could be listed higher with further evaluation of his passing, but currently his film only had one completed pass. He has quick feet and could be used as a wild cat QB at the next level. Could be a DI FCS or DII prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5689756/5a10b8b03dec2612082638e7

 

Erin Ragas          Size|1| Speed|7| Strength|5| Technique|6| Hands|6| Overall|5.0|

JR OLB/MLB

Height: 5.07

Weight: 185

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good speed

Negatives

  • Size

Overall

Erin has good speed and a high motor, however he lacks overall size and gets caught up in traffic. He does have a good initial read step of the ball. Could be an NAIA or JUCO prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6763808/5a22e681664b010e50786ae6

 

Ashton Riley          Size|5| Speed|7| Strength|4| Technique|5| Hands|6| Overall|5.4|

JR DE/OLB

Height: 6.01

Weight: 215

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good speed

Negatives

  • Footwork

Overall

Ashton has good speed and a high motor. He should try to concentrate on his footwork during the off season and work on getting off blocks. Could be a DII or DIII prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5478915/5a1f65575ca8d022fcabe5d9

 

Quentin Coludrovich          Size|7| Speed|6| Strength|3| Technique|3| Hands|3| Overall|4.4|

JR CB

Height: 6.0

Weight: 160

2 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good size

Negatives

  • Footwork
  • Tackling

Overall

Quentin has good size and decent speed. He should try to concentrate on his form tackling and footwork during the off season. Could be a DII or DIII prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5689578/59e40b3742060b1238388baf

 

Javonte Jimcoily          Size|6| Speed|6| Strength|5| Technique|6| Hands|7| Overall|6.0|

JR OLB

Height: 6.0

Weight: 192

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Decent speed

Negatives

  • Bulk
  • Footwork

Overall

Javonte has decent size and speed, however, he should look to practice his footwork more during the off season, this could improve his foot speed. He should also try to add some extra bulk as well. He has good read and react ability and fights off blockers well. Could be a DI FCS or DII prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/9346565/5a143bc4ab92d30ce0966743

 

Cody Taylor          Size|7| Speed|5| Strength|7| Technique|7| Hands|6| Overall|6.4|

JR C/T

Height: 6.03

Weight: 275

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good strength

Negatives

  • Bulk

Overall

Cody has good strength and size, however, he should look to add a little extra bulk during the off season. He plays with good technique and keeps his pad level low. Could be a DI FBS or DI FCS prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7509455/5a2199ebbd6abe0574db0f4f

 

Davion Taylor          Size|5| Speed|6| Strength|8| Technique|7| Hands|5| Overall|6.2|

JR NG/G

Height: 6.0

Weight: 290

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good strength

Negatives

  • Size

Overall

Davion has good strength and decent speed. However, he lacks overall size. He has the ability to get to the second level in blocking and can also be a lead blocker around the perimeter. Could be a DII or DIII prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5689798/5a0baf2da68124088cf0bf8f

 

Noah Mariana          Size|4| Speed|7| Strength|6| Technique|7| Hands|5| Overall|5.8|

JR MLB/RB

Height: 5.09

Weight: 200

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good speed

Negatives

  • Size

Overall

Noah has good speed and decent strength. However, he lacks overall size. He does have good read and react ability. Could be a DII or DIII prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5689647/5a1df837bd6a7c01d02d6ea9

 

Ratray Gaines Jr       Size|6| Speed|6| Strength|7| Technique|6| Hands|6| Overall|6.2|

JR RB/CB

Height: 5.11

Weight: 175

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good vision

Negatives

  • Bulk

Overall

Ratray is a shifty runner with good vision. He should try to add some additional bulk during the off season, and also practice his footwork. He has good strength and is rarely brought down by an initial defender. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7509450/59eadd02665551026c227b32

 

If you’d like to be featured in Louisiana Gridiron Football Magazine this summer, then call Josh @ 240.750.7746. This magazine will be sent to every college in the country in July.

High School Football Recruiting: Varnado High School

Traveon Anderson played football for approximately 5 years. He is now a scout with Louisiana Gridiron Football and is currently scouting high school level talent throughout Louisiana. He hopes to help recruits reach their full potential and get to that next level of play so that they can further their education.

