by Hunter Bower // GeauxPreps.com Owner
Although this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship won’t feature a team from the state of Louisiana, a host of alumni from Louisiana High School Association member schools are set to play an integral part in helping bring home the hardware for their respective schools.
No. 1 Georgia has two players from Louisiana on its roster, both of which hail from Warren Easton in New Orleans.
Redshirt sophomore Sedrick Van Pran is slated to make his 30th consecutive start at center Monday night after having anchored a Bulldog offensive line that has accounted for 39 rushing touchdowns on the year while also earning a Joe Moore Award nomination for the best offensive line in the country.
Freshman Shone Washington has seen limited action during the 2022 season but is expected to have a big impact on the defensive line in years to come.
TCU features eight former LHSAA football stars on its roster with senior wide receiver Derius Davis highlighting the state of Louisiana. A First-Team All-American selection and Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year, Davis has been explosive for the Horned Frogs in 2022 with four touchdowns scored in four different ways (receiving, rushing, punt return and kickoff return). A product of West Feliciana High School, Davis leads the nation in career punt returns for a touchdown among active players with five.
Other players expected to see action are senior wide receiver Geor’Quarius Spivey, junior tailback Corey Wren, junior defensive back Josh Newton and sophomore safety Bud Clark.
Newton, a product of Ouachita Parish High School, earned All-Big 12 First-Team honors for his efforts on the field which include 12 pass breakups and three interceptions. TCU head coach Sonny Dykes described Newton, “the least entitled player I’ve ever coached.”
Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection Bud Clark, from Alexandria Senior High, was instrumental in helping lead the Horned Frogs to their first opportunity for a national title since the 1939 season following an interception return for a touchdown against Michigan. He leads the team with five interceptions, the most at TCU since the 2019 season.
Others featured on the Horned Frogs are junior defensive back Ish Burdine (Slidell), freshman running back Ronald Lewis (Warren Easton) and sophomore receiver Quincy Brown (Destrehan).
Warren Easton is the most represented LHSAA football program in this year’s championship game with three former players competing.
LHSAA ALUMNI FEATURED IN CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
#63 • Sedrick Van Pran • OL • Soph. • Warren Easton
#95 • Shone Washington • DL • Fr. Warren Easton
#11 • Derius Davis • WR • Sr. • West Feliciana
#12 • Geor’Quarius Spivey • TE • Sr. • Richwood
#18 • Ish Burdine • CB • Jr. • Slidell
#20 • Ronald Lewis • CB • Fr. • Warren Easton
#21 • Corey Wren • RB • Jr. • John Curtis
#24 • Josh Newton • CB • Jr. • Ouachita Parish
#26 • Bud Clark • S • So. • Alexandria
#88 • Quincy Brown • WR • So. • Destrehan