Video: Christoper Hilton highlights
Watch the state's No. 4 recruit during his junior season.
The list of NFL football greats from Louisiana, past and present, is impressive.
Peyton and Eli Manning. Marshall Faulk. Terry Bradshaw. Odell Beckham Jr. Reggie Wayne. Ed Reed. Leonard Fournette. Dak Prescott.
The current lot of 2021 players is impressive also, with four incoming seniors on the 247Sports Top 100 recruit list, including five-star defensive tackle Maason Smith, of Terrebonne (Houma).
Of the Top 25 ranked players from the state, wide receivers are the most coveted with nine, followed by five defensive backs and four defensive linemen.
The elite from the Pelican State are currently taking their time making college choices. Only 10 of the Top 25 have committed to college programs, with Memphis and Louisiana Tech leading the way with two each. Five of the 10 committed in the last 48 hours.
See the complete Top 25 as compiled by 247Sports below.
1. Maason Smith, Terrebonne (Houma)
6-foot-5 | 316 pounds | Defensive Tackle | Undecided
Had a breakout junior season with 82 tackles, 24 for loss including 10 sacks. He's ranked the No. 2 defensive tackle in the country and No. 20 recruit overall. He's earned 30 college offers, with Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M at the top of his list.
2. Sage Ryan, Lafayette Christian Academy (Lafayette)
5-11 | 193 | S | Undecided
The cousin of three-time Super Bowl champion Kevin Faulk, Ryan has led his team to a combined 26-1 record the last two seasons and two state titles. Fast (4.45 in 40-yard dash), athletic (36-inch vertical jump) and smart, Ryan is ranked the No. 1 safety in the country and No. 40 player overall. He has 18 offers, but is leaning to either LSU, Alabama or Florida State. 3. Brian Thomas Jr., Walker
6-4 | 185 | WR | Undecided
Had a big junior season with 75 catches for 1,272 yards and 17 touchdowns. Also a highly-recruited basketball player, Thomas is known to make acrobatic catches in traffic. Of his 16 offers, LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M are at the top of his list. 4. Christopher Hilton, Zachary
6-0 | 170 | WR | Undecided
Super athletic, Hilton won the state high jump title as a sophomore with a mark of 7 feet. He led Zachary to a second straight football title as a sophomore. He's been times at 4.45 in the 40 and 11.12 in the 100 meters. Of his 21 offers, Alabama, LSU, Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M appear to be his favorites.
6-0 | 170 | WR | Undecided
Another four-star wide receiver from the area, Pazon had 14 touchdown catches last season among his 54 receptions for 1,047 yards. He led his team to a state 4A title last season. Also a track star, he has run an 11.09 100 meters. He has 21 offers but appears to be leaning to either LSU, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida or Florida State. 6. Kaine Williams, John Ehret (Marrero)
6-2 | 205 | S | Alabama
Ranked the No. 6 safety in the nation, Williams has 123 tackles in two seasons with 10 pass breakups and four forced fumbles. He had six interceptions as a sophomore. He has 25 college offers but committed to the Crimson Tide on May 15. 7. Saivion Jones, St. James
6-5 | 240 | DE | LSU
The three-sport standout helped his team to a 15-0 season and state 3A championships as a junior. Even on one side of the ball, he racked up 90 tackles, 29 for loss, including 13 sacks. He also broke up four passes and forced two fumbles.
8. Malik Nabers, Comeaux (Lafayette)
6-0 | 190 | WR | Undecided
Had a huge junior season with 21 touchdown catches among his 58 receptions for 1,223 yards. Superb in traffic and after the catch, Nabers is extremely competitive. That has helped attract 31 college offers, though Miami, Georgia, Oklahoma, Mississippi State and Auburn are on his short list. 9. Keon Coleman, Opelousas Catholic (Opelousas)
6-4 | 185 | WR | Undecided
A three-sport athlete with Division I offers in both football and basketball, Coleman is dynamic in the air. Big leaper known for his dunks on the hardwood, Coleman averaged a whopping 32.7 per catch among his 35 receptions as a junior, with 22 going for touchdowns. He has 39 college offers, with Kansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi State Michigan State and Florida State among his finalists.
