How Louisiana's 2022 college football recruiting class compares to past 10 years
The 2022 Louisiana football recruiting class is shaping up to be one of the state's most talented in years. Led by five-star St. Thomas More High School quarterback Walker Howard, this upcoming falls senior class has three five-star prospects, 15 four-star prospects and seven players in the top 10 in the country at their respective positions, according to 247Sports Composite.
Few areas in the country are better known for its talent in the sport, as Louisiana has produced 14 five-star prospects over the last decade. Only five states have developed more prospects of that high-end.
So before the 2022 class hits the field for its senior season, here's a look back at how the last decade of recruits in Louisiana stack up to this year's class.
The verdict is still out on this class, but the standouts so far are its two five-star talents now at LSU, Maason Smith from Terrebonne and Sage Ryan from Lafayette Christian. After those two, the class has nine four-star prospects.
The majority of the 2020 class didn't see much of the field last fall.
But the lone five-star recruit of the class, Kayshon Boutte, shined in his first season at LSU. The former Westgate High School wideout had 735 receiving yards and five touchdowns last season.
As for the rest of the class, Jaquelin Roy, a defensive lineman and the No.2 player in the class from University Lab, only featured in six games for LSU.
Now entering their junior year, the 2019 class has started to establish itself in the collegiate ranks.
After Stingley, five-star running back and Destrehan graduate John Emery Jr. has carved out a role in LSU's backfield. Four-star prospect and Alabama linebacker Christian Harris, the No.5 recruit in the class from University Lab, has become a regular contributor.
Both were wideouts at LSU. Chase was picked fifth by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2021 NFL Draft. Marshall was picked in the second round by the Carolina Panthers.
The headliner from this year is former Alabama wideout and Amite graduate DeVonta Smith. Smith, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 10th pick this year, won the Heisman Trophy last season.
Right behind him is another first round pick in Jacksonville Jaguars running back and four-star recruit Travis Etienne, a former Jennings and Clemson standout.
Also selected in the first round of the NFL Draft from this class was four-star linebacker and Livonia standout Patrick Queen, now with the Baltimore Ravens, and Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, a former three-star recruit out of Catholic B.R.. Both played three seasons at LSU.
For the 2016 class, both five-star prospects have made it to the NFL in Tennessee Titans cornerback and 2021 second round pick Kristian Fulton from Archbishop Rummel and Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence from Neville.
But the highlight of this group so far has been four-star recruit and former LSU linebacker Devin White. White, a North Webster graduate, won the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in February and was the No.5 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The top recruit of the 2015 class, five-star wideout Tyron Johnson played at Oklahoma State for two years after transferring from LSU. Now the Warren Easton graduate is with the Los Angeles Chargers and averaged nearly 20 yards per reception on 20 catches with them last season.
Outside of Johnson, Catholic B.R. running back Derrius Guice, the No.2 recruit in the class who went on to play at LSU, was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft. He has been arrested on domestic violence charges and was accused of rape last August.
The most notable recruit in Louisiana's 2014 class is Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette. The former five-star recruit from St. Augustine was the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation.
Behind him, five-star prospect and No.4 recruit in the country Cam Robinson from West Monroe High School has become a starting offensive tackle in the NFL.
The 2014 class had four five-star prospects, the most in one year over the past decade of Louisiana recruiting.
Top Louisiana recruit and four-star cornerback Tre'Davious White from the 2013 class has certainly lived up to his promise. The LSU and Green Oaks High School defensive back is a two-time Pro Bowler and a First Team All-Pro selection in 2019.
With the 2012 class, former Dutchtown safety Landon Collins, the lone five-star of the class, has had the most profound career of the group with an All-Pro selection and three pro-bowl appearances on his resume.
Jones was the just the No.16 recruit in Louisiana, but has made a Pro Bowl and is still a key defensive piece for the Atlanta Falcons.