From SLU Athletics
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana football team added 20 student-athletes who will continue their academic and athletic endeavors as members of the Lion football program, Southeastern head coach Ron Roberts announced on Wednesday.
The newest additions included not only scholarship athletes, but preferred walk-ons as well. Combined with the 11 student-athletes who the Lions brought in at the beginning of the spring semester, Southeastern will be adding 31 student-athletes to a program that is coming off setting a single-season school record for victories, finishing 11-3 overall, winning the program's first Southland Conference championship and advancing to the Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinals in its first-ever playoff appearance.
The Lions return 14 starters from last season's team, including Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year Bryan Bennett and All-American kick returner Xavier Roberson to lead the offense, as well as All-Southland defenders Harlan Miller, Isiah Corbett, Jacob Newman, Tyler Stoddary, Justin Church and Marice Sutton. A wealth of talent returning did not deter Roberts and his staff from hitting the recruiting trail aggressively.
"We were fortunate to be able to meet most of our pressing needs with our mid-year additions," Roberts commented. "We had a large group of seniors in the secondary last year and we addressed those needs by bringing in five young men who all can have an immediate impact for us in the defensive backfield. (Mid-year additions) Byron Smith and Aaron Reed can help us replace Gasten Gabriel at left tackle.
"We wanted to add quarterback depth and were able to do that by bringing in D'Shaie Landor," Roberts added. "We felt as if we answered our main questions in December and January, but today we were able to add some quality young men to lead us into the future of our program."
Southeastern added two junior college products on Wednesday in defensive lineman Ashton Henderson from Iowa Western Community College and wide receiver Da'Quan Smith of Hartdell College. The remainder of the 18 additions is made up of high school products with 15 of the additions coming from Louisiana. Southeastern ventured to Texas to add offensive lineman Myles Becnel (League City), wide receiver Jeremiah Rose (Port Neches) and quarterback Kiley Huddleston (Katy).
"We're fortunate to have such a fertile recruiting ground in our backyard," Roberts said. "We are able to find young men in our immediate area that will help us compete for a national championship."
The Lions added five offensive linemen, four wide receivers, three defensive backs, three linebackers, two running backs, two quarterbacks and a defensive lineman on Wednesday.
Five of the newest Lions won't be far from home after joining the Lion program out of Tangipahoa Parish high schools. That group includes running back Jeremy Smith (Hammond), running back Shannon Cage (Independence), wide receiver Jake Ingraffia (Loranger), offensive lineman Shaquille McClain (Independence) and linebacker Dylan Vaughn (Loranger).
Rounding out the Lion in-state additions on Wednesday were defensive back Andrew Breeland (Covington), linebacker Sean Clavelle (New Orleans), defensive back Aaron Craig (Slidell), offensive lineman Conner Gerage (Watson), offensive lineman Walter Ladner III (Slidell), quarterback Tyler Lockhart (Walker), linebacker Jahmal Macklin (Jonesville), defensive back Anthony Milton (New Orleans), wide receiver Joseph Pack (Slidell) and offensive lineman Peyton Winbush (New Orleans).
The Lions will open spring practice on March 11, with the Annual Spring Game set for April 5 at 1 p.m. The 2014 schedule will be finalized and announced in the coming weeks.
