Former Bastrop Ram Rodney Jackson will be among a handful of players striving to impress NFL scouts when Grambling State University holds its annual Pro Day on Tuesday, March 19.
Workouts get underway at 9 a.m. at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium. Fans are welcome to watch on-field drills, however, all weight room activities will be closed to the public.
Jackson, a 6-2, 190-pound defensive lineman, led the nation with four blocked kicks while logging 22 tackles, six tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and forcing three fumbles as a senior for the Tigers last season. A transfer from East Mississippi Community College, Jackson helped the G-Men to a 6-5 record last season and an 11-2 mark and a Celebration Bowl appearance as a junior.
Among the other Tigers scheduled to take part in the event are SWAC Defensive Player of the Year LB De'Arius Christmas, DL Linwood Banks, OL Darrell Brown, OL Davante Brown, DB Trevaun Calahan, DB Percy Cargo Jr., DL La'Allen Clark, WR Devohn Lindsey, K Marc Orozoco, RB WR Johntavious Robinson, WR Calief Samon, DL Johnkill Skipper and LB Malcolm Williams.
URBAN MEYER will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural "Legacy Keepers: Preserving the Eddie Robinson Playbook" program to be held Thursday, March 21 at Grambling's Fred C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
The event is part of Eddie Robinson's 100th birthday celebration (the legendary Grambling coach would have turned 100 on Feb. 13).
Meyer, the recipient of the 2004 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award while at Utah, retired following the 2018 season. He compiled a 187-32 career record while winning three national titles — two at Florida (2006, 2008), one at Ohio State (2014).
GRAMBLING SOFTBALL: Bastrop High products Tia Coleman and Kenyshae Beasley have helped the Lady Tigers to a 10-4 start on the diamond.
In 13 starts, Coleman has posted a .343 batting average, a .465 on base percentage and a .486 slugging percentage. The junior middle infielder has a home run and five RBIs to go with eight runs and is a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen bases.
Beasley has appeared in 12 games, mostly in the outfield. She is batting .292 with a .414 on base percentage, seven runs and six stolen bases in seven tries.
Seeing double duty as a pitcher, the junior right-hander has a 5.73 ERA through 11 innings in four appearances — all in relief. She has not been involved in a decision.
LEAGUE LEADER: Despite missing the past four games with the flu, former Bastrop Lady Ram softball stalwart Chelsea Fagan continues to lead the Great American Conference in home runs (10), total bases (52), slugging percentage (.839) and runs (21).
A transfer from Bossier Parish Community College, the junior first baseman has helped Southern Arkansas to an 18-6 overall mark and a 9-3 conference record.
GEORGIA BARHAM, a 2007 Prairie View Academy graduate, is currently teaching preschool and elementary English in Hanoi, Vietnam.
It would probably be safe to say that she is the only person to have been a cheerleader at Bastrop High, Neville and Prairie View.
Barham earned her business degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was employed by Mood Media in Austin, Texas prior to moving overseas.
CHAD MAHAFFEY was recently named as the new head coach at Class 5A Walker.
Mahaffey was offensive coordinator for Bastrop's 2007 state championship and 2008 state semifinalist teams prior to a highly-successful nine-year stint at University Lab in Baton Rouge.
He guided the Cubs to a 102-15 mark, highlighted by Division II state titles in 2014, 2017 and 2018. U-High currently owns a 26-game winning streak and finished last season ranked No. 73 in the Max Preps national poll.
Walker went 8-3 last season under Cecil Thomas, who accepted the head coaching position at Class 5A Sulphur.
KYLE MANNING recently completed his first season as wide receives coach on Bill Conides' staff at Class 5A Denham Springs. Manning was Matt Middleton's offensive coordinator at Prairie View prior to returning to his native California.
Denham Springs went 7-5 last season.
Here's another name that will ring a bell for Prairie View fans from days gone by. Mark Carroll is in his 19th season as the Yellow Jackets' baseball coach. Carroll coached multiple sports at West Monroe Ridgedale, one of Prairie View's main rivals from the old Louisiana Independent Schools Association.
Denham Springs' head basketball coach also has northeast Louisiana ties as Kevin Caballaro just completed his second season with the Yellow Jackets. Caballero and ULM head coach Keith Richard were high school teammates at Baton Rouge Redemptorist. Caballero was an assistant to Richard at Louisiana Tech before joining the high school ranks at West Ouachita and Sterlington.