Jags close to completing 2013 recruiting class
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Updated: Saturday, February 2, 2013 18:02
With National Signing Day approaching on Feb. 6, the Southern Jaguars have been hitting the recruiting trail hard.
Head football coach Dawson Odums and the “tank of gas rule” he said he would use for recruiting has proven to be very effective by targeting prospects within a full tank of gas from the Bluff.
According to recruiting services and media reports, the Jaguars have secured 25 commitments already and of those 25 recruits 16 of the commits are instate players.
This year’s recruiting class features New Orleans area talent that has always been a hot bed in recruiting for the jags.
The highlight of the incoming class could possibly be Salmen High (Slidell, La.) standout Chuck Baker. Baker is a consensus three-star wide receiver prospect that decommitted from LSU to commit to the Jags.
Along with getting back into the New Orleans area the Jags were also able to go into the Dallas area to grab recruits.
“Recruitment is going great, we have a lot of guys from within the state of Louisiana which was our goal to really go out and recruit the state of Louisiana,” quarterbacks coach Chad Germany said. “ Hopefully we can hold on to those guys through signing day which we feel really good about the coaches are coming on board in the state it’s something that we feel really good about.”
It seems that the jags have been able to answer their needs this recruiting season.
“We were able to go out and get some offensive linemen, defensive linemen; we have a good group of receivers coming in, quarterbacks, safeties which was a big need for us.” Germany said.
The offensive line has been a concern for Jags the last couple of seasons and last season the jags gave up the third most sacks in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
With only two safeties returning next season the Jaguars biggest needs were at safety and they have two players — Dionte McDuffy and Blake Monroe — they brought in at the position that are enrolled this semester.
“Safeties were a big need us, we only returned two safeties on scholarship, and one had a knee injury. We have a transfer that’s coming in from south Alabama in Dionte McDuffy. He’s a big time football player we think can come in and really help us out and also another safety in Blake Monroe. Both of those guys are here on campus for spring workout.” Germany said.
Also former LSU player and local area standout Corey White is enrolled this semester and is expected to participate in spring drills.
This recruiting class is an important step as coach Odums looks to turn around the program in his inaugural season as a full time head coach.