 

Varnado High School is located in Angie, LA. Last season they finished with a District record of 4-1 and overall record of 8-4.

 

 

Adrian Bickham

JR DE/WR

Height: 6’4

Weight: 190 lbs

4 Star Prospect

Size Speed Strength Technique Hands Overall
6 7 8 7 6 6.8

Positives

  • Very quick
  • Excellent technique
  • Extremely strong

Negatives

  • Needs to add bulk to his frame

Overall

Adrian Bickham is a premiere edge rusher that controls the defensive line with the palm of his hand. His explosiveness resembles that of a rocket, and he is able to beat most lineman with athleticism alone. Bickham is also  surprisingly quick, and he uses this, as well as excellent technique to harass opposing quarterbacks.  Here is a link https://www.hudl.com/profile/6279359/ADRIAN-BICKHAM/videos.

 

Allen Caleb

JR CB/FS

Height: 6’2

Weight: 170 lbs

2 Star Prospect

Size Speed Strength Technique Hands Overall
6 5 5 3 3 4.4

Positives

  • Good play recognition
  • Very physical

Negatives

  • Average pass coverage

Overall

Allen Caleb is an excellent defensive back that shows high football IQ on the field. He can be seen diagnosing plays with ease, as well as never shying away from physicality. Here is a link https://www.hudl.com/profile/10374457/ALLEN-CALEB/videos.

 

Drew Porter

JR CB/WR

Height: 5’6

Weight: 110 lbs

1 Star Prospect

Size Speed Strength Technique Hands Overall
2 4 3 4 4 3.4

Positives

  • Excellent in pass coverage

Negatives

  • Undersized for his position

Overall

Drew Porter shows insurmountable potential as a defensive back. Although he lacks the desired size, Porter still finds ways to break up passes and make plays. Here is a link https://www.hudl.com/profile/6279274/DREW-PORTER/videos.

 

Brandon Lee

JR G/DT

Height: 6’3

Weight: 240 lbs

2 Star Prospect

Size Speed Strength Technique Hands Overall
6 4 6 3 3 4.4

Positives

  • Great strength
  • Good size
  • Very agile

Negatives

  • Lacks technique

Overall

Brandon Lee is excellent lineman with amazing size. He shows that he has insuperable strength, as well as being very agile. He can also be used as lead blocker if needed. Here is a link https://www.hudl.com/profile/8600047/BRANDON-LEE/videos.

 

If you’d like to be featured in Louisiana Gridiron Football Magazine this summer, then call Traveon @ 229.563.4767. This magazine will be sent to every college in the country in July.

 

 

 

Southeastern Looks to Finish Spring Strong in Saturday’s Spring Game

HAMMOND, La. – As part of Super Lion Saturday, the Southeastern Louisiana football team will close out spring practice with the annual Spring Game at Strawberry Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Strawberry Stadium. Following the game, Southeastern head coach Frank Scelfo invites all fans on to the field to receive autographs and take pictures with the Lions and the coaching staff.

“We want our fans to know who important their support is to the success of our program,” Scelfo said. “We’re excited to give everyone an opportunity to interact with our players and coaches.”

The format of the game will be the offense (Green team) versus the defense (White team). The offense will score points in the traditional ways, while also receiving points for first downs, explosive plays and red zone trips. The defense will be awarded points for stops, three-and-outs, turnovers and sacks, in addition to the traditional ways of scoring.

“We’ve seen a lot of growth from our team this spring and it’s been a valuable evaluation period for our staff,” Scelfo said. “We’ve pushed each other with great competition on both sides of the ball and we’re pleased with how our players have responded to our expectations in regards to the tempo and energy we want to play with.”

For Scelfo’s Lions, spring practice has just been the first step in the process to preparing for a 2018 campaign that officially opens on Sept. 1.

“We’ve seen that our players have been able to learn in the meeting rooms and apply it to the field,” Scelfo said. “Now we want them to retain that information through the offseason and be ready to hit the ground running in the fall. As coaches, we’ll still be in an evaluation period as we try to find the best players we can to put on the field when we open the season.”

Saturday is also the beginning of 2018 football season ticket renewals. Fans will be able to purchase season tickets for the upcoming campaign at the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office windows, located in the southwest corner of West Stadium next to the Billups Room from 1-3 p.m.