Southeastern Louisiana Football Additions
Jordan Batiste – DB – 5-8 – 169 – Gramercy, La. (Tulane/Lutcher HS)*
Myles Becnel – OL – 6-4 – 265 – League City, Texas (Clear Creek HS)
Andrew Breeland – DB – 5-11 – 185 – Covington, La. (Covington HS)
Chris Briggs – WR – 6-5 – 214 – Franklinton, La. (Southern Miss/Franklinton HS)*
Shannon Cage – RB – 5-10 – 220 – Independence, La. (Independence HS)
Sean Clavelle – LB – 6-2 – 185 – New Orleans, La. (Landry-Walker HS)
Aaron Craig – DB – 6-2 – 175 – Slidell, La. (Salmen HS)
Micah Eugene – DB – 5-11 – 188 – Lafayette, La. (LSU/Acadiana HS)*
Conner Gerage – OL – 6-2 – 255 – Watson, La. (Live Oak HS)
Herbert Harris – LB – 6-1 – 230 – Clinton, Miss. (Hinds CC/Clinton HS)*
Ashton Henderson – DL – 6-1 – 320 – Tulsa, Okla (Iowa Western CC/Booker T. Washington HS)
Kiley Huddleston – QB – 6-0 – 195 – Katy, Texas (Katy HS)
Jake Ingraffia – WR – 5-10 – 175 – Loranger, La. (Loranger HS)
Philanteus "PJ" Jarrett – DL – 6-3 – 280 – Hollandale, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln JC/Hollandale Simmons HS)*
Walter Ladner III – OL – 6-5 – 287 – Slidell, La. (Slidell HS)
D'Shaie Landor – QB – 6-0 – 187 – Lafayette, La. (Louisiana-Lafayette/Teurlings Catholic HS)*
Tyler Lockhart – QB – 5-10 – 190 – Walker, La. (Walker HS)
Jahmal Macklin – LB – 6-4 – 210 – Jonesville, La. (Block HS)
Shaquille McClain – OL – 6-3 – 285 – Independence, La. (Independence HS)
Anthony Milton – DB – 6-1 – 195 – New Orleans, La. (Landry-Walker HS)
Joseph Pack – WR – 6-0 – 170 – Slidell, La. (Salmen HS)
Derrick Raymond – DB – 6-1 – 175 – New Orleans, La. (LSU/East Jefferson HS)*
Aaron Reed – OL – 6-4 – 312 – El Paso, Texas (Southern Miss/Chapin HS)*
Jeremiah Rose – WR – 6-1 – 175 – Port Neches, Texas (Port Neches-Groves HS)
Jerqwinick Sandolph – DB – 6-1 – 201 – Boutte, La. (LSU/Hahnville HS)*
Byron Smith – OL – 6-8 – 260 – Ontario, Calif. (Citrus College/Colony HS)*
Da'Quan Smith – WR – 6-1 – 200 – Baltimore, Md. (Hartdell College/Baltimore City College HS)
Jeremy Smith – RB – 6-0 – 200 – Hammond, La. (Hammond HS)
Terrious Triplett – DB – 6-2 – 197 – Memphis, Tenn. (Holmes CC/Ridgeway HS)*
Dylan Vaughn – LB – 5-11 – 220 – Loranger, La. (Loranger HS)
Peyton Winbush – OL – 6-3 – 305 – New Orleans, La. (St. Augustine HS)
* - Midyear additions
2014 Southeastern Louisiana Football Addition Capsules
Baptiste, DB, 5-8, 169, Gramercy, La. (Tulane/Lutcher HS)
Enrolled at Southeastern in January … An honorable mention All-Conference USA selection in both of his seasons with Tulane … As a sophomore, the second team All-Louisiana selection led TU with four forced fumbles and seven sacks, while also finishing with 35 tackles, eight pass breakups, one interception and one fumble recovery … As a freshman, he started 10 games and posted 41 tackles, eight pass breakups and an interception … Prepped at Lutcher High School, where he was a two-time All-State and All-District selection … Helped LHS to three district titles during his career, totaling 328 tackles and seven interceptions … Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports.com prior to signing with Tulane.
Becnel – OL – 6-4 – 265 – League City, Texas (Clear Creek HS)
All-District performer at Clear Creek High School … Played both tackle and tight end … All-Galveston County selection … High school teammate of current Lion Brent Wagner.
Breeland – DB – 5-11 – 185 – Covington, La. (Covington HS)
Two-time first team All-District 6-5A selection at Covington High School … Posted 63 tackles as a senior … Also played on the offensive side of the ball for the CHS Lions.
Chris Briggs – WR – 6-5 – 214 – Franklinton, La.
(Southern Miss/Franklinton HS)
Enrolled at Southeastern in January … Will sit out the 2014 season and suit up for the Lions as a senior in 2015 … Spent three seasons at USM, appearing in 31 games and totaling 26 catches for 368 yards and a touchdown … an All-State performer at Franklinton High School … hauled in 54 passes for 867 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Class 4A state champions as a senior … Coming out of FHS, he was rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and a two-star recruit by Scout.com.
