Class of 2022 – Top 50 high school football players in Louisiana

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LSU fans will be happy if the state’s current No. 1 recruit follows through on his verbal commitment to the Tigers. Quarterback Walker Howard of St. Thomas More will be familiar to Tiger fans, because his dad Jamie Howard had a very successful career in Baton Rouge in the 90’s.

Walker is currently considered the No. 2 overall QB prospect in the nation and the 20th overall college football prospect in the nation, according to the 247sports.com composite rankings.

Last season, Howard led the Cougars to their second straight Division II state championship and a No. 32 ranking in the High School Football America 100 national rankings powered by NFL Play Football, the NFL’s initiative to provide fun and engaging experience for players of all ages and skill levels.

Related: 2020-21 High School Football America 100

Walker was named Gatorade’s Louisiana High School Football Player of the Year for 2020-21. As a junior, Howard threw for 3,430 yards and 39 touchdowns.

How good was Walker’s dad?

Jamie Howard is still listed on some of LSU’s all-time passing lists. He threw for 6,158 with 36 touchdowns.

The top three prospects in the state in the Class of ’22 have given their verbals to head coach Ed Orgeron.

Joining Howard is offensive tackle Will Campbell, the No. 2 recruit in the state. Campbell, who has been a starter since his freshman season, chose LSU over Alabama, TCU, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Oklahoma.

Ponchatoula High safety Jacoby Mathews safety is the No. 3 prospect in the state. The future Tigers’ safety is an all-around athlete.

As the team’s quarterback in 2020, he passed for 858 yards with ten touchdowns and ran for 548 with nine scores. On the hardwood, he averaged 12.5 points per game while grabbing 6.5 rebounds per contest.

And, while there’s plenty of talent in this year’s class, most of the “media air” in the room is being taken up by a kid with the last name of Manning.

Arch Manning, the grandson of Archie Manning is the top recruit in the Class of 2023. The Isadore Newman quarterback is hoping to do something that neither of his uncles (Peyton and Eli) could do — win a football state championship for Isadore Newman.

Arch’s dad is Cooper Manning, the oldest of the three Manning brothers. Cooper played wide receiver at Newman. He was the school’s first 1,000 yard receiver with Peyton throwing him the ball.

Arch, who has started since he was a freshman, has completed nearly 66-percent of his passes (340-for-516) for 4,360 yards with 55 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. He owns a quarterback rating of 116.4.

247Sports.com Composite Rankings Louisiana Class of 2022

No. 1 Walker Howard, QB – St. Thomas More – LSU

No. 2 Will Campbell, OT – Neville – LSU

No. 3 Jacoby Mathews, S – Ponchatoula – LSU

No. 4 Shazz Preston, WR – St. James – Uncommitted

No. 5 Le’veon Moss, RB – Istrouma – Alabama

No. 6 Kendrick Law, ATH – Captain Shreve – Uncommitted

No. 7 Laterrance Welch, CB – Acadiana – LSU

No. 8 J’mond Tapp, EDGE – Ascension Catholic – Uncommitted

No. 9 TreVonte’ Citizen, RB – Lake Charles College Prep – Uncommitted

No. 10 Quency Wiggins, DL – Madison Prep – Uncommitted

No. 11 Aaron Anderson, WR – Edna Karr – LSU

No. 12 Trevor Etienne, RB – Jennings – Uncommitted

No. 13 Emery Jones, IOL – Catholic (Baton Rouge) – Uncommitted

No. 14 AJ Johnson, WR – Isadore Newman – LSU

No. 15 Walter Bob, DL – Acadiana – Alabama

No. 16 Austin Ausberry, CB – University Lab (Baton Rouge) – Uncommitted

No. 17 Shone Washington, DL – Warren Easton – Uncommitted

No. 18 Tygee Hill, DL – Edna Karr – LSU

No. 19 Javae Gilmore, LB – Amite – Uncommitted

No. 20 Decoldest Crawford, WR – Green Oaks – LSU

No. 21 Maxie Baudoin IV, DL – Ascension Episcopal – Uncommitted

No. 22 Lorenzell Dubose, CB – Neville – Uncommitted

No. 23 Jordan Allen, S – Lafayette Chritian Academy – Uncommitted

No. 24 Cam East, OT – St. Augustine – Uncommitted

No. 25 Leroy Paige, WR – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Uncommitted

