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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • D.D. Jones in rookie mini-camp with Seahawks

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  • D.D. Jones is getting his chance this weekend.
    Jones wasn't selected in the recent NFL Draft, but the 6-foot-4, 306-pound defensive tackle accepted an invitation to the Seattle Seahawks rookie camp, which started Friday and ends Sunday.
    Jones spent the past four seasons at Arkansas where he started 22 games. Last season, he was in on 18 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, with five pass breakups and a blocked kick.
    Jones played at Delta as an eighth grader and a freshman, before transferring to Bastrop following the merger of Morehouse Parish's two public high schools. He helped the Rams win back-to-back Class 4A state championships in 2006 and 2007 and reach the semifinals in 2008.
    MOST IMPROVED: Bastrop High product Jevante Watson won a starting cornerback job and was named as the Most Improved Defensive Player during Louisiana-Lafayette's spring drills.
    Watson saw action in 12 games as a freshman for the Ragin' Cajuns last season, recording nine tackles and a pass breakup.
    Visiting the Rams' spring camp on Thursday, UL running backs coach Marquase Lovings proudly pointed out that the Ragin' Cajuns are the only program in the state to win bowl games the past two seasons.
    ESPN TOP 150: The senior Class of 2014 is shaping up as perhaps the best football class in Louisiana history.
    A staggering 11 players from the Bayou State are ranked in the ESPN Top 150, including three in the top 10.
    St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette is the consensus No. 1 recruit in the nation. West Monroe offensive tackle Cameron Robinson is No. 7, followed by Edna Karr athlete Speedy Noil at No. 8. All three are rated as five-star recruits.
    Four-star seniors-to-be to keep an eye on include Neville safety Laurence Jones, No. 21; John Curtis wide receiver Malachi Dupree, No. 29; Karr defensive tackle Gerald Willis III, No. 31; Barbe wide receiver Trey Quinn, No. 39; Ouachita wide receiver Cameron Sims, No. 64; University guard Garrett Brumfield, No. 98; Covington defensive tackle Gerald McDowell, No. 105; and Westlake tight end Jacory Washington, No. 119.
    Brumfield and Washington, both of whom have pledged to LSU, are the only two Louisiana players on the list to have made verbal commitments.
    Page 2 of 2 - SEC LEGENDS: Former LSU baseball coach and athletic director Skip Bertman is among the four recently-named SEC Baseball Legends.
    Bertman, former Auburn coach Hal Baird (1986-2000), Kentucky second baseman Terry Shumpert (1985-87) and Gene McArtor, who played first base at Missouri from 1961-63 and went on to coach at his alma mater from 1974-94, will be honored during the SEC Baseball Tournament, May 21-26, in Hoover, Ala.
    Taking over a mediocre program in 1984, Bertman transformed LSU into a national power. In 18 seasons, Bertman guided the Tigers to an 870-330 record, five national championships and 11 College World Series berths. Upon retiring from coaching, he was LSU's AD from 2001-08.
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