April 1, 2007

Louisiana Junior Day brings big names

GEISMAR, La. - It wasn't the quantity but the quality that made the Rivals.com Junior Day at Dutchtown High School on Saturday another solid event.

Several top prospects in the state of Louisiana showed up including LSU's first commitment of the year, offensive guard Clay Spencer. Not only is Spencer strong on his commitment for the Tigers, but he looked impressive as well.

Spencer came in at 6-foot-5 1/4 and 285 pounds and looks like he's been putting in the off-season work to get ready for his senior season along with his future in the SEC. He says that he's ready to get to LSU and add to a very talented group already on campus next year.

"I don't know if I'll get redshirted, but providing depth is all I want to do," Spencer said. "I just want to help those guys out and I'm really looking forward to it."

As for passing the eyeball test, Spencer wasn't alone.

Napoleonville (La.) Assumption quarterback James Landry and Baton Rouge (La.) Istrouma offensive/defensive tackle prospect Dallas Thomas stood out the second they walked through the door.

Landry, a quarterback who has a big arm, came in at 6-foot-5 1/4 and 199 pounds. He says that several scholarship offers could be coming and judging by his size and production, that looks likely.

The time spent at the event was definitely well worth it for the big signal caller.

"It was great to come to something like this and get knowledge on the recruiting process," Landry said. "You come here and find out how it really works."

Thomas has already picked up several scholarship offers and had a frame ready for more weight. He came in at 6-foot-5 1/2 and 250 pounds.

Several other prospects that looked the part at Saturday's event included Geismar (La.) Dutchtown teammates defensive end Sean Osborne and offensive guard/center Kevin Saia. Osborne stood at 6-foot-5, 248 pounds while Saia checked in at 6-foot-3 1/2 and close to 300 pounds.

Saia holds one scholarship offer from Tulane while Osborne is a prospect ready to shed his sleeper label.

Landry inches closer

Assumption quarterback James Landry says that he hasn't yet picked up his first scholarship offer, but it appears that could be changing.

"The coach from Minnesota said I could get an offer next week and LSU, Ole Miss, and Alabama is real interested right now," Landry said. "I'm just keeping it open right now."

Landry says that he's going to Ole Miss for their spring game and that's it for the time being. He says he's going to see who offers before he decides if he'll be making an early decision or a late one.

One thing he says he's looking for in an offensive is a wide-open attack where he can spread the ball around.

Thomas talks latest offers

Istrouma defensive and offensive tackle prospect Dallas Thomas could play on both sides of the ball and schools like his versatility.

That's why scholarship offers have come from Baylor, Ole Miss, Tulane, Louisiana Tech, and Houston already. The pre-evaluation Rivals100 members says he plans to visit Ole Miss for their spring game.

"I just want to get out there and see something different than what I've already seen," he said. "I'll probably go to LSU, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Florida camps this summer."

Though he wants to stay open, growing up in Louisiana he says that LSU has a slight edge.

"They've just been sending me mail and stuff, but they haven't talked about an offer," Thomas said. "They want me to come to camp."


Playing both ways in high school, New Iberia (La.) Catholic-New Iberia cornerback prospect Ryan St. Julien says that he'll most likely be on the defensive side of the ball at the next level. … He's already added his first scholarship offer from Louisiana-Lafayette. … Defensive tackle Joel Ross from Houma (La.) Vandebilt Catholic says that offers have come in now from both Ole Miss and Oklahoma.

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