7-in-Seven Countdown: Top 2021 high school prospects

7-in-Seven Countdown: Top 2021 high school prospects

SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - We are just a few weeks away from KPLC’s planned coverage of TDL: Two-A-Days and to get ready we continue our 7-in-Seven countdown.

We finish the countdown with the top seven 2021 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 or contact Brady Renard on Twitter.

An honorable mention list will be released on Sunday.

**The stars are based on recruiting services 247Sports and/or Rivals.**

7. James "BJ" Williams, DeRidder, OL

7. James "BJ" Williams, DeRidder, OL - Offers: Lamar, McNeese, Texas Southern, Southern, Alcorn St.

We begin the list on the offensive line as BJ Williams of DeRidder opens our countdown.

The 6-4, 308-pound lineman came into his own a season ago anchoring the Dragon line en route to an eight-win season and an all-district nod. A lack of a summer season has hurt his exposure this offseason, but multiple FCS programs have offered since April which makes him a rising prospect.

The DeRidder left tackle isn't a one-trick pony as his athleticism pops out on film.

Jerit Roser of TigerDetails.com on Williams:

“He’s a big guy. [DeRidder] lists him at 6′4, 300 pounds. On film, he moves well for that size as he’s able to get upfield and find the person he needs to be blocking you see him be able to use his size to overpower people as you would expect from someone his size at the high school level. I really like the mobility he shows when it’s not necessarily somebody that’s lined up right in front of him when he’s got to get up to the second level to find a linebacker. He seems to do that really well. I haven’t seen him in person, but watching his film, I think there’s a combination of size and speed that is intriguing for a college to add.”

6. Eli Goss, Westlake (★★), DE

6. Eli Goss, Westlake (★★), DE - Offers: McNeese, ULM, NSU

Coming in at No. 6 is Westlake defensive end Eli Goss. The high-motor lineman committed to McNeese on August 2 as a defensive lineman.

Goss stood out as the Rams’ defensive playmaker a season ago leading Westlake in sacks (seven), quarterback hurries (13), tackles for a loss (11), and fumble recoveries (two). He finished the 2019 season second on the team with 57 total tackles and a blocked kick.

Goss has good size at 6'3 and 260 pounds and his frame should allow more bulk. Due to his potential in adding weight, schools like Houston, Tulane, ULM and UL Lafayette have looked at him as an offensive line prospect.

The Cowboys, however, see Goss as a defensive lineman and may elect to use him as an interior rusher or strong-side end. While Goss isn’t known for his speed, his effort and ability to win multiple ways stand out.

Jerit Roser of TigerDetails.com on Goss:

"Just watching his HUDL from his junior year and he shows a nice combination of size and speed at his defensive end position with kind of a mix of moves depending on who he's lined up against. He shows some clips where he is overpowering some guys where he's able to make a quick move inside or get around a slower offensive tackle. But I really liked his motor— sort of his persistence and patience. He is constantly pursuing plays, but he was disciplined about it. He's not really overrunning plays very often from what I've seen from his highlights."

5. Dillon Simon, LCCP (★★★), QB

5. Dillon Simon, LCCP (★★★), QB - Offers: South Alabama, Grambling, Prairie View A&M, Army, Lamar, McNeese

In at No. 5 is LCCP's electric quarterback, Dillon Simon. Simon is a South Alabama commit after verbally pledging to the Jaguars on April 16. He's ranked as a three-star prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings.

While his 5'10, 170-pound frame isn't ideal for the position, Simon makes up for his lack of size with his arm and athleticism. In addition to football, Simon runs tracks and has confirmed times of 11.26 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 4.56 shuttle time.

As a junior, Simon totaled 2,561 passing yards and 25 TDs. In addition, the dual-threat quarterback also added 882 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.

That dual-threat skill set could help Simon make an early impact at the college level.

