Orgeron hosts Sopsher family and other Tangi products for LSU visit

CENTER OF ATTENTION- Amite Warrior Ishmael Sopsher, the No. 1 DT in the nation, visits LSU with his family last Saturday. His brother Rodney, far right, just finished a season at South Louisiana Community College. Photo submitted by Ishmael Sopsher.

By Jesse Brooks

On Saturday, January 27, LSU Coach Ed Orgeron hosted a double-digit group of recruits for junior day. Representing Tangipahoa Parish were defensive linemen Ishmael and Rodney Sopsher, wide receiver Devonta Lee and Kentwood wide receiver Trey Palmer.

While the evening was an impressive showing by LSU to several home grown prospects, it was the Sopsher family that spent significant time inside of Orgeron’s office after the event.

Sopsher, who is regarded by most as the second best player in the nation, can basically play for any program that he wants. However, he did acknowledge that playing for the Tigers would mean that his hometown of Amite would be just 45 minutes away. He is keeping his options open at the present, but did confirm that Orgeron believes a major upswing for the Tiger program could start with him and others from Tangipahoa Parish.

Sopsher’s former teammate Devonta Smith rocked the nation recently as the wide receiver that caught the game winning touchdown for the Alabama Crimson Tide in the National Championship. Shyheim Carter, a top prospect from Kentwood’s 2015 LHSAA 1A State Championship, also plays for Alabama’s defensive secondary.


HOME GROWN- (from left) Kentwood WR Trey Palmer, Amite DL Ismael Sopsher and Amite WR Devonta Lee. Photo submitted.

Another current Warrior with plenty of national attention is Lee who has the potential earn time on the field as a freshmen with any program. Lee is a physical receiver at 6’3 and 200 lbs., a contrast to Kentwood’s Palmer who run a 4.48 in the 40. If the trio of of Sopsher, Palmer and Lee all were to commit to the same program there is potential for Tangipahoa Parish to be placed on the highest stages of competition for years to come.



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