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McNeese State 2008 Football Recruits

Name                            Post.  Hgt.  Wgt. Hometown (School)

Champlain Babin        RB       5-9       183      Donaldsonville, LA (Donaldsonville High)

Malcolm Bronson        DB      6-0       185      Jasper, TX (Jasper High)

Kentrell Butler            LB       6-2       225      Patterson, LA (Patterson High)

Alvin Couto                DL       6-2       240      Harvey, LA (John Ehret High)

DeVionte Edmonson  WR      6-2       185      Lake Charles, LA (Barbe High)

Zachary Fourroux       QB      6-1       200      Erath, LA (Erath High)

Tyler Harbourt            OL       6-4       280      Lafayette, LA (Teurlings Catholic High)

Taylor Johnson           OL       6-4       285      League City, TX (Clear Creek High)

Stuart Joseph             DL       6-2       235      New Orleans, LA (Edna Karr High)

Alonzo Landry            TB       5-11     228      Carencro, LA (Carencro High)

Kegan Myers              LB       6-2       220      Jennings, LA (Jennings High)

Juarelle Narcisse        LB       5-11     205      Vacherie, LA (St. James High)

Daniel Paulus             OL       6-4       300      Silsbee, TX (Silsbee High)

Roy Sam                     WR      5-9       175      Donaldsonville, LA (Donaldsonville High)

Alex Savoie                OL       6-7       300      Lafayette, LA (Comeaux High)

Ryan Sims                   DB      6-2       185      New Orleans, LA (John Ehret High)

Ford Smesny              DB      5-10     190      Dayton, TX (Dayton High)

Van Bubba Taylor       TB       5-10     212      Harvey, LA (St. Thomas More High, Itawamba CC)

Seth Thomas              DB      5-9       175      Orange, TX (West Orange Stark High)

Pat Williams                DL       6-3       250      Plaquemine, LA (Plaquemine High)

Champlain Babin - RB, 5-9, 183, Donaldsonville, LA (Donaldsonville High School)...all-state, all-district and district MVP as running back...also MVP of state all-star game and finalist for player of the year award...rushed for 2,903 yards and 35 tds in career...also had 1,261 receiving yards and 18 tds...4,164 total yards...and scored 353 points...also named all-district as a defensive back...four year letterman in football, baseball, track and basketball...ran on state champion 4x100 meter relay and 4x200 meter relay teams..district and regional champion in high jump...all-district catcher and shortstop in baseball and member of district championship team in basketball...played football for Coach Gary Adkins...honor roll student...parents are Calice Babin and Ira Vaughn...projected major is Business

Malcolm Bronson - DB, 6-0, 185, Jasper, TX (Jasper High School), baseball and basketball standout...all-district in football and named to Super Gold team...all-state and all-district in baseball and all-district in basketball...intercepted 10 passes in his senior year...had four interceptions and returned two for tds in one game last year...also caught passes for 1,100 yards and rushed for 700 yards and seven tds...had 15 touchdowns receiving....nephew of former Cowboy all-American Zack Bronson...played for Coach Thomas Brooks....parents are Michael and Aretha Bronson...undecided on major

Kentrell Butler - LB, 6-2, 225, Patterson, LA (Patterson High School)...four year letterman in football and basketball...twice named all-state as linebacker and named all-district as both a running back and a linebacker....last year he was credited with 99 tackles, eight forced fumbles and a pass interception...also scored three a junior he had 97 tackles, five forced fumbles and scored six tds and as a sophomore had 103 tackles, seven forced fumbles and one interception...power forward on the basketball team...played for Coach Tommy Minton....will be  Nursing major...mother is Regina Butler

Alvin Couto - DL, 6-2, 240, Harvey, LA (John Ehret High School)...all-state performer as a defensive end which he played for three years...named the West Bank player of the year...all-metro, all-district and defensive senior year had 85 tackles, 19 sacks 24 hurrles, four forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered and one pass a junior he had 35 tackles and two sacks...played for Coach Billy North...honor roll student...will be a sports therapy major...parents are Alvin and Beverly Couto

