- David Helman, Reporter, RecruitingNation
For high school prospects, just as much as the much-discussed LSU football team, practice is getting old.
After several weeks of running the same drills and seeing the same faces, the monotony of fall camp has set in. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they still have two weeks to wait for a true opponent. That's not the case at the high school level, where schools (and recruits across the state) got their first taste of live action in scrimmages this weekend.
A quick look at some prospects in LSU's sights from this past weekend:
Already covered here, but 2014 Edna Karr prospect Speedy Noil is going to have his way with defenses this year, regardless of where he plays. Noil scored three touchdowns for the Cougars last Thursday night. Fellow Karr prospects Gerald Willis III and Standish Dobard also impressed -- Willis was a constant disruption during his snaps, while the 6-foot-4 Dobard was a matchup nightmare going over the middle.
Two of LSU's incoming receivers for 2013 staged a bit of a competition when Class 5A Destrehan scrimmaged Class 4A Salmen on Saturday. The duo in question was Salmen receiver Chuck Baker, one of the first commits of this Tigers class, and Destrehan playmaker Rickey Jefferson, one of LSU's most recent additions.
Jefferson was all over the field for the Wildcats, as he said he scored three touchdowns for Destrehan with a fourth getting called back. Jefferson said the majority of his production came as a result of slipping behind the Spartans' coverage, although he was able to pull down one of his scores in traffic. The touchdown that was called back was a 70-yard score on a bubble screen -- a Jefferson specialty.
Baker, who at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds projects as a formidable receiver at the college level, gave the Destrehan defense fits of its own. Baker burned his coverage deep in the vertical game for a pair of touchdowns in the scrimmage.
Class 2A powerhouse John Curtis crushed Class 5A schools St. Paul's and Brother Martin in a three-team scrimmage. The Patriots, whose roster is dotted with FBS prospects such as linebacker Duke Riley, running back Sherman Badie, wide receiver Malachi Dupre and cornerback Terrance Alexander, scored at will against both the Crusaders and Wolves. The entirety of the John Curtis defense only allowed one touchdown all night.
Out on the West Coast, LSU quarterback commit and Cathedral quarterback Hayden Rettig got his first taste of live action since an ACL injury ended his junior season prematurely. Rettig and Cathedral scrimmaged against Venice High School last week, and the senior's first effort of the year was an impressive one. Rettig played the game's opening period and completed 12 of 15 passes for 245 yards and a pair touchdowns.
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