S Club members will be invited to the Victory Club for food and refreshments during the Spring Game. The reception will be open to S Club members, who will be limited to one guest. For more information on becoming a S Club member, contact SLU Director of Athletic Advancement Mary Hannah Prevot in the Lion Athletics Association office at laa@selu.edu or (985) 549-5091.

Southeastern Radio Network affiliates Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM will broadcast a Super Lion Saturday tailgate show, hosted by Roger Gill and Blake Esta, from 1-5 p.m. outside of Strawberry Stadium.

A food drive will be held in conjunction with Saturday’s Spring Game. Bins will be available in Strawberry Stadium from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday with all proceeds benefiting the Southeastern Food Pantry located on campus in Room 109 of McGehee Hall.

Non-canned items are preferred for donation. Requested items include pasta, Hamburger Helper, cereal, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, dry beans and rice, ramen noodles, peanut butter, granola bars, can openers and toiletries.

NFL TO HOST COMMUNITY EVENTS ACROSS ARLINGTON, DALLAS AND SURROUNDING AREAS THROUGHOUT DRAFT WEEK

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 NFL TO HOST COMMUNITY EVENTS ACROSS ARLINGTON, DALLAS & SURROUNDING AREAS THROUGHOUT DRAFT WEEK

Free events, community activities to reach thousands of Texas residents

The impact of the 2018 NFL Draft will extend far beyond AT&T Stadium through the NFL’s many community events planned for Draft week across Arlington, Dallas and the surrounding communities. From youth football clinics to character-building initiatives, military appreciation and school celebrations, thousands of local children and their families will experience the excitement of Draft through a series of free events.

The following are some of the ways that the NFL, Dallas Cowboys and partners will celebrate Draft week and leave a positive legacy in Dallas. Full details on each of these events and participating players will be available via media advisories during Draft week.

NFL Draft Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown Celebration

Nearly 500 students from Dallas-Fort Worth area elementary schools will come to AT&T Stadium on Tuesday, April 24 from 10 AM – 12 PM for a youth health and wellness celebration hosted by the Dallas Cowboys, Dairy MAX, NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60. The celebration honors schools and students that have achieved Touchdown status with Fuel Up to Play 60, successfully completing the program. Fuel Up to Play 60 features six steps focused on fueling up with healthy foods to have the energy for 60 minutes of activity. Student teams will participate in a pep rally and a physical activity that reinforces the program’s healthy message. Activities will be led by Dallas Cowboys Legends DEMARCUS WARE and BRADIE JAMES, along with representatives from USA Football and featuringCHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON and Fuel Up to Play 60 NFL Draft Ambassador and Frisco Heritage High School student, TRINITY WILLIAMS.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives.

NFL Draft Play Football Clinic and Character Playbook Hour

NFL Draft prospects will lead more than 125 local middle school students in a Play Football NFL Draft clinic and 750 local middle school students in the Character Playbook Hour on Wednesday, April 25 at 10 AM atAT&T Stadium. The prospects will be split into two groups and rotate to lead a session at each activity.

During the clinic, participants will learn on-field techniques and receive instruction from a group Draft prospects at various non-contact football skills and drills stations, including passing, receiving and agility. The clinic will take place on the Play Football Field presented by Danimals atNFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®.

Simultaneously, the NFL and the United Way will host the Character Playbook Hour on the West Platform at AT&T Stadium. Having launched at the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago, Character Playbook, a joint initiative of the NFL and United Way Worldwide powered by EverFi, returns to the NFL Draft stage in 2018 in celebration of having engaged more than 200,000 students and 2,000 schools nationwide to date. The digital course uses evidence-based strategies to educate students on how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships during their critical middle school years.

With Dallas Cowboys Center, TRAVIS FREDERICK, as emcee, teams of local students will be partnered with a group of Draft prospects and will answer questions and complete quick challenges to vie for the title of Character Champion. Following the Game Show, Cowboys Legend and Community Ambassador DEMARCUS WARE will speak to the students about character and participate in a Q&A discussion on-stage with Frederick and Draft prospects. Students will also enjoy a special performance by the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue drumline.

Draft prospects will be available to the media for a limited time following the clinic and Character Playbook event at approximately 11 AM on the Play Football Field presented by Danimals at NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®.

