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Recruiting Talent! McNeese St.!


Oh it may be good to be a Griz, but it's GREAT to be a Cowboy!

Just had to let the Ole Griz in on how McNeese did in this wonderful recruiting year in Louisiana. Roped 28 with one two more coming in!

McNeese St. Cowboys: ReLoaded

1.Brian Goggin- Goggin is expected to add depth to the Cowboy offensive line next year. Here is the bio from his original signing with Arizona State.

Brian Goggin, OL, Fr., 6-4, 285, Phoenix, AZ (Desert Vista H.S.)

An honorable mention all-American by USA Today ... listed as the No. 5 offensive lineman in the West by PrepStar Magazine ... named to the PrepStar 1999 All-West Region Super 30 Team ... Named to the PrepStar Preseason All-American Team ... named to The Arizona Republic's All-Arizona Football team ... first-team all-state by Super All-State '99 by Phoenix Metro magazine ... named to the Honorable Mention all-West Team by The Orange County Register ... the best offensive lineman in Arizona ... was a key player in Desert Vista's state championship season in 1998 and semifinal finish in 1999 ... earned all-state and all-region honors as a junior and a senior ... all-5A Central Region team by The Arizona Republic ... won the Frank Kush Award, given annually by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for the top student-athlete ... earned first-team All-City by The East Valley Tribune ... two-time All-East Valley first-team selection ... Desert Vista averaged more than 190 yards rushing per game in 1999 ... a four year starter who also played at Sierra Vista Buena and Flagstaff ... an avid weightlifter (benches 370, squats 525, cleans 300 and power cleans 500) ... selected ASU over most Pac-10 schools and Notre Dame.

2.Jon Autrey- 6’4 285 LSU transfer- Jon is expected to battle this spring for a starting position along the Cowboy offensive line. Autrey should add experience and leadership to a line that will be very young after the first six.

3.Travis Moses-6’2 195 4.4 SS- Normally I would be opposed to McNeese taking a senior transfer. However, this maybe just what the doctor ordered. McNeese prefers to play four strong safeties during a ballgame and with the loss of Hadley Prince, Lance Guidry is looking for someone to step up and make big plays. Moses should have been red-shirted at LSU, but the Tigers played Travis his freshman year and burned a year. Moses is a big, physical strong safety that is just looking for an opportunity to show case his talents.

4. Max Karpel-6’3 275 Center Newton ,Texas- Max has all the tools to be a good college center. Newton has been 3A state champion in Texas and consistently produces college prospects. Karpel was ranked in the Top 300 in Texas by Texas Prep magazine and was a Rivals two –star offensive linemen. Karpel was also placed in the Top 100 by Lonestar Top 100.Interest came from Houston , SWT, and Sam Houston State. Player profile

5.Steven Botts-6’3 265 OL Grapevine, Texas-Sometimes you just get downright lucky. Botts took an unofficial visit to Nebraska and Oklahoma State during the fall season. After receiving the normal 1A contacts and visits for a 5A offensive lineman in a metro area, Botts stock started slipping. The ULL Ragin Cajuns sent coaches to visit Botts and schools like Army and UNT expressed interest. This 6’3 baseball pitcher may have his best football ahead of him. Botts was listed #98 in the Dallas-Fort Worth Top 100, and was chosen 1st team all-district and team MVP.

6.Sal Arcidiacono-6’2 250 Galveston-Ball- Sal is more like 235 pounds at this moment , but is a work horse in the weight room. Arcidiacono played defensive end for Paul Lanier at Ball, and made 1st team all-district and all- county. This is a classic example of having to do your homework. D1’s are not going to sign a 6’1 or 6’2 235 pound defensive end that runs in the 4.9 neighborhood. However, project a guy benching 400 pounds and weighing 285 at two- technique tackle, and you can see where the guy is valuable. Bob Howell should be given credit for getting the Pokes a visit from Arcidiacono and the opportunity for the program to sell itself. Arcidiacono had set up two or three visits with McNeese not being in the mix. Sal was named Who’s Who …scholar athlete of the year twice. Sal will major in engineering at McNeese. Galvestion Ball football link

7.James Jordon-6’4 320 OL Eunice- LOUISIANA FOOTBALL calls Jordon one of the top offensive lineman in the state that not many people know about. A distant relative of ex-Cowboy Buford Jordon, James is expected to be play tackle or guard at McNeese. Jordon was voted all-district, all- Acadiana, and all-state.

