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|Parish standouts get ready to ink college intentions|
With National Signing Day coming closer and closer, Ouachita Parish is again home to a multitude of some of the top tier prep football prospects in the state of Louisiana.
Headlined by the tight end duo of Sterlington's Matt Branch and Ouachita's Tyler Edwards -- both of whom committed to Les Miles and the LSU Tigers -- Ouachita Parish has several of the state's best football players for the class of 2008.
Returning home from his official visit to Baton Rouge last weekend, Branch said that he really enjoyed his time.
"I enjoyed myself," Branch said in an interview with TigerBait.com. "I had a really fun time. I got to meet a lot of the current players on the team (LSU) and really just got to hang out with them. I also got to see everything else around the campus again, it was really cool."
A three-star prospect, according to the latest Rivals.com rankings, the 6-3, 222-lb. Edwards will be following in the footsteps of his big brother Eric Edwards, who was also a tight end for the Tigers.
Neville cornerback Teddy Holley is one of the top prospects for the Tigers this season and also has yet to make a collegiate choice. The 6-0, 165-pound Holley is one of the state's top cover cornerbacks.
Despite falling in the second round of the playoffs for the second straight season, Don Shows' Rebels still have several collegiate prospects that will be making their decisions known in the not-so-distant future.
Fullback Don Brown will be headed to junior college. The 5-11, 235-lb. Brown was one of the big offensive weapons this past year for the Rebels and hopes to turn a hopefully successful JC stint into a Division I offer down the line.
His teammate in the backfield, 5-11, 200-lb. Keldrick Williams, also has yet to make a decision on where he will attend college along with a pair of side receivers in Mario Wiley and Mychal Manning.
The speed receiver for the Rebels this past season, Wiley has offers from Northwestern State, Arkansas Pine-Bluff and Mississippi College and is in the process of taking official visits to all three schools.
"If I had to pick out a particular school that is my favorite before my visits it would be Mississippi College," Wiley told PelicanPreps.com. "I like them because they spread their offense around and get the ball down the field."
Mississippi College will get the last visit from Wiley and it is scheduled for this upcoming weekend.
While their record this past season may not be indicative of the type of football talent that they had this past season, Carroll High School boasts a pair of two-star players, one of whom has already committed to play football at Tulane in defensive end Kadeem Taylor.
Committing to the Green Wave on Dec. 14 of this past year, the 6-3, 240-lb. Taylor will look to provide a pass rush that Bob Toledo's staff is in desperate need of.
Taylor's defensive line teammate in tackle Khalid Wilson has yet to make a decision on where he will continue his football career. The 6-0, 308-lb. Wilson has scholarship offers on the table from Southern Mississippi and Derrick Dooley's Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.