An important summer

An important summer

In 1998, Louisiana natives saw Ed Reed, a Destrehan product, pass up the local Tigers for sunshine in south beach at the University of Miami. One of the nation's top talents, bucking the LSU trend for the Hurricanes was unsettling for Tiger fans.

With head coach Les Miles calling the shots for the Bayou Bengals, Destrehan High has proven to once again be Tiger Territory.


LSU’s 2006 signing class saw five-star corner Jai Eugene go from Michigan’s commitment list to the Tigers within weeks of national signing day.


In less dramatic fashion, LSU freshman wide receiver Tim Molten and quarterback Jordan Jefferson followed in Eugene’s footsteps as part of the Tiger’s 2008 class, solidifying a pipeline into Destrehan Wildcat football.


The 2009 recruiting class looks to do much of the same, yet this time back to the defensive side of the ball.


Destrehan’s Darrington Sentimore (6-1, 265, 4.75) fits the mold of what the Tigers are looking for, a combination of size and speed good enough to mark him as the No. 15 defensive tackle prospect in the nation.


“LSU is my hometown team,” Sentimore said. “The coaches have come by and checked me out during practice and stuff. I talk with coach [Larry] Porter, and I know he is usually calling and checking up on my stuff here at school.”


With offers from across the southeast, the four-star defensive tackle won’t settle in until one more offer arrives.

“LSU hasn’t offered yet, but I have just had to get my grades straight,” Sentimore said. “I am not too worried about it. I finished school out strong. I am also taking Math and English in summer school to make sure that all of my school stuff is lined up and I am eligible to play in the fall.”


With a summer stocked full of academics, Sentimore is uncertain if he will be making any unofficial visits or camps.


“I wish I could, but I just am tied up with school for most of the summer,” Sentimore said. “I will probably just take my official visits in the fall, which is when I am hoping LSU will offer.”


What campuses can be expecting Sentimore’s arrival in the fall?


“Right now it is looking like LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and Miami,” he said. “Those are probably the schools that I will check out games and stuff at in the fall. At this point I just don’t know where I stand. I just know that when the offer comes from LSU, it’s going to be great.”


Note: Sentimore finished his junior season with 89 tackles, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles.


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