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.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Donnie Alexander is used to being surrounded by high-end college talent. Playing for Louisiana Class 4A state champion New Orleans Edna Karr, Alexander played on the same team as 2013 ESPN 300 prospects Standish Dobard (Miami (Fla) signee) and Noel Ellis (Texas A&M) and 2014 watch list prospects Gerald Willis III and Speedy Noil.
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Miami has continued to add to its top 25 class with a couple of surprise post-signing day pick-ups. They first gained ESPN 300 running back Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) and now have brought into the mix one of the top-rated tight end prospects in the 2013 class, Derrick Griffin (Rosenberg, Texas/Terry).
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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.