Ragin’ Cajuns head football coach Mark Hudspeth announced 27 new members to the University of Louisiana football team on Wednesday. UL inked 21 prospects to National Letters of Intent and had six additional student-athletes enroll in school for the Spring 2012 semester.
This year’s class features 17 prospects that hail from Louisiana and Mississippi. The Cajuns also picked up four prospects from Florida. UL brought in 15 defensive players after losing seven senior starters on the defensive side of the ball. The Cajuns also signed 10 offensive players and two athletes.
Tyren Alexander--Linebacker,"6-1", 200, (Breaux Bridge, La./Breaux Bridge HS)
Rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN Scout Inc….No. 86 outside linebacker by ESPN Scout Inc. Was an All-District 5-4A Defensive MVP while earning 4A All-State First Team defense honors…Recorded 137 tackles including 43 solo…Also had two fumble recoveries including one for a touchdown…Had two interceptions and two blocked punts…Returned a blocked punt for a score…Had scholarship offers from Nebraska, LSU, Arizona State, Tulsa, Pittsburgh, Louisiana Tech and La.-Monroe.
Darius Barksdale--Safety,"6-0",190 (Batesville, Miss./Ole Miss)
Rated as a four-star prospect out of high school by Rivals.com …Rated the No. 3 safety in the nation by Scout.com coming out of prep school at Hargrave…Was also listed as the No. 13 prep school player in the nation by Rivals.com…Garnered Parade and U.S. Army All-American honors…A SuperPrep All-American, Barksdale was a EA Sports First Team All-American selection…Also earned First Team Junior All-American honors from EA Sports in 2007…Named 2007 Mr. Football in Mississippi by the Clarion-Ledger…Rated the No. 9 RB in the nation by Rivals.com in 2008…Won four straight 5A state tiles at South Panola…Never lost a game in high school…Set at Mississippi 5A record with 2,917 yards and 35 TDs as a senior…Had scholarship offers out of high school from Ole Miss (signed), Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi State and Southern Miss.
Darrien Batiste--Defensive Lineman, "6-2", 245
(Geismar, La./Dutchtown HS)
Rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN Scout Inc…Named to play in the Louisiana/Texas Bayou Bowl…Selected to the All-District Teams in both his junior and senior seasons…Had scholarship offers from North Texas and Tulane.
Will Burrowes--Safety,"6-1",200 (Perkinston, Miss./Mississippi Gulf Coast}
Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com…Ranked the No. 22 recruit in Mississippi …Posted 45 tackles, seven pass breakups and three interceptions in the 2011 season at Mississippi Gulf Coast...Played in the Mississippi Junior College All-State Game.
Remaine Douglas--Defensive Lineman, "6-3", 275
(Parkman, Fla./Stoneman Douglas HS)
Tallied 50 tackles including 8.0 tackles-for-loss and 7.0 sacks earning him All-Broward County First Team honors…Named the MVP of the Dade vs. Broward All-Star Game…Had scholarship offers from Eastern Michigan and Florida Atlantic.
KarmichaelDunbar--DefensiveLineman,"6’2", 320 (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake HS)
Rated as a two-star recruit by Scout.com…Totaled 49 tackles as a senior including 5.0 sacks…Ranks in the Top 25 among Minnesota prospects…Played on both sides of the ball spending time at defensive tackle along with being a starter on the offensive side of the ball…Son of LSU and Minnesota Vikings linebacker Karl Dunbar…Had scholarship offers from Arkansas State and Memphis.