8.Josh Bass-6’3 285 OL Aldine Nimitz- Josh is a young pup(17) who still has some time to grow and get stronger.. Bass made 1st team all-district in the tough north Houston 5A league and was the winner of the Houston Area Touchdown Club scholastic athlete award. Coach Broussard will have the flexibility to try Bass at either guard or tackle.

9.Josh Hurd-6’5 315-OT-Ouachita HS- Josh has the size and strength to be a force at tackle in the Southland Conference. As with most big kids in high school, they are projects for college coaches to develop. Hurd was a second team choice at all-district defensive tackle. Hopefully, in two or three years, Hurd will be anchoring one side of the Cowboy offensive line.

10.Anthony Holmes-6’2 210 4.5 QB-Oakdale- Where do you start with this phenomenal athlete? Let’s start with MVP of class AA in the state of Louisiana. The New Orleans Times-Picayune has Holmes ranked in their HOT 16 best players in the state. The Baton Rouge-Advocate has Holmes listed in their Super 24 for the state of Louisiana. Anthony is also Dandy Don’s 27th rated player in Louisiana and a Rivals *** player.Holmes is also a major league prospect as a pitcher on his baseball team. Holmes visited LSU,Tech, NSU, ULL, and received attention from most schools in the region

11.Kenton Alleyne-6’2 185 4.6 LB –Alief Hastings- Alleyne is a good example of a player slipping during the recruiting season. Alleyne is considered light by D1A standards (185 lbs), but has the frame to bulk up and be a Ryan Garrison sized linebacker. Alleyne was selected as one of TOP 20 linebackers in the state of Texas by TEXAS FOOTBALL,, and a 3rd team selection All-Texas prior to the start of the season. Just this past week, the Houston Chronicle selected Alleyne as one of the Top 10 linebackers in the Houston area. Houston Chronicle

13.Bryant Mason-6’2 200 LB-Tara-Mason played so many positions during his high school career that he could not settle into anyone position. The telling feature on Mason is that he is a good enough athlete to play one year at wide receiver, one year at defensive back, and quarterback the team his junior year while passing for almost 1000 yards. Mason played linebacker this past season and ended up with five interceptions, two of which were returned for td’s, and had 88 tackles. Mason was one of only two linebackers chosen 1st team All-Baton Rouge Metro.

14.Joe Gries-6’2 220 QB Jennings- Another outstanding athlete who switched positions throughout his high school career. Gries was listed as the #17 player in LOUSIANA FOOTBALL preseason annual. This high ranking came after a junior season in which he played linebacker and intercepted five passes along with 45 solo tackles.Gries was asked to concentrate on quarterback and he responded with a year in which he rushed for 372 yards and passed for 1000 yards. Gries is expected to play quarterback at McNeese.

15.Kendrick Ethridge-6’ 180-DB-Jennings- Ethridge is Dandy Don’s #56 rated player in Louisiana and highly regarded player by LOUISIANA FOOTBALL. Ethridge led the district in interceptions his junior year with eight, including a school record 105 yard return for a touchdown. This year Ethridge was asked to play both ways and responded by rushing for 910 yards and 15 tds.

16.Tim Williams-5’11 220 LB –Breaux Bridge-LOUISIANA FOOTBALL calls Williams the best linebacker in the state.He was voted MVP for the All-State AAA team Williams is a Rivals *** pick at linebacker and placed as the 25th best player in Louisiana. Max Emfinger has him rated a 5 out of 6 points and as a super national sleeper.The Baton Rouge Advocate voted Williams to their Top 40 in Louisiana. LOUISIANA FOOTBALL rated Williams as the 7th best player in the state prior to the season beginning. Dandy Don placed Williams as the 22nd ranked player in Louisiana. I could go on and on , but the guy is pretty good.