DeVionte Edmonson - WR, 6-2, 185, Lake Charles, LA (Barbe High School)...all-state, all-district and all-Southwest Louisiana honors as wide receiver...named team MVP...had 64 receptions for 926 yards and 14 touchdowns last year...long reception of 38 stats had him catching 90 passes for 1,336 yards and 16 tds with long of 53 yards...also played some as quarterback, completing 18 of 40 passes for 282 yards and three tds...rushed for 610 yards and 15 tds with a long of 62 yards...earned all-district honors in basketball...played for Coach Jimmy Shavers....will major in sports medicine or management...parents are Paula and Leon Edmonson

Zachary Fourroux - QB, 6-1, 200, Erath, LA (Erath High School)...all-district and all-parish honors in football...played both quarterback and defensive end...last year he completed 55 of 120 passes for 1,010 yards and 12 tds (threw only five interceptions) career he had 2,306 yards passing and 23 td a defensive end last year he had 28 tackles, three QB sacks, caused two fumbles and ran a pass interception back for a touchdown....named to the Best of the Teche team...four year letterman in track and two letters in basketball....named to the academic all-state team with 3.6 grade point of current Cowboy quarterback Derrick Fourroux....Nursing will be his major....played for Coach Jacob Byler...parents are Patricia and Bruce Fourroux

Tyler Harbourt - OL, 6-4, 280, Lafayette, LA (Teurlings Catholic High School)...named to the first team all-state squad by the Louisiana Football Coaches Association...also, all-district, all-parish and all-Acadiana....earned three letters in football and four in track as a shot putter...named to the state's all-academic football team....played for Coach Sonny Charpentier....expects to major in Sports Medicine....parents are Robin and Greg Harbourt

Taylor Nolan Johnson - OL, 6-4, 285, League City, TX (Clear Creek High School)...earned first team all-district honors as well as first team all-Galveston County honors...Galveston County team captain and Trench award winner...had 54 pancake blocks as a senior....played for Coach Darrell Warden....also a track letterman in the shot put, a basketball letterman and a power lifting letterman....was a state finalist in power lifting with a 600 pound squat....will be a sports medicine major....parent is Kelly Ayala

Stuart Joseph - DL, 6-2, 235, New Orleans, LA (Edna Karr High School)...four year letterman in football as a defensive end...second team all-state honors this past season as well as first team all-district a senior was credited with 45 solo tackles and five quarterback sacks...had 22 tackles and three sacks as a junior...played for Coach Jabbar Juluke....undecided on major...parent is Linda Joseph

Alonzo Landry - TB, 5-11, 228, Carencro, LA (Carencro High School)...earned all-state, all-district, all-parish and all-Acadiana honors....rushed for 1,090 yards on 147 carries and scored nine touchdowns as a senior...rushed for 1,937 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior and also had 621 yards receiving along with three tds and ran for 1,300 yards as a sophomore....played for former McNeese coach and player Lance Guidry....three letters as a track performer....undecided on his major...parent is Eva Matthews

Kegan Myers - LB, 6-2, 220, Jennings, LA (Jennings High School)...all-state honors and named Southwest Louisiana Defensive Player of Year...all-district, all-parish...district and parish a senior he had 121 tackles (80 solos) along with 14 tackles for a loss, two pass interceptions and two fumble recoveries and one defensive a junior he  had 95 tackles, two interceptions - one that he returned for a td - and five fumble recoveries...also an all-district and all-parish performer in baseball as a first baseman and a third baseman...played for Coach Rusty Phelps and Coach Ronnie McZeal (his position coach), a former Cowboy all-conference performer....undecided on his major...parents are Kevin and Jackie Myers

Juarelle Narcisse - LB, 5-11, 205, Vacherie, LA (St. James High School)...linebacker, fullback, place kicker and punter in football...all-state, all-district, all-metro, all-region, all-river parish....during career made over 300 tackles, had 15 sacks and intercepted two passes, one of which he returned 80 yards for a a junior he rushed 72 times for 541 yards and nine touchdowns and caught three passes for 31 yards...played for Coach Rick Gaille....also track letterman (discus) and baseball letterman (outfielder)...undecided on major....parents are Lowell E. Narcisse Sr. and Stacy J. Narcisse

