Trevor Etienne, Acadiana area stars among top Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns 2022 targets

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Even before National Signing Day came and went Wednesday and the Ragin’ Cajuns had time to celebrate Class of 2021 additions, work was underway on piecing together their Class of 2022.

It started back in 2019, when quarterback Walker Howard – a St. Thomas More High freshman, who is now committed to LSU – received his first offer from UL in May.

A new round of scholarship offers to prospective Cajuns have gone out in recent days, a flurry that included one to Jennings High running back Trevor Etienne, a younger brother of Clemson consensus All-American running back Travis Etienne, and several Acadiana area stars.

UL doesn’t want any of its local priorities to leave the backyard.

“So we’re gonna flip over every rock,” coach Billy Napier said.

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Some top Acadiana area Cajun targets:

  • Walter Bob Jr. reported an offer from UL on Thursday, three days after the Acadiana High junior defensive end committed to Alabama, and Laterrance Welch, an Acadiana High junior cornerback who committed to LSU last month, reported an offer from the Cajuns on Tuesday.
  • Two Lafayette Christian cornerbacks, Jordan Allen and Brylan Green, reported UL offers Tuesday. Allen is loaded with Power 5 offers including SEC ones from Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, while Green holds SEC offers from Auburn, Arkansas and Mississippi State.
  • Also reporting a UL offer Tuesday was Maxie Baudoin IV, a defensive end from Ascension Episcopal offered by Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida State, Virginia, Penn State, Michigan State, Indiana, Kansas, Southern Cal, Arizona State and Tulane in January alone.
  • The Cajuns put out multiple offers in late January, including one to Danny Lewis Jr., a tight end/H-back from Westgate High in New Iberia who was offered this week by Marshall, Cincinnati and Liberty.

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Etienne is a star

NCAA rules don’t permit Napier to discuss unsigned recruits.

But social media helps shed light on some of UL’s top 2022 targets, and it’s apparent the Cajuns are willing to reach for the stars.

Etienne – who received his first offer from LSU in May 2019, and holds additional SEC offers from Georgia, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Mississippi State – announced Tuesday on Twitter that UL had offered him.

Two days later, he reported an offer from Louisiana Tech.

Jennings (La.) running back Trevor Etienne (5) has been offered a scholarship to Clemson.

Etienne has multiple Power 5 offers, also including one from Clemson.

Aiming high, and even offering those who already committed, is part of the recruiting strategy implemented by Napier, who signed four former Power 5 commits Wednesday: ex-Florida pledge George Jackson, an offensive lineman from Georgia, and three former Arizona commits, running back Montrell Johnson Jr., outside linebacker Ja’Marian Peterson and inside linebacker KC Ossai.

The Cajuns also put out offers this week, reported by the prospects on Twitter, to the following:

  • Running back Marlon Gunn Jr., a product of Scotlandville Magnet High, the same Baton Rouge school that produced current Cajuns starting quarterback Levi Lewis.
  • St. James High receiver Shazz Preston, who has multiple SEC offers including one from LSU.
  • Warren Easton High defensive back Ronald Lewis, whose eight offers in January included ones from Virginia, Kansas, Tulane and Louisiana Tech.
  • J’mond Tapp, an Ascension Catholic defensive end whose offers include ones from LSU, Alabama and Florida.
  • Ponchatoula High receiver Amorion Walker, who has multiple Power 5 offers including three from SEC schools.
  • Mandeville High receiver Landon Ibieta, who has recent offers from Miami and Virginia among others.
  • Enyce Sledge, a defensive tackle from Neville High in Monroe whose offer from UL was his first.

Major move:Jacob Kibodi, former Texas A&M running back, transfers to UL

Cajuns offer national recruits too  

Early offers are integral to the process. For the Cajuns that means seemingly non-stop recruiting with an inside-out strategy.

“Right now … we’re in the process of evaluating the Class of (2022) in the state of Louisiana,” Napier said.

“We don’t even worry about anybody else until we get done with that.”

According to 247Sports, however, at least a dozen other high school juniors hold offers from UL. Among the listed 12, six are from outside Louisiana:

  • Jacurri Brown, an uncommitted quarterback from Lowndes High in Valdosta, Georgia.
  • Quinshon Judkins, an uncommitted running back from Pike Road (Alabama).
  • De’Andre Coleman, an uncommitted receiver from Hueytown (Alabama) High.
  • Domani Jackson, a cornerback from California who according to 247Sports is committed to Southern Cal.
  • Khamauri Rogers, an uncommitted cornerback from Holmes County High in Mississippi.
  • Myles Mayovky, an uncommitted ‘athlete’ from Kennewick (Washington) High.

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