11 Louisiana college football stars who got away from LSU
No coach gets more players from his own state than LSU’s Les Miles.
From Leonard Fournette to Malachi Dupre, to Kendell Beckwith and Tre’Davious White, LSU’s current roster, like most rosters before it, is dominated by Louisiana prospects.
But LSU doesn’t get them all.
From Peyton Manning at Tennessee to Eddie Lacy at Alabama, LSU does lose players to out-of-state powers. This year is no exception. The college football landscape is filled with Louisianians ready to have big years in college football and, yes, most of them will play for LSU.
But here are 11 former Louisiana prep stars set to have big years at Power 5 conference schools not called LSU:
OT Cam Robinson, Alabama: Alabama dodged a major offseason bullet when the district attorney in Robinson’s hometown of Ouachita Parish, La., opted not to pursue drug and weapons charges against Robinson after a mid-May arrest. That means the First-Team All-SEC pick at left tackle will likely be a leading contender for national awards this year.
OLB Tim Williams, Alabama: Williams, who prepped at LSU’s on-campus prep school (University Lab) could school LSU’s outside linebackers as they adjust to the 3-4 defense. Williams is the prototype at that position after he had 10.5 sacks for the national champions.
LB Kenny Young, UCLA: A returning starter, Young had 69 tackles and forced 2 fumbles while starting 12 games last season. The product of suburban New Orleans power John Curtis Christian also started six games as a freshman, and if he stayed in Louisiana, he’d be giving the Tigers experience they lack at linebacker.
TE Cethan Carter, Nebraska: One of the most experienced players on the list, the Metairie, La. native enters his senior season with 25 career starts and 40 career receptions with 3 touchdowns. Carter had career-highs with 24 catches, 329 yards and 2 TDs last year.
CB Henre’ Toliver, Arkansas: LSU regularly recruits high-end cornerbacks, so it’s not surprising that the former three-star prospect who was Carter’s prep teammate at Metairie power Archbishop Rummel got away to Arkansas, which is happy to have him. The junior has had 11 starts in two seasons. In 2015, he had 55 tackles and 8 passes broken up. He had one interception after two his freshman year.
CB Terrence Alexander, Stanford: A starter at nickel back last season, the former John Curtis star will move to starting cornerback his junior season. He has 43 career tackles, 1 interception and 5 passes broken up.
WR Speedy Noil, Texas A&M: Noil, a top-tier New Orleans prospect who got away from the Tigers, has seen his stock drop entering his junior year and is looking for some redemption. He led the Aggies in all-purpose yards as a freshman, but he slumped to 21 receptions as a sophomore when he missed two games for disciplinary reasons. He’ll start this season with similar issues as he’s suspended for the season opener following an arrest for driving without a license.
DT Gerald Willis, Miami: A rising star at Florida in 2014, New Orleans native Willis left the program and has emerged again at Miami, where he’s hoping to turn a strong spring into a starting job. Willis was the second member of his family to break LSU’s heart after his brother, Landon Collins, opted to play for Alabama.
DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame: The former Shreveport Evangel Christian offensive lineman moved to defense at Notre Dame and contributed in every regular season game as a true freshman. He is slated to start at defensive tackle as a sophomore this year. LSU may never have had a real shot at Tillery, a life-long Irish fan.
SS Justin Reid, Stanford: The younger brother of ex-LSU star Eric Reid gets to play near his older sibling, who now toils for the San Francisco 49ers. The young Reid, who played at Dutchtown High in suburban Baton Rouge, played in 12 games as a true freshman for the Cardinal, recording 23 tackles. He figures to start at safety this season.
OG Cody Ford, Oklahoma: The Pineville, La., product redshirted as a true freshman last year but was starting at guard in the spring game and will compete with senior Jamal Danley for a starting spot.