Here are 9 elite high school football recruits in the Acadiana area to watch in 2021

Koki Riley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

With four state champions last year, 2021 is shaping up to be another season rich with top recruits from the Acadiana area.

Here are nine top prospects to look out for this fall.

Walker Howard

Howard enters his senior season at St. Thomas More following a year when he was all-district and an all-state MVP. He also threw for 3,430 yards and 39 touchdowns.

Howard (6-1, 195) has committed to LSU and is the No.2 quarterback and No. 20 overall prospect in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite.

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Laterrance Welch

Welch missed the majority of last season because of a knee injury, but came back in time to help Acadiana win its second straight state championship. He picked off Alexandria's two-point attempt in the title game to seal the victory.

More:Acadiana defeats Alexandria to become fourth Lafayette team to win a state title this year

Welch is the No.1 cornerback and No. 7 player in Louisiana. He committed to LSU less than two weeks after receiving an offer.

Welch is a bigger cornerback at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds.

Walter Bob Jr.

Bob is committed to Alabama and made the decision just hours after receiving the offer last year.

Bob didn't have any stars on his résumé when he made the decision, but has since added four of them and shot up the state-wide recruiting rankings, becoming the No.15 prospect in Louisiana's 2022 class.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive lineman caused a crucial fumble just before halftime in last year's state championship game. The play allowed Acadiana to take a two-score lead, as the Rams went on to win the state title by a touchdown.

More:How Walter Bob Jr. rose from relatively unknown recruit to 4-star Alabama football commitment

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Jordan Allen

Allen, a safety at Lafayette Christian Academy, is the No.23 recruit in Louisiana and a three-star prospect. He has offers from Georgia, Penn State, Miami and 39 other schools.

Last season, the 6-foot, 182-pound Allen had 22 tackles and four interceptions, helping guide Lafayette Christian to its fourth straight state championship.

Danny Lewis Jr.

At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Lewis is being recruited as a tight end but also takes snaps at wide receiver, quarterback, defensive end, running back and long snapper for Westgate.

The senior accumulated 1,782 all-purpose yards, three sacks, four passing touchdowns and nine rushing touchdowns.

A three-star prospect, Lewis is weighing offers from Virginia, Arizona State and Indiana, among others.

Fitzgerald West Jr.

West has been collecting offers from some of the top Power 5 schools in the nation, including LSU and Alabama in June.

The offensive and defensive line prospect also has offers from Oregon, Colorado and SMU.

At 6-foot-2 and 325 pounds, West helped guide Lafayette Christian to another state title with 51 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks last season.

West will announce his commitment on July 10.

Brylan Green

Green is a 5-foot-9, 159-pound cornerback at Lafayette Christian with offers from Auburn, Baylor, Colorado, Mississippi State and Washington State.

A two-sport athlete, Green also intends on playing baseball in college. He has received baseball and football offers from each of his top nine schools.

Green recorded 66 tackles, four interceptions and seven tackles for loss in 2020.

Derek Williams

A 2023 recruit, Williams is one of two five-star recruits in the Acadiana area heading into this season.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Westgate star has offers from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Texas and Texas A&M. Williams also plays basketball and can play multiple positions on the football field, including running back.

The junior had 37 tackles, three forced fumbles, four interceptions and five tackles for loss last season.

Maxie Baudoin IV

Baudoin is a top-five defensive lineman in Louisiana's 2022 class and has 22 offers from Division I schools, including a top five of Auburn, Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida and Southern Cal.

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At 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, Baudoin helped guide Ascension Episcopal to an 8-1 record last season.