Louisiana 2015 Watch List: Top 5

Nicholas Brossette

The state of Louisiana appears well-stocked with top-flight 2015 RBs. Nicholas Brossette from University Lab is not only the top back, he's the No. 1 overall prospect on the 2015 Watch List. Read further for comprehensive player capsules on the Watch List's first five sophomores...

NOTE: Solely the opinion of the author with no relation to future 2015 rankings officially assigned by the experts on the Scout.com recruiting team.

Louisiana 2015 Watch List
1. Nicholas Brossette – RB (6-0, 215) – University Lab


Already a three-year starter for head coach Chad Mahaffey, Brossette has offers from LSU, Alabama and Florida State. A couple of days ago, he was named nola.com's Baton Rouge All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 2,100 yards and 44 TDs during U-High's run to the 2A semis. A complete back, Brossette's power is obvious. He also can make people miss in the open field. However, he doesn't dance in the hole and makes few excess moves. He's efficient and has made a living toting the football between the tackles and doesn't waste any effort. Shows the ability to catch the screen pass and use his wall of blockers effectively. Next year, Brossette might be joined in the backfield by 2017 prospect Dylan Moses, an All-American who is moving up to the varsity at U-High. Brossette took over in a second-round playoff game vs. Loreauville, gaining 211 yards on eight carries with five TDs in the first-half. The five-touchdown explosion tied a 10-year school record previously held by current NBA player Glen Davis, according to Damian Foley with the Advocate. Earlier this year, Brossette was named Underclassmen MVP at the NUC Five-Star Showcase.

Louisiana 2015 Watch List
2. Hunter Dale – S (6-0, 185) – John Curtis Christian


Dale tied for second with four interceptions for John Curtis, the nation's top-ranked team, and he knows what to do with the ball in his hands, having returned three picks at least 20 yards. He also broke up seven passes. Florida, Mississippi State, Arizona State and Tulane all have offered. He's the youngest member of the starting rotation in a secondary that's arguably the best and deepest nationwide. Dale's work ethic is top-notch. Entering the season, he was determined to become more aggressive and improve with run support. Dale accomplished that goal, although it didn't necessarily show up in statistical columns due to his team's dominant front seven. Has good balance and is difficult to shake in one-on-one situations where he's the possible last line of defense. Has the athleticism for corner or safety - seems a natural at free safety. Continues to show rapid all-around improvement. His father owns the popular Sonic Boom Speed Conditioning and Strength Training Academy in New Orleans. Has a cousin, Torrey Dale, at Mississippi State.

Louisiana 2015 Watch List
3. Derrius Guice – RB (5-11, 205) – Catholic-Baton Rouge


Guice was a big reason behind the Catholic Bears bouncing back from a sub-.500 mark two years ago -- to a quarterfinal appearance in 2012. He split carries with senior Khalil Thomas, which means that Guice could explode next season as the feature RB. He breaks many tackles and showcases a terrific blend of speed and power. Guice lined up at several spots, including tailback, this fall for legendary Catholic head coach Dale Weiner. He uses an effective spin move to elude defenders and relies on outstanding vision and instincts when cutting across the grain. He's not adverse to bowling over a LB or DB, either. Guice seems to always make the correct move, whether it's meeting a would-be tackler head-on or finding a running lane that provides an advantageous angle. He's comfortable catching the ball and deftly adjusts to throws that are off-the-mark. On kick returns, Guice resembles a pinball machine the way he bounces off contact. Can stop on a dime and promptly accelerate to full-speed. Guice's best attribute could be his seemingly-effortless cutbacks. LSU is his early leader.

Louisiana 2015 Watch List
4. Rhashid Bonnette – WR (6-1, 165) – Loreauville


Bonnette (pictured at bottom) was first in the Lafayette ("Acadiana") region with an average of 25 yards per catch. During the regular season, he hauled in 27 passes for 672 yards and 10 TDs. Combines to form a dangerous tandem with older brother Raymond Bonnette (2014 QB/DB). Rhashid has better-than-expected strength for his frame. Also surprises with dexterity and quickness considering his lanky build. Bonnette moves with the precision of a smaller, more compact athlete. Has wowed BCS coaches that stumbled upon his film while evaluating footage of senior teammate Jermaine Antoine. Plays for a small school in a remote area that's well off the beaten path. Bonnette also hasn't hit the camp scene yet. Thus, he hasn't received the same exposure as more high-profile 2015 WRs Daylon Charlot (Patterson) and Alfred Smith (Destrehan). Bonnette caught three passes for 115 yards and two TDs vs. West St. Mary. Hasn't reported an official 40-yard dash time but easily burned big-school defensive backs at the Gilbert Thomas 7v7 held shortly before the season. Continued to affirm the notion that he has 4.45-to-4.55 speed throughout the course of 2012.

Louisiana 2015 Watch List
5. David Ducre – RB/LB (6-0, 220) – Lakeshore


Fullback build with tailback speed. Ran for 1,000 yards and 16 TDs for large school that was rebuilding (Lakeshore finished 1-8). Ducre is normally positioned as the sole RB in the Titans' spread offense, although he also took reps at linebacker, wildcat and wingback. Possesses surprising straight-line speed (4.49) for a sophomore back with his size. Flashes agility by suddenly leaping over players that are on the ground near the line of scrimmage. At wildcat, Ducre kept around right end on one play and stunned two smaller defenders with a burst of superior foot-speed. Runs hard and consistently moves the pile forward, but also gets occasionally tripped up on solo tackles that you expect him to break. Ducre is still a raw runner, however, with plenty of room to improve on his technique, and he'll gain more yardage after contact as he perfects his style and craft. It's a safe assumption that Ducre has a future as an elite linebacker if he chooses that route. Ran for 135 yards and four scores in Lakeshore's sole win. He likes LSU, Alabama and Mississippi State; patterns himself after power backs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. Like Brossette and Guice, he's proficient pulling in screen passes out of the backfield.

Big names on deck in future Watch List segments include: the aforementioned WR duo of Charlot and Smith, Mouton (Acadiana TE), Pellerin (Catholic-New Iberia QB/WR), Thomas (Many OL) and John Curtis Christian's Touzet (QB) and Washington (RB)...plus many more.