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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Is there another Spears in Louisiana?

By Gary Laney

Sometimes you don't know who the brightest stars will be in March.

A year ago, wide receiver Kevin Spears' name was not in any conversations in regard to LSU recruiting. By the end of his senior season, however, he had played so well he had earned an LSU offer.

Are there any players like Spears out there this year, who might rise up and join the state's big four receivers as prime-time recruits? Here are five candidates:

1. Corey McBride (Geismar, La./Dutchtown): A track star, McBride has the size (he's listed at a solid 6-foot-1) and speed (he ran a 10.67 100-meter dash last year and a 4.46 40-yard dash) to excel. He just needs to become more consistent with his routes and catching the ball. If he does, he'll be a recruiting steal for somebody.

Martell Hawthorne
At 6-foot-3, Martell Hawthorne has the height and speed to become a major prospect.
2. Gabe Fuselier (New Iberia, La./Catholic): A relative unknown outside of the Acadiana region, Fuselier Followed up a 1,000-yard junior season by making the all-combine team at the Houston Nike SPARQ event, running a 4.45 40-yard dash and a 4.03 shuttle run. He's small (5-foot-10), but his speed and quickness make him a natural fit as a slot receiver.

3. Mandell Sam (Opelousas, La/Opelousas): Sam has good size, decent speed and does a good job catching the ball. He has a frame that could allow him to become a college safety.

4. Martell Hawthorne (Lake Charles, La./LaGrange): A big, 6-foot-3 target, Hawthorne turned some heads with a 4.55 40-yard dash at a recent NUC event in Baton Rouge. An under-the-radar guy who has the frame to develop into a big, downfield target.

5. Steven Dunbar (Metairie, La./Archbishop Rummel): Gave a solid performance in Rummel's Class 5A state championship game victory last season. A year ago, teammate Cethan Carter was a late-bloomer who signed with Nebraska. Could Dunbar have a similar ascension?