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Expectations high for Williams, UHigh

8/15/2012

Keep your attention on the line when LSU Laboratory School lines up this fall.

Sure, the Cubs have talent scattered across their roster, and a dynamic running back in sophomore Nick Brossette. But it's the lines in particular that catch the eye when you visit UHigh -- and two monsters along those lines are certain to stand out as this 2012 season gears up.

Senior defensive end Tim Williams is one of the top prospects in this 2013 class, and he is one of a handful of prospects near the top of the ESPN 150 who remains uncommitted as the season approaches. On the other side of the ball, 2014 offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield is starting to see a spike in the recruiting process after a busy summer.

"I picked up my first offers this summer. I was on the camp circuit, but I tried to be here as much as possible to get better and make the team better," Brumfield said. "I camped at LSU, Miami and Florida, and I took an unofficial visit to Florida State."

Williams and Brumfield took opposite approaches to their summers this year. While Brumfield was busy camping, Williams tried to stay low key and only took two visits -- a short trip across campus to LSU in June and a trip to FSU in mid-July.

"I'm just focused on my team and what my team goals were, and not just all about me," Williams said. "I only went to two camps ... and I'm just focused on winning state this year."

Williams said he plans to take official visits to LSU, Alabama, FSU and Miami, although he hasn't set any dates, and he isn't planning on making a college decision until after his senior season.

Summer is done with now -- a painful truth for the pair, who started back on Monday ("I'm used to going home and taking a nap before coming out here," Brumfield said). But with the Cubs back at work as a team, neither hot prospect seems too focused on the hype of the recruiting process. Instead, the talk centers around their expectations, which both players named as a Class 2A state championship.

"It's a real possibility if everybody just goes out there and plays fundamentally sound," Williams said. "If we come out and strap up and get ready to play our game, there's no way the other team can beat us."

One to watch: Even as a sophomore, Brossette is hardly a well-kept secret in recruiting circles. UHigh coach Chad Mahaffey held the sophomore out of practice Tuesday after some slight cramping, but he'll be ready for Thursday's scrimmage against reigning Class 3A champion St. Charles Catholic.

"Nick's a tremendous player and a great running back. Obviously he's only a sophomore, but he's had two great years," Mahaffey said.

Mahaffey tabbed his senior free safety, Jarrod Franklin, as someone he expects a big season from.

"He's been offered by Memphis and South Alabama, and TCU likes him a lot. I think he's going to have a great senior year," Mahaffey said. "Last year was his first year playing since middle school, so he's kind of under the radar."

Junior wide recevier D'Vante Dotson is another name to watch as the Cubs begin their quest for another playoff trip.

"He's going to be a really good receiver -- he's got great speed and hands," Mahaffey said.

Circle the date: UHigh's traditional rivalry game comes every year against Episcopal High School. But Brumfield and Williams said they have a different opponent in mind this summer. The Cubs welcome Class 3A opponent Loranger and its speedster Jeryl Brazil to Baton Rouge on Sept. 7.

Brazil was LSU's first commitment of 2013 and has been turning heads with his speed this year. There will be a lot of talent on the field when the two teams hook up in week two.

"There's a lot of hype around that one," Brumfield said. "It's nothing personal to [Brazil], but we're ready to play."