NCF On The Trail: Standish Dobard

LSU gets commit from loaded HS

February, 24, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Donnie Alexander is used to being surrounded by high-end college talent.

Playing for Louisiana Class 4A state champion New Orleans Edna Karr, Alexander played on the same team as 2013 ESPN 300 prospects Standish Dobard (Miami (Fla) signee) and Noel Ellis (Texas A&M) and 2014 watch list prospects Gerald Willis III and Speedy Noil.

Count Alexander among the high-end Karr prospects.

Donnie Alexander
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comNew Orleans linebacker Donnie Alexander committed to LSU on Sunday, becoming the fifth 2014 commit for the Tigers.
The 2014 linebacker was offered by LSU on a weekend trip to Baton Rouge. After returning home and talking it over with his mother, he decided to pull the trigger and commit.

"LSU's the school I always wanted to go to since I was small," he said. "I didn't really want to wait."

The name may be an unknown to fans, who were perhaps expecting one of the 12 Louisiana players on the ESPN Watch List to be the next to commit.

Truth be told, Alexander was surprised, too.

"I was (surprised)," he said. "I really wasn't expecting it. They like my speed. They like that I'm a good tackler. They like that I make plays."

In that regard, he is perhaps comparable to 2013 signee Duke Riley, who share's Alexander's smaller build, but speed that will allow him to be versatile in areas like pass coverage.

"I think I do have good coverage skills," he said. "I get good drops and I'll come up and stick a slot receiver."

And he knows how to win. Karr went unbeaten in 2014, beating a talented Monroe Neville team for the 4A title.

"At Karr, we strive toward winning and being successful young men," he said. "That's what our coaches preach to us. Now that we've won, we have to maintain, don't let it get to our head."

Scouts: Miami improves TE haul 

February, 20, 2013
Miami has continued to add to its top 25 class with a couple of surprise post-signing day pick-ups. They first gained ESPN 300 running back Cornelius Elder (Nashville, Tenn./Ensworth) and now have brought into the mix one of the top-rated tight end prospects in the 2013 class, Derrick Griffin (Rosenberg, Texas/Terry).

Weekend recruiting preview: Louisiana 

September, 14, 2012
As you'd expect, dozens of LSU commits and targets will be in action across the state this weekend. As we move toward the second month of the high school season, here is a handful of games and players for LSU fans to keep an eye on:

Barbe vs. Evangel Christian -- Barbe, the No. 3 team in the most recent Class 5A power rankings, takes on the No. 3 team in Class 2A. Barbe has been considered a state championship contender since the end of last season, largely thanks to the contributions of tight end and LSU commit DeSean Smith. Smith combines with speedy wide receiver and 2014 LSU target Trey Quinn to make the Barbe offense tough to stop. But the Buccaneers have been unable to get over the hump against Evangel in recent seasons.

Neville vs. Ouachita Parish -- Defending Class 4A state champion Neville takes on a regional rival and the No. 2 team in Class 5A. ESPN 150 athlete and LSU commit John Diarse quarterbacks the Tigers, and Neville has other talent like 2014 cornerback target Laurence Jones. Top 2014 wide receiver prospect Cameron Sims lines up for Ouachita.

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Standish Dobard picks Miami 

April, 5, 2012
Miami picked up a big commitment Wednesday from ESPNU 150 Watch List TE Standish Dobard (New Orleans/Edna Karr).

“He went there on a visit and is still there,” Edna Karr coach Jabbar Juluke said. “I haven’t spoken with him directly since his decision but we did text each other and I congratulated him. When you have guys that have been through that program like Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow at the position he plays that’s big. Miami was one of the first schools that made the tight end important in what they do.”

Dobard, now 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, has big things ahead of him according to his coach.

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Standish Dobard (New Orleans/Edna Karr), one of the nation's most sought-after tight ends, has committed to sign with Miami-FL, multiple sources report.

Auburn, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Alabama, Mississippi State and Texas Tech were among the other programs to offer the 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior.

Dobard exploded onto the recruiting scene almost one year ago. Last spring, he posted a 4.85 40-yard dash, 4.52 20-yard shuttle and 25.5-inch vertical along the combine circuit.

The Hurricanes now have five recruits on board for 2013. Dobard, an ESPNU 150 Watch List member, is their first from outside of the Sunshine State.

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