In 2010, Jay Washington - then a sophomore - was among the leading tacklers for Louisiana 5A power …
Louisiana '13 Prospect Watch Part I
Carlos Henderson, McDonogh #35 Henderson could play a number of positions in college, including receiver, running back or defensive back. He's an electric playmaker in the backfield at McDonogh #35, a Class 4A program in New Orleans. Henderson ran for 293 yards and two touchdowns in week four vs. Donaldsonville. In the opener, he gained 269 yards in a 50-42 win over St. Augustine. Last week, the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder dashed for a 79-yard score vs. Hahnville. His older brother - Charles Henderson - is a freshman wide receiver at Utah. Noel Ellis, Edna Karr A shutdown corner, Ellis has three interceptions, including two in his team's 29-27 win over Destrehan. Last week, he returned a pick 40 yards to the house vs. Miller-McCoy Academy. As a result of his one-on-one coverage ability, the metro New Orleans prospect has earned the moniker "Ellis Island." Karr challenges McDonogh #35 and Carlos Henderson in week nine. Jeryl Brazil, Loranger Brazil is the fastest player in a state known for speed. He's also LSU's first and only pledge of the '13 class. Brazil's team is currently 5-0 and ranked No. 3 in Class 3A by Scout.com. Last week, he hauled in the game-winning pass to clinch a comeback win on the road at St. Thomas Aquinas (Hammond, La.). Loranger uses Brazil at a variety of positions, but he takes the bulk of his snaps at corner. Jay Washington, St. Paul's Washington (pictured below) is the big-name player on defense for 5-0 St. Paul's, which is ranked No. 1 in Class 5A by the Louisiana Sportswriters Association. He's broken up eight passes, blocked a punt, and ranks third on the team in tackles. LSU, which signed former St. Paul's DT Mickey Johnson in February, is showing steady interest, as is Mississippi State, Nebraska and several other schools. Washington attended LSU's game vs. Kentucky last week, and he'll be present again this Saturday for the Tigers' tilt vs. Florida. Melvin Jones, Washington-Marion Jones (6-3, 245, 4.6) is the best player that you might not know about. A huge linebacker with uncanny wheels, Jones draws rave reviews from everyone who has seen him play, from prep football expert Bret McCormick of the (Alexandria) Town Talk to Peabody Magnet star RB Jalen Richard. The son of a former Texas A&M Aggie, Jones collected more than 20 tackles last week against Leesville. "He's big and really fast," said Richard. "He picked off a pass against us and was gone!" Duke Riley, John Curtis Christian As a sophomore, Riley led one of the state's stoutest defenses in tackles and he's doing it again in 2011. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has 42 stops, despite seeing limited time in multiple blowout wins by the 5-0 Patriots. In week two, Riley had 15 tackles as Curtis cruised by 2010 5A semifinalist Westgate, 27-7. A sculpted middle linebacker who carries virtually zero fat on his frame, Riley could play either inside or outside on the next level. Claude George, Acadiana At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, George projects as an outside linebacker in college, but he's a terror at defensive end for the defending 5A state champion Wreckin' Rams. Last week, George showed off his instincts and athleticism, batting a pass into the air and then picking it off in his squad's 38-14 rout of Sulphur. George looks like he might have gotten taller over the past few months. He fires off with outstanding technique and leverage, coming in low and getting great penetration at the snap. He wards off offensive linemen with long arms and hustles down the line on plays to the opposite side. John Diarse, Neville As mentioned earlier, Diarse is ranked in the Scout.com Top 100 for 2013. He mans the QB position for head coach Mickey McCarty, but Diarse first rose to prominence as a prolific wide receiver on Neville's 2009 state championship team. Yes, Diarse was a stud as a ninth-grader on the 4A level, hauling in TD catches of 95 and 58 yards in his team's state title win over Franklinton. Last year, he exploded for 301 yards rushing and 187 passing vs. a Bastrop defense anchored by four-star defensive end Denzel Devall. Neville is 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in 4A by Scout.com. This week, Diarse and Devall reunite on the field in a pivotal district contest at Bastrop.
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