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Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns 2013 Class: Offense
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.
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