Cajuns recruit from Comeaux receives first SEC offer

Tim Buckley
The Daily Advertiser

A Ragin’ Cajuns football recruit from Comeaux High who was offered by UL earlier this month said he’s picked up an offer from an SEC school.

Wide receiver Malik Nabers, a Class of 2021 recruit heading into his junior year at Comeaux, tweeted earlier this week that he was “Blessed to receive my first POWER 5 & SEC offer from the University of Tennessee.”

Nabers tweeted in May that he had received his initial FBS offer from UL.

Two fellow Sun Belt Conference schools subsequently offered, with one coming from UL Monroe two days later and another from South Alabama this week as well.

Related:Cajuns offer STM freshman quarterback Walker Howard

Comeaux's Malik Nabers, right, pulls in a pass from Sean Malveaux against Acadiana High last October.


Two Cajuns — offensive lineman Kevin Dotson and Robert Hunt — have been named Street & Smith's 2019 college football preview magazine preseason all-Sun Belt Conference team.

UL’s Raymond Calais Jr. also was rated as the “Most Elusive” running back in the Sun Belt Conference by the magazine, and Hunt was rated as the “Best Interview” in the conference.

This weekend, UL opens its summer program in preparation for the 2019 season.

Related:Cajuns to kick off 2019 football season on ESPNU

More:Starting at right tackle, UL's Hunt has reasons to smile

Related:UL's Raymond Calais ready for more after breakout season


In a recent bottom-to-top ranking of the best FBS coaching jobs in the country by AthlonSports.com, the one at UL checks in at No. 92 among 130 overall.

Wrote the website, in part: “Talent within the state borders and Texas provides a great foundation for building a roster. This program also has good fan support and an indoor practice facility to utilize throughout the year.

“Louisiana didn’t make a bowl from 1993-10 but has earned six postseason trips over the last eight years. In other words, with the right coach, this program has the potential to be an annual contender for the Sun Belt title.”

Among the programs ranked below UL were fellow Sun Belt members Appalachian State (98), Troy (99), Georgia Southern (100), Texas State 116), South Alabama (117), Coastal Carolina (123), Georgia State (125) and UL Monroe (127), along with Tulane (101), ex-Sun Belt members Florida International (109) and Western Kentucky (114), several MAC programs and several Conference USA teams.

At No. 91, Arkansas State is the only Sun Belt job ranked better than UL’s.

More:UL has big decision to make on Cajun Field renovation

Related:UL student tailgating area returns close to Cajun Field


Former UL big man Shawn Long has signed with Melbourne United, a franchise in Australia’s National Basketball League.

Long played in the same league season for the New Zealand Breakers, averaging 18.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game — including a career-high 33 points against the Perth Wildcats in January — en route to second-team all-NBL honors.

“In a league where we have some very high-level centers,” Melbourne United coach Dean Vickerman said in a statement, “I think Shawn has a skillset that is different to all the other elite centers in the league.

“With his ability to be a guy that teams need to double-team in the block, he shoots 40% from the 3, and then is still an excellent athlete in transition.

“There are some things he does unbelievably well above the rim,” Vickerman added, “and I think that if we can channel that emotion that he has in the right direction, then he is certainly going to excite our fans.”

Long, the 2016 Sun Belt Player of the Year, averaged 8.2 points and 4.7 boards over 18 games for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers in 2017.

The Morgan City High product also played briefly in China.

More:Marlin's Cajuns must move on without Gant, Stroman


Former Cajuns guard Frank Bartley IV was named this week to the All-National Basketball League of Canada first team.

Bartley previously was recognized as the pro league’s Rookie of the Year.

More:New Cajuns assistant Morris joins two of his juco players