"I want to go to LSU really bad," said Sherman Badie. "I also like Mississippi State, Tulane and Florida. Tulane has a good new coach (Curtis Johnson)."
Badie has teammates committed to both LSU and Mississippi State. John Curtis senior tight end Dillon Gordon is set to sign with the Tigers in February, and senior defensive end Torrey Bell will ink with Mississippi State.
Curtis went 14-0 in 2011 and Badie earned first-team all-state honors, rushing for 1,239 yards on 87 carries (14.24 yards per attempt) with 19 touchdowns. In the state championship game, a 33-3 win over Winnfield, Badie led all rushers with 107 yards.
"It was an outstanding season," he said. "I'm proud of what we accomplished. I like to break tackles, keep my feet, and score.
"I want to get my 40 time from a 4.5 to a 4.4. I also want to increase my bench press from 320 pounds to 350, and my squat from 425 to 450."
Badie had a season-high of 156 yards on six carries vs. Riverside Academy and scored three touchdowns in two contests (vs. Kinder and Carver).
He competes in the 100 meters and the 4 X 100 relay for Curtis' track team, which is the two-time defending state champion.
"I'm ready to work," he said in anticipation of the Patriots' forthcoming track and field season.