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January 15, 2013After a couple of down years for former Louisiana high school football players, they made their presence known in BCS conferences this past season.
Nine Louisiana natives received Associated Press all-league honors at a BCS conference school. As would be expected, six of the nine players participated in the Southeastern Conference. The other three honorees came from the Big XII and Big Ten conferences.
The one somewhat discouraging fact is that just three of the nine players were in a LSU uniform - defensive tackle Bennie Logan from Red River, defensive end Barkevious Mingo from West Monroe and safety Eric Reid from Dutchtown.
Three former Louisiana high school players made All-SEC at schools other than LSU - Vanderbilt cornerback Andre Hal from Port Allen, Alabama running back Eddie Lacy from Dutchtown and Tennessee offensive lineman Dallas Thomas from Scotlandville.
The other three Louisiana natives at BCS conference schools to earn all-league honors are TCU linebacker Kenny Cain from Curtis, Kansas State offensive lineman Cornelius Lucas from Karr and Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti from Mandeville.
None of the nine all-league players was rated a five-star recruit. In fact, five of the nine were either a two or three-star recruit.
Here are the 2012 statistics for the nine players.
KENNY CAIN, TCU LB
Curtis High School, 2009, 3-star recruit
86 tackles, 5? tackles-for-loss, 1? sacks, 2 quarterback-hurries, 2 interceptions, 4 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery
ANDRE HAL, VANDERBILT DB
Port Allen High School, 2010, 3-star recruit
48 tackles, 2 tackles-for-loss, 2 interceptions, 14 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery; 12 kickoff returns, 275 yards
EDDIE LACY, ALABAMA RB
Dutchtown High School, 2009, 4-star recruit
204 carries, 1,322 yards, 17 touchdowns; 22 catches, 189 yards, 2 touchdowns
BENNIE LOGAN, LSU DT
Red River High School, 2009, 3-star recruit
45 tackles, 5? tackles-for-loss, 2 sacks, 2 quarterback-hurries, 3 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, 2 blocked kicks
CORNELIUS LUCAS, KANSAS STATE OL
Karr High Schhol, 2009, 2-star recruit
Started 13 games at tackle
MICHAEL MAUTI, PENN STATE LB
Mandeville High School, 2008, 4-star recruit
95 tackles, 4 tackles-for-loss, 2? sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery, 3 forced fumbles
BARKEVIOUS MINGO, LSU DE
West Monroe High School, 2009, 4-star recruit
38 tackles, 8? tackles-for-loss, 4? sacks, 12 quarterback-hurries, 3 pass breakups, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble
ERIC REID, LSU DB
Dutchtown High School, 2010, 4-star recruit
91 tackles, 1 tackle-for-loss, 2 interceptions, 7 pass breakups, 1 fumble recovery
DALLAS THOMAS, TENNESSEE OL
Scotlandville High School, 2008, 3-star recruit
Started 12 games at guard