Coming in late

Coming in late

There were some that thought the mass exodus of people in greater New Orleans area resulting from Hurricane Katrina would lead to a lag in the amount of talent produced in the area. While the long term effects may still be unknown, the talent drop-off has yet to happen in the years immediately after. A perfect example is 2008 LSU safety signee Rockey Duplessis from Belle Chase.

Duplessis enjoyed a productive senior season at Belle Chase High School where he made 107 tackles, picked off three passes and returned two of them for touchdowns.


Now standing at a reported 6-2 ½, and 197 pounds, Duplessis first committed to the Tigers last May. But that didn’t stop other schools from staying in contact with him.


“I still got letters and calls from a lot of schools,” said Duplessis. “The main ones that I can remember were Ole Miss, Alabama, Colorado, and Louisiana Tech. I just let them know I was committed to LSU.”


Getting his commitment out of the way early allowed Duplessis to focus on his senior season. Once the season was over, he turned his attention to working out to prepare himself for his freshman season at LSU.

“I’m just finishing up Coach Moffit’s workout,” Duplessis said. “I can tell that I’ve improved a lot. Coach Moffit’s workout is unbelievable and way better than what I’m used to. Before it was all about power, but Coach Moffit combines power with speed and endurance.”


However, Duplessis will have to wait to see how his progress in the weight room translates into success in college as he says he decided to grey shirt this upcoming season.


“I’m not moving there this summer because I am going to come in the spring,” he said. “It gives me a better chance to come in and compete next year. It will give me more time to improve and get better as a player and teammate.”


When Duplessis does make it to campus next spring, he’s going to be keeping his priorities in perspective.


“The first and most important thing I want to accomplish in college is getting my degree,” he said. “After that I want to win an SEC championship and a national championship. For me personally as a player, I really want to improve on my technique.”


“I feel like I could learn a lot from the other safeties on my technique,” the 3-star safety continued. “I went to the spring game and watched guys like Curtis Taylor and Chad Jones closely. They showed me it’s more than just speed, its technique and knowing the game.”


The fact that Duplessis will not be joining the Tigers on the field next fall does not temper his expectations for next season one bit.


“Their goal should be to protect their title,” he said. “The defense is still the best. There are a few weaknesses on offense but I know they will be ready for the start of the season.” Recommended Stories