Jalen Fields--Defensive Lineman, "6-5", 280 (Dalton, Ga./Georgia Military College)
Rated as a four-star prospect out of high school by Rivals.com…Was the No. 14 defensive end nationally and the No. 8 prospect out of Georgia…Listed in the Rivals 250 in 2010… SuperPrep All-America and All-Dixie Teams….PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team…2009 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 50 prospects in state (#37) and Class AAAA All-State Honorable Mention…2009 Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAA All-State Team Honorable Mention… Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120…The Daily Citizen 2009 All-Area Team…The Daily Citizen 2009 All-Region First-Team Defense…as a senior, recorded 63 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries including one returned 35 yards for a touchdown…helped lead Dalton High School to its 50th straight winning season in 2009…The Daily Citizen 2008 All-Area Team…recorded 78 tackles and eight sacks as a junior including 35 tackles for loss…lettered in football and basketball at Dalton… Had scholarship offers out of high school from Georgia, Alabama, Florida State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Kevin Fouquier--Linebacker, "6-4", 210,(Lafayette, La./Comeaux HS)
Rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN Scout Inc… No. 54 prospect in Louisiana by ESPN Scout Inc...Named First Team All-District in 2010 and 2011…Father Kevin Fouquier was the Defensive Coordinator at UL from 2007-10…Had scholarship offers from North Carolina, Arkansas State, New Mexico and Texas Tech.
Chris Hill--Safety,"5-11", 200 (Homestead, Fla./
South Dade Senior HS)
Rated as a two-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com….Listed as a Top 35 Miami Herald Dade County Prospect…Posted 102 tackles with 15 tackles-for-loss and three interceptions…Played in the Broward County All-Star Game…Had scholarship offers from FIU, Florida Atlantic, Pittsburgh and Western Michigan.
Delvin Jones--Linebacker, "6-5", 230,
(Miami, Fla./Coffeyville CC)
Rated as a four-star prospect out of high school by Rivals.com …Played in two games (Fresno State and Kentucky) at Ole Miss…Named to the PrepStar preseason All-America team ... Earned SuperPrep All-Region honors and was rated the No. 40 player in Florida ... Rated as the No. 32 player in Florida and the No. 32 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com ... Listed as the No. 25 defensive end in the country by ESPN.com ... Earned second team All-Dade honors from the Miami Herald as a junior and senior ... Participated in the Broward vs. Dade All-Star Game ... Recorded 66 tackles and 16.0 sacks as a senior ... Posted 68 tackles and 14 QB sacks as a junior…Had scholarship offers out of high school from Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee, and Southern California.
Dominick Jones--Cornerback, "5-11", 187,(New Orleans, La./St. Augustine HS)
Rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN Scout Inc. No. 76 cornerback in the nation by ESPN Scout Inc.Finished the season with 40 tackles and 3 interceptions…Was named All-District 10-4A and honorable mention All-State… Had scholarship offers from Arkansas State and Memphis.
Tremaine Lightfoot--Linebacker, "6-1", 210, (Patterson, La./Patterson HS)
Rated as a two-star prospect by ESPN Scout Inc…No. 70 inside linebacker in the nation…Named 3A First Team All-State in 2010 and 2011…Garnered District 9-3A Defensive MVP in 2011…Finished the season with 134 tackles, three interceptions, five forced fumbles, three fumbles and two TDs… Had scholarship offers from Arizona State and Louisiana Tech.
Ryan Mosby--Linebacker, "6-1", 220,(Heath, Texas/
Rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com…Totaled 107, 5.0 sacks and four forced fumbles as a senior at Rockwall-Heath High School…Helped his team post a 13-1 record reaching the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state playoffs in Texas...Listed as one of the Top 75 outside linebackers in the country by Rivals.com coming out of high school…Had approximately 110 stops as a junior, featuring 23 tackles-for-loss and 10.0 sacks…His brother Mark Played at Air Force and his cousin played at Colorado… Had scholarships offers out of high school from Iowa State, Colorado State, UNLV, Kentucky and Western Michigan.
Blain Winston--Defensive Lineman, "6-4", 230
(Monroe, La./Richwood HS)
Rated as a two-star prospected by Scout.com…Posted 17 tackles and 4.5 sacks in the first four games of the season for Richwood High School…Ranked one of the Top Super Prospects by Louisiana Football Magazine…Received Honorable Mention All-State honors in 2011…Named All-District in 2010 and 2011…Had scholarship offers from Louisiana Tech and La.-Monroe.