BATON ROUGE, La. -- How deep is the football talent in Louisiana? Consider this: Every football bowl subdivision (FBS) conference in the nation has had a least two Louisiana players sign letters of intent with its member schools for the 2013 recruiting cycle, according to the ESPN database of recruits.
In Louisiana's prep football playoffs, a 21 seed (New Orleans/McDonogh 35) made the Class 4A semifinals, a 22 seed (Kendell Beckwith-led Clinton/East Feliciana) made the Class 3A semis and three teams seeded 21 or lower made the Class 2A quarterfinals.
Leonard Fournette is now in off-season mode. The dream's long over for Jeryl Brazil and countless others. But for 20 Louisiana teams and many of the state's top prospects, semifinal week brings them within one game of their ultimate goal as high school football players from the Pelican State: A chance to play at the LHSAA/State Farm Prep Classic in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
In the Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoffs, Thanksgiving weekend is the time the state's football playoffs shift gears. With each of the five classes down to eight teams, the quarterfinals usually give football fans plenty of intriguing matchups for fans after Black Friday shopping is done.
As Louisiana's high school football playoffs reach their second week, the matchups get better in the five classes, each whittled down to a field of 16 remaining teams, many who feature some of the state's top prospects.
Louisiana Tech picked up commitments from three-star Hakim Gray (Stonewall, La./North DeSoto) and Trent Taylor (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian), multiple sources report. The 6-foot-3, 236-pound Gray is now La.
High three-star defensive tackle Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson) has decommitted from Miami-FL and is now set to play for Tennessee, according to multiple sources. Taylor, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound prospect, was also recruited by Florida and Florida State among others.