Former Bastrop Ram and LSU Tiger Rueben Randle departed Tuesday morning for New York as one of 26 college football players invited to attend the NFL Draft.
Randle is expected to be picked sometime Thursday in the first two rounds of the draft. But how soon and by who? According to an Enterprise employee who spoke with Randle over the weekend, the 6-4 wide receiver is just as uncertain as anyone else.
Various reports and mock drafts that I have read on the Internet have Randle going as early as No. 22 to the Cleveland Browns and as late as No. 38 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Sun-Sentinel predicts that Randle will go Jacksonville with the 22nd pick.
“In another effort to add skill position players to finally help out quarterback Colt McCoy, the Browns will have a crack at all but the top two receivers who are off the board (Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State and Michael Floyd of Notre Dame). They could go with potentially big deep threats like (Baylor's Kendall) Wright or (Georgia Tech's Stephen) Hill, but Randle would probably be a better fit in Cleveland's West Coast offense,” according to the Sun-Sentinel's report.
Regardless of where he lands, Thursday is going to be a big day for Rueben and his family.
DEDDRICK JONES, another draft prospect from Morehouse Parish, hopes to hear his named called Saturday in the later rounds of the draft.
The pride of Oak Ridge, the Delta, Bastrop and Southern Mississippi product can play defensive tackle or end.
RANDALL MACKEY'S versatility was on full display as Ole Miss held its spring game Saturday.
Mackey, who recently converted from quarterback to wide receiver, was 2-for-2 for 44 yards and two touchdowns through the air, rushed twice for 16 yards and caught a pass for four yards.
Mackey found Ja-Mes Logan on a 25-yard touchdown pass in overtime, but the Red stopped the Blue's 2-point conversion to preserve a 24-23 victory.
JEVANTE WATSON had an outstanding spring game at Louisiana-Lafayette, punctuated by a fourth quarter interception. He also logged three tackles and a pass breakup.
A 2011 Bastrop High graduate, Watson will be a freshman for the Ragin' Cajuns next season. He finished the spring listed as a second-team cornerback and is expected to figure into UL's defensive plans for next season.
PVA TRACK: Four Prairie View athletes have qualified for North State by placing in the top three at last week's MAIS District 3-2A Meet at River Oaks.
Austin McDonald finished runner-up in the discus and third in the shot put, while Ethan Nobles took second in the 1600-meter run, followed by teammate Dylan Mewborn in third.
Page 2 of 2 - In the girls division, Anne-Marie Ogden placed third in the long jump.
North State will be held Wednesday (field events) and Saturday (running) at Washington School in Greenville, Miss. McDonald will report for the throwing events today at 10 a.m., with Ogden competing in the long jump at 1 p.m. Nobles and Mewborn will run in the 1600m Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
HARVARD CALLS: Ouachita Christian quarterback/free safety Braden Bristo received his first phone call from a college football recruiter last week. It's a phone call he isn't likely to forget. At the other end of the line was Harvard University defensive backs coach Ryan Crawford.
Bristo, who helped the Eagles to the state championship last season, is being recruited as a defensive back.
BOYD COLE has guided the Sterlington Lady Panthers to a 25-2 record and a spot in the State Tournament in Sulphur. A former Bastrop High assistant football and baseball coach, Cole is in his 17th season at SHS.
Sterlington, the No. 3 seed, will play Catholic of New Iberia on Friday at noon in the Class 2A quarterfinals.
TURNSTILES WHIRL: ULM has shattered the school's single-season baseball attendance record for the second straight season.
With four games remaining on the home schedule, the Warhawks have attracted 35,846 fans (1,629 average) per game. Last year, ULM drew 35,842 in 30 home dates.
ULM's remaining home dates include a three-game Sun Belt Conference series vs. defending conference tournament champion Arkansas-Little Rock, May 4-6, and a May 15 tilt vs. McNeese State.
ULM is currently ranked 36th nationally in average attendance and 38th in total attendance.