- Joel Rodgers
If you follow high school football -chances are- you’ve heard of MaxPreps. The popular source for high school sports has recently released a preseason Louisiana All-State Football teams.
Several members of the 2019 team are from Northwest Louisiana including Cory Marshall (Northwood), Vincent Hall (Woodlawn), Eric Reed Jr. (Calvary), Cameron Jackson (Haynesville), Blake Shapen (Evangel), and Seth Cranford (Northwood).
Six members of the preseason first team, including the state’s top two prospects: Jaquelin Roy of University Lab (Baton Rouge) and Kayshon Boutte of Westgate (New Iberia) are headed to LSU.
Several players from Zachary, West Monroe, John Curtis, Woodlawn, Catholic-B.R. can be seen September 13 &14 at Shreveport’s Battle on the Border.
Below is a complete list of all players to make the preseason MaxPreps Louisiana All-State Football Teams.
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First Team Offense
QB — Keilon Brown, Zachary | Sr. | 6-0 | 180
The Class 5A player of the year last season, Brown will play at Memphis next year. He threw for 2,770 yards and rushed for 1,354 yards as a junior.
QB — Caleb Holstein, St. Thomas More (Lafayette) | Sr. | 6-5 | 210
The Class 4A player of the year as a junior, Holstein led the state in passing yardage and touchdowns with 3,854 yards and 47 touchdowns. He will play at Harvard next year.
RB — Ashaad Johnson, Easton (New Orleans) | Sr. | 6-0 | 200
The No. 4 overall player in Louisiana and the No. 11 running back in the nation by 247 Sports, Johnson will pay at LSU next year. Formerly known as Ashaad Clayton, Johnson was Class 4A all-state last year.
WR — Kayshon Boutte, Westgate (New Iberia) | Sr. | 6-0 | 185
Ranked as the No. 2 overall player in Louisiana and the No. 7 wide receiver in the nation, Boutte caught 43 passes for 674 yards and eight touchdowns last year. He will play at LSU next season.
WR — Ja’khi Douglas, Terrebonne (Houma) | Sr. | 5-9 | 190
Florida State landed Douglas, the No. 8 player in Louisiana by 247 Sports. He threw for 965 yards, rushed for 685 and caught 12 passes for 251 yards last year.
OL — Sedrick Van Pran, Easton (New Orleans) | Sr. | 6-4 | 305
Georgia will be Van Pran’s new home next year. The state’s top offensive lineman is ranked as the No. 3 center in the nation by 247 Sports.
AP — Corey Wren, John Curtis Christian (River Ridge) | Sr. | 5-9 | 170
One of the fastest players in the state with a 10.4 clocking in the 100 meters, Wren rushed for 886 yards and 10 touchdowns last year and also had a punt return for a touchdowns. He will play at Georgia next year.
K — Austin McCready, John Curtis Christian (River Ridge) | Sr. | 6-1 | 170
A former MaxPreps Sophomore All-American, McCready kicked nine field goals and converted 48-of-53 extra points as a junior.
First Team Defense
DL — Jaquelin Roy, University Lab (Baton Rouge) | Sr. | 6-5 | 310
Ranked as the No. 1 overall player in Louisiana by 247 Sports and the No. 4 defensive tackle in the nation, Roy will play at LSU next year.
DL — Angelo Anderson, John Curtis Christian (River Ridge) | Sr. | 6-3 | 245
Tulane has landed Anderson, ranked as the No. 16 player in the state by 247 Sports. He was honorable mention Class 5A all-state last year.
DL — Jacobian Guillory, Alexandria | Sr. | 6-3 | 320
LSU has also landed Guillory, the No. 5 overall player in Louisiana and the No. 12 defensive tackle in the nation. He had 38 tackles and three sacks as a junior.
DB — Joel Williams, Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge) | Sr. | 6-1 | 180
Ranked as the No. 11 player in Louisiana by 247 Sports, Williams originally committed to Florida, but is now favored to be heading to Alabama.
Second Team Offense
QB — Blake Shapen, Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport) | Sr. | 6-0 | 183
Shapen begins his third season as the quarterback at Evangel Christian. Ranked as the No. 41 quarterback in the nation by 247 Sports, Shapen will play at Arizona State next year.
RB — Kyle Edwards, Destrehan | Sr. | 6-0 | 210
Played behind all-district MVP John Emery, but still managed to rush for 708 yards and eight touchdowns last year. Ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 17 prospect in the state.
RB — Jai Williams, Ascension Catholic (Donaldsonville) | Sr. | 5-10 | 186
Williams could finish his career as one of the state’s all-time leading rushers. With 2,668 yards and 32 touchdowns last year, the Class 1A all-state running back has 5,060 yards in his career.
WR — Koy Moore, Archbishop Rummel (Metairie) | Sr. | 6-1 | 172
An honorable mention Class 5A all-state selection as a junior, Moore ranks as the No. 9 player in the state. He will play at LSU next year.
WR — Christopher Hilton, Zachary | Jr. | 5-11 | 170
Already committed to LSU, Hilton ranks as the No. 2 player in the state in the Class of 2021. He caught 30 passes for 542 yards and seven scores last year.
OL — Connor Finucane, Catholic-B.R. (Baton Rouge) | Sr. | 6-3 | 270
Committed to Louisiana Tech, Finucane was a two-way player who saw action on the defensive line and the offensive line at center.
Second Team Defense
DL — Khari Coleman, Carver Collegiate Academy (New Orleans) | Sr. | 6-1 | 215
A four-year varsity player, Coleman ranks as the No. 33 player in the state and the 32nd best defensive end in the nation.
DL — Maason Smith, Terrebonne (Houma) | Jr. | 6-4 | 316
Ranked as the No. 1 junior in the state by 247 Sports, Smith is ranked No. 3 in the nation and is headed to LSU.
DB — Ja’Darius Clark, Alexandria | Sr. | 6-1 | 180
Clark has committed to Virginia and earned Class 5A all-state honors as a junior.
DB — Donovan Johnson, Cox (Harvey) | Sr. | 6-2 | 180
A Class 4A all-state honorable mention selection, Johnson is ranked as the No. 37 safety in the nation by 247 Sports.
DB — Jamie Vance, Edna Karr (New Orleans) | Sr. | 5-10 | 155
Arkansas has a commitment from Vance, who is ranked as the No. 25 player in the state.
P — Seth Cranford, Northwood (Shreveport) | Sr. | 5-11 | 185
Cranford averaged 41.5 yard per kick and also had 48 touchbacks last year.