Daniel Paulus - OL, 6-4, 300, Silsbee, TX (Silsbee High School)....all-disrict as both a junior and senior.... all-southeast Texas and named to the Super Gold team....originally committed to Houston...played for Coach Bobby McGallion....position coach was Coach Kyle Mackey....also a track and golf letterman...went to regionals in track and played on a district championship team in golf....will be a Nursing major....parent is Mary Brewer

Roy Sam - WR, 5-9, 175, Donaldsonville, LA (Donaldsonville High School)...played quarterback, running back and wide receiver....was an all-state quarterback and also earned all-district honors as a running back....during his career he passed for 1,613 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for 1,925 yards and 21 tds....also caught nine passes for 139 yards and three touchdowns....scored a total of 43 touchdowns in his career...played in the state all-star game....played for Coach Gary Adkins.....also basketball and track letterman...ran on state champion 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams and named to all-state team...was district champion in the 200 meter dash...also performed in the long jump...played forward on the basketball team and helped team get to the Top 28....honor roll student....will major in Electrical Engineering...parents are Catherine and Marlon Simmons

Alec Savoie - OL, 6-7, 300, Lafayette, LA (Comeaux High School)....named to the first team all-district, all-parish and all-Acadiana squads....originally committed to Tulane...was a two year starter at right tackle and was credited with 48 pancake blocks...played for Coach Brian Langlinais.....also track letterman....will major in Education...parents are Brian and Latisha Jackson

Ryan Sims - DB, 6-2, 185, New Orleans, LA (John Ehret High School)....named to the all-district and all-metro teams....two year football a senior he made four pass interceptions and had 37 tackles and as a junior he had 17 tackles and two pass interceptions....played for Coach Billy North.....will major in Business Management...parents are Victor and Patrice Sims

Ford Smesny - DB, 5-10, 190, Dayton, TX (Dayton High School)...all-district and named the league's defensive MVP as a senior...also all-state and all-region during career and was named district newcomer of the year as a sophomore...had 116 tackles along with four pass interceptions and nine passes broken up as a senior...during his career had 281 tackles, 14 pass interceptions, 28 passes broken up and scored four defensive touchdowns....played for Coach Jerry Stewart....also basketball, baseball, track and power lifting letterman...was a state qualifier in the 4x400 meter relay....was a regional qualifier in power lifting.....will major in sports management....parents are Jim and Peggy Smesny

Van Bubba Taylor - TB, 5-10, 212, Harvey, LA (DeLaSalle High School, St. Thomas More High School, Itawamba Community College)....three time all-district performer and also all-parish and all-metro....played three seasons at DeLaSalle High and his senior year at St. Thomas More when hurricane forced him from his home....went on to play at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, MS....committed to UCLA out of high his senior year at St. Thomas More he rushed for 1,009 yards on 161 carries and scored 11 junior college he played in nine games and rushed for 477 yards on 92 attempts and scored five touchdowns...he played for Coach Jim Hightower at St. Thomas More...also basketball (point guard) and track (sprinter) letterman...all-district three years in basketball and was the state 100 meter champion (10.68) as a senior....rushed for 400 yards in one game during his prep career...will major in Criminal Justice

Seth Thomas - DB, 5-9, 175, Orange, TX (West Orange Stark High School)....named to all-district, the Orange Leader all-star team and to the Super 22 team....credited with 97 yards (three for a loss), caused a fumble, recovered a fumble and made a pass interception in senior a junior he had 117 tackles, six passes broken up  and two interceptions...played for Coach Dan Hooks....also baseball, track and basketball letterman...named to the National Honor Society...will major in Business or Engineering...parents are Earl and Debbie Thomas

Pat Williams - DL, 6-3, 250, Plaquemine, LA (Plaquemine High School)....named to the all-district team as both a defensive end and an offensive lineman....all-parish honors and named the team MVP....during his career had 180 tackles, 25 quarterback sacks and 30 tackles behind the line of scrimmage...played for Coach Blake Kling....current Cowboy coach Jeff Breaux also coached him in high school...also a basketball letterman and earned all-parish recognition....will major in Engineering Technology...parents are Mercedes and Patrick Williams Sr.


