Southwest Recruiting Notebook
Rocky Duplessis made the call to LSU.
Rocky Duplessis made the call to LSU.
Posted May 9, 2007

In this week’s edition of the Southwest Recruiting Notebook we take a look at a combine standout who made a commitment, an Arkansas sleeper who added his first official offer, and a defensive lineman who made an in-state pledge.

Shortly after an impressive showing at the All-American combine in New Orleans, Louisiana, Rocky Duplessis reported three division one scholarship offers. Now that Rocky has had some time to think about things, he has made his decision and commitment.

Thursday evening Rocky Duplessis a 6-foot-2, 180-pound safety picked up the telephone and made a phone call he had been waiting years to make.

"I tried to call Coach Miles to tell him I was committing, but I was unable to reach him," said Duplessis.

Earlier this evening, the Belle Chase safety connected with the LSU Tiger's head man and was able to deliver the good news.

"I just got off the phone and I just committed to Coach Miles," said Rocky. "He said he was glad to know that he had me and that he didn't have to worry about me committing to anyone else. He said he was glad to know I am going to be a Tiger!" Duplessis chose the Tigers, his childhood favorite, over offers from Louisiana Tech and Ole Miss.

Jake Byrne
Rogers junior tight end Jake Byrne (6-5, 240, 4.6) didn’t need any Spidey Sense to know something good was probably going to happen once he got out of the movie on Saturday night.

After all, University of Arkansas offensive coordinator David Lee had called while he was taking in Spiderman 3.

“He called and said that he had been watching my film and just really liked what he saw,” Byrne said. “When he found out I was in the movie, he said to call him back when I was done.

“So that’s what I did and he said they wanted to offer me,” Bryne added. “I am just really appreciative and excited and it is a great opportunity for me.”

Byrne, who becomes the 10th in-state prospect of the 2008 class to receive an offer from the Razorbacks, is also getting attention from Tennessee, Mississippi State, Auburn, Wisconsin, Tulsa and Ohio State.

Byrne, who caught 30 passes for around 300 yards last season, has taken official visits to Arkansas, Tulsa and Wisconsin already.

“I came up to Arkansas’ Red-White game and (second) Junior Day and got a chance to meet the coaches,’ Byrne said. “I had actually met them before, but this gave and get to know them more. I also got a chance to really see all the school has to offer and I was just very impressed.”

The Razorbacks are the first school to put down an offer, but Byrne is going to end his recruitment process there.

“This is my first offer and Arkansas is close to home and definitely they are at the top of my list of all these schools recruiting me,” Byrne said. “But I am not going to make a decision right away and just let the summer play itself out. After the summer, then I’ll be ready to start thinking about my plans.”

Byrne was part of a Rogers program that had a resurgence last season while winning the 7A-West conference title and making it to the state championship before falling to Fort Smith Southside.

Jeremy Coleman
Fort Bend defensive end Jeremy Coleman was one of the most impressive prospects in attendance at Texas’ second junior day in late February. A bevy of schools came by Marshall High School over the past few weeks to watch Coleman during spring practice, but none of that matters anymore. He gave his verbal pledge to an in-state school earlier this week and is very excited about his decision.

“A couple of days ago, I committed to TCU,” Jeremy Coleman said. “I’m very excited about it.” Coleman had picked up offers from Missouri and Houston during the past month raising his offer total to eight. He chose TCU over Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Houston, Missouri, Indiana and Tulsa.

Coleman’s verbal pledge hasn’t stopped other schools from stopping in during spring practice.

“Coach Williamson from TCU has been by,” Coleman said. “The coach from Tulsa has been by. The Texas coaches have been by, and Coach Franchione and Coach Malone from Texas A&M have been by.” Despite all the attention he has been getting from other schools, Coleman says that he is solid with TCU.

“Yes sir, I am solid with TCU. I can’t wait to get up there,” Coleman said. “Their defensive coaches are good coaches. They were showing me a lot of respect during my unofficial visit. I know from a player standpoint that they have a lot of Houston guys.”

At TCU, Coleman will not be the only former Marshall High School prospect on campus. Three-star running back Jamarion Cavness from the class of 2007 is also heading to TCU. “I have played with Jai Cavness for a long time. He is one of my best friends. He will be up there this summer,” Coleman said.

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