Coach's Corner: Devin Voorhies

Devin Voorhies

Wilkinson County High School head coach Kenneth Brown discussed his star player, Devin Voorhies, with TSD. Brown covers everything from why Voorhies chose LSU, to what he expects out of him once he gets to college.

When Devin Voorhies gave LSU his verbal commitment during the summer of 2012, not many Tiger fans were sure what kind of a player they were getting out of Wilkinson County High School in Mississippi. Following a junior season in which Voorhies threw for 1,530 yards and eight touchdowns, to go along with another 700 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, it has become apparent that he is a very versatile player that can fit in anywhere on the field. Voorhies also played defense and collected two interceptions in 2012.

Kenneth Brown, the head coach of Voorhies, is one of the few people that know exactly what type of player the Bayou Bengals are getting in the class of 2014 three-star prospect.

"I think they are getting an excellent player with a great personality," Brown told TSD. "He is a very strong and intelligent player. He has a great academic background."

"They are just getting a great athlete and a very determined kid. He plays quarterback for us, but he can play pretty much anywhere on the field. I think they are getting a good athlete and a great kid that will represent the university well."

Many were surprised when Voorhies became the second class of 2014 pledge for the Tigers in July of 2012. Brown explained that Voorhies visiting LSU for camp last summer provided all the insight into the program that was needed to end his recruitment.

A meeting with the leader of the LSU program sealed the deal for the Tigers.

"I think they caught his attention with it being close to home," said Brown. "It is a really easy drive for him. He really loves the coaches and he got to spend a lot of time getting familiar with everything at camp last summer."

"Coach [Les] Miles called him into his office one day and that's when he knew that LSU was where he wanted to be."

Voorhies is a great athlete on the gridiron, but what position will he wind up at in college? Brown explained that while he is a great safety prospect, Voorhies could potentially be a better player at the wide receiver position.

Brown believes that Voorhies has all of the intangibles to fit in on either side of the ball once he arrives in Baton Rouge.

"Devin is a very good safety, even though he doesn't play there much for us," said Brown. "He can catch the ball very well. He has a lot of intangibles that he could bring to both positions."

"He is a tough kid that will catch the ball if it is anywhere near him. He runs track for us as well, so he isn't slow. If you watch him on film, you can see he is very capable of breaking off a big play."

Even though he is a very versatile player on the field, Brown believes that Voorhies needs to add some weight before he can contribute in college. With that being said, Brown knows that if Voorhies is given a chance to succeed, he will.

"In my opinion, he may be a little behind in terms of physicality," said Brown. "All he needs is an opportunity and he will make the most of it. If that happens, there is no doubt in my mind that he will be able to show the staff that he deserves to be on the field early."

With Voorhies giving his commitment to LSU before his junior season, there is still a lot of time for other schools to attempt to change his mind. However, Brown believes that other schools don't quite stack up with LSU in the mind of his star player.

"As far as I know they have been in contact very consistently," said Brown. "They send him stuff all the time. He is still very committed to LSU. Right now, I don't think he is going to be visiting anywhere else. He is very content with where he is at and he loves LSU."

Brown also added that the plan is for Voorhies to be on LSU's campus for their junior day taking place on February 16th.

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