Highlights from New Orleans Big Show Combine
The 2011 New Orleans Combine was a true showcase of talent. Athletes representing eight high schools in five parishes throughout Louisiana put up great numbers in the combine events and performed even better on the field. Highlighted by great individual performances, the Big Show Combine saw some of the best that Louisiana football has to offer.
On a warm, sunny day at Destrehan High School it was clear early on that there was significant speed on the field. Several athletes ran sub-4.50 40’s. A Big Show Combine record 4.38 seconds 40 was run by James Bannister (Thurgood Marshall) who also won the Fastest Man Award. Kenneth Armant (St. James), Rickey Jefferson (Destrehan), and Johnell Celistan (Hahnville) all also covered 40 yards in a blazing 4.41 seconds.
Rank Athlete School Time 1 James Bannister Thurgood Marshall 4.38 2 Kenneth Armant St. James 4.41 2 Rickey Jefferson Destrehan 4.41 2 Johnell Celistan Hahnville 4.41 5 Dillan Dent Destrehan 4.44 6 Kievon Jackson Riverdale 4.47 7 Andre Carter Hahnville 4.50
Many athletes also turned in first-class times in the Pro Agility and L-Drill. Eight Athletes ran a sub-4.20 Pro Agility. Destrehan athletes turned in the top 4 fastest times as Mark Trudeaux, Rickey Jefferson, Ferman Victor, and Dillan Dent all ran a 4.12 or faster. The fastest time in the L-Drill was recorded by Mark Trudeaux (Destrehan) at a speedy 6.53. Brandon Revader (Hahnville), Alante Adams (Destrehan), Dillan Dent (Destrehan), Rickey Jefferson (Destrehan), and Kenneth Armant (St. James) all turned in exceptionally fast times of 6.72 or better.
Rank Athlete School Time 1 Mark Trudeaux Destrehan 4.00 2 Rickey Jefferson Destrehan 4.09 3 Ferman Victor Destrehan 4.10 4 Dillan Dent Destrehan 4.12 5 James Bannister Thurgood Marshall 4.15 6 Johnell Celistan Hahnville 4.19 6 LaRohn Cambre St. James 4.19 8 Ty Granier Destrehan 4.20 9 Jaylon Bryant Hahnville 4.22 9 Alante Adams Destrehan 4.22 11 Brandon Revader Hahnville 4.25 12 Troylin Florent Lutcher 4.28 12 Rondai Robinson Destrehan 4.28
Rank Athlete School Time 1 Mark Trudeaux Destrehan 6.53 2 Brandon Revader Hahnville 6.56 3 Alante Adams Destrehan 6.59 3 Dillan Dent Destrehan 6.59 5 Rickey Jefferson Destrehan 6.69 6 Kenneth Armant St. James 6.72 7 Johnell Celistan Hahnville 6.78 8 James Bannister Thurgood Marshall 6.81 9 Ferman Victor Destrehan 6.81 10 Jaylon Bryant Hahnville 6.85 11 Kevin Smith Destrehan 6.97
In the 185 lbs Bench Press event 12 athletes exceeded 15+ reps. Dereck Robinson (Destrehan), Andre Carter (Hahnville), Lou’Donovan Wells (Destrehan), and James Poree (Hahnville) all managed 20+ reps, but were just behind the Strongman Award winners Marrick Charles (Destrehan) and Ladell Wills (Destrehan). Charles and Wills turned in the top performances on the bench press compiling 23 reps and earning the Strongman Award.
Rank Athlete School Reps 1 Marrick Charles Destrehan 23 1 Ladell Wills Destrehan 23 3 Andre Carter Hahnville 22 4 James Poree Hahnville 20 4 Dereck Robinson Destrehan 20 4 Lou'Donovan Wells Destrehan 20 7 Cody Morales Hahnville 19 7 Bryan Singleton Destrehan 19 9 James Diggs Hahnville 16 9 Troylin Florent Lutcher 16 11 Hunter Perrin Hahnville 15 11 Kevin Smith Destrehan 15
The explosiveness of athletes were on display in the jumping events as well. Kenneth ArmantSt. James of turned in the highest vertical jump of the day at 34”. But the Jumpman Award went to Ricky Jefferson (Destrehan) with a vertical jump of 32” and a Big Show Combine record 10’4” broad jump. Kailon Carter (Hahnville), Joseph Winchester (St. James), Andre Carter (Hahnville), and Johnell Celistan (Hahnville) each impressed with a 30”+ vertical jump. In the broad jump, 10 athletes exceeded the 9’0” distance. Behind Jumpman Award winner Jefferson, Kenneth Armant (St. James) and Johnell Celistan (Hahnville) each covered 9’10”. Andre Carter (Hahnville) and Brandon Revader (Hahnville) also impressed with a jump of 9’8”.