Jerit Roser of TigerDetails.com on Simon:

"You put on the film of him and he's making guys miss very similarly to what Solomon [Lewis] and Glynn [Johnson] are in evading the pass rush. He's able to do a lot of things with his legs and burn people that way and make people respect that threat. If you don't respect his arm, he's able to get the ball out to receivers and do some things. I think the South Alabama situation will be an interesting one to watch for him. It's been a couple of down years for the Jaguars out there and they've really needed some improvement at the quarterback position. I think that that kind of sets up for him to possibly have an opening for him to come in there and compete earlier than he might at some other schools. They run a lot of RPOs and give their quarterbacks some opportunities to hurt their opponent with their arm and their legs. That's something we've seen from Dillon at the high school level. We'll see how it plays out going out to South Alabama where it could be an interesting fit if everything works out to where the coaching staff and schemes are still intact there knowing that they are looking for playmakers on that side of the ball."

4. Keenan Landry (★★★), Jennings, DT

4. Keenan Landry (★★★), Jennings, DT - Offers: ULM, Tulane, South Alabama, McNeese, Southeastern, Lamar, LSU

In at No. 4 is Jennings' mammoth defensive tackle Keenan Landry. Landry is ranked as a three-star prospect by both 247Sports and Rivals.com

Landry burst onto the recruiting scene as a freshman in 2017 when he pulled an offer from both the LSU Tigers and Tulane. This past offseason his recruiting picked back up again as he's received a few more FBS offers with other Power 5 schools hoping to get their eyes on him in the fall. Like other linemen on the list, a lack of a summer camp circuit hurt his stock going into his senior season.

The 6'3, 310-pound interior lineman has shed weight this offseason as he looks to become an even bigger threat for the Jennings defense. Last season Landry totaled 45 tackles picking up four sacks and a blocked punt.

Jerit Roser of TigerDetails.com on Landry:

”He’s done a really nice job this offseason too of really focusing on his shape and trimming down a little bit to 310 or 315. He’s trying to get quicker and more explosive with that big frame that caught everyone’s attention at such an early age... He’s someone that it’s been such a roller coaster for him because it started so big so early and kind of ahead of schedule and then it got far quieter than he would have preferred for a while. But now, he’s had this resurgence as more folk saw him again in December and they’ve seen the things he’s been working on. This senior year, whenever we get some football could be big for him to show some of the translation of that work he’s done in terms of his footwork, weight training, diet and all of that. Seeing how that plays out on the field could be huge for him to continue to build on that second wave of offers.”

3. Glynn Johnson (★★★), LCCP, WR

3. Glynn Johnson (★★★), LCCP, WR - Offers: New Mexico State, UTSA, South Alabama, GSU, Lamar, McNeese, Nicholls, NSU, PVAMU, Southern

LCCP lands another on the list as wide receiver Glynn Johnson checks in at No. 3. The speedy wide receiver is rated as a three-star prospect by 247spots and a two-star by Rivals and is currently committed to New Mexico State.

Last summer the 5' 9.5", 154-pound receiver showed his explosiveness on the camp circuit with a confirmed shuttle time of 4.64 seconds and a vertical of nearly 35 inches. His HUDL accounts lists his 40-time at a blistering 4.49 seconds.

Johnson stepped up to become LCCP's top receiving weapon a year ago as he led the Blazers with 52 catches for 1,068 yards and 14 touchdowns. His recruiting has since taken off since his standout junior season.

Jerit Roser of TigerDetails.com on Johnson:

“He really burst into the recruiting consciousness the way Solomon [Lewis] had from an earlier age. You had most of the FCS schools around Louisiana and regionally take notice and South Alabama got on board. Then New Mexico State receiver coach Chili Davis has done a great job the last couple of years making a presence in Louisiana getting a few guys from the state to come out West. Right now he has a wide receiver from Lake Charles on the 2021 recruiting class list. Similar to Solomon, he’s a guy that has some pretty good speed as you see him, at the high school level, beat guys downfield with relative frequency. When they are able to get the ball into his hands short, he has that quickness in smaller spaces to make guys miss and give himself the opportunity to break away.”

2. Cejae Ceasar (★★★), Iowa, S - Offers: UL Lafayette, Kansas State, ULM, Tulane, South Alabama, New Mexico State, Arkansas State, Air Force, Cornell, All 6 LA FCS

2. Cejae Ceasar

Coming in at No. 2 is Iowa’s versatile defender, Cejae Ceasar.

The safety is ranked as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and a two-star by Rivals. Ceasar is a UL Lafayette verbal commit after pledging to the Cajuns on July 9.

