Forecast calls for Purple Reign

Baton Rouge, LA Following the dismissal of long-time head coach Les Miles on Sept. 26th there were some valid concerns that the timing of the decision could lead to a contagion of decommitments; however, the opposite seems to be happening.  Not only has LSU retained all their recruits, but they even convinced 4-star DE Bryan Jones to cancel his plans with Ole Miss and commit to the Tigers. 

It would be speculative to assume Les Miles’ departure from Baton Rouge is the reason behind the fickle 4-star’s decision, but the fact this type of change hasn’t been disruptive to their team speaks volumes about the program as a whole.  

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It serves as a reminder that LSU football will never be about an individual, even if that individual coached the team to a national championship and two SEC championships – the football program is a community that feels like family and it attracts players that want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.  

Perhaps that’s why committing to LSU was such an easy decision for the 13th best defensive back in the nation, Kary Vincent Jr.  The Texas native and son of a former Aggie wide receiver turned down countless offers from top-tier programs, including Alabama and Ohio State to become a member of the LSU family.  We were fortunate enough to interview Kary Vincent Jr and his response about why he chose LSU over other schools is pretty much the quintessential example of the type of players LSU attracts.  

Kary Vincent Jr.

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Hometown: Port Arthur, TX

School: Memorial

Position: CB

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 170

Rating: 4 star


Highlights from our interview with Kary Vincent Jr.


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Q: Who’s your biggest influence when it comes to football?

A:”My biggest influence in life and when it comes to football are my parents and teammates because at the end of the day that is who I play for”

Q: Outside of school and football, what are your favorite interests and hobbies?

A “Outside of football I just like to hangout with friends maybe play a few video games stuff like that”

Q: What’s your favorite video game?

A: Madden

Q: Have you decided on what you’re going to major in at LSU in the fall?

A: “I’ll be majoring in communications at LSU”

Q: What made you choose LSU over other schools?

A: “When people ask why LSU? I ask why not LSU?”

You can follow Kary Vincent Jr. Twitter @__KCINCO 

Also, be sure to check out Kary’s highlight reel on Hudl


The 2nd interview we conducted was with Edward “Big Ed” Ingram, a 4-star offensive lineman from Texas. He’s currently a senior at DeSoto and he’s convinced his Eagles squad is flying towards their first state title in school history.  

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And I can’t really disagree with him either because his team is stacked with great talent. He blocks for a 4-star quarterback, Shawn Robinson, the future QB for TCU – Shawn’s favorite target is KD Nixon another 4-star recruit that’s committed to Colorado.  In my opinion, they’re too deep to lose.  But one of the main reasons they’ve been able to remain unbeaten is players like Big Ed.  Their line might be the best in the country.

Edward “Big Ed” Ingram

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Hometown: DeSoto, TX

School: DeSoto

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 316

Rating: 4  star

We like to give players total control over which pictures we use in our articles and Ed had the perfect one in mind.  When he showed us the picture below, he explained:

“This is a gift to one of our coaches but it’s gonna look nice to have my own state championship ring by the end of the season.”

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Ingram’s bold prediction may seem overly confident to some, but it’s not unfounded considering the ravenous nature in which they’ve pounced on their prey throughout the 2016 season.  But only time will tell if this is DeSoto’s year – they’re currently 12-0 and only have to win 4 more games to capture their first championship in the school’s history.  

Considering the long list of NFL star that played for DeSoto it’s hard to believe they’ve never won a title, but I have a feeling that Big Ed & co. will be able to pull off what former players like Von Miller couldn’t and  actually finish the season undisputed champs before you graduate high school.  Miller might of won a Super Bowl, but even he has to admit the Texas titles can be rather elusive to even the most talented teams.   


Highlights from our interview with Big Ed 


Q: Who’s your biggest influence when it comes to football?

A: “Even Washington, a DeSoto/LSU Alum.  He mentored the O-line last year and shared a lot of his knowledge of the game with me. And just the fact tat he came from my high school and went to LSU is awesome.”

Q: What do you plan college to be like your first year?

A: “My first year of college I plan for it to be challenging because I have to adapt to being by myself.”

Q: Do you think you’ll be red shirted your first year?

A: “I think I would play my first year of college because I can learn plays easily and I’m agressive.”

Q: Do you think you’ll be ready for college level football your first year?

A: “I’ll be ready to play in the college because I’m not scared of anyone they put in front of me.”

Q: What activities do you plan on doing outside of football in your leisure time?

A: “Well during my spare time I help out around the house by cleaning up or driving my mom somewhere. But when I’m done helping out I love to fish and watch monster truck rallies on TV.  I’m not one of those people that like to party I might just work out and go to different competitive games.”

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Q: What do you specifically like about LSU that made you chose them over all your other offers?

A: “I really like the coaching staff and sense of community, but specifically the things I like about LSU is their tradition, they have so much of it – like the field goal posts, it’s been that way for years and no other college I know of has it that way. I love playing at night too, I think it brings out more energy in the fans. And I also think Geaux tigers is clever I like how they reach back deep into the French roots of Louisiana to get that”

Q: What do you plan on majoring in at LSU in the fall?

A: “I’m considering either Agricultural Business or Accounting”

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you visit?

A: “I would love to visit Dubai some time but I know that’s a long term goal although I hope to reach it.  I have to work hard to get the opportunity to go there. Also, Petra in Jordan looks amazing”

Q: If you could play for any NFL team, which one would you play for?

A: Ravens

Q: Would you rather own a helicopter or the Batmobile?

A: “I would rather own the bat Mobile because i always wanted to drive it especially his motorcycle that thing is a beast”

 YOU CAN FOLLOW BIG ED ON TWITTER @EDWARDTHOMASIN1

Also, be sure to check out Big Ed’s highlight reel on Hudl












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