THE RAGIN’ CAJUNS HAVE QUIETLY BECAME FOOTBALL POWERHOUSE
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
ULL Cornerback Corey Trim #7 Returning an 82-Yard Pick-Six For A Touchdown In 2013 New Orleans Bowl Game That Gave Ragin’ Cajuns a 21-0 Lead In Their 24-21 Victory Over Tulane. Trim Was At Our 2010 Top Gun Camp And He Played In Our 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic!
Even if you have not been covering The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Football Team or the Sun Belt Conference in the last few years, you might not be aware that they are one of the most impressive Football Teams in the Country for the last Three Years. The Development of the Ragin’ Cajuns into a Legit Division I Powerhouse Football Team in the last three seasons has been under the Phenomenal Guidance of Head Football Coach Mark Hudspeth.
Coach Mark Hudspeth has led the Ragin’ Cajuns to an incredible 27 Victories in his First three years, including three Bowl Victories. With Three Straight Bowl Game Victories, the Cajuns join a Very Select Few D-I College Football Teams, including Florida State, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Oregon, and South Carolina that have accomplished that Feat. Also under Coach Hudspeth, The Cajuns have Dominated CAJUN FIELD STADIUM with an Unbelievable 14-2 Record. Hudspeth appears to be an absolutely Incredible hire for The Ragin’ Cajuns. He had a tremendous 44-8 in his last four years at North Alabama and he played a pretty big role in the recent success of the Mississippi State Offensive.
Hudspeth also had great familiarity with the Recruiting Region and had success in a number of different offensive roles. I met Coach Hudspeth when he was at Mississippi State and I have always thought that he was an outstanding Coach. I think that Hudspeth is the best Head Football Coach in Ragin’ Cajun History and the Sky is the Limit on what he can do with the ULL Football Program.
With his great Recruiting Background at Mississippi State, the Ragin’ Cajuns under Coach Hudspeth are going after the Top Players in Louisiana and the South and they are getting some of them. My Good Friend and Coach Rich Nekemia of Gulfport Harrison Central, Mississippi sent me a Game Film on one of the Top Defensive Tackles in the South. I looked at his film and I saw a Two-Way Super-Star Player named LaDarrius Kidd. I thought that Kidd was Flying Under the Recruiting Radar and I told one of the Texas Tech Coaches about him.
The Red Raiders immediately offered Kidd (In Photo) a Scholarship and he Committed to the Red Raiders. In the meantime, I invited Kidd to Participate in my Tenth Annual 2014 All-American Bowl Game Classic and he accepted. Then, when Kidd came to our First Practice, and was dominating all of the East Team Offensive Linemen, I found out that he had De-Committed from Texas Tech and had Verbally Committed to ULL and he Signed with The Ragin’ Cajuns.
With this kind of Football Recruiting Excitement, The Cajuns Football Recruiting has obviously been improved, and under Coach Hudspeth and Recruiting Coordinator Reed Stringer, the Ragin’ Cajuns Recruiting has been very unbelievably impressive. Coach Mark Hudspeth and Coach Reed Stringer are tremendous Talent Evaluators and and they are relentless Recruiting Coaches and their great efforts have rubbed-off on all of the rest of the Ragin’ Cajun Coaches.
Coach Stringer is also very well recognized for his outstanding recruiting efforts. In 2009, Coach Stringer was named as a Top Ten SEC Recruiter for the outstanding and highly ranked Recruiting Class at Mississippi State. I might add that 12 Mississippi State Players in that 2009 Recruiting Class Signed NFL Contracts, plus Centerfielder Billy Hamilton who Signed with the Cincinnati Reds.
As Tight Ends Coach, Coach Stringer has also produced some outstanding prospects, including Ladarius Green, who was a Three-Time All-Sun Belt Player, currently with the San Diego Chargers. In 2013, Jacob Maxwell was selected to the All-Sun Belt Team, along with Ian Thompson and both of them are currently in the NFL. Maxwell is with the Detroit Lions and Thompson is with the Tampa Bay Bucs.
One Football Player who got to the Lafayette Campus one year ahead of Coach Hudspeth and Coach Stringer was a “Budding” Super Star named Le’Marcus Gibson, as he Walked-On at ULL in 2010, before gaining a Scholarship. I first met Gibson at my 2006 Jackson Super Combine in Jackson, Mississippi. At the Jackson Combine, Gibson did 18 Reps of 185-Pounds and then said: “Let me try 225-Pounds!” And so we loaded-up the Bench with 225-Pounds and he did 8 Reps.
