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.
DESTREHAN, La. — Destrehan is annually a state championship contender, and after a down year by their expectations a year ago, should be in contention with one of the most potent offenses in Louisiana in 2018. Led by the state’s No. 1-ranked running back and priority LSU target John Emery Jr., this offense will also be led by second-year starting quarterback Harold Blood Jr., 3-star Mississippi State wide receiver commit Quinton Torbor and fast-rising 2020 tailback Kyle Edwards.
Here’s the latest on those 2019 prospects and some young names to know down the road:
John Emery Jr. — Emery has experienced a busy spring that has been followed closely by LSU fans seeking another blue-chip running back in this 2019 class. Emery spent much of his junior year making the trek up and down I-10 to Baton Rouge but has spent much of this spring taking road trips across the SEC. Emery, who released a final 8 earlier this spring, has been to Florida, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, Southern Cal and Michigan. He has plans to visit Tennessee in May. Admittedly, Emery has been comparing and contrasting his fit at each of the out-of-state schools to LSU. More interesting is the fact that Emery plans on returning to LSU in the very near future to reconnect with the coaching staff and players.
At this point, the elite 4-star tailback is starting to see a clearer picture of his future and realizing where he wants to play his college ball. A return visit to LSU is certainly a positive sign, should he wind up coming back. Last month, he was aiming to give a commitment during the early signing period in December. That timeline may get pushed up closer to the summertime before his senior season, should he see a few more things between now and then. I’m feeling cautiously confident in my early Crystal Ball pick for the Tigers.
Quinton Torbor — Torbor is such a big target in this Destrehan offense. At 6-foot-2 and 187 pounds, he’s been working on his hands and footwork for much of the offseason and should be the team’s top playmaker in the passing game this fall, especially with his quarterback making strides. Torbor was back at State this past weekend, reaffirming his commitment there. He is a huge fan of first-year coach Joe Moorhead and the way the former Penn State offensive coordinator ensured multiple receivers were involved in the offense. Other schools such as Oregon, Southern Miss and ULL are pushing for Torbor, but he’s very firm with his commitment and I fully expect him to sign early with the Bulldogs in December.
Kyle Edwards — Emery may be the headliner in Destrehan’s backfield but do not sleep on his Class of 2020 running mate in Edwards. At 6-foot and almost 200 pounds, Edwards has focused on dropping his shoulder more in the offseason. He was doing that very effectively and hits the hole extremely hard. His vision is not up to Emery’s level — at least yet — but Edwards stands out with his elusiveness, lateral quickness and ability to bounce off would-be tacklers. LSU, ULL and Memphis have all shown a good deal of interest in the 2020 running back, who will be in Baton Rouge for prospect camp this June.
Harold Blood Jr. — Blood impressed at practice with his ability to throw on the run with good accuracy. He’ll be a key player this season if the offense is going to take a step forward and reach its potential. During 11-on-11, Blood made a good deal of impressive throws but was not consistent. Should he improve his consistency, Blood will be a really interesting prospect to monitor.
Quincy Brown — A big Class of 2021 prospect to follow, Brown is a long, rangy wide receiver who shines in red zone situations. He measures up at 6-3 and 170 pounds with good hands and solid ability to make plays after the catch. He isn’t too physical but has incredible vertical ability and will continue to make strides in his game with the proven passing offense in place at Destrehan.