Brumfield – WR – 5-10 – 165 – Covington, La. (St. Paul's HS)
Spent senior season at St. Paul High School after transferring from Covington High School … Caught six touchdown passes as a senior … Also was second in the region in the 400 meters for the track team … Won the district title in 400 meters as a junior at CHS.
Cage – RB – 5-10 – 220 – Independence, La. (Independence HS)
Topped 1,000 yards in each of his final two seasons at Independence High School … Rushed for 1,007 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior … Totaled 1,140 yards and 10 scores on the ground as a senior … Rushed for 2,600 yards and 38 touchdowns in his Tiger career … Rated No. 53 prospect in Louisiana by DandyDon.com.
Clavelle – LB – 6-2 – 185 – New Orleans, La. (Landry-Walker HS)
Academic All-State selection at Landry-Walker HS … Father played football at Oklahoma State … Uncle, Shannon, played at Colorado and three years in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Craig – DB – 6-2 – 175 – Slidell, La. (Salmen HS)
Played his senior season at Salmen High School … Moved to Slidell in 2012 from New York … Was the state champion in the high jump as a junior … Also played wide receiver at SHS.
Eugene – DB – 5-11 – 188 – Lafayette, La. (LSU/Acadiana HS)
Enrolled at Southeastern in January … Played in 25 games in his two seasons at LSU … Recorded 62 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery in his two seasons in Baton Rouge … Was an All-State performer and District 3-5A as a senior at Acadiana High School … Helped his squad to a 5A state title … Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com out of AHS … A member of the Advocate's Super Dozen, playing both defensive back and running back.
Gerage – OL – 6-2 – 255 – Watson, La. (Live Oak HS)
Earned All-District and All-Livingston Parish honors as an offensive tackle at Live Oak High School … Played in the Red Stick Bowl.
Harris – LB – 6-1 – 230 – Clinton, Miss. (Hinds CC/Clinton HS)
Enrolled at Southeastern in January … Comes to Hammond by way of Hinds Community College … Recorded 115 tackles for the Eagles as a sophomore … Totaled 179 tackles and was named the team's player of the year as a senior at CHS.
Henderson – DL – 6-1 – 320 – Tulsa, Okla. (Iowa Western CC/Booker T. Washington
Joins the Lion program after a standout career at Iowa Western Community College, where he was an All-Midwest Conference selection ... The Booker T. Washington High School alum posted 70 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and four sacks at IWCC.
Huddleston – QB – 6-0 – 195 – Katy, Texas (Katy HS)
Led team to 15-1 record as a senior at Katy High School … Played on a broken leg in the Texas UIL Class 5A Division I state championship game as a junior, leading KHS to its seventh state championship … Threw for 10 touchdowns versus just one interception as a senior.
Ingraffia – WR – 5-10 – 175 – Loranger, La. (Loranger HS)
Helped Loranger to District 8-3A title as a junior, catching 10 touchdowns … Honorable mention Class 3A All-State selection as a senior … Also plays baseball for the Wolves.
"PJ" Jarrett – DL – 6-3 – 280 – Hollandale, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln JC/Hollandale
Enrolled at Southeastern in January … Participated in the MACJC All-Star Game after a sophomore season that saw him record 22 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack ... Will be reunited in Hammond with former junior college teammates Marquis Hayes, A.J. Bowen, Darius Guy and Devante Scott.
Ladner III – OL – 6-5 – 287 – Slidell, La. (Slidell HS)
Two-year starter at offensive tackle for Slidell High School … Member of the National Honor Society and class president at Slidell.
Landor – QB – 6-0 – 187 – Lafayette, La. (Louisiana-Lafayette/Teurlings
Enrolled at Southeastern in January … After redshirting at Louisiana-Lafayette at 2012, saw action in three games in 2013 … State offensive MVP as a senior at Teurlings … Ranked the No. 40 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and ESPN.com out of high school.
Lockhart – QB – 5-10 – 190 – Walker, La. (Walker HS)
Three-year starter at quarterback at Walker High School … Also a standout on the Walker High baseball team.
Macklin – LB – 6-4 – 210 – Jonesville, La. (Block HS)
Two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Played on East team in the LHSAA All-Star Game following his senior season … Recorded 60 total tackles and 10 sacks as a senior on the way to first team All-State honors … Earned all-state accolades as a junior … Finished his career at Block with 159 total tackles, 47 tackles for loss and 28.5 sacks … All-District forward for the BHS basketball team.
