Basile standout Kendrick Ceaser. (American Press Archives)
Last Modified: Friday, August 30, 2013 2:52 PM
It is pretty rare to see a high school football player be one of the state’s top players all four years of their prep career, but that is just what Barbe senior wide receiver Trey Quinn will be looking to accomplish this season.
Since taking over a starting role as a freshman at the ripe age of 14, Quinn has given opposing defenses fits every time he steps on the field. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound playmaker has starred as the Bucs’ return specialist and has received time at running back during his tenure, but is most deadly when lined up at wide receiver using his blazing speed and soft hands to wreak havoc on opposing secondaries.
Quinn recently submitted his verbal commitment to play his college ball at LSU, despite receiving numerous offers from other nationally ranked colleges. He is ranked as the No. 37 overall prospect in the nation, according to ESPN.
“The sky is the limit for Trey, and he has worked very hard for everything he has earned,” said Barbe head coach Mike Cutrera. “He is a very talented player, but he is also a great kid on and off the field. Trey is someone that you like to have around your team and personally.”
In 2011 Quinn was named to the All-State team and was also elected the Southwest Louisiana Big Schools MVP after his sophomore campaign.
In 2012 he made the leap to the All-American team after a junior season that saw him make 115 catches for 2,141 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also managed 223 rushing yards and 758 total return yards, giving him a total of 3,111 all-purpose yards.
Quinn has posted 249 receptions for 4,599 yards and 47 touchdowns through his first three seasons and needs 1,269 yards to break the Louisiana state record for most receiving yards in a career; 1,895 yards will grant him the national record.
While he may not receive the national recognition that Quinn has, the Barbe signal caller has built quite a reputation for himself in his two years as a varsity starter.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior has managed to provide excellent service to not only one of the nation’s most dangerous receiving threats in Quinn, but also Desean Smith, who now plays at LSU. Along with being a dynamic passer, Fontenot has also shown the ability to be a dynamic dual-threat quarterback.
“We are expecting big things from (Fontenot) this season. He is a great athlete and an even better leader,” said Cutrera. “He makes things happen at the quarterback position whether it be running, scrambling or throwing the ball, and he is very fun to watch.”
Fontenot was named the All-Southwest Louisiana Big Schools Offensive MVP in 2012 after a junior season that saw him throw for 4,294 yards and rush for 663 more. He went on to account for a total of 55 touchdowns.
If the Bucs are hoping to return to the Superdome in 2013, they will need another exceptional year from the quarterback.
For three years Tyler Guillory has been used as a rotational back, but through those years of varsity experience he is now prepared to take on the full load and become the Gators’ premier workhorse.
LaGrange will rely heavily on Guillory to spearhead the rushing attack, while also working his way into the passing game. He has spent much of his time in the LaGrange backfield as a short-yardage power back, but expect to see him use his underrated speed to beat defenders on the edges in 2013.
“Last year (Guillory) was our second back, but this year he will be featured as our primary runner,” said LaGrange head coach Jules Sullen. “He’s been playing varsity since he was young, and he has been running for the track team, which has helped his speed, and we are expecting him to be able to run on both the outside and between the tackles now, as well as help out in the passing game.”
The 5-foot-10, 230-pound senior has developed a large skill set during his tenure at LaGrange and will look to build on his All-Southwest Louisiana worthy performance in 2012 when he was able to gain 1,098 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground despite splitting time in the backfield.
The Rams will be looking to future LSU Tiger JaCory Washington to lead the way for them in 2013 as they look to make a deep playoff run.
The 6-foot-5, 223-pound Washington will create mismatches for most defensive backs that he will line up against, but opposing teams will have to worry about more than having him just line up out wide. The Rams will also be depending on Washington to help at tight end and contribute on the other side of the ball when he lines up at defensive end.
The physical specimen will be tough for anyone to handle thanks to his unique blend of size and speed at the high school level.
“The biggest impact that (Washington) brings is his size and ability to create mismatches,” said Westlake head coach Shawn Demeritt. “He is going to be bigger than any defensive back that he is going to face as well as most linebackers. Teams were forced to double-team him a lot last year, and when they didn’t he usually made them pay for it.”
Washington finished 2012 with 476 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.
The junior jack-of-all-trades has been making splashes in Class 1A since his freshman season, and he doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
The 5-foot-8, 160-pound Ceasar rushed for 2,217 yards as a sophomore in 2012, picking up 26 touchdowns along the way. The impressive campaign earned him All-State and All-Southwest Louisiana honors. He was also an All-District selection at kick returner.
Ceasar has constantly blown opposing defenses away with his blazing speed, but has now added size to his frame and will look to be an even bigger threat as a more complete back.
“Kendrick is a very good football player, as you can tell from the season he had last year,” Basile head football coach Tony Bertrand said. “He works really hard, and he had a strong summer and added a little weight to his frame. I am excited about the player he is becoming and him being the leader of our offense.”
Ceasar will have more to prove this season as he hopes to lead his Basile Bearcats to the District 4-1A championship and another deep playoff run.
He will also start on the defensive side of the ball where he features as one of the district’s top defensive backs.
Other players to keep an eye on in Southwest Louisiana this season who just missed the cut include Sulphur quarterback Seth Bohannon, Sam Houston defensive lineman Josh Foreman, LaGrange defensive back Markel Thomas, DeRidder lineman Chuck Harlow, Washington-Marion wide receiver Demond Delahoussaye, St. Louis running back Jared Smith, Iowa return specialist Chaz Key, South Beauregard running back Joe Ledet, Welsh quarterback Caleb Hayes, Oakdale linebacker B.J. Allison, Kinder quarterback Austin Pickle and Oberlin linebacker Lance Frank.