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Louisiana’s 2018 class full of future college, pro stars | Jerit and the Kid

Jerit and the KidLouisiana’s 2018 recruiting class is full of star power that appears poised to excel on not only the college level, but also professionally.

And Jerit Roser and Jordan Burkett could help but spend the inaugural edition of “Jerit and the Kid” discussing the talented group.

Check out the podcast below for some rankings, a few under-the-radar names and some other notable story lines, including LSU’s biggest challengers for these prospects and which playmakers are most closely watching new Tigers offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s offense this fall.

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Denham Springs football returns to field, bright lights after historic flooding

“Normal” isn’t a word that’s being tossed around Denham Springs lately.

Ever since historic flooding hit the southern portion of Louisiana in mid-August, the entire region has been working to get back to some semblance of normalcy.

Although life has been anything but.

Denham Springs football team rallies around goal post

The Denham Springs football team will begin its season Friday, during Week 2 action, after working back from historic flooding in the area last month. (Mark Clements)

A small piece of that will change Friday though, as one of the area’s strongest uniting factors returns to the city: high school football.

It may not seem like much of a big deal, but anyone from the city or surrounding area knows what the Yellow Jackets mean to the community.

“When you talk about Friday night lights and high school football across the country, the communities that have the one high school that’s based in their city, there’s a lot of pride like that everywhere,” said head coach Dru Nettles. “Denham Springs is no exception. It’s a special place.”

When the clock strikes 7 p.m. and the ball is teed up for the opening kickoff, it’s not only going to signify the start of a new football season for Denham Springs.

No, it’s so much more than that.

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Once-shy LSU QB Lindsey Scott Jr. brings character, media savvy to the Tigers as freshman

Lindsey Scott’s meteoric rise to unseen peaks this winter left in his wake a trail of not only frustrated opponents, but a growing number of cameras.

Jerit Roser and Lindsey Scott discuss work ethic, diet and character.

Jerit Roser and Lindsey Scott caught up before the now-former Zachary star enrolled at LSU to discuss his work ethic, diet and character. (Jerit Roser)

As talented as some of those defenses may have been, there’s little question the latter would’ve been a more daunting proposal to his younger self.

But the once undersized and quiet quarterback found, with his stride, his swagger en route to becoming not only a heralded leader, but a media darling now beginning his first preseason camp at LSU.

“It’s funny because some of my teammates and my classmates, when they think of me, they jump straight to 11th grade when things kind of started to get up and running,” says Scott, who graduated this May after leading Zachary to its first state championship in December. “But people like (lineman) Trevor Jackson — Trevor knew me when I was really little — they know that in middle school I was really shy.

“It was always easy with my friends and stuff, but meeting new people — and don’t even get me started on girls. I couldn’t walk up to girls and talk to ’em. Me and my friends would be walking in the mall or something, and I’d say something like, ‘Oh, that girl’s cute.’ And they’d say, ‘Oh, go talk to her.’ And I was kind of like, ‘Don’t even worry about all that.”

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ULM walk-on Lee Marshall’s road back to football included Chili’s, Coca-Cola, intramurals

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Former Wossman star Lee Marshall is eager for another chance at football at ULM. (Courtesy of Lee Marshall)

Lee Marshall would wake up and go to workouts at 7:45 a.m. or class at 9 a.m., depending on the particular day’s schedule.

He’d head from one to the other, finishing up in the early afternoon, and then off to six-hour work shifts stocking Coca-Cola products from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Homework and studying would cap off a routine that would make most college students cringe at the thought.

But the ULM walk-on, finally back on the football field, can’t help but see the opportunity as a blessing.

“It was hard,” Marshall says of his spring. “But it makes it much easier knowing how much I wanted to play. It’s hard, but, I mean, I can do it.”

The Monroe native wasn’t always sure he’d get the chance.

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From LSU to SMU: Trey Quinn poised to capitalize on second chance

“Incomplete” is typically among the last words a wide receiver wants to hear.

Trey Quinn and parents

Former LSU wide receiver Trey Quinn — and parents Angie and Dave Quinn — are excited for a second chance provided by a transfer to SMU. (Courtesy of Trey Quinn)

And yet one an ardent, if at times mercurial, fan base can try its damnedest to make echo — even in its own players’ ears.

The definition is far different for Trey Quinn at the moment, though.

Two years at home-state LSU probably saw less warm, fuzzy fairytale feelings for the national record-setting Lake Charles product than overblown scrutiny, challenging frustration and resulting lessons learned.

But those chapters have far from closed the book on Quinn, who will have two years of eligibility remaining at SMU after redshirting this fall.

The change of scenery and offense brings a world of fresh potential for an athlete who started seven games as a true freshman in college football’s most highly touted league in 2014 — a new beginning for which he and his family can’t help but admit their excitement.

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