BATON ROUGE, La. -- Saturday will be a who's who of Louisiana's top prospects in one place when LSU hosts Alabama at Tiger Stadium.
The night before, the state's best high school players will be scattered throughout the state, closing their regular seasons, many playing games with strong district-championship and postseason ramifications. Here are the best games involving players headed for major college programs:
Geismar Dutchtown (7-1) vs. Baton Rouge Catholic (6-2): The championship will be on the line in District 5-5A, which includes the largest city and suburban schools on the south side of Baton Rouge. Dutchtown, the alma mater of LSU's Eric Reid and Alabama's Eddie Lacy and Landon Collins, has another SEC-level recruit in Mississippi State commit Shelby Christy.
Plaquemine (6-3) vs. Lutcher (8-0): Two towns nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge will battle for the District 6-4A championship. Plaquemine, featuring highly-regarded 2014 defensive end prospect Davon Godchaux, will be the underdog against the alma mater of LSU receiver Jarvis Landry, among many others.
Bains West Feliciana (6-2) at Jackson East Feliciana (4-3) When arch-rival high schools Clinton and Jackson merged in 2011 to form East Feliciana High, they put their past rivalry aside and found a new rival to the West. East Feliciana has the state's top player in quarterback/tight end/defensive back Kendell Beckwith, who will be looking to lead his school to its second win in two years -- and second place in District 6-3A.
Port Allen (7-2) at Brusly (6-3): Like Beckwith, Texas A&M linebacker commit Darian Claiborne plays quarterback for his high school team, Port Allen, which will play for second place in District 7-3A.
Kentwood Jewel Sumner (5-3) at Loranger (7-1): After being upset by a 2-5 Amite team, Loranger and LSU commit Jeryl Brazil finds itself tied with Sumner, which also features an LSU commit in safety Jeremy Cutrer, at the top of District 8-3A. The winner will either have the outright title or share it with Bogalusa.
Lake Charles Washington-Marion (8-1) at Lake Charles LaGrange (6-3): LSU linebacker commit Melvin Jones is questionable for a game against its city rival with the District 4-4A championship on the line. Jones has missed the last couple of games with injury.
New Orleans O.P. Walker (6-1) vs. New Orleans Karr (8-0): This was going to be a showdown of unbeaten teams for the District 9-4A championship until Walker was upset by Marrero, La./Archbishop Shaw last week. Karr, with Miami commit Standish Dobard at TE and Texas A&M commit Noel Ellis at corner along with talented 2014 prospects Speedy Noil and Gerald Willis, will be the heavy favorite.
River Ridge John Curtis (8-0) at Port Sulphur South Plaquemines (7-1): The District 9-2A championship will be on the line as Curtis, ranked No. 3 in the ESPN 25, rides the talents of players like 2013 LB Duke Riley and 2014 WR Malachi Dupre against South Plaquemines, a one-time Class 1A bully set to take on the Class 2A juggernaut.
Many (6-3) at Winnfield (8-1): If there is a public school that can knock off the private school powers like John Curtis and Shreveport's Evangel Christian, it's probably Winnfield, a state finalist last year led by LSU commit Michael Patterson, will try to wrap up the District 3-2A crown before making another run at a state title game.
Shreveport Huntington (5-4) vs. Shreveport Woodlawn (4-5): Led by highly-regarded defensive tackle prospect Christopher Robinson, Woodlawn is a game away from sweeping through District 1-4A after going winless in non-district play.