No. 26 Bo Bordelon, OT – Isadore Newman, OT – LSU

No. 27 Kailep Edwards, LB – West St. John – Uncommitted

No. 28 Shamal Shelby, CB – St. Augustine – Uncommitted

No. 29 Marlon Gunn, Jr., RB – Scotlandville – Uncommitted

No. 30 Dylan Sampson, RB – Dutchtown – Tennessee

No. 31 Derrick Graham, RB – University Lab (Baton Rouge) – Uncommitted

No. 32 Theron Johnson, WR – Alexandria – Uncommitted

No. 33 Landon Ibieta, WR – Mandeville – Miami (Florida)

No. 34 Amorion Walker, WR – Ponchatoula – Notre Dame

No. 35 Curtis Deville, WR – Iowa – Uncommitted

No. 36 Danny Lewis, TE – Westgate – Uncommitted

No. 37 J’mari Monette, DR – Alexandria – Uncommitted

No. 38 O’Ryan James, WR – Ellender Memorial – Uncommitted

No. 39 Roman Pitre, ATH – University Lab (Baton Rouge) – Uncommitted

No. 40 Ronald Lewis, CB – Warren Easton – Colorado

No. 41 Keshlon Jackson, WR – Lake Charles College Prep – Uncommitted

No. 42 Fitzgerald West, DL – Lafayette Christian Academy – Uncommitted

No. 43 Brylan Green, CB – Lafayette Christian Academy – Uncommitted

No. 44 Zeon Chriss, QB – Madison Prep Academy – Uncommitted

No. 45 Darrell DeMesme, WR – Eleanor McMain – Uncommitted

No. 46 Corey Lambert, Jr., S – Brother Martin – Uncommitted

No. 47 Kody Finley, WR – Ponchatoula – Uncommitted

No. 48 Jaylin Lucas, ATH – Terrebonne – Uncommitted

No. 49 Enyce Sledge, DL – Neville – Uncommitted

No. 50 Landry Lyddy, QB – Calvary Baptist Academy – Louisiana Tech

247Sports.com Composite Rankings Louisiana Class of 2023

No. 1 Arch Manning, QB – Isadore Newman – Uncommitted

No. 2 Derek Williams, S – Westgate – Uncommitted

No. 3 Shelton Sampson, Jr., WR – Catholic (Baton Rouge) – Uncommitted

No. 4 Jaiden Ausberry, LB – University Lab (Baton Rouge) – Uncommitted

No. 5 Tackett Curtis, LB – Many – Uncommitted

No. 6 Eli Holstein, QB – Zachary – Uncommitted

No. 7 Kylin Jackson, S – Zachary – Uncommitted

No. 8 Jordan Matthews, CB – Woodlawn (Baton Rouge) – Uncommitted

No. 9 Omarion Miller, WR – North Caddo – Uncommitted

No. 10 Curley Reed, CB – Lake Charles College Prep – Uncommitted

No. 11 Zalance Heard, DL – Neville – Uncommitted

No. 12 Kam Franklin, ATH – Oak Grove – Uncommitted

No. 13 Ryan Robinson, Jr., CB – Edna Karr – Uncommitted

No. 14 Trey Holly, RB – Union Parish – Uncommitted

No. 15 Reese Mooney, QB – Denham Springs – Uncommitted

No. 16 Kaleb Jackson, RB – Liberty Magnet (Baton Rouge) – Uncommitted

No. 17 Jeremiah Vessel, CB – University Lab (Baton Rouge) – Uncommitted

No. 18 Rickie Collins, QB – Woodlawn (Baton Rouge) – Uncommitted

No. 19 Tyler Bailey, DL – Ponchatoula – Uncommitted

No. 20 Jameian Buxton, DL – Thibodaux – Uncommitted

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.