17.Darrick Brown-6’2 185 WR/DB Kentwood- This is my super sleeper of the entire class. Deke Betevi of Deke’s Sports in Amite/Hammond area does a radio talk show and follows prep football very closely. Deke has said this might be the best player in the entire parish area. LOUISIANA FOOTBALL thought enough of Brown to vote him 1st team defensive back on the All-Louisiana pre-season team.Brown is another example of an athlete switching positions and playing multiple positions and hurting his recruiting stock. Brown had over 1000 yards of offense as a junior running back for Kentwood. Darrick ended up rushing for more than 2200 yards in his career, catching more than 500 yards through the air, and returning kickoffs a 30 yards per average.He was voted MVP and still had time to play defensive back for the Kentwood defense. This past spring Brown was voted MVP of the state 1A track meet. Everyone I spoke to in this area could not understand how USM or Tulane was not all over this kid. He committed to SLU last week, but landed with the Cowboys.

16.Jon Walker-6’ 185 DB Wash.-Marion- Jon is another one of my super sleepers. A continued changing of positions led most D1’s to forget about Walker. Max Emfinger has Walker rated a 5 out of a possible 6 on his national list as Super Sleepers.Walker was voted ‘Best Defensive Back’ at the LSU football summer camp last summer.LOUISIANA FOOTBALL says “ Walker is hands down one of the top athletes in Louisiana. He actually dominated all the wideouts at LSU’s summer camp.” Walker did not play corner this year at Washington-Marion as he was asked to play quarterback and wide receiver. Walker was voted 1st team defensive back on the all-Louisiana team.

18.Ahmad Harris 6'3 280 OL Baker- Ahmad played for Bob Howell in 2001 as the Buffs went to the SuperDome to play for the state championship.Harris was voted 1st team all-state 4A and was one of only two offensive guards to be voted to the Baton Rouge All-Metro team.Harris was a pre-season 1st team All-Louisiana selection by LOUISIANA FOOTBALL.

19.Neely Hubbard-5'11 215 FB Independence-Hubbard is one of the all-time leading rushers in Independence history.Deke Sports is very high on Hubbard;he set some high standards with 3,575 career rushing yards and 38 touchdowns.Hubbard was voted to the All-Region team and was 1st team all-academic team.He was also voted 1st team 3A all-state this year.He carries a 3.5 GPA.

20.Carlese Franklin-5'11 185 DB Kentwood- Deke Sports feels that Franklin is one of the outstanding athletes in the southeast Louisiana region.Franklin rushed for over 1700 yards in his career, as well as passing for over 2,300 yards.Franklin plays basketball as well as runs track.He finished 3rd in the state in the javelin in 2001.Coach Carlos McGee should be given credit for working the guys in the Hammond area real hard.Hal Mumme was all over Hubbard,Brown, and Franklin.In fact,Mumme got commitments from Franklin and Brown last week.The efforts of McGee paid off in the long run.There is no doubt that DC Lance Guidry made a difference in these guys selections as well.

21.Kody Knox-6'2 205 S Alief Elsik- This is another example of an athlete being asked to learn more than one position in high school and costing him some recruiting hype.Knox played outside linebacker for three games for Elsik and then made a late season switch to free safety.The Elsik coaching staff feel that Knox has found a home.Knox ended up making 105 tackles and two interceptions for the year.He was an all-district selection even though he changed positions.Knox was also voted to the all-academic team for the district.

22.Brian Smith 6'3 215 DE Newton-Smith has a twin brother that plays at SFA.Brian has been selected to the all-district basketball team and all-district football team.Coach Matt Viator helped sway Smith away from his commitment to Northwestern State, and place Brian back with several Newton players(Kennebrew,Gulley,Karpel)at McNeese.The staff project Smith to be a defensive end for the Pokes.

23.Darren Noel- 6' 185 WR/RB Breaux Bridge-I don't know where to place Noel.LOUISIANA FOOTBALL thinks Noel is a terrific athlete capable of playing several positions."With this kids speed,look for him to be a star for some lucky college in the next few years."Noel played quarterback last year and made 1st team all-district.He is a relation to LSU's Dominick Davis.

