Diarse discusses LSU Camp

John Diarse

LSU commit John Diarse (4-Star '13 S/WR/QB from defending 4A state champ Neville) was present in Baton Rouge for the duration of the Tigers' camp last week. Read further as Diarse discusses camp, including his efforts with the Louisiana Bootleggers Elite squad (won LSU 7v7), his close relationship with some fellow Tiger pledges - and we asked about Neville '14 teammate Laurence Jones (star CB).

John Diarse was named to both our LSU 7v7: Top Ten Performers list - and our LSU Camp: Overall Top Ten Performers list last week following the Tigers' July camp session in Baton Rouge.

What did Diarse do well at LSU Camp?

Answer: Everything that I saw. He owned the middle of the field -- for all intents and purposes -- while playing WR for Louisiana Bootleggers Elite, which won the 7v7 tourney by going 5-0 and beating 4A power Edna Karr in the finals.

Diarse stayed after Saturday for the remainder of LSU's camp, which lasted from noon Sunday until noon Wednesday. His leadership is evident. Diarse was constantly visible at LSU, and he worked hard in the weight room and during camp sessions. He even took calisthenics and stretching very seriously, judging from the grim - yet confident and comfortable - expression Diarse wore during those two events.

"The 7v7 went great," said Diarse. "My performance (during the tourney, which was held Sunday afternoon in triple-digit temps) surprised even myself. I wasn't expecting to have that good of a performance."

Almost every player (from every team) was visibly struggling - to some degree - during the LSU 7v7, but not Diarse (who wore long sleeves in the oven-like setting).

"The heat doesn't bother me," he said. "I stay prepared for that."

Diarse and three more members of the LSU 2013 recruiting class have struck a chord.

"Over the past couple of months, I've really gotten to know Jeryl Brazil a lot better," explained Diarse. "I've gotten to know him and Trey White (Tre'Davious White) a lot better, as well as Rickey Jefferson, who I met through Jeryl."

Diarse, Brazil and White all played for the Bootleggers 7v7 team. Jefferson committed to the Tigers on Monday afternoon. All four of the pals/LSU commits could see action on offense or defense (or both) when they get to Baton Rouge for college.

"The four of us have bonded together," said Diarse. "All four of us were on Twitter, requesting that we room together at LSU. I can't really explain the relationship I have with them."

It's obviously a rewarding and tight relationship that Diarse mentioned.

Diarse was asked about Neville teammate Laurence Jones, the blue-chip 2014 CB who camped with both LSU and Alabama.

Jones (6-2, 215) has offers from many of the "best of the best" in terms of recent BCS success. LSU, Alabama, Stanford, Arkansas and Oregon are some of the schools that have offered Jones, who has mentioned the Crimson Tide as an appealing program (as did Diarse prior to his commitment to LSU).

"Hootie is a hard kid to read," said Diarse, referencing the nickname of Jones. "He's a very good player. He's a quiet guy that doesn't say much. With him, the saying - 'actions speak louder than words' - applies...

"He's not real vocal, but his actions talk. I look forward to giving him advice (during the recruiting process) and I hope he follows me to LSU. Even if he goes somewhere else, we'll still be cool. I'll wish him good luck with that."

Diarse was a big-time playmaker on each of Neville's two recent state championship teams. In 2009, Diarse went wild at WR vs. Franklinton, and that was during his frosh season. In last year's 4A title game, he propelled head coach Mickey McCarty's Tigers to what many considered a surprisingly-easy win (27-6 final) over Karr.

"We have high expectations (for 2012 at Neville)," said Diarse, the Tigers' starting QB (and S when warranted).

"I know we return a couple of starters that I feel good about. This summer has been great. Honestly, the coaches haven't told me if I'll play defense this year.

"I did (get reps at DB) last year in certain situations."

Neville was 14-0 last year.

BELOW: Diarse (R) and Brazil (L) at the Big Man On Campus 7v7 in May at Behrman Park (Algiers)

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