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Light start at LSU June camp

6/3/2013
Tom Hauck for Student Sports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Numbers at LSU's June camp were down a little bit as it began Sunday as many prospects had somewhere to be this week: school.

With many school systems -- in Texas and Florida in particular -- still in session, the pickings were slim as the camp started Sunday afternoon and scheduled to run through Wednesday.

That's not completely unexpected. LSU's second camp, scheduled for July 14-17, normally has been a larger draw that yields more recruiting news.

That doesn't mean there won't be big names passing through the LSU facility. Later this week, ESPN 150 defensive tackle Garrald McDowell (Covington, La./Covington) is expected to attend and compete for a Tigers offer he currently lacks.

There were some impressive prospects there as well. One who stood out was Devin White (Springhill, La./North Webster), a 6-2, 220-pound linebacker/running back who stood out like a man among boys working with the linebacker group.

He wasn't the only young prospect to look impressive in the camp's first day. Rashid Bonnette (Loreauville, La./Loreauville), showed flashes of the athleticism that will make him part of what might be a second consecutive strong Louisiana receiving class in the Class of 2015.

Bonnette is working to compete with a Louisiana receiving class that will feature at least four major prospects in the class.

Another 2015 player who impressed was quarterback Jason Pellerin (New Iberia, La./Catholic). He stood out among the quarterbacks in much the same way White stood out in his drills.

At 6-3, 215 pounds with a strong arm, Pellerin looked like a prospect who could shoot up the recruiting charts in his first year as a starter. Catholic had a prolific passing offense last year with senior quarterback Joe Lissard and Pellerin will slide into the starting quarterback role with plenty of the top weapons back, including 2014 prospect Gabe Fusilier.

With the physical skills he showed Sunday and the weapons at his disposal, Pellerin will be one to watch this fall.

Leading the 2014 prospects Sunday was tight end Kendall Ardoin (Ville Platte, La./Ville Platte), a tight end who shares a similar story to another Louisiana tight end he may be competing with for a spot in LSU's 2014 class.

Like Anthony Jones, the New Orleans Karr prospect who already has an offer from the Tigers, Ardoin was once considered a basketball-first guy who, at 6-5, is rounding into more of a football prospect than a basketball prospect. Dillon Gordon, a returning letterman tight end at LSU, was also a starting big man in high school on River Ridge John Curtis' 2012 Class 2A state champion hoops team.

Like Jones, 2013 signee DeSean Smith and 2014 commit Jacory Washington (Westlake, La../Westlake), Ardoin's athleticism from playing basketball appears to translate to being a hybrid, pass-catching tight end at the college level.

The camp continues Monday with sessions in the morning and evening.