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Battleground: New Orleans

The top recruits -- and the schools fighting for them -- from the Crescent City

Updated: November 19, 2013, 8:59 AM ET
By Gerry Hamilton | ESPN.com

The 90-mile stretch from Baton Rouge to Slidell on I-12 and south to New Orleans along I-10 is home to some of the most talented football prospects in the country. The 2014 class features as much talent as ever, making the southeast part of Louisiana one of the key recruiting battlegrounds in the country, with New Orleans taking center stage.

It's a city that is home to the nation's No. 1 recruit in the ESPN 300 and is at the center of college football's fiercest recruiting rivalry, LSU-Alabama. What has brought New Orleans to this point and where will the city's recruiting go from here?

Lay of the land
Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the top prospects in the New Orleans area, including future NFL stars Ed Reed and Reggie Wayne -- not to mention Peyton and Eli Manning -- left the state for college.

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