2008 McNeese State Soccer Recruits

M'Kensie Aday

5-7, Forward, Georgetown, TX. (Hutto HS), Lonestar 91 Red

Rachel Key

5-3, Forward, Haslet, TX. (Northwest HS), FC Dallas 90 Blue

Jordan Kolde

6-0, Forward, Lake Charles, LA. (St. Louis HS), CFC Cyclones

Audrey LaLanne

5-10, Midfield, Cypress, TX. (Cypress Creek HS), Challenge 90 "A"

Lauren LaLanne

5-9, Defender, Cypress Creek, TX. (Incarnate Word)

Kaitlyn Lingle

5-6, Midfield, Carrolton, TX. (Newman Smith HS), Dallas Texans

Megan Manus

5-5, Defender, Spring, TX. (Klein HS), Challenge 90 "A"

Cassandra Read

5-10, Goalkeeper, Carlsbad, CA. (Carlsbad HS), FC Bratz

Ashley Rudd

5-9, Goalkeeper, Lake Charles, LA. (Sam Houston HS), CFC Cyclones

Manus, a defender from Klein High School. is a member of the DECA Academic Club and has won eight state championships with the Texas Soccer Club Challenge 90 "A" team. "Megan is a very skilled and smart backline player. She anchors the backline for one of the top club teams in the country. We expect her to have an immediate impact on the team with her leadership and competitive experience."

Audrey LaLanne, a midfielder who is also a member of the Texas Club Challenge 90 "A" team attends Cypress Creek High School where she excels in the classroom as well as on the soccer field.  She is going to graduate in the top 10% of her class with distinguished honors.  She is a two-time All-Greater Houston Area first team selection.  She leads her team in goals scored (21) and assists (17) in 2007.  Audrey is a seven year Olympic Development Player for the South Texas State Team and was placed in the Region III Pool three times during this stint. "We have established a great relationship with Audrey during the recruiting process. I admire her poise and character. She is a tremendous player and great leader on the field with the ability to lift those around her. She carries the mark of ‘competitive greatness' because she is always there and ready to perform when her team needs her."

Lauren LaLanne joins younger sister Audrey as a transfer from Incarnate Word.  She also attended Cypress Creek and graduated Sum Cum Laude in the top 10% of her class in 2007.  At Incarnate Word she was named to the Dean's List her first semester.  She prepped with the Houston Dynamos.  While at Cypress Creek, LaLanne was named to the All-District, All-Region, All-State and All-State Academic first teams as a senior.  Lauren has three years of ODP experience. 

     At Incarnate Word she advanced to the NCAA Elite 8 while playing in 22 games and was credited with 5 assists.  "Lauren transferring to McNeese cements the fact we have another great family joining our Cowgirl Soccer Family. She is a solid soccer player that carries a strong desire to succeed.  Her previous collegiate experience will be instrumental to our team success on our back line."

Read, a goalkeeper from Carlsbad, CA, attends Carlsbad High and currently plays for the FC Bratz out of San Diego, CA. Read is a scholar athlete, takes honors/AP courses and is an award winning artist.  Casey has been named a 2007 player to watch in California and is a two time Surf Cup Champion.  "Casey is a dynamic goalkeeper who has honed her craft in one of the toughest playing grounds in the country, competing in the Southern California leagues. She is confident in her ability and is a proven leader in her position. She has great range and can deal with a variety of situations in front of her net."

Aday, a native of Austin, TX. Attends Hutto High and plays for the Lonestar 90 Soccer Club.  She will graduate in the top 10% of her class and is a member of the National Honor Society.  She has received Academic Excellence Awards for Biology and Algebra 2.  She was a member of the Final Four at the Regional Tournament and attended Regional Camp in 2005.  She also had success on the track as a member of the 800 meter relay team that qualified for state.  "The ability of M'Kensie to get in behind the defense and finish is remarkable.  Her speed in open space will allow us to play with different tactics and offensive schemes."

