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Prep games worth watching

8/23/2012

GeauxTigerNation writers Gary Laney and David Helman get you ready for the season with a daily breakdown throughout August of what LSU is facing in the fall, from its opponents, to its road trips to who it's recruiting. Today, David Helman has six suggestions for high school games featuring LSU prospects this season.

When the dust finally settles on the jamborees this weekend, it will officially be game week in Louisiana -- for both LSU and the high schools it recruits.

With so much top tier talent in the state, there will be plenty of juicy matchups between big names at the prep level. Here's an incomplete guide to seeing LSU commits and targets in action this fall.

LSU Laboratory vs. Loranger, Sept. 7: It won't take long for things to get interesting. Class 2A heavyweight UHigh plays host to Class 3A Loranger right out of the gate, and the stars will be out. Whether it's 2013 super recruit Tim Williams, hot 2014 offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield or even 2015 running back Nick Brossette, the Cubs are loaded with college players. Loranger boasts the state's fastest player in LSU commit Jeryl Brazil.

John Curtis vs. H.B. Plant, Sept. 7: The same night, powerhouse John Curtis will showcase itself in a whopper of an out-of-state matchup at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Prep Classic in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Curtis, the defending Class 2A champion, was recently ranked No. 10 nationally by ESPN. Plant, the defending champion of Florida's Class 8A, was named No. 14 in the same ranking. Needless to say, the game won't lack for star power.

Destrehan vs. Edna Karr, Sept. 14: Class 5a Destrehan has a tough non-district test early in the season when they play 2011 Class 4A champ Karr. If the Wildcats and do-everything player Rickey Jefferson, an LSU commit, are going to make any noise against the Cougars, it's going to take a Herculean effort. Karr boasts ESPN 150 seniors in tight end Standish Dobard and cornerback Noel Ellis. The Cougars' junior class is even more impressive, with talents like athlete Speedy Noil and defensive tackle Gerald Willis III certain to be highly-coveted players.

Salmen vs. St. Paul's, Sept. 21: One of the state's top prospects against one of the state's top teams -- should be thrilling. Salmen has hopes of a Class 4A championship this season; St. Paul's entered the playoffs last season as Class 5A's No. 1 seed before suffering the ignominy of a first round loss. In his bid to climb the state rankings, Salmen receiver and LSU commit Chuck Baker could have a tall order.

East Feliciana vs. Parkview Baptist, Oct. 5: East Feliciana isn't exactly a powerhouse, but they do have Louisiana's top player in athlete Kendell Beckwith. Beckwith can do it all on both offense and defense, so it should be fun to see him go against Parkview -- one of Class 3A's best programs and a state semi-finalist last fall.

West Monroe vs. Ouachita Parish, Oct. 11: This would be a fun north Louisiana rivalry game regardless of name power. There's an extra wrinkle thrown in this year though. Talented 2014 offensive lineman and LSU target Cameron Robinson transferred from Ouachita to West Monroe several weeks ago, throwing his eligibility for the season into question. West Monroe is already considered a favorite to repeat as Class 5A state champions, but that little tidbit makes this extra interesting.

Of course, that's only a handful of countless games this season. It doesn't take into account 2014 St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette, who many believe could be the nation's best prospect next year, or the talented roster taking the field at Barbe High School this fall. There's definitely plenty to keep an eye on.