7-In-Seven Countdown: Top Class of 2023 Prospects from SWLA
Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - High school football is just around the corner, and teams are starting to return to the football field for practice, which means we have reached the final week of our 7-In-Seven Countdown. This week we are counting down the top-seven Class of 2023 Prospects from Southwest Louisiana.
7. Noah Larue, Cornerback, Hamilton Christian
Coming in at number seven is Hamilton Christian cornerback, Noah Larue. Larue is entering his first season with the Warriors, and is already making an impact, head coach Ragan McDaniel says Larue has fit in like a puzzle piece with the Warriors, and has become somewhat of a leader as well.
The 6′3″ 205lb cornerback is speedy, and has the strength, and speed to play almost anywhere on the defensive side of the ball. He is eager to learn everything he can, and is constantly asking questions to improve his craft, and be the best he can for Hamilton Christian in 2022.
The Warriors are set to face a lot of run oriented teams in 2022, which will allow for Larue to move around to the strong side, and he can also be placed on man coverage if needed, as he has the ability to lock down opposing wide receivers. Hamilton Christian gets their 2022 season started at home on Thursday, September 1st against Grand Lake.
6. Jamaal Levi, Wide Receiver, Barbe
Coming in at number six is Barbe wide receiver, Jamaal Levi. Levi had an impressive 2021 season as he was used in several different ways from wide receiver, to running back, and even out of the wildcat formation. Levi is a 5′9″ 160 pound receiver who has garnered interest from several schools around the state of Louisiana, and for good reason.
Levi is speedy, and has the ability to be used nearly wherever the Buccaneers need him on offense, as we saw last season, and you should expect more of the same entering the 2022 season.
Levi is without a doubt one of the top players in Southwest Louisiana, and in 2022 you should expect to see him prove that as he hopes to help Barbe improve on their 4-6 record from 2021.
5. Ronnie Crosby, Running Back, DeRidder
Coming in at number five is DeRidder running back, Ronnie Crosby. Crosby had an impressive junior season for the Dragons, and enters his senior season with the hopes of doing even better.
Crosby is an explosive player out of the backfield who can be relied upon to make the big play when DeRidder needs it, as we saw last season. Crosby provides the spark that every good offense needs to win football games, and he will enter the 2022 season leading a two-back offense, while also returning kicks for the Dragons.
Expect Crosby to be a leader for the DeRidder offense in his senior season, as he and the Dragons hope to make a run through the state playoffs following their 2021 season when they finished with a record of 7-4.
4. Grant Ducote, Running Back, Rosepine
Coming in at number four is Rosepine running back, Grant Ducote. Ducote had an impressive 2021 season out of the backfield for the Eagles, and in 2022 he is expected to be even better, and more versatile behind an improved offensive line.
Ducote is faster, and stronger entering his senior season, and is expected to be used more in receiving packages this season as well. As a junior Ducote only tallied a handful of receptions, but is expected to run more routes as a senior. Additionally, he is expected to see 90-95% of the touches for running backs this season, which will certainly cause a rise in production in 2022.
Expect Ducote to be a huge part of the Eagles’ offense this season as they hope to be as good as they were last season when they finished with a record of 11-2.
3. Kevon Freeman, Linebacker, Lake Charles College Prep
Coming in at number three is Lake Charles College Prep linebacker Kevon Freeman. Freeman is part of an impressive Trail Blazers defense that is expected to be a problem for each and every offense they face in 2022, and a large reason for that is Freeman’s presence in the middle of their defense.
Last year Freeman turned into a total linebacker for LCCP as he made big hit after big hit, and became a leader on their defense, and you should expect more of the same in 2022. In addition to that, you should expect to see some more versatility in his senior season as he is expected to be used to pressure the quarterback more in his senior season.
Freeman has had some interest from schools at the next level, and will likely get more as the 2022 season begins.
2. Daylon Sibley, Linebacker, Lake Charles College Prep
Coming in at number two is another Trail Blazer linebacker, this time it’s Daylon Sibley. Paired with Kevon Freeman, the Trail Blazers linebackers are going to terrify opposing offenses they play in 2022.
Sibley is committed to The University of Louisiana Lafayette, and has some high expectations placed upon him heading into his senior season. After an impressive junior season, many expect Sibley to go for 150+ tackles, while being named to the All-Region, and All-State teams. Seeing Sibley has gotten stronger in the offseason according to Lake Charles College Prep head coach Erick Franklin, these expectations are certainly feasible.
Sibley and Freeman pack a powerful 1-2 punch that will certainly be powerful in 2022 as the Trail Blazers hope to prove how good they were last year after being ineligible for the state playoffs.
1. Curley Reed, CB, Lake Charles College Prep
Coming in at number one is the third-consecutive Lake Charles College Prep player, this time it’s University of Washington commit, Curley Reed. Reed committed to play football for the Huskies a couple of weeks ago, but has one year remaining with the Trailblazers before he gets there.
Reed is the 14th ranked prospect from the State of Louisiana, and the 23rd ranked cornerback in the nation according to 247 Sports. Reed is an impressive player who unfortunately missed the entirety of the 2021 season due to an injury, but is back for 2022 and he has reportedly gotten stronger as well. It’s no surprise that Reed garnered as much interest as he did from Power Five programs despite not playing since 2020, he’s an impressive player who has the ability to terrify opposing offenses, and you should expect to see exactly that in his senior season.
Reed has stepped into a leadership role this offseason, doing a great job of helping his younger teammates understand the right way to do things, and leading by example as well. Alongside Kevon Freeman, and Daylon Sibley, you should expect Lake Charles Prep to have one of the best defenses in the State of Louisiana, and the trio of Reed, Sibley, and Freeman will certainly help the Trailblazers have an impressive 2022 season.
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