With summer football getting underway, the official date teams could start work was May 18, and everything else coming to a screeching halt, get ready for a couple of months without much sports action, here are some returning offensive players to watch next season to jog your memory.
<b>1. Cole Kelley, QB, Teurlings</b>
The 6-foot-7 flamethrower is back for his senior season after recently committing to Arkansas.
Kelley threw for 3,004 yards and 31 touchdowns last season and won <i>The Daily Advertiser’s</i> Most Valuable Player for his efforts.
With the recruiting process over, Kelley will be fully focused on summer workouts and improving on his game from last season.
Accuracy issues, Kelley completed only 58 percent of his passes, stemmed from inconsistent footwork that is often a problem in high school quarterbacks.
But a strong work ethic, and a surprising amount of athleticism for such a big-bodied quarterback – Kelley is a two-sports star at Teurlings also playing for the Rebels basketball team, has Kelley poised to improve on an already impressive resume.
<b>2. Raymond Calais Jr., RB, Cecilia</b>
Calais is fast. Like really fast.
The speedy 5-foot-9, 170 pound back raced his way to third place in the 100-meter dash in the state track championship, and uses that breakaway speed to blow by opposing defenders.
Calais rushed for 300 yards and three touchdowns in Cecilia’s playoff game as a junior against Landry-Walker, the No.6-seed in the playoffs.
He’s got a surprising amount of power stored in his small frame, and his combination of breakaway speed and ability to run through arm tackles at the next level has the Bulldogs primed for another successful season.
<b>3. Ty’Von Griffin, RB, Crowley</b>
From the small and speedy to the big and burly.
Griffin is a handful at 5-foot-11, 205 pounds and his powerful frame and north-south running style punishes opposing tackles.
After suffering a knee bruise that slowed him in the early portion of the season, Griffin had a two-game stretch in the middle of the season where he rushed for 592 yards and 11 touchdowns while leading Crowley to the No. 13-seed in the playoffs. Griffin finished with 1,688 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Griffin has garnered interest from Tulane, UL, LSU, Houston and Louisiana Tech according to his 247sports.com recruiting profile, and another big season will secure him a place at the next level.
<b>4. Jacq’co Price, WR, Crowley</b>
Price is a big-bodied receiver who uses his frame and explosive leaping ability to go up over defensive backs and pull down receptions.
The Gents have Griffin, Price and tight end John Marceaux returning in skill position spots, but will have to contend with the loss of QB Pate Broussard and senior offensive lineman Marshall Wilbert.
But one thing Price’s lanky frame allows you to do is be a little inaccurate, knowing the superb athlete can go up and catch contested balls.
It’s one of the reasons the three-star Price has been linked to LSU and been recruited by LSU coaches Tony Ball and Cam Cameron, according to 247sports.com.
Price needs to add a little weight to his frame to avoid being jammed at the line of scrimmage by top cornerbacks, and refine his route running. But those are things all high school receivers need to work on, and Price has a chance to dominate the competition next season.
<b>5. Taylor Fondal, OL, Westgate</b>
I’ve got to show the big guys some love, right?
Fondal is a massive mountain of man at 6-foot-3, 290 pounds and projects as an interior lineman at the next level.
He showcased his functional strength in winning two state championships and the state track meet earlier this month and has been garnering significant interest from major schools around the country.
Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, LSU and Southern Miss are all listed on his 247sports.com recruiting profile as having shown varying degrees of interest in acquiring Fondal’s services.
Offensive lineman are often the most overlooked players on the field, but in high school football especially having a good offensive line push around the opposing teams front seven can be the difference at the end of a close game.