Signing Day: Two from STM among fresh Cajun commits
The final few days before National Signing Day on Wednesday have come with a flurry of recruiting activity for the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Several recruits have pledged to UL since the weekend, although it’s still not clear who among them are scholarship signees, who will blueshirt (meaning their scholarships will be deferred to next year’s signing class) and who will come as preferred walk-ons.
Among the latest commitments, according to their personal Twitter accounts: St. Thomas More High teammates Dalen Cambre and Landon Burton; La’Kamion Franklin, a defensive end/outside linebacker from Neville High in Monroe; St. Helena’s Myron Smith Jr., a defensive back and receiver; Chester Martin Jr., a 318-pound two-way lineman from Sumner High in Kentwood; and Sulpher High receiver Gage Rapp.
The recruiting website 247Sports.com also reported commitments to UL from former SMU commit King McGowan, a 6-foot-5, 271-pound offensive tackle from Willis High in Texas, and AJ Gillie, a 6-3, 280-pound offensive guard from Natchitoches Central High.
The versatile 6-0, 185-pound Cambre played multiple positions for the Cougars and was recruited as a receiver.
Tweeted Cambre, who visited UL over the weekend: “I would like to thank my family, coaches, everyone that helped me in the process, and especially the man upstairs. With that being said, I am very thankful and blessed to announce that I am committed to the University of Louisiana!”
Cambre told The Daily Advertiser on Tuesday that he'll be going to UL as a preferred walk-on.
"I chose the Cajuns because the football program is on the rise and in the near future I can see great things happening here," he said via direct Twitter message.
The 6-3, 300-pound Burton is a center with a 27 ACT score who was picked to play against St. Charles-area All-Stars in the annual I-10 Bowl.
Via Twitter he thanked God “because without him none of this would be possible” along with family and friends “for being (there) with me throughout the entire process.”
Franklin, on Twitter, thanked God “for the amazing talent he blessed me with,” his parents and coaches “for supporting me all the way through” and “all the college coaches who gave me a shot.”
The Class 4A All-State pick is ranked as 247Sports.com’s No. 85 outside linebacker nationally and No. 50 recruit in Louisiana.
Franklin also received an offer last from NCAA Division II-member Arkansas Tech.
Smith, via Twitter, thanked “God for giving me the opportunity to play the game I love” along with “coaches, friends, teammates & family” for “being there for me throughout the entire process.”
Martin, who began his high school career on offense before moving to the defensive line, also thanked God along with “my family and coaches for always being my biggest supporters.”
Tweeted Rapp on Tuesday night: "I would like to thank GOD, my family, coaches & Sulphur for pushing me to places I didn’t know were possible!"
McGowan decommitted from SMU last month, according to 247.
Gillie reportedly was also considering Grambling, among others.
A couple of key recruits to keep an eye on during signing day, meanwhile, are West Monroe High defensive end Andrew Gleason and juco-transfer defensive lineman Morris Joseph Jr.
Joseph, who began his career at Texas-San Antonio, visited both UL and New Mexico last month.
Gleason received what he called a “dream” offer from UL in January, then subsequently was offered by UL Monroe and picked up preferred walk-on offers from Texas Christian and Texas Tech. He's also had a walk-on from Louisiana Tech.
Two open UL scholarships are being held for juco quarterback Jaiave Magalei, who already is on campus, and high school offensive lineman Tyler Brown. Joseph is a candidate for another.
Recruit Jahmal Sam, who had been committed to UL but did not sign during the NCAA’s early signing period in December, received a recent offer earlier this week from FCS-member Prairie View A&M.
The defensive back from Warren Easton High in New Orleans also has been offered by Southern and Austin Peay, and he’s reported a Nicholls visit.
Grambling is believed to be interested too.
Sam has tweeted that he does plan to sign Wednesday.
UL would have signed him if he had agreed to do so during the NCAA’s early signing period in December, but he did not.
UL has set April 13 as the date for its annual spring finale. No start time has been announced yet.