LSU’s commits came through with a strong weekend on the football field, and at the right time.
From Florida to Mississippi and Tennessee to Texas, these prospects made their presence felt in a number of ways on both offense and defense. These performances led to either undefeated seasons, district championships or playoff triumphs.
Here’s how they fared:
Mannie Netherly, 4-star WR (Crosby, Texas)
The Crosby (Texas) High train rolled through the first round of the playoffs, thanks in part to another spectacular outing from Netherly.
The 4-star wide receiver commit, who plays quarterback for his high school, gashed Vidor (Texas) High for 4 total touchdowns, including 2 through the air and another 2 rushing.
Netherly amassed 137 yards on the ground, including a touchdown run from 45 yards out on a fourth-and-2. His passing touchdowns covered 11 and 21 yards.
That helped his team advance to the second round of the postseason, impressing his coach in the process.
“He showed great leadership qualities and maturation as a quarterback,” offensive coordinator Marvin Nash told SEC Country. “He’s going to be special in Baton Rouge!”
— Joe Gleason (@joeagleason) November 11, 2016
Patrick Queen, 4-star LB (Livonia, La.)
Queen’s Livonia (La.) High is gearing up for a deep playoff run in Louisiana’s Class 4A. The 4-star linebacker commit did everything in his power to start out on the right foot.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound recruit sparked his team on offense, defense and special teams, and in the process found the end zone twice. Queen rushed for 188 yards on 19 carries.
Queen returned a kick return for a 79-yard touchdown. Once No. 8 found a seam, he was off to the races as Livonia nabbed a 50-41 win in the first round of the playoffs.
Queen also made a pass breakup, displayed his speed and toughness as he consistently pushed the pile as a runner, and broke loose for multiple 60-plus-yard runs.
Here’s a look at Queen’s highlights in the playoff shootout. First, he has an absurd 55-yard run where he broke several tackles, running sideline to sideline and taking down several Bastrop (La.) would-be tacklers:
That’s followed by a 60-yard touchdown run where not a single member of the defense can lay a hand on Queen as he quickly makes his way into the end zone:
Kary Vincent Jr., 4-star CB (Port Arthur, Texas)
Vincent is going to be a standout cornerback at LSU, but in the postseason, consider him a jack of all trades.
The 4-star cornerback lined up on the offensive side of the ball Friday for Memorial High to spark the unit. The Texas state track champion hauled in a 33-yard touchdown reception in the corner of the end zone to extend his team’s lead to 28-0. He had made a clutch pass breakup in the end zone as Porter (Texas) High was threatening.
Here’s a look at Vincent’s long touchdown reception:
Here’s Vincent’s pass breakup in the end zone:
Memorial eventually ran away with the 49-3 win, the first taste of postseason success for the LSU cornerback pledge.
JaCoby Stevens, 5-star S (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
Stevens is a major reason why Oakland High is the top-ranked team in Tennessee. On Friday, he helped his team roll to another comfortable playoff rout.
Stevens registered 6 tackles, a pass breakup and forced a fumble. The 5-star safety nabbed an interception in the end zone in what has become a routine Friday night.
By the way, that puts Stevens at 8 picks on the season.
Stevens’ continued dominance at safety helped Oakland improve to 13-0 this season.
Here’s a look at Stevens getting way up, climbing the latter for the pass deflection:
Grant Delpit, 4-star S (Bradenton, Fla.)
It was Senior Night in Bradenton, Fla., and LSU’s safety commit made the most of it.
Despite a banged up shoulder, Delpit continued his ballhawking ways, grabbing an interception as he helped IMG Academy earn a shutout in the regular-season finale.
This season, the 4-star defensive back has 4 picks to go along with 6 pass breakups.
Equally as impressive, Delpit contributed a handful of key stops through the lopsided win. One led to an early IMG touchdown. The interception helped ice the 38-0 win as the third quarter came to an end.
Here’s Delpit’s easy interception of St. Francis (Md.):
Myles Brennan, 4-star QB (Bay Saint Louis, Miss.)
LSU’s quarterback commit has enjoyed a record-setting season, but the storybook saga finally came to a close on Friday night.
Brennan completed 22 of 36 passes for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns compared to 2 interceptions — his second and third picks of his senior year. Brennan’s touchdown throws spanned 49 and 32 yards.
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact Brennan’s success through the air nearly helped St. Stanislaus High complete a late playoff comeback. After the offense was held in check early on, Brennan engineered a late rally to force not one, but two overtimes before dropping the game, 30-22.
Brennan, an Under Armour All-American and recently minted as Mississippi’s Class 4A Mr. Football, ends his prep tenure with a 34-8 record as a starter. This season, he has distinguished himself as one of the better passers in the country, which is evident by 3,966 passing yards, 48 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He finished the season with a quarterback rating north of 140.
Jontre Kirklin, 3-star ATH (Livonia, La.)
With the Louisiana Class 3A playoffs kicking off, Kirklin returned to form.
Kirklin, who quarterbacked Lutcher (La.) High to a state championship, completed 7 of 10 attempts for 78 yards and a touchdown in the opening round of the postseason. That touchdown throw was a 14-yard dart to 3-star wideout Al’dontre Davis. He also rushed for 75 yards on 4 carries, including scores from 11 and 45 yards.
This was all the more impressive after Kirklin struggled in Lutcher’s regular-season finale last week. However, Kirklin is a battle-tested playoff competitor and is rounding into form at the most important time of the season. The elite athlete will make the transition to defensive back next year at LSU.
Justin Thomas, 3-star DL (Spanish Fort, Ala.)
LSU’s future defensive lineman is helping Spanish Fort (Ala.) High gear up for a playoff run. It began Friday night with an upset of Alabama’s top-ranked team.
Thomas mustered 5 tackles, including 2.0 for loss. He also generated a whopping 9 quarterbacks pressures, which led to an interception.
The theme of Spanish Fort’s win was “swarming” defense. Thomas anchored a defensive effort that held top-ranked Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Ala.) to a season-low 13 points.
Zadock Dinkelmann, 4-star QB (Somerset, Texas)
Dinkelmann, by trade, is a pro-style passer. However, the 2018 LSU pledge was a force both through the air and by foot to start the Texas state playoffs.
The 4-star quarterback helped Somerset’s (Texas) offense rack up 431 total yards of offense, 218 rushing and another 213 thanks to Dinkelmann.
He completed 15 of 22 passes for 200-plus yards for a pair of touchdowns as his team earned a 31-0 victory.
Derek Stingley Jr., 4-star CB (Baton Rouge, La.)
A quick stop in LSU’s star-studded 2019 class, and Stingley was a highlight reel by himself in Dunham’s (La.) close shootout loss to Newman (La.).
Stingley, normally a force in the secondary, could not be contained on special teams either. The 4-star cornerback housed a kickoff return to start the game and set the tone for the high-scoring affair.
— Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) November 12, 2016
- 2017 commits Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Aaron Moffitt, and 2018 commit Kelvin Joseph, did not play this week due to playoff byes. The Baton Rouge area prospects could meet up in the Louisiana Division I state playoffs.
- 2017 defensive line commit Neil Farrell’s team was bounced out of the playoffs in the first round. He ended his senior campaign with a whopping 65 solo tackles, including 25 for losses, 12 sacks and 12 more quarterback hurries. More on Farrell coming this week.
- It’s playoff football in Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, West Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Texas. LSU has commits playing games in each of those states.
- Overall playoff record among ’17 commits: 11-3
- Two ’17 commits had bye weeks, one did not play this week. IMG Academy has yet to start the postseason.
- Factor in three 2018 commits: 13-3
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