NFL Draft Legacy Event and Ground-Breaking Ceremony

The City of Arlington, Dallas Cowboys, Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation, and NFL have teamed to ensure that the legacy of the Draft in Dallas extends far beyond the week’s festivities.

On Wednesday, April 25 at 12:30 PM, the NFL and Dallas Cowboys will host a ground-breaking ceremony at Workman Junior High (701 E Arbrook Blvd, Arlington, TX 76014) to announce the 2018 NFL Draft Legacy Project. Representatives from the NFL, Dallas Cowboys, and City of Arlington, Arlington Independent School District, along with local junior high students from Arlington ISD, will be in attendance.

Arlington ISD Community Quarterback High School Football Volunteer Challenge

As part of NFL Draft community outreach, the six Arlington ISD high school football teams were challenged by the Dallas Cowboys to execute service projects that impact their campus, neighborhood and feeder communities during Draft Week. Student athletes had the opportunity to apply for grant funds provided by NFL Foundation to complete their efforts. Projects created by the high school teams include community beautification endeavors, courtyard refurbishments, elementary-focused reading initiatives and more.

Beginning Wednesday, April 25 and continuing through Draft week, NFL Draft Community Ambassadors DEMARCUS WARE and DREW PEARSON will join Cowboys alumni in visiting the worksites for the service projects.

NFL Play Football Prospect Family Brunch

Parents of NFL Draft Prospects will join local high school football players and their families for a special recognition and networking brunch. On Thursday, April 26, families will participate in a special meet and greet opportunity and forum led by NFL Legend SCOTT TURNER focused on the values learned playing football.

NFL Play Football Summer Season Kickoff Clinics

In celebration of the Play Football Summer Season, the NFL will host a series of non-contact football clinics for local youth on Friday, April 27. As Draft Prospects prepare to embark on their NFL journey, younger members of the football family will have a chance to play the game at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL Draft.

Play Football Summer Season clinics at Draft are free and open to the public. Clinics will be led by USA Football certified coaches with appearances by NFL players and Legends.

This summer, hundreds of current and former NFL players and coaches will host youth summer camps and activities for kids across the country. Camps and activities will focus on teaching young athletes proper technique and will emphasize the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and the positive values learned by playing football. Families interested in registering may view a list of confirmed Summer activities on PlayFootball.com.

Play Football Red Carpet Celebration

High school football programs from various school districts, including Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, will walk the Red Carpet and be interviewed by media and aspiring high school journalists on Friday, April 27. High school cheer and dance squads will also participate in Red Carpet festivities.

NFL Legend and NFL Network talent WILLIE MCGINEST will host the event live from outside AT&T Stadium prior to the opening of Round 2 of the NFL Draft.

Homes For Our Troops Ground-Breaking Ceremony

The NFL, in collaboration with Home For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping injured post-9/11 veterans rebuild their lives, will celebrate the start of construction on a new, specially-adapted custom home for Marine Corps veteran OMAR MILAN, who was injured serving in Afghanistan. Representatives from the NFL, Dallas Cowboys and Homes For Our Troops will host a ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday, April 28 in Mansfield, Texas. The event is open to the public.

The NFL is providing Homes For Our Troops with a $50,000 donation to continue their mission to support post-9/11 veterans.

NFL Draft Play Football Family Football Clinic

The NFL Draft Family Football Clinic will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 12:30 – 2 PM at the Play Football Field presented by Danimals at NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®. This event will give local kids an opportunity to participate in a youth football non-contact clinic with USA Football coaches while their parents listen to football-themed discussion panel on various topics.

The clinic is free and open to the public. Families may register for the free Family Football Clinic through NFL Fan Mobile Pass.

NFL Draft Experienceship

The NFL Draft Experienceship offers high school students the opportunity to learn and understand careers in the business of sports and sports marketing as they make decisions about the next steps in their education. This year’s Experienceship participants include local high school students who are participating in industry certification programs at the Arlington ISD Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center that are relevant to preparing for the NFL Draft.

Part One of the Experienceship took place in March. High school students attended the NFL Draft Production Meeting where they had the opportunity to learn about the strategic planning process behind hosting a premiere sports and entertainment event.

