When you talk Class 4A football in Louisiana, you have to factor Haughton High School into the equation. The most prominent Buccaneer is quarterback Dak Prescott, a Mississippi State commit, and the 6-foot-3 senior has several weapons at his disposal.
"Our running back, Marlon Seets, has college potential," said Prescott. "He already has an offer from Grambling. I think he had 700 yards last year, but if we were in an I-formation, he'd have well over 1,000 yards. It's a little unfair to him that he doesn't get more carries, but that's because we're a spread team. He's around 5-foot-10, 210 pounds, with 4.6 speed, and he can make something happen with the football.
"Damon Gladney, who is a 2012 prospect, was our leading receiver last year. He has a big frame and should be really special. I think he's going to turn out to be a huge college prospect. He's 6-foot-2, 180, with sure hands. He isn't the fastest receiver on the team running sprints, but he has game speed. I've seen him catch a pass and then go by DBs like they were standing still."
Prescott also has two senior receivers that should get plenty of touches.
"Jordan Craft is a slot guy who is 5-foot-7, 160 pounds. He's very fast and we like to get him the football on screens or on a little reverse. Trent Jacobs is the only true three-year starter among the skill position players. He's 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, and runs great routes. He can play in the slot or go wide."
Prescott, Seets, and Gladney earned first-team all-district honors last year for Haughton, which finished 9-3. Craft was second-team all-district. The Bucs got off to a slow start in 2009, losing the first two games. However, Prescott quickly turned things around for Haughton, which won its next nine games before getting eliminated by district rival Huntington in the playoffs.
Don't be surprised if Haughton goes undefeated in the regular season this fall. As a preview of things to come, Prescott outperformed blue-chip Texas commit David Ash at the Hester Sports 7-on-7 Tournament last month.
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is known for his skill in working with quarterbacks and he landed a great one in Prescott.
"I really liked the little town of Starkville," said Prescott, "and I felt like I fit in with the players at Mississippi State. There's a few guys from Louisiana coming in with me and I think we're putting together a special class. It's definitely a good fit for me."