The 6′3″, 200-pound defensive back is known for his size and speed as Ceasar also runs on the Iowa track team.

In May of 2019, he finished third in Class 3A in the 400 meters with a time of 49.44. Because of that skillset, Ceasar said the Cajuns have a linebacker/safety hybrid role in store for him. Ceasar’s junior campaign saw him total 34 tackles. In addition, he broke up six passes while picking off another and he recovered three fumbles while forcing one as well. Ceasar also scored a defensive touchdown and tallied a blocked kick.

Jerit Roser of TigerDetails.com on Ceasar:

”I saw him some during seven on seven and then you watch him on film and there are some games where he kind of looks like a man amongst boys. He’s so big playing back in that secondary. And for the Cajuns, he’s as big as any defense of back on their team at like 6′3″ 194 is what we have him listed at. And so he’s got that size and he uses it well. Has a lot of physicality to him, but at the same time he’s a truck guy runs the 400 for Iowa and so he’s got some speed to really get all over the field. That combination I think is what it’s called a lot of attention from whether it be the Cajuns, or the Wildcats up in Kansas, or Tulane, or any of these other schools who have offered him. He’s a guy you can use in a lot of different ways, that safety rule whether playing back interesting him to cover a lot of ground what you need on the back end of a defense. Or getting up close to the defensive line. As big as he is now, once you throw him into that college strength and conditioning program he’s going to be I think that much more fun to watch as they really mold his body over the next couple of years into what he’s going to become. There’s a great starting point to work with him with his frame the speed that comes with it at that size.”

1. Solomon Lewis (★★★), LCCP, WR - Offers: LA Tech*, Miami, Texas Tech, Houston, Tulane, GSU, Southern, Fresno State, McNeese

1. Solomon Lewis

Finally, our top prospect for the 2021 recruiting class is another LCCP wide receiver in Solomon Lewis. Lewis is a former four-star prospect that is now ranked as a three-star by both Rivals and 247Sports. He's followed in the footsteps of his coach Erick Franklin by being a Louisiana Tech commit.

Lewis' recruitment took off in the summer of 2019 as he received numerous Power 5 and FBS offers. The 5'10, 160-pound receiver has speed with a confirmed 40-time of 4.54 in the spring of 2019. Scouts rave about his vertical threat and run-after-catch potential in a spread offense like LA Tech. He's also noted for being a strong return man.

In 2019, Lewis battled injuries and a loaded receiver room as he only totaled 16 catches for 143 yards and two scores. Although as a sophomore, he caught 36 passes for 562 yards. His six receiving scores in 2018 were good for second on the team that season.

Jerit Roser of TigerDetails.com on Lewis:

“Even on the tail end of his, I had a chance to see him with the EPS blaze team catching passes for TJ Finley. And he was always somebody that could turn a little into a lot. He has the quickness in tight spaces and then the speed when he can get into some straight-line situations where he’ll make you miss and he’ll get upfield. And he showed that quite a bit in seven on seven we’re all you needed is a hand on him and he was still able to evade people and get a field. So you’d see that a lot from him come Friday nights and Saturdays in a tackle format and he’s a guy who has you mentioned had some flirtations from some bigger programs. Miami, most notably. Houston and Texas Tech Both involved at different points. But a guy that Louisiana Tech ends up drawing a commitment from a little bit smaller than a lot of those power fives would have liked to see him grow to, but I believe 5′10” 165 pounds he’s definitely somebody who can make plays downfield and make plays with the ball in his hands and I think it’s going to be fun to watch how they utilize him”

Honorable Mention:

BJ Williams, 6′4″, 308 -DeRidder, OL

KJ Gooden, 6′4, 180 - DeRidder, ATH

Isaiah Mormon - Hamilton Christian, DB

Tyrone Brass, 5′11″, 171 - Iowa, RB

Tucker Fontenot, 6'1", 280 - Iowa, OT

JaThan Royal, 5′7, 173 - LCCP, RB

Jaylen Joseph, 5′8, 170 -LCCP, WR

Marcus Francis, 6′2 1/2,293 - LCCP, G

Chase Wilson - St. Louis, WR

Evan Joubert - St. Louis, RB

Wesley Maze - St. Louis, LB

Devin Williams - Washington-Marion, ATH

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