Sunday, January 13, 2013
Isom earns distinction at LSU junior day
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- There was something unique about 2014 quarterback Donovan Isom when he attended LSU's "Boys from the Boot" junior day Saturday.
He didn't win any sort of competition, since there wasn't one at an event that was a primer on the recruiting process for Louisiana's top players and their families and not something that involved any kind of workout.
Rather, Isom stood out simply for the position he played.
Isom was the only quarterback at Boys from the Boot, a distinction he noticed and appreciated.
"I was kind of surprised I was the only quarterback invited," said Isom, a big and strong-armed junior. "There are some good quarterbacks out there."
Louisiana was once known for quarterback production, but not lately. A state that produced the Manning brothers, the Booty brothers, Doug Williams, Terry Bradshaw and countless others has had something of a dry spell in quarterback stars of late. The last Louisiana quarterback to sign with LSU was Jordan Jefferson in 2008.
The two share similar builds -- Jefferson played at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds and Isom is 6-4, 230. They both have big arms. And they share one more important bond: Isom, like Jefferson, plays for Destrehan High, a Class 5A power in New Orleans' industrial western suburbs.
Isom's favorite target on the 2012 Destrehan team was Rickey Jefferson, Jordan's younger brother, who is committed to be part of LSU's 2013 class, most likely as a cornerback.
"Rickey's going to do his thing at LSU," Isom said. "I'm going to miss him, but I think we'll be pretty good in my senior year."
Boys in the Boot started an offseason process during which Isom said he's going to work full time on improving his game and his recruiting stock.
"It's all football for me," he said. "I'm going to the SPARQ combine in New Orleans, then I'm looking at some camps this summer. I'm going to be working hard to prepare for the next season."
Isom did not get an offer at Boys from the Boot and is still looking for his first offer, though he said the interest is starting to ramp up.
"Some schools are starting to look at me from the SEC, the Pac-12 and the Big Ten," he said. "They're starting to look at me pretty hard."
Time will tell if he is able to do what it takes to be the first Louisiana quarterback in six years to sign with his home-state Tigers.