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7-in-Seven Countdown: Top 2018 high school prospects

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We are just one week away from KPLC's coverage of Two-A-Days high school previews and to get ready, we wrap up our 7-in-Seven countdown.

We finish the countdown with the top seven 2018 high school prospects.

If a player is left off the list or an offer isn't reported on the page, please send an e-mail to sports@kplctv.com.

Honorable mention will be released on Sunday.

**The stars are based off of recruiting services 247Sports, Rivals and Scout.**

7. Nicholas Sanders, DeRidder, LB - Offers: UL Lafayette, Nicholls 

A DeRidder defender opens our list thanks to division I offers from UL Lafayette and Nicholls. The linebacker has yet to receive ranking stars heading into his senior season, but Sanders will be relied upon to fill a key role on the defense. His interception return for a touchdown vs Westlake sparked the Dragons to their first win in 2016.

The 6'1" 196-pound defender will also play on offense this upcoming season. He'll use his 4.7 speed at both fullback and slot receiver for the Dragons.

He has also camped at Southern.

6. Zach Hayes, Welsh, QB - Offers: Army, McNeese, Lamar, Southeastern

The Welsh highlight reel enters in at number six. The senior was a wide receiver not long ago before leading the Greyhounds to a 10-0 regular season record in 2016 as the quarterback. Hayes was responsible for nearly 30 touchdowns and 2400 yards.

The 6'0" 170-pound signal caller is a dual threat athlete, capable of beating teams with his arm or leg. His Hudl account lists him as running a 4.43 40-yard-dash time.

Currently, Hayes holds offers from the likes of Army, and a trio of Southland schools. He said he'll play wherever coaches want him to, whether that is at receiver or quarterback. So far, he's gotten offers to do both.

He has also spent time at LA Tech, Southern, Tulane, and ULM

5. Jordan Cordova (2*), Kinder, LB - Offers: ULM, McNeese, Northwestern State, Nicholls, SFA

McNeese coach Wayne Cordova's son, Jordan Cordova checks in at number five on the list. The Kinder linebacker returns to the Jackets this season with a mission to help Kinder get back to the dome. He'll do so on both offense as a running back and on defense as a linebacker.

At 6'1" and 200 pounds, Cordova runs a 4.6 40-time (according to his Hudl account). With that type of athleticism, it's no wonder he already has offers from the likes of ULM, McNeese, Northwestern St., Nicholls and SFA.

Thanks to his time spent at a Rivals Camp this summer, he is listed as a two-star recruit. His play this fall could lead to other sites having him on their list as well. 

4. Darius Daniels (2*), Iowa, S - Offers: McNeese, Northwestern State, Nicholls, Jackson State

We go to Iowa to see the tone-setter on the Jackets' defense. Safety Darius Daniels has been a key cog during Iowa's rise to prominence.

Daniels' strengths have come with the pads on, where he's shown his knack for being where the ball is and his 4.6 40-time speed (according to his Hudl account). He's made big interceptions, fumble recoveries for touchdowns and bone-crushing hits during his first three years. He'll also be used on offense as a running back this year as well.

His nose for the ball impressed Rivals so much, it allowed Daniels to be rated as a two-star prospect.

The 6'0" 200-pound safety currently owns offers from McNeese, Northwestern State, Nicholls and Jackson State.

He's also spent time on the campuses of Louisiana Tech, Southeastern and ULM.

3. Joey McNeely (2*), Kinder, DT/OL - Offers: Army, Navy, ULM, McNeese, Northwestern State, UAM

We are now in top 3 territory, and we go back to Kinder for another big body on the Jacket defense.

Joey McNeely is the area's highest rated defensive player, he'll double dip in 2017, playing both defensive tackle and on the offensive line.

McNeely is 6'3 and weighs over 290 pounds and is a force in class 2A. Rivals has him ranked as a two-star prospect.

After a breakout 2016 campaign, McNeely received his first offer to McNeese in December. Since that point, he's picked up offers from Army, Navy, ULM, Northwestern State and Arkansas at Monticello.

He's also drawn interest from Colorado State, Louisiana Tech and LSU.

2. Christian Trahan (3*), Sulphur, TE - Offers: Houston, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Arizona State, SMU

From three straight defensive players, to the only tight end on the list. Sulphur's Christian Trahan brings his big frame in at number two. Trahan is a consensus three-star prospects according to all the major recruiting sites.

The 6'5" 240-pound tight end has received multiple power five offers and is currently the only player on the list committed to a university. Trahan pledged his allegiance to Houston on June 19. Trahan also holds offers from the likes of Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Arizona State and SMU. According to 247Sports, he holds a total of 20 college offers.

As a junior, Trahan hauled in 25 catches for 381 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers should increase heading into his senior season. 

1. Tony St. Julien (4*), Vinton, RB/WR - Offers: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Arizona State, Georgia, Missouri

The fastest riser on the list checks in at the top spot. Vinton running back Tony St. Julien went from profile-less to a four star recruit overnight in January. 

St. Julien is currently a four star prospect on Rivals and a three star on 247Sports. St. Julien is the second four-star running back in as many years for Southwest Louisiana (Jennings' Travis Etienne was a four-star player according to 247Sports before signing with Clemson in its 2017 recruiting class.)

The 6'2", 180-pound back can run a blistering 4.4 40-yard-dash time and that's helped him land 18 offers in the span of five months. That includes power five offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Arizona State, Georgia and Missouri. He's also received considerable interest from Wisconsin and LSU.

In 2016, he rushed for a team-high 1,078 yards and 11 touchdowns on 114 carries. St. Julien also led the Lions in receiving (18 catches, 381 yards, and four TDs). The running back/receiver hybrid posted a pair of 200-yard games on the ground and a six-touchdown performance vs Rosepine, that netted him the honor of the KPLC 7 Sports Person of the Week. 

With a move to a more spread system, St. Julien could be in line for even gaudier numbers this season.

HONORABLE MENTION:

Daiwruin Arzu, LaGrange, K

Brayden Adams (2*), Barbe, LB/LS - Northwestern St.

Connor Cooke, Sulphur, DB - UL Lafayette baseball commit 

Mathew Cormier, LaGrange, LB -

Andrew Croker, Leesville, CB/WR -

Michael Dufrene, Sulphur, LB -

Cole Fleming, Iowa, WR -

Colton Frank, LaGrange, QB - UL Lafayette baseball commit

Adam Ieyoub, St. Louis, K - Army

Dustin Jackson, Sam Houston, QB/WR - Louisiana College

Mckenzie Jackson (2*), Leesville CB - Navy, Louisiana College

Braedan James, South Beauregard, RB - Louisiana College

Kaden Jones, Iowa, TE - Southern, Louisiana College

James Kirklin, Oberlin, ATH -

Keshawn Lyons, Elton, ATH -

Pearse Migl, Welsh, TE - Milsaps

Markail Nixon, Iowa, WR - Dartmouth, Northwestern St.

CJ Semien, Barbe, DE - McNeese, Southeastern

Jaylon Smith (2*), Barbe, WR -

KeAndre Turner, Barbe, WR/TE -

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