Helen Cox (Harvey, La.) linebacker Royce LaFrance is a punishing 230-pound senior who reports a…
What's Next For LaFrance?
"SMU, Tulane and Kansas have been talking to me a lot," said Royce LaFrance, the inside linebacker from Helen Cox (Harvey, La.) High School. "SMU's recruiter contacted me and told me they want to offer. He wants me to get the film of my best game and send it to them. I think my best game was against Belle Chasse, when I had 16 tackles." Belle Chasse's star player, safety Quadry Antoine (Mississippi State commit), is LaFrance's cousin. "Quadry says Mississippi State wants to offer me," said LaFrance (6-2, 230, 4.6). "They've been sending mail to me. I'm going to visit there on July 22nd. If they offer, I'll probably commit. They have a lot of talent and a lot of commits that I know, like Ryan Brown (Archbishop Shaw DE). There would be chemistry at Mississippi State. "I missed Tulane's camp, but they've been talking to me and we're trying to find a time for me to go visit. Coach (Jason) Rollins is recruiting me for Tulane. They've been getting some pure athletes, such as Lorenzo Doss and Marc Edwards. "I expect Tulane to move up the standings in their conference the next few years with those athletes, but I don't want to stay that close to home. I'm looking to get a little further away from New Orleans." Which other schools are showing interest in LaFrance, who will visit North Texas on July 29th? "Coach (Buddy) Wyatt at Kansas has been talking to me," he said. "Also, Coach (Leonard) Washington said if I visit Southern Miss, then they'll most likely offer. "Arizona's recruiter (Garrett Chachere) is good friends with my high school coach. I like the way he has been straight-up with me. He said he isn't going to force me to come to Arizona. He wants me to take my time and think about the decision." LaFrance continued with his praise for Chachere. "I respect the fact that he doesn't just tell me what I want to hear," explained LaFrance. "Some coaches tell you that you're going to come in, be a superstar and start as a freshman. "That's not how it works, and I know it. You have to work to get your position. They're not going to just hand it to you." Although Cox finished around the .500 mark in 2010, LaFrance feels confident that the Cougars are destined for a state championship this fall, and he talked about a few of the pivotal games on the schedule. "John Ehret is the first game. We've been going back and forth (jawing) with them during the offseason," said LaFrance. "West Jefferson beat us by one-point each of the past two years in the jamboree. We all live close to each other (only three miles separate the schools) and it's another situation where there's been a lot of talking going on. "Our whole team has Karr ('10 4A state runner-up) on our minds. They beat us last year in the Red Bull 7-on-7 to go to Dallas. We didn't participate in that 7-on-7 this year. Instead, we've been hitting the weights and running all day. "O.P. Walker ('10 4A semifinalist) has cornerback Dwayne Thomas (LSU commit). Some of our receivers went to Gretna Middle School with him, and they feel like they've been getting overlooked. Our receivers are determined to show LSU what they have. "Shaw is my old school, my old teammates. I didn't play much when I was there as a freshman, and I intend on showing them what they missed out on. There's going to be some head-busting in that game."
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