24.Scott Warren-5'10 175 DB Evangel-A track letterman with sure speed, Warren projects to be a cover corner at the next level.Evangel folks tell me that Warren opened some eyes during last summer's 7 on 7 play when Warren played well against national competition.He was named all-district and President's honor roll. player info

25.Vontearr Edwards 5'11 185 S West Orange-Stark-Sometimes you have to get plain lucky in recruiting.Edwards was projected as a big time safety prior to the beginning of the season.He was on numerous recruiting annuals and projected to be one of the top defensive backs in Texas.Injuries forced WOS to move Edwards to linebacker during the season.Edwards ended up 1st team all-district, made several post season rosters,chosen a member of the Super Gold team for the Golden Triangle,and a Super Prep pick.Edwards is a finalist for the Willie Ray Smith award as outstanding player in the Beaumont area.A 10.5 sprinter in track,Edwards projects to be a safety at McNeese.Edwards recruiting was slow most of the year due to a non-qualifying SAT score.Edwards made his score only on Friday and opened the door for a weekend of late phone calls.Vontearr made a late visit to McNeese and things fell into place.My southeast Texas connections say McNeese got the steal of the season with Vontearr. I agree.

26.Dexter Coleman-5'8 165 WR Klein Forest-Coleman is a classic example of what many athletes in the Houston and Dallas area have to do.They wait their turn to move up the depth chart.Coleman came into his own his senior year and shared the pass receiving stats with two other college prospects.Coleman ended up second team all-district after catching 17 passes for 350 yards and two touchdowns.He also ran the ball for 154 yards.

27.Ken Horace-5'11 185 DB Lufkin-Horace made 1st team all-state on Texas Prep website and was of the top safeties in the state of Texas his senior year.Horace was a key component of the 5A state champion Lufkin team in 2001.Horace was placed in the TOP 25 East Texas football player rankings which covers Jasper to north of Tyler.Horace is a 10.7 sprinter on the track squad, and has been a regional semi-finalist in the 100 meters.Horace is a big time player who was looked at by many Division 1A schools.The catch is he is still short on his SAT score.If Horace makes the grade, he will be eligible at McNeese next fall.If he falls short, he will attend Kilgore JC.It is a good gamble for McNeese to lock up an athlete of this caliber, whom they would not be able to touch if he was eligible in January.

28.Marcus Dillon-5'11 185 WR Abramson-Speaking of speed, Dillon is at the top of the charts.An AAU superstar track athlete in the New Orleans area, Dillon is one of the top 400 meter runners in the nation.His AAU squad of high school juniors ran a 3:05 mile relay this past summer.Dillon has been clocked in a 46.0 split on his leg.He is the defending 5A state champion in Louisiana.Marcus made all-district at wide receiver and defensive back.Dillon came in under the radar on most recruiting list because of a late blooming senior season.He scored 10 touchdowns and totaled more than 950 yards total offense on a relatively weak high school team.
Hope you got some quick players. I watched how Nicholls State ran and ran and ran on your D with their version of the option and that was with the second string QB. I thought it was a good break their first string QB was injured in the first quarter. By the way your second game of the year against GSU...they run an even better option than Nicholls. Good luck I'll be interested to see the outcome.
Just curious (no disrespect intended to McCowboy fans, they're some of the nicest), when did this board become a repository for other school's recruiting lists? I almost feel like putting of Montana State's or the rest of the North Central Conference's just for spite.
100 Proof,

I am not sure why the other NDSU guys are putting all our stuff on this site. I guess it is good to have a few confortations in the football off-season. You are right. This is a Griz site. Really the only topics we (Bison fans) should be talking are in the expansion site. Maybe when the Bison-Griz game gets closer, we can start talking a little but until then I won't talk about anything but expansion of the Big Sky.
Maybe this site has become so popular that egriz is going to have to add a different forum for each team in 1-AA football. Then we can really eat up his bandwidth.
Bison_Kent said:
100 Proof,

I am not sure why the other NDSU guys are putting all our stuff on this site. I guess it is good to have a few confortations in the football off-season. You are right. This is a Griz site. Really the only topics we (Bison fans) should be talking are in the expansion site. Maybe when the Bison-Griz game gets closer, we can start talking a little but until then I won't talk about anything but expansion of the Big Sky.

