Three Local Stars Make All-USA Louisiana Football Team
There are All-State teams for each individual classification, and making those rosters is an incredible honor. Making USA Today's All-Louisiana team takes it a step farther.
The All-USA Louisiana Football team looks at players from every classification and puts the top talent together on the same roster. It's the best of the best, and three players from the Acadiana area found their name on the prestigious list.
Erath's star running back Elijah Mitchell's name showed up right next to Jennings' back Travis Etienne Jr., which should come as no surprise to anyone who watched the two of them play. Mitchell led the state in rushing yards in 2016, and Etienne was a human highlight reel every time he touched the ball. There's no debate they're the top backs in the state, and they earned every bit of this recognition with fantastic play on the field.
Tyler Shelvin made second team all-district in District 5-2A, largely due to the fact that he missed several games with an injury. The massive defensive lineman still got the attention of the people at USA Today though. They picked Shelvin for the All-Louisiana team on the defensive line, which is just another accolade for the Under Armour All-American. When Shelvin leaves Notre Dame, he's headed to LSU, where he will play with, and against, several other players on the All-Louisiana team.
Shelvin, Mitchell and Etienne are all going to play on Saturdays. Shelvin will be a Tiger, Mitchell is a Ragin' Cajuns commit and Etienne has letters from almost every coach in the country. The three seniors left their mark at their respective high schools, and they put their teams on the map again by making the All-Louisiana team.
USA Today selected Landry-Walker's quarterback, Keytaon Thompson (3,825 passing yards, 46 TD's; 1,434 rushing yards, 26 TD's), as their offensive MVP and Southern Lab linebacker Christopher Allen (92 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 8 sacks) as defensive MVP, both deserving candidates and outstanding talents on the football field. Both are headed to the SEC, where Allen will play for Alabama and Thompson will suit up for Mississippi State.
The names on this list could be some of the top performers in college football, and some of them might even make it to the NFL one day. Mitchell, Shelvin and Etienne should be proud to be a part of such a special group, and their families should be even prouder.
First Team Offense
QB Keytaon Thompson (6-5, 225, Sr.), Landry-Walker (New Orleans)
RB Travis Etienne (5-11, 196, Sr.), Jennings
RB Elijah Mitchell (5-11, 215, Sr.), Erath
WR DeVonta Jason (6-3, 194, Jr.), Landry-Walker (New Orleans)
WR Devonte Smith (6-1, 155, Sr.), Amite
TE Glenn Beal (6-5, 255, Jr.), John Curtis Christian (River Ridge)
OL Isaac Ellis (6-3, 302, Jr.), Carroll (Monroe)
OL Dwayne Fisher (6-5, 305, Sr.), John Ehret (Marrero)
OL Mikhail Hill (6-3, 300, Sr.), West Jefferson (Harvey)
OL Dare Rosenthal (6-7, 309, Jr.), Ferriday
OL Dakota Torbert (6-6, 315, Sr.), Destrehan
Second Team Offense
QB Aldon Clark (6-3, 200, Sr.), Edna Karr (New Orleans)
RB Tyrese Walker (5-8, 180, Jr.), Madison Prep (Baton Rouge)
RB Kordavion Washington (5-9, 170, Jr.), Calvary Baptist (Shreveport)
WR Justin Jefferson (6-3, 180, Sr.), Destrehan
WR Terrace Marshall (6-3, 189, Jr.), Parkway (Bossier City)
TE Dantreize Scott (6-5, 245, Jr.), Ferriday
OL Josh Cooper (6-7, 355, Sr.), Haughton
OL Corey Dublin (6-4, 285, Sr.), Jesuit (New Orleans)
OL Adrian Ealy (6-5, 285, Sr.), East Ascension
OL Cameron Jackel (6-6, 300, Sr.), Archbishop Shaw (Marrero)
OL Brendon Kelley (6-4, 323, Jr.), Pine (Franklinton)
First Team Defense
DL Davin Cotton (6-3, 275, Jr.), Evangel Christian (Shreveport)
DL Phidarian Mathis (6-4, 287, Jr.), Neville (Monroe)
DL Tyler Shelvin (6-3, 300, Sr.), Notre Dame (Crowley)
LB Chris Allen (6-4, 240, Sr.), Southern Lab (Baton Rouge)
LB Derrick Munson (6-0, 200, Sr.), Archbishop Rummel (Metairie)
LB John Bailey Gullatt (6-0, 225, Jr.), West Monroe
DB Terrell Bailey (6-0, 175, Sr.), John Ehret (Marrero)
DB Kelvin Joseph (6-0, 182, Sr.), Scotlandville (Baton Rouge)
DB Brad Stewart (6-1, 198, Sr.), McDonogh 35 (New Orleans)
DB Garrett Wallow (6-3, 200, Sr.), John Curtis Christian (River Ridge)
Second Team Defense
DL Christian Brooks (6-0, 180, Sr.), Assumption (Napoleonville)
DL Dennis Collins (6-3, 230, Sr.), West Monroe
DL Demonde Harris (6-1, 300, Sr.), Edna Karr (New Orleans)
DL Jalen Harris (6-2, 250, Jr.), Haynesville
LB Rico Gonzalez (6-2, 215, Sr.), North Webster (Springhill)
LB Rashaun Preston (5-11, 190, Sr.), Lutcher
LB Josh Paul (6-2, 215, Sr.), De La Salle (New Orleans)
DB JaCorion Andrews (6-1, 180, Sr.), Neville (Monroe)
DB Corione Harris (6-1, 170, Jr.), Landry-Walker (New Orleans)
DB Todd Harris (6-0, 180, Sr.), Plaquemine
DB Tre Swilling (6-0, 180, Sr.), Brother Martin (New Orleans)
K/P Yasser Delgadillo (5-7, 140, Sr.), Tioga