Key, a forward from Northwest High in Dallas, Texas is a member of the Dallas Texans that will bring a wealth of experience to the squad.  She has experience with the North Texas ODP Team, and has led her team in goals and assists for multiple years.  She has also played internationally in the Panda Cup.  She is a member of the FFA Quiz Team.  "Rachel is an amazing player in the attacking third of the field. She has a knack for scoring goals and creating assists. She will be a highlight player in our attacking system."

Lingle, also a member of the Dallas Texans.  She has been a starter for her club and high school the past four years.  She is a two time all-district player and has served as her team captain as a junior and senior.  She was a member of the 2006 and 2007 State Cup finalist teams.  Lingle has earned MVP honors at the Ice Bowl Tournament and was named an All-Star player. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is a four year honor roll student.  "The personality of Katy was one we knew we needed on our team.  She is one of those people you know will be successful in all she does.  Her aggressiveness and composure on the field will be key ingredients to our success in the midfield."  

Perhaps the most notable of our 2008 recruits are local players Ashley Rudd and Jordan Kolde who play for the Contraband Futbol Cylclones Club Team.

Rudd attends Sam Houston High School where she is an honor roll student and is a member of the Student Council and Beta Club.  Rudd comes from an athletic family, father John Rudd was a member of the men's basketball team from 1975-78.  To date she has recorded 44 shutouts and is a three time all-district selection.  She has been a member of teams that were Bi-District Champions and advanced to the state quarterfinals, semifinals, and were state runners-up during her career.  She has three years of State ODP experience.  She has been a member of the volleyball and track teams for three years and has received all-district honors. "Ashley has done very well to establish herself as a top goalkeeper in Louisiana. She has been a proven competitor and leader with her teams. We have been very impressed with her work ethic and ability to apply coaching points through our Competitive Challenge Soccer Camps. She has good positioning in the goal and is a very good shot blocker.  She is going to be very competitive in our training environment and perform well for us in games."

Kolde, also a product of the CFC Cyclones, preps at St. Louis Catholic High School where she maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. Kolde is an all-district selection who attended ODP camp in Oklahoma.  She was a member of the 2006 and 2007 state championship swim teams. She is a member of the St. Louis concert Choir and Liturgical Choir.  Her father Ken was a member of the men's basketball team in the early 80's.

  "We have enjoyed watching Jordan mature as a young soccer talent. She has been an annual participant in our Competitive Challenge and St. Louis High School soccer camps. I have always admired her approach to training and games. Jordan has game and she is going to do very well in our system at McNeese."

McNeese track and field recruits

            McNeese State track and field coach Brendon Gilroy announced the recruitment of four athletes during Wednesday's signing day.

            All four are currently enrolled in school and are participating with the team.

            The coach said that he hoped to be able to announce other recruits later in the week.

            The four who are now enrolled and participating are sprinters Dwight Charles and Aaron DeBourg of Trinidad and  middle distance runners Michael Dyer of Northern Ireland and Sarah-Jayne Boyce of Sligo, Ireland.

            "They will be a big help to our team," he said, adding "but probably not until the outdoor season."

            Charles has personal bests of 48.02 in the 400 meters and 21.80 in the 200 meters while DeBourg has ruln a 48.45 in the 400 meters.

            Dyer has gone 1:51.76 in the 800 meters and has run a 49 second split on the 4x400 meter relay team.

            Boyce ran a leg on the Cowgirl distance medley team that finished second in last week's meet in Baton Rouge.

 Dwight Charles - 200, 400 meters....Point Fortin, Trinidad & Tabago....enrolled in school now...personal best of 48.02 in the 400 meters and 21.80 in the 200 meters

Aaron DeBourg - 400 meters....Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tabago....enrolled in school now...personal best of 48.45 in the 400 meters

Michael Dyer - 400, 800 meters....Down, Northern a transfer from Lougmborough University...he is a graduate student in instructional technology...has a best of 1:5l.76 in the 800 meters...has also run a 49 split on the 4x400 meter relay

Sarah-Jayne Boyce - middle distances...Sligo, Ireland...enrolled in school now...will also run cross country...


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