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Did a ND guy just admit that they are rambling on the wrong threads?? :roll:
When the Griz-Bison game gets nearer, hopefully, these bison fans are considerate enough to do their smack talk in the Football Smack forum. :wink:

Or else they will meet up with the :evil:
Something doesn't add up with McNeese's recruting class. They reported 28 signed and MSU2002 says maybe one or two more on the way. Problem is there's a 63 scholarship limit at the 1-AA level. That's a hair under 16 average per year. Take a look at the Big Sky recruiting lists on another post on this site. Most of the BSC schools are right around that magical number of 16 ships.

So how do you get to 28-30?

If you look into some of these players a little, you'll find many are big-time academic risks. It will be interesting to see how many of these players are playing juco ball next year. I don't think anyone would be too happy if the Griz coaches had this kind of strategy.
Kinda has me scratchin' the ol' noggin too. How bout Nicholls St.? They supposedly have 14 seniors on the roster, but signed 30 recruits?

Maybe, McNeese and Nichols both had a bunch of scholarship underclassmen leave the team and that freed up a bunch of scholarships. I don't know that for sure, just a guess.
I noticed in the Griz football press release we have some Great talent and Great students within our new recruits, 3.3,3.875,3.94,3.5,3.67,3.6 GPA's no wonder we did'nt have to sign 30 new players, ours excell in academics. What good could come of a teams continuity with 30 new team members every year. No wonder the Griz are so successful every year ie. 2 NC's and 10 years in a row making the playoffs.

cadwiz30 said:
Maybe, McNeese and Nichols both had a bunch of scholarship underclassmen leave the team and that freed up a bunch of scholarships. I don't know that for sure, just a guess.

Maybe cadwiz. Another thought is that they may not all be recieving full scholarships. Not sure, but I dont think the scholarship limit means you cant go above that as long as some kids are paying their own way. This is, as you say, "just a guess".
I don't know about most of the other egriz posters, but I kind of like to hear from the other side. Sounds like McNeese will be another team contending for the Title. And as long as the other teams don't go nuts posting about thier own teams, I like to hear the tid bits.
I would also like to say this: lets not talk about second string QB's being inferior to the first stringers. McNeeses' second string QB last season was better than their first stringer, in my opinion. I know a lot of Griz fans felt the same way about the Griz QB's.
I'll end with this. Griz are an ass kicking machine and regardless of how other squads do recruiting won't matter, because next year it is going to be all Griz. (Yes I wrote a check that I can't cash, but I have faith that the Griz can).. Waahoo GO GRIZ.

I can understand your desire for knowledge of other schools, but all we need is a few tidbits of knowledge (like we got this great kid out of Baton Rouge who is 6-5, 275 and benches 400). We don't need to know about all 30 signees and it would do us better if they just posted a link to their respective signings page.
Holy crap 30 recruits!! Why thirty? Did they have to pair up the thirty signees into 15 groups of two and add their combined GPA's so they would be eligible? And all these LSU transfers? Remember Cecil "The Cadillac"? Shows what transfers from LSU to McNeese can do for ya. :)
I also can't believe you posted the entire recruiting roster instead of supplying a link. I access this sight to see what is new with "Grizzly Football". Your post was so long I only read about the first recruit. Did you know that if you weigh 285 pounds that a 370 lb. bench press is weak? If you can't do at least 150% of your body weight in that lift don't bring up the subject. I am also curious about the difference between a clean and a power clean? 500 pounds for any type of clean could mean there is a gorilla in the lineage somewhere? Did you mean deadlift by chance?
100 Proof, you are 100% correct. That novel at the beggining of this thread is way to long for anyone to read thru. I barely skimmed it. I could give a $hit less about all 30 recruits. I guess what I should have said is that I like "SMALL" one or two sentence summarys or links to the info. A link to the info would be ideal, with a small blurb about what the link refers too, UNLESS it is a Griz related item.
grizfaninkalamazoo said:
Holy crap 30 recruits!! Why thirty? Did they have to pair up the thirty signees into 15 groups of two and add their combined GPA's so they would be eligible? And all these LSU transfers? Remember Cecil "The Cadillac"? Shows what transfers from LSU to McNeese can do for ya. :)

You are confusing two different engines here. "The Cadillac" is a running back for Auburn, the transfer from LSU was Cecil the "diesel". The diesel must have had a blown head gasket when he played for McNeese b/c he was very impressive on the field while at LSU and anything but impressive off the field. I think he stayed in trouble most of his college career.

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