- David Helman, Reporter, RecruitingNation
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LSU's coaching staff got a first-hand look at its newest batch of offensive talent on Saturday, and the results were impressive to say the least.
The Louisiana Bootleggers -- an all-star 7-on-7 team comprised of mostly LSU commitments and targets -- blitzed through Saturday's 7-on-7 tournament in style, capping off a tournament victory with a 24-13 win against Edna Karr.
The list of future Tigers featured on the Bootleggers was almost as impressive as the plays they were making. Two-star quarterback Shane McCarley (Manvel, Texas/Manvel) went to the line with the likes of Tigers commit and ESPN 150 member DeSean Smith (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) lined up to his right, and fellow commits Tre'Davious White (Shreveport, La./Green Oaks) and John Diarse (Monroe, La./Neville) lined up to his left.
If there was any doubt as to why the trio is among the most coveted recruits in Louisiana, Saturday's games proved why. Smith was a matchup nightmare all afternoon with repeated catches over the middle of the field, and his leaping touchdown reception on a corner fade against St. Augustine belongs on any highlight tape.
White not only excelled as a receiver, but he got into the mix and proved his worth as a cornerback with stifling jams and several breakups.
There was no MVP award, but Diarse truly proved himself as the star of the day. Many consider the four-star athlete to be the best player in Louisiana, and it's hard to argue after watching Diarse race his way to two touchdowns in the championship game. On top of that he switched from receiver to safety on multiple occasions and made several gorgeous picks.
Diarse is listed at 6-foot, 210 pounds, and he looks every bit of it. The junior looked like an SEC player compared to many of the other high schoolers on hand.
The Bootleggers' defense had plenty of its own talent besides its two-way threats. Lining up as the team's cornerbacks were 2014 heavyweight Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) and ESPN 150 high-riser Jeryl Brazil (Loranger, La./Loranger). The duo had its way with most of the competition it faced, up until Brazil bruised his quadricep against St. Augustine and sat out the remaining three games. The injury wasn't serious, however.
Florida-based linebacker Kain Daub (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Nease) also joined up with the Bootleggers during his stay for the Tigers' camp.
The Bootleggers' lineup was as fun to watch as it was impressive to look at, but they weren't the only ones who brought big-time talent to the competition. Karr reached the final game with a lot of help from ESPN 150 member Standish Dobard (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr). Dobard caught a touchdown pass in the loss to the Bootleggers. Karr also featured cornerback and recent Texas A&M commitment Noel Ellis (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr).
Much-discussed 2014 running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine) made the trip with the Purple Knights, and had a chance to showcase himself. Another target for the future, 2015 running back Nicholas Brossette (Baton Rouge, La./LSU Laboratory), made the short trip over from U-High. Brossette was nearly unstoppable in leading the Cubs to a 3-1 record at the tournament.
If Saturday was any indication, the talent on hand for the rest of the Tigers' camp should be something to behold.
LSU's coaching staff got a first-hand look at its newest batch of offensive talent on Saturday, and the results were impressive to say the least.The Louisiana Bootleggers -- an all-star 7-on-7 team comprised of mostly LSU commitments and targets -- blitzed through Saturday's 7-on-7 tournament in style, capping off a tournament victory with a 24-13 win against Edna Karr.