2014 Spotlight: DeEdward Cormier

2014 prospect DeEdward Cormier, the starting QB in Acadiana's veer option offense, sparked the Rams' 63-point explosion in last night's Class 5A first-round playoff victory over Zachary. Which three programs have piqued Cormier's interest? Get the answer to that question and more inside this free article...

DeEdward Cormier is instant excitement at the helm of Acadiana head coach Ted Davidson's split-back veer offense.

Last night the Cormier-controlled offense produced a whopping four 100-yard rushers in the Rams' 63-42 shootout win over Zachary.

Cormier went for 106 yards rushing on nine carries and made the reads and checks to perfection for Acadiana, which improved to 8-2.

West Monroe, the defending state champ, lies in wait next week in the second round. Acadiana upset higher-seeded West Monroe in the 2010 state finals, 21-14.

"The key for us (vs. Zachary) is not to turn the ball over," Cormier said earlier this week. "We've had hard practices. We've seen on film that Zachary has some athletes. The key for us is to keep focused with no turnovers."

In its final regular season contest Acadiana clawed its way back from a 20-0 late third-quarter deficit to frustrate and eventually top Comeaux, 27-20.

"That was a good comeback," said Cormier, who sparked the rally with touchdown scampers covering 80 and 26 yards. "I expect to play corner or maybe wide receiver in college; whatever position the coaches want.

"I like LSU, UL and Tulane. I've been getting mail from schools, but I didn't go to any camps last summer because of the travel schedule of my AAU basketball team, the Lafayette Celtics. I think I'm going to go to camps this next summer."

Cormier is equally exciting on the hardwood.

"I love basketball," he said. "(As a sophomore) I averaged 15 points, four-to-five steals and eight rebounds a game. I had a few interceptions in football (including a pick-six).

"My vision, when I read the option, is my biggest strength as a player. I can see what happens (unfolding ahead of time). My speed is also an asset. It gives me an advantage. I run 4.4 to 4.5 in the 40-yard dash."

Cormier's younger brother -- 2014 RB Edward Cormier -- also topped the 100-yard rushing plateau Friday.

"Edward is a good player," said Cormier, who relates that he is "a few months older" than his brother. "He's a quiet guy. But he gets the job done on the field."

Acadiana RBs Shane Francis and Cardaye Spencer, both seniors, also gained 100-plus yards vs. Zachary.

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