Louisiana Tech signs top running back in Louisiana for 2005:
Three-time first team all-state running back Patrick Jackson of West St. Johns High School headlines a steller Louisiana Tech recruiting class. While Tech returns Freddie Franklin, Mark Dillard and Shelton Richardson in the offensive backfield, coach Jack Bicknell said he wanted additional depth.
Jackson rushed for over 3,000 yards and a Louisiana high school record 58 touchdowns this season while leading West St. Johns to its second consecutive state title. He was named Louisiana's 2A State Most Valuable Player.
Members of this years signee class include:
Dwight Alexander, 6-6, 310, OL Carencro, La. Lettered three years Led team to the District 3-5A title in 2002 and 2003 and state semifinals in 2003 Second team all-district as a senior Also threw the discus for the Carencro track and field team for four years.
Jason Anthony,5-10, 233, LB Augusta, Ga. (Holmes CC/Richmond Academy) High School: Lettered four years Helped lead team to the 1998 District 3-4A title First team all-state at running back as a senior Second team all-state at linebacker as a freshman and junior First team all-district as a freshman, junior and senior Named the team MVP three times Member of the Richwood Academy track and field team all four years in the 100-meters, on the 400-meter relay team and threw the shot put Junior College: Lettered two years Second team all-state as a sophomore and honorable mention all-state as a freshman Played in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star game Led the state in tackles with 115, including eight tackles for loss, in 2004.
Chad Beverage 6-1, 230, LB/S Bossier City, La. (Airline HS) Lettered one year at Airline High School and three years at Parkway High School Helped lead Airline to the quarterfinal round of the 2004 5A playoffs Had 98 tackles, seven interceptions and eight forced fumbles in 2004 Returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown vs West Monroe All-District 2-5A first team as a senior First team all-city and all-parish by the Shreveport Times Second team all-state First team All-District as a freshman (wide receiver), sophomore (linebacker, wide receiver) and junior (running back, linebacker.
Weldon Brown 5-10, 175, RB Shreveport, La. (Bossier HS) Lettered three years at Bossier High School Helped lead the Bearkats to the state playoffs all three years First team All-District 2-4A three straight years (as cornerback and running back in 2003) Shreveport Times All-City three straight years All-state as a junior Team MVP as a junior and senior District 2-4A Offensive MVP as senior Rushed for a school record 1,875 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2004 despite missing two and a half games with injury Was a member of the Bearkat track and field team running on the 400-meter relay team that went to state in 2004.
Mark Cassimere 6-4, 240, DE Opelousas, La. (Northwest HS) Lettered four years for former Louisiana Tech Bulldog Rodney Lloyd at Northwest High School in Louisiana Helped lead the Raiders to the 3A state playoffs in 2001 and 2004 First team all-district as punter and tight end in 2004 Second team all-district at defensive line as a senior First team all-district at tight end as junior All-district at defensive line as junior Second team all-district at defensive line as junior Member of the track and field team, threw the shot put and discus District champ in the shot put and discus as a junior Second in state in the discus as a junior.
Sandy Collins 5-10, 190, DB Foxworth, Miss. (Pearl River CC/West Marion HS) High School: Lettered four years at running back and cornerback Led the Trojans to the District 8-3A title as a senior All-district at running back as a sophomore, junior and senior All-area as a sophomore, junior and senior Junior College: Lettered for two years at Pearl River Helped lead Pearl River to the 2004 MACJC and National Junior College national title and a 12-0 record Member of a Pearl River defense that ranked eighth nationally in total defense Led the team with over 100 tackles as a sophomore Named best defensive back on the team Played in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star game.
Melvin Ellis 5-11, 170, DB Port Gibson, Miss. (Itawamba CC/Port Gibson HS) High School: Lettered two years at running back and defensive back First team all-area at running back as a junior Also ran track Was named a high school All-American in the 400-meters (50.24) Participated in the Junior Olympics in 2001 in Sacramento, Calif. Finished 10th in the 200-meters and 9th in the 400-meters at the Junior Olympics Junior College: Lettered two years Helped lead Itawamba to the playoffs and a second place finish in the North Division in 2004 Played in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star game and was named the Defensive MVP of the game Named Preseason honorable mention All-American Registered 16 pass break ups, 38 tackles and one interception for Itawamba as a sophomore.
Christon Guient 6-2, 270, DL Marrero, La. (John Ehret HS) Lettered four years Helped lead the Patriots to the 2001 and 2004 District 7-5A titles First team all-district, first team all-metro and all-West Bank New Orleans as a senior Second team all-state in 2004.
