Laird Talks UL Junior Day

Laird Talks UL Junior Day

Ouachita Christian (LA) all-state athlete Mark Laird was among a number of Louisiana's top high school prospects the recently attended UL's Junior Day. Mark talks about his visit with the Ragin'Cajuns staff and summer plans.

Junior all-state athlete Mark Laird out of Monroe Louisiana's Ouachita Christian high is becoming a hot name amongst college recruiters around the region. The "6-1", 175-pound athlete has already visited junior days at LSU, Texas A&M and UL recently. Laird took a few minutes of his time today to speak to us before taking in a football practice at Louisiana Tech.

"It was great to get the chance to meet with the coaches for the first time," Mark said. "They were all pumped about junior day and talked about the direction of the program. Coach Hudspeth talked to us about the program and direction they are going to take it. After that we met with our area recruiting coaches; Coach Livings was my recruiting area coach. Once we left that indoor facility and headed out to look at the rest of the football facilities."

Laird is coming off an all-state season where he finished with 76 receptions for 1,755 yards and 19 total touchdowns. He also had another 516 kick return yards. What position are the Cajuns and other programs recruiting Laird?

"Everyone is recruiting me at receiver," Laird stated. "That is the position I want to play in college, in a spread or open offense. They told us that their offense would be fast pace and spread the field. That is the type of offense I want to play college football in."

Marks older brother Matt Laird is a senior outfielder on the ULM baseball team. Does he feel any pressure to play for the home town university?

"Not really," Mark said. "They've sent me a few letters and the recruiting coordinator called to invite me in for their football camp. But I haven't been pushed by my brother or family when it comes to playing football at ULM."

What summer camps is Laird planning on attending this summer?

"I'm looking at LSU, Louisiana Tech, UL, SMU and Texas A&M," Laird stated. "I'm going to LSU's baseball camp and maybe several others this summer as well. Right now those are the ones I want to attend, but I may look at several others if offered."

Mark Laird is an outstanding student; he currently holds a 4.0 GPA and scored a 23 on his last ACT test.

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