After securing its first commitment of the 2020 class, the McNeese State football team is at work recruiting its next class and scouting future classes.
St. Thomas More tight end Luke Howard was McNeese's first commitment for the upcoming recruiting class, but the Cowboys have handed out other offers, mostly to high school prospects from Louisiana and Texas.
Of the offers learned by the American Press, six players with offers from McNeese have committed to other schools, all Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
Two prospects from the class of 2021 — East Ascension defensive end Jerrell Boykins Jr. and John Ehret defensive back Kaine Williams — and one from the class of 2022 — Lafayette Christian defensive lineman Fitzgerald West — have reported offers from McNeese.
• MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cowboys head coach Heath Schroyer and his coaching staff were hoping to snatch one last class of 2019 prospect during the summer when they offered 6-foot-9 small forward Lök Wur a scholarship. Wur posted on social media that he'd received the offer from McNeese on June 8.
Wur was deemed ineligible to play NCAA basketball for the 2019-20 season and seemed destined to play junior college ball; he had committed to playing at Eastern Florida State College. But after announcing that he qualified academically to play NCAA basketball for the upcoming season, Wur said the offers started rolling in.
While McNeese was one of the first schools to offer Wur, it is not among the list of five schools that he will choose from. Wur posted his list on social media: Creighton, Texas A&M, Hawaii, Virginia Tech, and Oregon.
Looking at the class of 2021, McNeese joined the growing list of schools expressing interest in Opelousas Catholic point guard Keon Coleman. Coleman is a two-sport standout who also played wide receiver. Coleman posted on social media that he has also received offers from Nicholls State, Coastal Carolina and New Orleans.
Coleman helped lead Opelousas Catholic to the Division IV semifinals where they lost to Lafayette Christian 69-66.
• WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Captain Shreve's Addison Martin said McNeese head coach Kacie Cryer was the first to offer her a scholarship. Martin made the announcement on social media. As a sophomore, Martin contributed to Captain Shreve winning the Class 5A state championship.
• BASEBALL: The Cowboys picked up a late commitment at what could turn out to be a position of need when Nederland (Texas) pitcher Conner Kemp committed to McNeese on June 14, via his social media account.
The left-hander went 8-5 with a 1.64 earned run average and picked up one save in his senior season with the Bulldogs. He also helped Nederland to its deepest playoff run since 2009.
Kemps older brother Chase plays baseball at McNeese rival Lamar. He will be a junior next season.