Part Two of the Experienceship will take place on Friday, April 27 at AT&T Stadium. The AISD students will see the plans they witnessed at the NFL Draft Production Meeting come to life through a tour of the NFL Draft Theater and NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®. Throughout the tour, the students will meet with various NFL officials who will answer questions and provide exclusive, behind-the-scenes information. Post tour, the students will volunteer at various activations within the NFL Draft Experience, gaining valuable experience at a major NFL event.

Arlington ISD Student-Athlete Mentorship Program

In conjunction with NFL Draft community outreach projects, Arlington ISD high school student-athletes across all sports – both boys’ and girls’ – have spent the last few weeks mentoring their junior high counterparts and implementing the InSideOut character education lessons that their coaches have been presenting for the past year. The older athletes were encouraged to attend practices and host character discussions and teambuilding events prior to NFL Draft, serving as role models for the younger students.

Arlington ISD served as a national pilot for the NFL Foundation’s InSideOut Character initiative, demonstrating how coaches of all sports, all genders can work across an entire school district to change the win-at-all-cost culture of sports.

Note: Coach-submitted video and photos are available upon request to Cowboys Community Relations.

Thank You, Coach

For the first time, NFL Draft Prospects will have the opportunity to say, “Thank You, Coach” to the high school coach who most impacted their life and path to the NFL. Each Draft Prospect invited to the NFL Draft may invite his high school coach to Dallas to participate in the festivities and each coach will receive a $2,500 equipment grant.

Activities include a welcome reception, a behind-the-scenes tour of the NFL Draft, and an opportunity to attend the 2018 NFL Draft and witness their former athlete become a member of the NFL family.

NFL Play Football Clinics

Thousands of children from the Dallas community and visitors attending the 2018 Draft are invited to take part in free, public non-contact football clinics, which will take place at the Play Football Field presented by Danimals at NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero® April 26-28. Clinics are open to boys and girls ages 6-17.

Daily clinics are open on a first-come, first-served basis. Clinic times are listed below:

  • Thursday, April 26:   12:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Friday, April 27:        12:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 28:    10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

NFL PLAY 60 Zone presented by Danimals,

An interactive area specifically designed for the youngest NFL fans to get active and moving, the NFL PLAY 60 Zone presented by Danimals inside NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero® at includes an obstacle course, virtual fitness stations and more. A sampling of attractions includes:

  • NFL PLAY 60 Zone Obstacle Course presented by SpaghettiOs  Race through agility drills just like the pros. Test your high jump abilities and weave through mini tackling dummies.
  • Kids’ Quarterback Challenge  Test your passing skills.
  • Gear Up and Go  Try on NFL equipment and feel what it’s like to gear up for gameday.
  • Kids’ Extra Point Kick  Test your ability to kick a field goal through the uprights.

·       NFL PLAY 60 App Station – Run, jump and turn through a simulated world in an app designed by NFL PLAY 60 and the American Heart Association.

  • NFL RUSH Green Screen – Take a photo at the NFL RUSH green screen and play football minigames as your favorite team on the NFL RUSH Gameday app.

Fuel Up to Play 60 NFL Draft Student Reporter

TRINITY WILLIAMS, a student at Frisco Heritage High School, will serve as the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) Student Reporter at the 2018 NFL Draft. Williams will participate in various events leading up to the Draft, including the Fuel Up to Play 60 Touchdown Celebration event on Tuesday, April 24 as well as a behind-the-scenes experience of Draft Night on Thursday, April 26 which includes an opportunity to cover the Red Carpet, a tour of AT&T stadium, and access to press conferences with prospects after they’ve been drafted. On Saturday, April 29, Williams will announce a Round 7 Draft pick on-stage at AT&T Stadium.

A varsity athlete and member of the FUTP 60 Youth Council, Williams is an active member in her community – encouraging kids to live healthier lives and working to implement the FUTP 60 program at every school she has attended. In 2016, Williams was an advocate and spokesperson announcing Dairy MAX as the Official Nutrition of the Dallas Cowboys.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage kids to lead healthier lives.

NFL Draft Special Guests

The following are unique ways that special guests from the NFL Family and several of the NFL’s nonprofit partners will participate in Draft festivities.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Pick Announcement

St. Jude patient AUSTIN will join COMMISSIONER GOODELL onstage at AT&T Stadium to announce the Denver Broncos’ Round 1 pick on Thursday, April 26. This week, Austin, Broncos’ fan, joined NFL Network’s “Up to the Minute” to break the news and analyze the team’s Draft needs – watch here.

