Orlando, Fla., linebacker Lucktes Estiverne (5-11, 215; Oak Ridge High) is set for an official visit to Grambling this weekend, his first. “I got along with the coaches pretty fast,” said Estiverne, ranked No. 27 in the Orlando Sentinal’s Top 100 Central Florida recruits.
Grambling has made an offer; Estiverne has expressed interest in FBS Sun Belt programs Florida International and Middle Tennessee, as well as Tennessee State.
Fellow Orlando athlete Raysean Brown (6-1, 185; Jones High), ranked No. 52 in central Florida, is also interested in Grambling, along with Sun Belt programs Florida Atlantic and Louisiana-Lafayette, as well as Coastal Carolina.
Also considering Grambling: Charleston, S.C., defensive back/wide reciever Jeremy White (5-10, 174; Blythewood High; 4.89 in the 40), as well as South Carolina State, North Carolina Central, North Carolina A&T, Gardner Webb and Edward Waters.
Other uncommitted prospects with offers from Grambling include Augusta, Ga., tailback Jonathan Finch (5-8, 180; Evans High); Louisiana athlete Lifford Jackson (5-9, 160; Northwood-Shreveport High; 4.6 in the 40); Jacksonville, Fla., offensive lineman Brandon Rogers (6-3, 311; Trinity Christian High; 5.5 in the 40; two stars); Atlanta offensive lineman Tim Wynn (6-3, 280; Mays High; 5.0 in the 40; three stars); and Durham, N.C., defensive tackle Eric Young (6-3; 350; Hillside High; 5.1 in the 40; two stars).
After playing receiver through his junior year, White switched to cornerback last season — and made nine solo tackles and a forced fumble in his debut. Going into this season, White had been contacted by Clemson recruiter Jeff Scott, a former coach at Blythewood. White went to an offseason camp at Clemson, and was also considering Georgia Tech at one time.
Finch also has an offer from Morgan State, and was set for a visit to Savannah State.
His senior campaign was highlighted by a dominating performance last October when he rushed for 218 yards and three touchdowns — two of them 54 seconds apart in the third quarter — in a crucial regional victory over district rival Hephzibah. Finch eventually ran for more than more than 1,000 yards as a senior, earning an all-area nod from the Augusta Chronicle.
Finch piled up more than 1,500 yards as a junior, on the way to Columbia County Player of the Year honors. He was even productive as a youthful sophomore, rushing for more than 700 yards on the season — 248 of them over his final three games in 2007.
SPEARS GETS GOING
Former Grambling coach Melvin Spears, now offensive coordinator at Southwestern Athletic Conference foe Alabama State, is already finding success in Louisiana: He’s collected commitments from Clinton High linebacker Carey McKnight Jr. and All-district Southern Lab lineman Trei Mitchell. Spears is a native of Clinton, and was offensive coordinator on the Grambling staff when current Southern Lab coach Michael Roach was defensive coordinator for three SWAC championships in 2000-03.