Plaquemine High hits preseason football camp with enough returning talent to make another run at a district title, and, perhaps a repeat run into the Class 4-A playoffs.
Coach Paul Distefano and his staff have been ever present in summer weight room sessions and a handful of Green Devils are being considered potential college-level performers in the future.
Lineman Nelson Jenkins recently was one of three 2018 commitments to LSU football hailing from the Metro Baton Rouge area. Along with Jenkins are Damone Clark, of Southen Lab (linebacker), Kelvin Joseph of Scotlandville (defensive back), and Cameron Wire of East Ascension High (lineman). PHS also had the good luck to have Jenkins’ cousin transfer from Dutchtown High. He has good size and the potential to play alongside Nelson up front for PHS.
Meanwhile, all-purpose back Wayne Toussaint, considered one of the fastest and quickest players in the Metro BR and statewide Class 4-A football, has received offers from Louisiana Tech. However, Coach Distefano hinted in a recent conversation, Toussaint has been getting additional notice from other universities. Toussaint played the slot back position on offense and in the Green Devil secondary for three seasons. He is also a breakaway kick returner. Watching him in action the last couple of years, I consider him one of the most exciting players to wear the Green in Distefano’s era as PHS coach; and that includes LSU defensive back upcoming freshman Todd Harris.
Also garnering attention of college grid programs is tight-end/kicker Cody Willis.
The Green Devils also return a one-year veteran quarterback to go with a handful of skill position players and linemen with letters.