An aspiring NFL broadcaster, Austin, 17, from New Mexico, was diagnosed with oligoastrocytoma, a rare form of cancer, at the age of two and has been in remission since 2007. Today, as a junior in high school, Austin is an announcer for a sports radio show in his hometown and is an on-air personality and prep sports statistician for local ESPN radio in New Mexico.

NFL PLAY 60 is the “official champion of play” at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping to give all kids the chance to PLAY 60 and lead active and healthy lives. Earlier this year, during the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Network host RICH EISEN ran the 14th annual ‘Run Rich Run’ 40-yard dash to benefit the NFL PLAY 60 relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Salute to Service – Military Appreciation

The NFL will honor and welcome active duty service members, veterans and their families at events throughout Draft Week.

On Thursday, April 26 a joint color guard from Joint Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth will join talent on-stage during the National Anthem to open the Draft.

On Friday, April 27, the NFL will continue to honor our Nation’s heroes in unique ways, including military appreciation moments during Rounds 2 and 3.

In addition, the NFL is teaming with the USO, TAPS and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to host active duty service members from all five branches of the military and veterans as guests at the Draft for all three days.

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Recognition

Round 3 Draft announcements will feature past recipients and team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide, including the 2013 national award winner and former Chicago Bears cornerback CHARLES TILLMAN.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and represents the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact.

Youth and High School Football

During Round 1, football captains from six Arlington ISD schools will take the stage alongside COMMISSIONER GOODELL and represent the Dallas Cowboys during their Round 1 pick. Prior to the pick announcement, the teams will walk the Red Carpet alongside Draft prospects.

Below is the list of high schools whose football players will be represented:

  • Arlington High School
  • Bowie High School
  • Juan Seguin High School
  • Lamar High School
  • Martin High School
  • Sam Houston High School

Round 6 of the NFL Draft will be Play Football-themed and celebrate youth and high school football participants across the country. Youth football players from NFL FLAG and local youth and high school football have been selected by NFL Clubs to announce Round 6 picks from various locations throughout the country.

NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®

As previously announced, fans will have the opportunity to take part in free activities throughout Draft week at NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®. Tickets are not required.

The NFL will host a media preview of Draft Experience and the Draft theater at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday, April 25 at 12:00 PM.

Spanning the size of nearly 26 football fields, the free NFL Draft Experience is an expansive, interactive celebration outside of AT&T Stadium. Fans of all ages may participate in interactive exhibits, immersive games, virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more.

By registering for Fan Mobile Pass, fans will enjoy an enhanced experience, receive a personal scan code giving them exclusive access to NFL Draft Experience attractions, and have the chance to receive standby tickets to the NFL Draft Theater. Additional information can be found at NFL.com/DraftExperience.

The Draft will once again be set in primetime for Rounds 1-3. Round 1 will take place on Thursday, April 26 while Rounds 2-3 will be held on Friday, April 27. The Draft will conclude on Saturday, April 28 with Rounds 4-7.

Celebrating Creativity Through Student Art Installation

AT&T Stadium will celebrate student creativity by hosting an installation of football-themed art helmets created by Arlington ISD 7th-graders at NFL Draft Experience presented by Oikos Triple Zero®. Since the art program’s inception, more than 13,500 Arlington ISD elementary students have visited AT&T Stadium and created artwork inspired by the Dallas Cowboys Art Collection housed at the venue.

The helmets, designed by Arlington ISD students who were the first to graduate from the stadium art program in 2015, will be signed by NFL Draft Community Ambassador and former Dallas Cowboy DEMARCUS WARE and made available on NFL Auction beginning April 26, with proceeds benefiting future Arlington ISD art programs.

NFL.com release

Diamond In The Rough: Garret Russo, Teurlings Catholic High School

Garret Russo is a 5’11 215lbs linebacker from Teurlings Catholic High School. Last season Teurlings finished with a 7-5 record. Garret has good strength and a high motor, he always seems to be around the ball.

 

Check out his HUDL film:

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8017651/5ab502897bd35e27fcf4b284

Photo credit J Couv Photos

 

Bench: 235

Clean: 205

GPA: 3.7

 

When and why did you start playing football?

