Brown, Reddix, Torrence join UL recruiting pledge list
A convincing sales job helped to seal the deal between UL and Tyler Brown.
Brown — a 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman from St. Joseph Catholic School in Madison, Mississippi — committed to the Ragin’ Cajuns earlier this week, shortly after a recent in-home visit from UL assistant offensive line coach D.J. Looney.
He becomes the third recruit to commit to UL, which is coming off a 30-19 loss to Appalachian State in last Saturday’s inaugural Sun Belt Conference championship game, since it became bowl-eligible with a November win over South Alabama.
UL, 7-5, faces 6-6 Tulane at the Dec. 15 Cure Bowl in Orlando.
“Coach Looney and I had a great conversation and he told me how he was going to mold me into the best player I could be … ” Brown told The Daily Advertiser via a direct Twitter message.
“(O)verall I just got a great vibe from the place. And also I believe coach Napier is changing the cULture around that place and I think it’s incredible how he made it to the championship game his 1st year as head coach with players he didn’t recruit. I want to be a part of his winning cULture.”
Brown joins East Mississippi Community College receiver Kalem Reddix and St. Helena College & Career Academy offensive tackle O’Cyrus Torrence in committing to UL since late November.
Reddix, whose juco is famed for being the original program featured in the Netflix series Last Chance U, is a product of St. Martin High in Biloxi, Mississippi.
A former Southern Mississippi and former Colorado State commit coming out of high school, the slot receiver had 51 catches for 436 yards and three touchdowns as EMCC repeated as NJCAA national champs this year.
Reddix also had an offer this season from Alabama-Birmingham.
Torrence was a first team Class 2 All-State offensive lineman at St. Helena in Greensburg, where he also was an all-district pick on both sides of the line.
Torrence’s commitment to UL, which originally offered him in June, came nine days after he tweeted news of an offer from Georgia of the SEC. He also had offers back in May from Louisiana Tech, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss.
Slated to play in Saturday’s prestigious Bernard Blackwell North/All-Star Game in Gulfport, Mississippi, Brown — who has an 80-inch wingspan — also was offered by UL last June.
He had offers from multiple Mississippi jucos, and held summertime offers from Southern Miss and SWAC-member Jackson State.
The pledges from Brown, Reddix and Torrence bring the Cajuns’ count of current commits to 20 — not including five blueshirts whose scholarships will count toward this season’s class — in advance of the Dec. 19 opening of the NCAA’s early national signing period.
Non-binding verbal commitments can be made official then.
The three now are part of a UL recruiting class currently ranked No. 1 in the Sun Belt by 247Sports.com.