UL Head Coach Mark Hudspeth introduced the 2013 Football Recruiting Class to the Cajun Nation Wednesday afternoon. The class consisted of athletes from Florida,Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia and Alabama.
UL Head Coach Mark Hudspeth introduced his 2013 Signing Class to the Cajun Nation Wednesday afternoon. Offensive Signees in the class.
Elijah McGuire | Running Back | 5-11 | 185 | Houma, La. (Vandebilt Catholic HS)
High School: First team all-state choice as an athlete by the LSWA as a senior at Vandebilt Catholic High, playing for coach Brad Villavaso. . . led the state in rushing, carrying 223 times for 2,603 yards, an 11.8 average and 31 touchdowns to help team to an 11-2 record. . . also passed for 497 yards and five touchdowns in helping team win first district title since 2002 and the quarterfinals of the state tourney for the first time since 2007. . . also earned first team all-region mention. . . rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns to earn game MVP honors as the Bayou Region All-Stars to a 34-0 shutout in the Lions Club Bayou River Showdown. . . has 4.5 speed in the 40. . . three star ranking by Rivals.com. . . was ranked No. 33 in Louisiana during the preseason and No. 17 in the Louisiana Post-Season Top 40 by Rivals. . .chose Louisiana over offers from Texas Tech, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and ULM.
Nick Byrne | Tight End | 6-3 | 225 | Rogers, Ark. (Har-ber HS)
High School: First team all-state selection as a senior at Har-Ber High, playing for coach Chris Wood. . . caught 43 passes for 715 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. . . was also named all-conference and all-region while being tabbed for the KURM Dream Team. . . totaled 72 catches for 1,182 yards and 17 touchdowns over his final two seasons. . . was ranked as the No. 9 player in the state by Rivals.com. . . turned down offers from ULM and Arkansas State to sign with Louisiana. Early Enrollee
Scott Austin | Wide Receiver | 6-4 | 180 | Biloxi, Miss. (Biloxi HS)
High School: First team all-state selection by MaxPreps as a senior at Biloxi High, playing for coach John Shannon. . . caught 49 passes for 815 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. . . helped lead team to a 10-3 record and a regional title as a junior, making 38 catches for 698 yards and nine touchdowns. . . named to the Clarion Ledger Pre-Season Dandy Dozen as one of the top 12 players in Mississippi. . . ranked No. 8 on the 2013 Clarion Ledger 10 Most Wanted List. . . selected to participate in the 2012 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. . . three-star Scout.com No.116 WR . . ranked as the No. 10 player in state by 247Sports. . . chose Louisiana over Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and South Alabama.
Darius Hoggins | Wide Receiver | 5-7 | 165 | Coconut Creek, Fla. (Monarch HS)
High School: Third team all-state pick by the Associated Press as a senior at Monarch High, playing for coach Calvin Davis. . . rushed for 1,191 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior, adding a pair of touchdowns on kick returns. . . first team All-Broward county after helping team to an 8-3 record as a senior. . . owns a 4.4 time in the 40. . .played in the Dolphins Dade vs. Broward All-Star game.
Matthew Barnes | Tight End | 6-3 | 227 | Groesbeck, Texas (Groesbeck HS)
High School: Second team all-state selection by the Associated Press as a senior at Groesbeck High, playing for coach Kodi Crane. . . caught 77 passes for 1,176 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. . . also carried 44 times for 258 yards and three TDs. . .used as a running back as a junior, picking up 763 yards and nine touchdowns to earn first team all region and district utiltity player of the year honors. . . rushed 88 times for 368 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore, adding 50 catches for 537 yards and three scores. . . lettered twice in basketball, helping team to a 46-21 record over his two seasons. . . averaged 6.9 points and 8.7 rebounds as a senior. . . has 4.5 speed in the 40. . . ranked as the Scout.com No. 91 tight end nationally. . . chose Lousiana over offers from New Mexico, Louisiana Tech and Air Force and also took a visit to TCU.
Devin Scott | Wide Receiver | 5-11 | 180 | Harvey, La. (West Jefferson HS)
High School: first team all-state pick as a senior at Harvey High, playing for coach Marcus Scott. . . caught 36 passes for 878 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior, receiving first team all-metro, first team all-New Orleans and first team all-district. . . a standout in track as well, qualified for the Junior Olympics by running the 400 meters in 47.73 and a 21.30 in the 200 meters. . . won the 2011 long jump at the 2011 state indoor meet with a leap of 23-10. . . has been timed at 4.45 in the 40. . . three-star recruit by 247Sports. . . chose Louisiana over Nebraska, Colorado and FIU.
