National Letter Signing Day once again proved that Southwest Louisiana has gridiron talent. Even in a weak year, numbers-wise, LaGrange managed to deliver five young men to the college ranks, all receiving scholarships. Defensive back Ja'len James committed to Texas San Antonio, free safety Jacory Augustine committes to Lamar University, while the trio of quarterback Joseph Spruel, linebacker Jalen Thomas, and offensive guard Dyquan Simon all signed with Oklahoma Panhandle State. It was a day that proved that the Gators program under Head Coach Jules Sullen is on the rise. Sullen has given LaGrange and indentity, not just on the girdiron but in the classroom as well. And the results have been tremendous.
At Jennings, the trio of running back Dylan LaVergne, tight end Chris Watkins and offensive tackle Michael Ringuet all committed to play for Northwestern State. While at Elton, offensive lineman Patrick Jacobs signed on the dotted line to play close to home McNeese State. Bryce Hebert, a fullback/h-back from South Beauregard, will also be playing for the Cowboys, where his father is on Head Coach Matt Viator's staff.
As for Coach Viator, he and his staff pulled off a major coup on signing day. Not only did they fill all the holes on the offensive line, the linebacking corps, secondary, and special teams, but they also grabbed a pair of FBS-worthy skill position players. Alex Johnson of Carencro and Damon Gladney Jr. of Haughton signed with the Pokes despite interest from several Division One programs.