It looked like Gibson would go to Junior College, but Gibson Signed with The University of Hawaii. After making the traveling squad for the Warriors, as a True Freshman, Gibson tore his ACL in preparation for his second Collegiate Game and he then took a Medical Red-Shirt. Then when the Hawaii Coaches left, Gibson Transferred to Gulf Coast Community College back in his Home State Mississippi.
Life Is A Journey and Super Star Le’Marcus Gibson knew that he was Special and he Never gave up hope of getting the opportunity to show what he could do, but he had to go through his fair share of adversity in order to get to where he wanted to be. It took Gibson six years before his 2012 Senior Season with ULL. Most Football Players would have gotten frustrated and given-up, but not, my Friend, Gibson.
Two years later, Gibson Walked-On with Louisiana Lafayette and became a Super Star Linebacker, but he was still Flying Under the Radar and eager to show some Pro Scouts his Super Talent.
Super Free Agent Le’Marcus Gibson is the typical Football Player who has always been Flying Under the Radar. He Transferred to Gulfport Harrison Central, Mississippi from Starkville, Mississippi just before his Senior Year in High School. Gibson (In Photo) played in my 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic, alongside with 2010 NFL #1 Draft Choice CB Kareem Jackson of the Houston Texans; 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year Prospect, RB Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins; RB Quentin Castille of the Kansas City Chiefs; and OT Marcel Jones of the New Orleans Saints.
Gibson was part of the 2008 Sugar Bowl with Hawaii, but could not play because of the ACL Injury. Then in 2011, Gibson was part of the 2011 New Orleans Bowl with ULL, but again, he could not play, because of an injury. Then, it was worth the wait as he did get to play in the 2012 New Orleans Bowl.
Coach Hudspeth changes Game Captains from week to week and at the end of the 2012 Football Season, the team Voted on who the Permanent Team Captains would be for the season. It is something that is done at many schools around the country, especially when you have a quality Senior Class like ULL has been having. After the Bowl Game, LB Le’Marcus Gibson, OT Jaron Odom, and QB Blaine Gautier were Voted as The ULL Permanent Team Captains for the 2012 Football Season.
One of the most intriguing players in the 2015 Free Agent Market is Super Athletic Quarterback Terrance Broadway. In 2009, Broadway was the best Athletic Quarterback in Louisiana and one of the best in the Country. As a Junior, Broadway was often injured, but he still passed for a modest 1,257-Yards and Ten Touchdowns; so going into his Senior Season, Broadway was Flying Under the Recruiting Radar at the Start of his Senior Season. Then as a Senior in 2009, Broadway had a Sensational Break-Out Season for Baton Rouge Capital as he completed 135 passes out of 221 passes for 2,140-Yards and 20 Touchdowns.
I was pretty excited when I invited Broadway to participate in my 2010 All-American Bowl Game Classic and he accepted. In fact, I will never forget agreeing to meet him, to get his paperwork, at the Race-Track Gas Station in Lobdell, Louisiana on the way to Lafayette from Baton Rouge. With Broadway in the Game, this would pit Super Athletic QB Sam Carter; WR Reggie Travis; RB James McKinney; and RB Brandon Bourbon on the West Team; while Super Athletic QB Broadway; WR Armand Williams; WR Erik Buchanan; WR Jazz King; RB Nick Jones; and TE Will Tye on the East Team.
Broadway gave a Verbal Commitment to Houston, but they wanted him to come to school early and not play in the All-American Bowl Game Classic. Broadway played in Four Games as a True Freshman in 2010 for the Houston Cougars. He also started one game and he came off the bench and completed 5 of 8 passes for 84-Yards and a Touchdown against UCLA. He also started against Tulane in a 42-34 Victory as he completed 19-of-28 passes for 174-Yards. After that Season, Broadway Transferred to Louisiana Lafayette and has become a Super Star. After being Voted Game MVP of the 2013 New Orleans Bowl Game, Broadway was Selected as the 2014 Sun-Belt Conference Pre-Season Offensive MVP.