Rank Athlete School Jump (in.) 1 Kenneth Armant St. James 34 2 Rickey Jefferson Destrehan 32 2 Kailon Carter Hahnville 32 4 Joseph Winchester St. James 31 5 Andre Carter Hahnville 30 5 Johnell Celistan Hahnville 30 7 LaRohn Cambre St. James 29 7 Alante Adams Destrehan 29 7 Brandon Revader Hahnville 29 7 Bryan Singleton Destrehan 29
Rank Athlete School Jump (Dist.) 1 Rickey Jefferson Destrehan 10'4" 2 Kenneth Armant St. James 9'10" 3 Johnell Celistan Hahnville 9'10" 4 Andre Carter Hahnville 9'8" 5 Brandon Revader Hahnville 9'8" 6 Keigan Joseph Destrehan 9'4" 7 Troylin Florent Lutcher 9'4" 8 Alante Adams Destrehan 9'2" 9 Kailon Carter Hahnville 9'2" 10 Joseph Winchester St. James 9'2"
On the field during the football portion of the event, skill and football prowess was on display. Each position was represented well by standout performances. The DL and OL each won their share of the 1-on-1 battles. DL Marrick Charles (Destrehan) and Juvon Gales (Destrehan) each showed a great ball get-off and good initial quickness during the 1-on-1 pass rush session. OL James Diggs (Hahnville) and Noland Sharpe (Destrehan) used great technique and solid footwork to win their battles. OL Ladell Wills (Destrehan) played with the strength he showed in the weight room, but also used his low center of gravity to demonstrate great balance on the DL second and third moves. Only a freshman, OL Hunter Perrin (Hahnville), impressed against more experienced DL with a great punch and solid technique at the point of attack. But the Lineman MVP Award went to DE Bryan Singleton (Destrehan). Singleton was nearly unstoppable coming of the edge with an arsenal of moves that showcased his exceptional athletic ability. At 6’4” and 256 lbs, Singleton moved very fluidly as was demonstrated in his 4.76 40 time. With an eagerness to learn from the Big Show Combine’s experienced staff and his competitive drive, the future in football looks bright for Singleton.
The 7-on-7 session saw great plays made by both offensive and defensive players. At QB, Shaquille Narcisse and Donovan Isom (Destrehan) both showed good touch on the ball and the ability to hit a WR in a window. RBs Kenneth Armant (St. James) and Andre Carter (Hahnville) showed the same explosiveness they demonstrated in the combine events coming out of the backfield and in space once they had the ball. But the WR as a unit stole the show on the offensive side making great catches, running crisp routes, and going after every ball. Kailon Carter (Hahnville) and Jaylon Bryant (Hahnville) consistently made difficult catches look routine and made people miss in space with the ball in their hands. Rickey Jefferson (Destrehan) used his superior athletic ability and overall football savvy to give every DB that tried to cover him a tough task. Although many on the offensive side were in the running for the Offensive MVP Award, it went to Brandon Revader (Hahnville). Revader consistently outworked the defense to get in position to make the catch, gave great effort every play, and stood out when he had some room to work.
On the defensive side the DBs were making it tough on the talented WR group by closing well on the ball and putting themselves in position to make a play on every ball. Ty Granier (Destrehan) came away with an interception off a tipped ball, LB James Poree (Hahnville) made pass-catchers re-think entering the middle of the field where he was patrolling, and Joseph Winchester (St. James) used the explosiveness he showed in the jumping events to close quickly when the ball was in the air and keep the distance between himself and the WR small. The standout on the defensive side of the ball and Defensive MVP Award winner was DB Johnell Celistan (Hahnville). A great sized DB at 6’2” and 171 lbs., Celistan harassed every receiver he covered. He made numerous pass-breakups and was otherwise disruptive in coverage. His 4.41 speed and overall quickness put him in position for every pass thrown his way all day. Celistan is an impressive athlete with years of playing football ahead of him.
As with any competition certain people stand out. RB Kenneth Armant (St. James), WR Brandon Revader (Hahnville), DB Johnell Celistan (Hahnville), and DE Bryan Singleton (Destrehan) all had impressive days at the Big Show Combine, but the Overall MVP Award went to an athlete that excelled at every event throughout the day. With his overall performance in the combine events and football drills, Rickey Jefferson (Destrehan) took the Overall Combine MVP Award. Jefferson was either 1st or 2nd in 4 of the 6 combine events. He was 2nd in the 40 (4.41), Pro Agility (4.09), and Vertical Jump (32”), and place 1st in the Broad jump (10’4”). Jefferson also stood out on the field. From his WR position Jefferson frequently worked his way open and gave the QBs a great target to hit. His athletic ability was evident during the football portion, but he also seemed to have a high football IQ and great understanding of the game. Jefferson made fantastic catches, ran precise routes, and worked as hard as anyone on the field. Colleges are sure to be lining up to recruit the services of Rickey Jefferson.