I started playing football in Middle school, I watched it growing up as a kid, wanted to be like the players on TV.

 

What College would you like to play for?

ULL, LA Tech, ULM

 

How do you feel your Junior season went?

I liked it but could improve a lot more.

 

What is one thing this offseason you want to improve on?

I think my, footwork, dropping back in coverage, reading the plays.

 

What do you look forward to the most for your Senior year? Any goals?

To be the leader on my team, work hard and try to make the playoffs.

 

Do you have any role models? Or football players that inspire you that you can compare your style of play to?

Luke Kuechly because of his intensity and ability to know where the football is at all times.

What do you love about football?

I love that it’s a team sport, the fun of the game, get to make friends and just all the action that comes with it.

 

What helps you stay successful at playing football?

I’m very coachable, watch a lot of film, staying prepared mentally before the games.

 

Any hobbies besides football?

Track and Field, I can throw the javelin and discuss.

High School Football Recruiting: Carencro High School

Josh Sibley played football for approximately thirteen years. He is now a scout with Louisiana Gridiron Football and is currently scouting high school level talent throughout Louisiana. He hopes to help recruits reach their full potential and get to that next level of play.

Carencro High School is located in Lafayette, LA. Last season they finished with a district record of 2-3 and an overall record of 4-7.

 

Artrell Marks          Size|1| Speed|6| Strength|3| Technique|6| Hands|6| Overall|4.4|

JR WR/SB

Height: 5.07

Weight: 139

2 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good route runner

Negatives

  • Overall size

Overall

Artrell is a shifty receiver with good vision. However, he does lack overall size and is often brought down by initial tacklers. He does have decent speed and good route running ability. Could be a DIII or NAIA prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/8218133/5a0b7d8c041d990c64dcbdf2

 

Austen Breaux          Size|4| Speed|6| Strength|6| Technique|2| Hands|4| Overall|4.4|

JR QB

Height: 6.02

Weight: 150

2 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good speed

Negatives

  • Bulk

Overall

Austen has good speed and has the ability to keep plays alive with his feet. He should try to concentrate on his mechanics during the off season, as he tends to side arm the ball often. He does keep his eyes downfield when pressured and goes through his progressions. Could be a DII or DIII prospect. here is a link.  https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5373495/5a0c73c802bc970c2402a3ab

 

Trejun Jones          Size|3| Speed|8| Strength|7| Technique|6| Hands|6| Overall|6.0|

JR RB

Height: 5.07

Weight: 152

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good speed

Negatives

  • Footwork
  • Size

Overall

Trejun has good strength and speed. He should try to focus on his footwork during the off-season, and look to add some additional bulk as well. He is a shifty runner with great vision. Could be a DI FCS or DII prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6604599/57e6d2483bd8140b84c489a1

 

Taylor Clay          Size|1| Speed|4| Strength|5| Technique|2| Hands|2| Overall|2.8|

JR LB

Height: 5.05

Weight: 160

1 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Decent strength

Negatives

  • Overall size

Overall

Taylor has decent strength, but should concentrate on his form tackling during the off-season. Could be an NAIA or JUCO prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7268633/5a07a56f688f16117c3b7011

 

Dillion White          Size|1| Speed|4| Strength|5| Technique|5| Hands|1| Overall|3.2|

JR NG/T

Height: 5.09

Weight: 240

1 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Decent strength

Negatives

  • Size
  • Technique

Overall

Dillion has decent strength, but should work more on his technique during the off season, as he has a tendency to chase blocks in space. Could be an NAIA or JUCO prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6672596/59cf9ed7e984a720c0e04665

 

Desmond Johnnie          Size|6| Speed|6| Strength|5| Technique|7| Hands|8| Overall|6.4|

JR WR

Height: 5.11

Weight: 173

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good route runner

Negatives

  • Bulk

Overall

Desmond has good route running ability however he should look to add some additional bulk during the off-season as well as concentrate on his footwork. He has great hands and catches the ball anywhere on the field. Could be a DI FCS or DII prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7508141/5a09b0984df52f11589631e2

 

Chukwuma Utomi          Size|7| Speed|5| Strength|3| Technique|3| Hands|4| Overall|4.4|