McClain – OL – 6-3 – 285 – Independence, La. (Independence HS)
Played on both lines at Independence High School … Multi-time All-State and All-District performer on the defensive line … Slated to play in the interior of the offensive line for the Lions.
Milton – DB – 6-1 – 195 – New Orleans, La. (Landry-Walker HS)
Rated two-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com … Played safety and wide receiver, while also returning kicks, in high school … Projected as safety at collegiate level … Honorable mention All-State performer as a senior.
Pack – WR – 6-0 – 170 – Slidell, La. (Salmen HS)
Speedy multi-sport athlete clocked at 4.3 in the 40-yard dash … In addition to excelling on the gridiron at Salmen High School, also represents SHS as a member of the basketball and track teams.
Raymond – DB – 6-1 – 175 – New Orleans, La.
(LSU/East Jefferson HS)
Enrolled at Southeastern in January … Redshirted at LSU in 2012 and did not see action for the Tigers in 2013 … Rated the state's No. 35 overall prospect coming out of East Jefferson High School by ESPNU … Also excelled on the track, winning the 4A state title in both the 100 and 200 meters at EJHS.
Reed – OL – 6-4 – 312 – El Paso, Texas (Southern Miss/Chapin HS)
Enrolled at Southeastern in January … Spent freshman season at Scottsdale Junior College, before redshirting at Southern Miss in 2012 … As a sophomore at USM, played in eight games for the Golden Eagles … Started at right tackle versus Nebraska and Arkansas … Prepped at Chapin High School, where he was a district champion in the discus.
Rose – WR – 6-1 – 175 – Port Neches, Texas (Port Neches-Groves HS)
Caught 91 passes for 1,149 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior at Port Neches-Groves High School on the way to District 20-4A Offensive Most Valuable Player honors … Named the area's Offensive MVP by the Port Arthur News … Honorable mention All-State and first team Beaumont Enterprise Super Gold Team selection.
Sandolph – DB – 6-1 – 201 – Boutte, La. (LSU/Hahnville HS)
Enrolled at Southeastern in January … Saw action in 12 games during his time with the Tigers, finishing with six tackles playing predominantly on special team coverage units … Touted one of the fastest players in the state coming out of Hahnville High School … First team All-State performer as a senior … Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Smith – WR – 6-1 – 200 – Baltimore, Md. (Hartdell College/Baltimore City
Spent previous two seasons at Hartdell College … All-Conference selection after recording 56 catches for 791 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore … Caught 28 passes for 412 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman for the Panthers … Was a running back in high school at Baltimore City College High School … Rushed for 10 touchdowns.
Smith – OL – 6-8 – 260 – Ontario, Calif. (Citrus College/Colony HS)
Enrolled at Southeastern in January … An All-West honoree at Citrus College … Prepped at Colony High School before playing for the Owls … The latest Lion defensive lineman from Citrus College, which produced 2013 All-Southland tackle Greg Triay.
Smith – RB – 6-0 – 200 – Hammond, La. (Hammond HS)
All-District performer at Hammond High School … Graded two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Represented the East in the LHSCA All-Star Game … Rushed for a state-high 447 yards and seven touchdowns versus Pearl River High School as a senior.
Triplett – DB – 6-2 – 197 – Memphis, Tenn. (Holmes CC/Ridgeway HS)
Signed with Southeastern in December … Posted 61 tackles and an interception as a sophomore at Holmes CC … All-State performer at Ridgeway High School … Posted 63 tackles and five interceptions as a senior.
Vaughn – LB – 5-11 – 220 – Loranger, La. (Loranger HS)
Honorable mention All-District performer at Loranger High School … Played linebacker and fullback … Posted 87 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery as a senior … Honorable mention Class 3A All-State performer in 2013.
Winbush – OL – 6-3 – 305 – New Orleans, La. (St. Augustine HS)
Rated two-star recruit by 247Sports.com … Named No. 76 recruit in Louisiana by DandyDon.com … Played center and cleared the way for nation's No. 1 recruit, Leonard Fournette.