In the Summer of 2010, I put together Six Great Super Elite Top Gun Camps and those Six Camps culminated with an unbelievable Final Super Elite Top Gun Camp for Outstanding Offensive Skill Players and Defensive Backs.
There were a lot of great Skill Players in the Baton Rouge Area in 2010, but I had gone to see Baton Rouge Redemptorist play in the Fall of 2009 and I had been very impressed with one of their Running Backs and two of their Defensive Backs and I had invited all three of them to my Super Elite Top Gun Camp. The RB was named Jeremy Hill and the two Defensive Backs were CB Corey Trim and FS Denzeil Warner and they all came to my Final Super Elite Top Gun Camp.
As a Senior, Hill Rushed for 2,260-Yards on 302 Carries and Scored 36 Touchdowns en route to making the Parade All-America Team. Trim and Warner were also very impressive at my Super Elite Top Gun Camp and I invited both of them to Participate in my 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic.
Trim was not only very impressive in the Top Gun Camp, he was also very impressive on my 2010 Team Louisiana 7on7 Team. I really liked his athletic ability and the fact that he was a great “Team Player” on the 7on7 Team. In one of his games as a Senior, Trim preserved a Redemptorist victory when he recorded an Interception in the End-Zone with 1:35 left in the game and his team holding-on to a 28-20 lead. As a Junior, Trim was Outstanding and was Selected All-District and All-Metro Defensive Back in Football and a member the 2009 State Championship Track Team. As a Senior, he made All-District, All-Metro, and All-State Defensive Back.
After playing in the 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic, Trim Signed with Jones County Community College. He started in the Jones County Secondary as a Freshman and then as a Sophomore, Trim helped lead them to a 6-3 Record, while recording 36 Solo Tackles and Four Interceptions, returning one for a Touchdown. As a ULL Junior, Trim Started all 13 Games, including the 2013 New Orleans Bowl where he returned an 82-Yard Interception Return for a Touchdown, giving the Ragin’ Cajuns a 21-0 lead in their 24-21 Victory.
In that same 2010 Football Season that Trim, Warner, and Hill played as Seniors, there was another Super-Star Offensive Lineman from Shreveport Evangel, Louisiana named Octravian “Papoo” Anderson and he was also Flying Under the Recruiting Radar. My Good Friend and Coach Reagan Smith was his Evangel Offensive Line Coach and he sent me game film on him and I thought that he was one of the most Athletic Offensive Lineman that I had seen play all year.
I immediately invited Anderson to Participate in my 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic and he accepted. Anderson (6-4, 275, 4.9, 32, 4.6) had incredible Measurables in High School. On Top of That, when Anderson came to our First Practice, he already had two Louisiana State Football Championship Rings for 2009 and 2010. Anderson had also already started at Left Offensive Tackle on Both State Championship Games in the Louisiana Super Dome. The 2010 Evangel Offensive Line was a Very Special Team as the Eagles had over 3,000-Yards Passing and over 2,000-Yards Rushing.
After our 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic, Anderson Signed with The Ragin’ Cajuns. He then Red-Shirted as a True Freshman in 2011. In 2013, Anderson Started all Thirteen Games at Right Offensive Tackle, for the Ragin’ Cajuns, including the New Orleans Bowl Game. By doing this Extraordinary Feat, Anderson did something that not too many other Football Players in History have accomplished, if any. This gave Anderson Three Starts on Three Championship Teams and in Three Championship Games in The New Orleans Mercedes-Benz SuperDome. His Championship Ring in The 2012 New Orleans Bowl Game Championship gives him Four Championship Rings in Four Championship Games in the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz SuperDome.
WR Jamal Robinson (6-4, 205, 4.46, 38) of Slidell Salmen, Louisiana was the top ULL Wide Receiver target for Quarterback Terrance Broadway in 2013 as he recorded 54 catches for 862-Yards and 8 Touchdowns. No other Receivers on the team had more than 31 receptions or 400-Yards. Robinson was the entire passing game. Robinson went over 100-Yards three times and he had 8 catches for 124-Yards with Two Touchdowns against Akron. He had 98-Yards and a Touchdown against UL Monroe, plus 83-Yards and a Touchdown against Kansas State. Robinson had four other games of at least 50 yards receiving; plus he caught four passes for 50-Yards against Tulane in the New Orleans Bowl. Robinson is a Potential NFL Draft Choice and a Prospect for the New Professional Football Showcase League.