D'Aquin Withrow | Offensive Lineman | 6-6 | 275 | Harvey, La. (West Jefferson HS)
High School: Honorable mention all-state choice by the Louisiana Football Coach's Association as a senior at West Jefferson High, playing for coach Marcus Scott. . . first team all-district by NOLA.com. . . two-year letterman in football who also lettered in basketball. . . did not start playing football until his junior year. . . two-star recruit by Scout.com. . . chose Louisiana over offers from Colorado, FIU, Louisiana Tech and Minnesota.
Grant Horst | Offensive Lineman | 6-5 | 250 | Spanish Fort, Ala. (Spanish Fort HS)
High School: First team all-region choice as a senior at Spanish Fort High School, playing for coach Mark Freeman. . . was the anchor of an offensive line that helped Spanish Fort go 14-1 and win the state title, averaging 48 points a game. . . also earned all-city honors. . . two-year starter, playing on team that went 9-4 during his junior campaign. . . also lettered during his junior year in basketball. . . two-star recruit by Scout.com. . . chose Louisiana over UAB and Tulsa.
Johnny Kight | Offensive Lineman | 6-6 | 285 | Louisville, Miss. (East Central C.C.)
Junior College: Started at right tackles as a freshman at East Central CC, playing for caoch Brian Anderson. . . 3 star recruit and No. 17 junior college offensive tackle in the country according to 247Sports. . . chose Louisiana over offers from Memphis, UAB, South Alabama and Troy.
High School: Three-year letterman in football at Nanih Waiya High, playing for coach Tale Hanna. . . helped team to a 10-3 record as a senior. . . used as a tight end as a junior, catching nine passes for 171 yards (19.0 ypc) and five touchdowns on an 11-2 team. . . helped school to a pair of regional titles. Early Enrollee
Dominick Bilich | Offensive Lineman | 6-3 | 285 | Metarie, La. (Rummel HS)
High School: First team all-state selection as a senior at Archbishop Rummel high, playing for coach Jay Roth. . . helped team to a 10-2 record as a senior, advancing to the quarterfinals of the state tourney. . . also earned all-districtt and all-metro accolades. . . lettered three times in football. . . started at tackle as a sophomore on the Rummel team that went 14-1 and won the district title. . . originally signed with the Cajuns in 2012 but delayed enrollment until January, 2013. . . spent the 2012 season as an assistant coach at Archbishop Rummel, helping team to a 12-0 record and the state Class 5-A championship. Three Star recruit Scout.com. Early Enrollee
Stephen Brauchle | Kicker | 6-0 | 205 | Gulfport, Miss. (Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.)
Junior College: Honorable mention NJCAA All-America as a freshman at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, playing for coach Steve Campbell. . . was seven-for-nine in field goal attempts and 50-of-54 extra points to help the team to a 9-2 record, a second place finish in the state and No. 6 ranking nationally. . . first team NJCAA Region 23 selection. . . did double-duty during the fall, playing as a defender on the soccer team, scoring one goal in six games. . . no. 3 ranked junior college kicker by 24/7Sports. . . also made official visits to East Carolina and FIU.
High School: First team all-state selection as a senior at Gulfport High, playing for coach Mike Justice. . . was a perfect 10-for-10 in field goal attempts and 27-for-31 in extra points as a senior. . . also punted 41 times for 1,906 yards and a 46.5 average with 23 kicks inside the 20. . . was three-for-seven in field goal attempts and 49-for-50 in extra points as a junior. . . earned all-region honors as both a junior and senior. . . lettered four times in soccer in high school, playing on teams that went 28-5 during his tenure and winning the 2010 state title.
Daniel Cadona | Punter | 6-4 | 203 | Darwin, NT, Australia (Toowoomba G.S./Australian Institute of Sport)
Grammar School: Played both Australian Rules Football and Rugby while attending Toowoomba Grammar School. . . represented the Northern Territory in the Australian Rules Football Under 18 state tournament in both 2006 and 2007. . . caught the attention of college coaches when he averaged almost 50 yards per punt at a kicking camp in Las Vegas. . . a three-star recruit, he was ranked as the No. 3 punting prospect nationally by Scout.com. . . chose Louisiana over UCLA.