The spring evaluation period is in full swing, meaning SEC Country LSU is hitting the road. Expect daily updates from across Louisiana as we detail the latest on the Tigers’ top prospects in the 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes.
HARVEY, La. — Coach Skip LaMothe is in his second season at New Orleans’ Helen Cox High School. This year, he has reinforcements on the offensive side of the ball and a collection of young talent scattered on the defensive side of the ball. Cox should have one of the most dynamic offenses in the city and possibly the state, while the defense has the ability to make some noise.
Here’s the latest on those 2019 prospects and some young names to know down the road:
Kelin Burrle: The 2020 outside linebacker is already a top 100 junior prospect (per 247Sports) and holds an offer from LSU, in addition to Texas A&M and West Virginia. It’s easy to see what Dave Aranda likes about Burrle, who captains the Helen Cox defense and is a bowling ball patrolling the middle of the field. At 6-feet and 210 pounds, Burrle is one of the most impressive tacklers I’ve come across and delivers blows to opposing running backs. He’s fluid in pass coverage and is steadily improving. LSU remains the team to beat and Burrle will camp there this June. He recently visited UTSA and Tulane, but Burrle’s recruitment should continue to take off with another strong junior campaign.
Terrell “Smoke” Brown: One of the top running backs in Louisiana’s 2019 class, Brown — who measures 5-11 and weighs 190 pounds — runs downhill with ease and possesses great burst through holes. He should be in store for a breakout senior season in this offense. Arkansas recently offered him a scholarship and the Hogs already may be the team to beat. I’ve already put in a Crystal Ball pick since the staff is pushing hard for a commitment and will have Brown on campus this summer for prospect camp.
Kalil Lloyd: Lloyd is my early pick for New Orleans sleeper for 2019. At 6-5 and 190 pounds, the rising senior wide receiver is long with great athleticism and good hands. He’s a basketball player in his second year on the football team and is used on a lot of short and intermediate passes. He certainly fits the bill as a possession receiver. Lloyd rocked Kansas gloves at Cox’s practice. He has visited LSU a handful of times since last spring and will return there for prospect camp in June.
Rae’Kwon Starks: Starks was absent from practice as he competed in regional track and field competition. He’s one of the team’s top 2020 prospects at cornerback. At 5-11 and 175 pounds, Starks has already garnered offers from Tulane and UTSA. He’s a name to monitor during camp season. He, too, will be at LSU.
Donovan Johnson: Johnson is a big-time 2020 free safety who patrols center field for Cox. He’s 6-3 and 185 pounds and is used as a true center fielder, a cornerback in red zone situations and as a blitzer in certain packages. He has good range and was very good in 1-on-1 situations throughout practice. It’ll be interesting to see how he fares during camp season. Johnson will join his teammates at LSU camp this summer.