Anthony Harrison 6-3, 215, TE Houston, Texas (Kinkaid HS) Lettered three years Helped lead the Falcons to the 2003 Southwest Preparatory Conference title and the Texas Private School championship title First team All-SBC at linebacker in 2003 and at tight end in 2004 Honorable mention All-SBC at safety in 2002 Ranked 70th in Rivals.com Texas Top 100 Ranked No. 124 in the state of Texas by Max Emfinger Caught 22 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns as a senior 49 passes for 620 yards and five touchdowns in his career.
Brian Jackson 6-3, 190, WR Baton Rouge, La. (Woodlawn HS) Lettered two years All-district second team as a junior and all-district first team as a senior Honorable mention all-state as a senior Set school career receiving records with 84 receptions and 24 touchdowns Caught for over 800 yards and a school single season record 13 touchdowns as a junior Caught for over 700 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior Played basketball for three years Member of the 2002 Louisiana Class 5A state championship team All-district as a junior, averaging over 14 points and 12 rebounds per game.
Patrick Jackson 5-11, 195, RB Edgard, La. (West St. John's HS) Lettered four years Led the Rams to four straight District 9-2A titles and the Louisiana State 2A title in 2003 and 2004 Three-time all-state, all-district, all-metro and all-River Parish Louisiana's 2A state Most Valuable Player in 2004 District and All-Metro Offensive MVP in 2004 SuperPrep All-Regional team Set the Louisiana state record by scoring 58 touchdowns (53 rushing, 5 receiving) in 2004 Rushed for 3,013 yards in 2004 Rushed for 263 yards and four touchdowns in West St. John's 46-2 win over St. Helena Central in the 2004 state championship game Named the game's Most Outstanding Player 52nd best running back in the country by Rivals.com Ran the 100-meters, 200-meters and on the 400-meter and 800-meter relay teams 4.1 GPA in college prep courses.
Joshua Lewis 5-9, 195, RB Arlington, Texas (Arlington Martin HS) Lettered three years District 7-5A Sophomore of the Year in 2002 First team all-district as a senior Ft. Worth Star Telegram Super Team as a senior As a senior, led the district in rushing with 1,408 yards and 14 touchdowns on 222 carries Had three runs of over 80 yards in 2004 Ran the 100 meters and was a member of the 400-meter relay team His father was a member of the Washington Redskins and ran for a Super Bowl record 204 yards and two touchdowns against the Denver Broncos in a 42-10 win in Super Bowl XXII.
Dustin Mitchell 6-4, 225, TE Lutcher, La. (Lutcher HS) Lettered three years at QB and FS Led the Bulldogs to the 2003 District 10-3A title and the Louisiana Class 3A state title Passed for over 1,900 yards as a senior while rushing for over 400 yards and 10 scores Threw for over 2,700 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior First team all-district at quarterback as a junior and senior All-River Parish and honorable mention all-metro as a junior Averaged 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds on the basketball team Second team all-district as a baseball pitcher as junior.
Keeven Moore 5-11, 195, S Enid, Okla. (Northeast Oklahoma A&M JC/Enid HS) High School: Lettered three years Played running back and helped lead the Plainsmen to the 2000 state playoffs First team All-District 6-4A as a junior and senior Participated in the 100-meters, 200-meters and as part of the 400-meter relay team As a junior won district and conference in the 100-meters and finished fourth at state Junior College: Lettered two years Helped lead Northeast Oklahoma A&M to the Southwest Conference championship and the Dalton Defenders Bowl as a freshman Registered 76 tackles as a sophomore.
Michael Mosley 6-1, 185, QB New Orleans, La. (Landry HS) Lettered two years Led team to the state playoffs in 2004 First team All-District 11-3A as a junior and senior First team All-West Bank and honorable mention all-metro by the New Orleans Times Picayune in 2004 Blue Chip prospect by the Baton Rouge Advocate Named team MVP as a senior Completed 108 of 212 passes for 1,623 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior, while rushing 64 times for 451 yards and four scores All-district baseball pitcher as a junior.
Anthony Moss 5-11, 185, DB St. Louis, Missouri (Jones JC/Hazelwood East HS) High School: Lettered two years Led team to Suburban North District titles in 2000 and 2001 and the 5A state championship game as a senior Prep Star All-America selection Prep Football Report and Super Prep All-Midlands teams Honorable mention all-state and second team all-conference as a senior after rushing for 1,068 yards and 14 touchdowns Signed with the University of Wisconsin out of high school, redshirted as a freshman and then transferred to Jones Community College Ran the 100-meters and the 400-meter relay Was the district champ in the 100-meters as a senior and finished fifth in state Junior College: Lettered in 2004 Helped lead Jones to a 7-4 mark and the Golden Isles Bowl vs. Blinn Community College.
