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Louisiana Stock Watch: Who's Hot?
Louisiana Stock Watch Landon Collins – safety – Dutchtown - 2012Over the summer, Collins impressed the Scout.com rankings team with his sizzling performance at The Opening -- gaining his fifth star shortly after the event -- and the nation's second-ranked safety has continued the momentum on the field this fall. In week one, he picked off a pass vs. Lutcher to set up his own rushing touchdown on the next play. Later, he put the game on ice with an impressive 62-yard burst up the middle on 3rd-and-7. Collins has his team undefeated with a crucial early-season showdown this week vs. Zachary. He's not taking a ton of snaps at running back, but he's making his touches (7-94, two TDs vs. Lutcher) count. Furthermore, he's returning punts and had a 49-yarder for a TD last Friday at Sulphur. Collins' work ethic is off the charts. Recruiting: LSU and Alabama are the reported frontrunners Louisiana Stock Watch Otha Peters – linebacker – Covington - 2012 Peters is averaging 13.7 tackles a game, with a season-high of 16 (11 unassisted) last week in a 22-16 victory over Higgins. 33 of Peters' 41 stops have been of the solo variety, including 15 in week one. He also has three sacks and has broken up three passes. John Curtis Christian has arguably the best o-line in the state, and the Patriots' interior linemen were unbridled with their praise of Peters following the Curtis/Covington preseason jamboree. This week, Peters tries to keep his team undefeated vs. cross-town rival St. Paul's. Recruiting: Committed to Tennessee Louisiana Stock Watch Deion Jones – linebacker – Jesuit - 2012 Jones anchors a defense that is allowing only 10 points per game, and he was unbelievable in a week two contest vs. Holy Cross. In the first half, he picked off a pass and returned it 75 yards to paydirt, then followed up with an acrobatic second interception on the next drive. He finished the night with 10 tackles, including a safety. Like Collins and Peters, Jones has been the catalyst of an unbeaten team. He mans the inside for the Blue Jays and has the athletic ability to move all over the field. Last week, opposing players from Archbishop Shaw marveled about Jones' effectiveness on the blitz. "He would brush past the offensive linemen and get to the running back before I could hand off the ball," said Shaw QB Quentin Gibson. Recruiting: Committed to Nebraska Louisiana Stock Watch Daniel Taylor – running back – Lutcher - 2012 Taylor is among the state's leading rushers with 493 yards on 68 carries (four touchdowns). Despite his size (5-8, 170), Taylor is a tough customer between the tackles and is much stronger than you'd expect at first glance. He toted the pigskin 26 times for 181 yards vs. Dutchtown, then followed with a 25-carry, 198-yard outing the following week vs. McDonogh #35. In the Dutchtown game, Taylor showed he'll sacrifice his body by repeatedly pounding the rock against a huge defensive front. Recruiting: Southern Miss, Pittsburgh and Ole Miss are the reported frontrunners Louisiana Stock Watch Alex Johnson – running back – Carencro - 2012 Johnson leads the state in rushing and it isn't even close. He has 820 yards on 80 carries with nine touchdowns; no other back in Louisiana has more than 620 yards. Last week, Johnson rambled for 340 yards as the nationally-ranked (No. 48) Bears outscored Calvary Baptist, 69-48. Johnson usually lines up as the RB in a double-wing offense, but he will occasionally move out to the slot. He has tremendous strength for a back with average size (185-190 pounds) and seems to get stronger as the game goes on. Recruiting: Johnson doesn't have any offers and there's speculation that he'll initially take the JUCO route. Louisiana Stock Watch Dash Duncan – quarterback – St. Michael - 2012 Duncan threw for over 3,000 yards last year, but he also tossed 19 interceptions. The 6-foot-4 senior has made great strides in taking care of the football, as evidenced by his current stat line: 43-of-80 (736 yards) with 11 touchdowns and only one pick. Duncan has led his team to a 3-0 start and the Baton Rouge-based Warriors are averaging more than 40 points per game. In all probability, St. Michael will be 6-0 entering a pivotal district clash against Lutcher next month. Duncan can make an even bigger splash if he can put up big numbers against a Lutcher secondary that features Jordan Batiste (Ole Miss commit) and Kyron Jackson. Recruiting: No reported offers but Duncan should draw plenty of looks in the upcoming weeks. Louisiana Stock Watch Travin Dural – wide receiver – Breaux Bridge - 2012 Dural plays for a dominant team with a balanced and deep offense. He doesn't get the football as often as many star receivers, because Breaux Bridge has three solid running backs and another good wideout (in Kavahra Holmes). When he gets a chance, however, Dural frequently responds with a big play. In week one vs. Westgate, he ran for a 56-yard touchdown on the first snap of the game. In week two vs. Notre Dame, Dural gathered in an 87-yard reception for a touchdown. Last week, he hauled in a 13-yard TD pass. Dural has glue-like hands and is usually money in the bank on the fade route. Recruiting: Committed to LSU.
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