JR DB

Height:6.03

Weight: 167

2 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good size

Negatives

  • Footwork
  • Hands

Overall

Chukwuma has good size, however, he should look to bulk up during the off-season. He should practice his footwork more as well. Could be a DII or DIII prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7533634/5a2feff8e97b0105f88bfeae

 

Casey Fontenot          Size|1| Speed|6| Strength|4| Technique|2| Hands|2| Overall|3.0|

JR RB/MLB

Height: 5.08

Weight: 185

1 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good speed

Negatives

  • Size
  • Footwork

Overall

Casey has good speed and a high motor. He should concentrate on his form tackling and footwork during the off-season. Could be a NAIA or JUCO prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6469700/5a51bbd04bb2ab06c0979e2c

 

Deion Senegal          Size|7| Speed|7| Strength|5| Technique|7| Hands|8| Overall|6.8|

JR WR

Height: 6.02

Weight: 165

4 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good route runner
  • High points ball

Negatives

  • Bulk
  • Footwork

Overall

Deion has good speed and route running ability. He can create space from defenders in the open field. He should concentrate on his footwork more during the off-season as he has a tendency to stand straight up coming out of his stance. He has great hands and catches the ball away from his body and high points the ball in traffic. Deion has since transferred to St. Thomas More High School and was not listed on their scouting report. Could be a DI FBS or FCS prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5560725/5a0883b74205c00dd4f39db2

 

Theontae Allen          Size|2| Speed|7| Strength|3| Technique|6| Hands|7| Overall|5.0|

JR SB/RB

Height: 5.07

Weight: 151

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Good vision

Negatives

  • Bulk

Overall

Theontae is a shifty runner with good speed. However he should look to add some extra bulk during the off-season as he is often taken down by initial defenders. He has good vision and runs with balance. Could be a DI FCS or DII prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6479549/5a06a30364ea262538ef34b7

 

If you’d like to be featured in Louisiana Gridiron Football Magazine this summer, then call Josh @ 240.750.7746. This magazine will be sent to every college in the country in July.

NFL and NFLPA Release 2018 Helmet Laboratory Testing Performance Results

NFL and NFLPA Release 2018 Helmet Laboratory Testing Performance Results

Laboratory tests developed by biomechanical engineering experts aim to help NFL players make informed equipment choices

NEW YORK, NY—April 16, 2018—The NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) today announced the results of an annual laboratory study to assess the performance of football helmets worn by NFL players.

Based on the results of this study and the opinions of the biomechanical experts involved, the NFL and NFLPA will prohibit 10 helmet models from being worn by NFL players. In previous seasons, NFL players could choose any helmet as long as the helmet passed current National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) certification standards. The prohibited helmets perform poorly in laboratory testing, have been discontinued by the manufacturer, or were produced by companies no longer manufacturing football helmets. Six of these helmets are prohibited immediately. The other four may be worn by players who were using them in 2017, but may not be adopted by new players.

The results of the laboratory tests are displayed on a poster and shared with NFL players, club equipment managers, and club medical, training and coaching staffs to help inform equipment choices. Other factors, in addition to the ranking, should be considered by players when choosing a helmet, including fit, comfort, durability, player position and the player’s medical history.

The goal of the study, as in prior years, was to determine which helmets best reduced head impact severity under laboratory conditions simulating concussion-causing impacts sustained by NFL players during games. The helmet laboratory testing involved 34 helmet models—a survey of helmets used by NFL teams indicates that at least 98% of players are wearing helmet models that have been tested in this study.

The study continues to measure rotational velocity and acceleration as part of a combined metric to evaluate helmets. The NFL/NFLPA evaluation is the first of its kind to adopt rotational measures in its analysis.

The tests were conducted by an independent helmet testing laboratory, Biokinetics Inc. of Ottawa, Canada. The study formulation, experimental design and data analysis were performed by biomechanical engineering consultants selected and appointed by the NFL and NFLPA. An independent biostatistician, Dr. Timothy McMurry, Assistant Professor of Biomechanics at University of Virginia, Department of Public Health Sciences, was retained to assist in the analysis of the data. The results were then presented to the NFL Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Allen Sills, and to the NFLPA and its Medical Director, Dr. Thom Mayer.

NFL release

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