Leanard Powell 6-0, 220, LB Winnfield, La. (Hastings HS) Lettered three years Helped lead the Bears to the District 19-5A title in 2002 and the state quarterfinals Second team all-district in 2004 Academic all-state as a senior Will play in the Lone Star Bowl Cousin of Chicago Bears running back Anthony Thomas Cousins Garlon Powell and Greg Powell played at Louisiana Tech.
Marquis Spurgon 6-0, 183, DB Verona, Miss. (Itawamba CC/Shannon HS) High School: Lettered three years Played free safety and wide receiver Helped lead Shannon High School to the District 2-3A title in 2000 and the 1-4A title in 2001 All-area at wide receiver as a senior All-district at free safety as a junior and at wide receiver as a senior. Junior College: Lettered two years Second team all-state in 2004 Ranked fourth in the state as a freshman with six interceptions Led Itawamba with 85 tackles and four interceptions in 2004.
Kendrick Ussin 5-11, 190, Athlete New Orleans, La. (John Ehret HS) Lettered four years Played quarterback and led the Patriots to the 2004 District 7-5A title and the state quarterfinals All-district as a junior and senior All-metro by the New Orleans Times Picayune in 2004 First team All-West Bank in 2004 Blue Chip prospect by the Baton Rouge Advocate Passed for over 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior and rushed for over 800 yards and eight scores.
David Washington 5-11, 275, DT New Orleans, La. (Archbishop Rummel) Lettered three years Helped lead the Raiders to the District 10-5A title as a sophomore and junior Registered 110 tackles, five forced fumbles, four sacks and two fumble recoveries as a senior Had 32 tackles and three sacks as a junior Had 24 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore Named first team all-district as a senior and first team All-East Jefferson Parish by the New Orleans Times Picayune Named All-Catholic League by the coaches.
Michael Washington 6-1, 210, LB Houston, Texas (St. Pius X HS) Lettered three years at St. Pius X High School in Texas Three-time all-district at running back 2003-04 District Athlete of the Year by TAPPs Second team all-state in basketball.
Joshua Wheeler 6-6, 195, WR Texarkana, Texas (Liberty-Eylau HS) Lettered for three years Played both wide receiver and punter Helped lead the Leopards to the 2004 District 14-3A title Caught 35 passes for 702 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior Unanimous first team all-district honors as a senior at wide receiver First team all-district as a junior at punter Texarkana Gazette's All-Area team as a junior and senior First team academic all-state Ran track for Liberty-Eylau and was the state's 3A champion in the high jump (6'11") as a junior Finished third at state in the 300 hurdles as a junior Member of the 1,600-meter relay team that finished second at state as a junior Member of the mile relay team that finished second at state as a sophomore Also lettered in basketball Named the District Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore Named the District Co-MVP as a junior Named second team all-area by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches as a junior Named preseason all-state as a senior Ranks in top 5 in senior class academically Scored 28 on ACT as a freshman.
Brian White 6-2, 210, LB Springhill, La. (Springhill HS) Lettered four years Helped lead the Lumberjacks to four straight District 1-2A titles and the state playoffs Totaled 165 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, five sacks and eleven blocked kicks as a senior Second team all-state as a senior First team all-district, all-parish and all-area as a junior and senior.
Lurico Wood 5-10, 170, DB Corinth, Miss. (Northeast Mississippi CC/Corinth HS) High School: Lettered three years Helped lead the Warriors to the district title in both 2001 and 2002 and the state championship game in 2002 First team all-state as a senior County Defensive Player of the Year by the Daily Corinthian in 2001 Played in the Mississippi High School Coaches Association All-Star Game (North-South) in 2001 Led the state with 15 interceptions as a senior Played basketball for four years at Corinth and led team to the Mississippi 3A state championship title as a sophomore and junior Team Defensive MVP as a junior and senior Junior College: Lettered two years All-state as a sophomore Preseason NJCAA All-American in 2004 Named the team's Best Defensive Back as a sophomore Recorded three interceptions in 2004, returning two for touchdowns.
Nick Worzel 6-5, 225, QB Wayne, NJ (Wayne Hills HS) Led team to a 17-5 mark during his two years as the starter, including a win in the Group 3 state championship game in 2004 Passed for over 2,900 yards and 23 touchdowns in those two years and rushed for 350 yards and five scores Served as the field goal kicker and hit 3 of 5 in his career Earned all-state honors as a senior Named the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 state title game All-league as a junior and senior All-area and All-Passaic County as a senior.
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