10. Ke'Travion Hargrove, Ruston
5-11 | 185 | RB | Louisiana Tech
Rushed 205 times for 1,537 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, but was a big threat as a receiver also. He had 17 catches for 460 more yards. Great feet, Hargrove shows great versatility. He picked Louisiana Tech over 13 other offers, including Baylor, Florida State, Houston and Boston College. 11. Jardin Gilbert, University Lab (Baton Rouge)
6-1 | 175 | S | Undecided
Also a basketball standout, Gilbert helped his team to a 9-5 football record last season and a state Division 2 semifinal berth. Also a superb wide receiver, Gilbert shows excellent ball skills and isn't afraid to tackle. He has 24 offers, but Alabama appears to be the leader.
12. Byron Turner Jr., St. Augustine (New Orleans)
6-4 | 237 | DE | Undecided
Excellent size and speed, Turner has earned 30 college offers, but appears to be attracted to Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Oklahoma and Ole Miss.
13. Andrew Jones, John Ehret (Marrero)
6-0 | 200 | LB | Memphis
Really can motor and has a nose for the ball, as proven by 137 tackles as a junior, a whopping 42 behind the line of scrimmage. He hits very hard. He picked Memphis over 21 other schools that made him offers, including Florida State, Arizona, Georgia, Houston and SMU.
14. Tyrese Johnson, KIPP Booker T. Washington (New Orleans)
6-1 | 190 | WR | Undecided
With Division I offers in football and basketball, Johnson features terrific timing and leaping ability. He also has very strong hands and catches the ball well in traffic. He has 18 offers, including Arizona, Colorado, Florida State, Miami and Tennessee.
15. Jackie Marshall, East St. John (Reserve, La.)
6-2 | 230 | LB | Undecided
Blessed with excellent speed and athleticism, Marshall has earned 19 offers but appears to be leaning toward either Baylor, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma State or Texas Tech.
16. Shield Taylor, Alexandria
6-4 | 235 | TE | Undecided
The only tight end on the list, Taylor didn't have big numbers last year, but he wasn't thrown to very often either. He has 18 college offers, but Stanford appears to be the front runner. Duke, Arkansas, Boise State and Georgia State are also top contenders. Besides the academics, Stanford has a history of developing prolific tight ends, including Eagles All-Pro Zach Ertz.
17. Logan Diggs, Archbishop Rummel (Metairie)
6-0 | 195 | RB | Undecided
Had a terrific junior season with 924 yards rushing and five touchdowns and 26 catches, while leading his team to a 13-0 record and state Division I title. He has piled up 25 offers, with USC, Arizona State, Michigan State and Arkansas as top suitors. 18. Jack Bech, St. Thomas More (Lafayette)
6-1 | 203 | WR | Vanderbilt
Had a whopping 91 catches for 1,668 yards last season, leading his team to an 11-2 record and state D2 championship. Terrific body control and excellent feet. Has 21 offers, but picked Vanderbilt over Arizona, Houston, Rice and a number of Ivy League schools.
19. Jah'von Grigsby, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge)
6-0 | 185 | S | Undecided
Had 66 tackles, recovered four fumbles, forced another and added a pick 6 last season for his 8-4 squad. Also a strong 200-meter track athlete and long jumper, Auburn, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State and Purdue appear his top college choices among 16 offers. 20. Tyrell Raby, Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge)
5-11 | 173 | CB | Memphis
Another two-sport standout, Raby ran the 400-meters and high jumped at Madison Prep. He has 21 offers, but picked Memphis over Arizona, Houston, Indiana Miami and Purdue among others.
21. Barryn Sorrell, Holy Cross (New Orleans)
6-3 | 250 | DE | Northwestern
Big kid with excellent speed, Sorrel played both sides of the ball as a junior. His versatility helped him land 17 offers, but he chose Northwestern over Baylor, Indiana, Boston College, Vanderbilt and Missouri, among others.
22. Solomon Lewis, Lake Charles College Prep (Lake Charles)
5-8 | 150 | WR | Louisiana Tech
Versatile athlete makes up for his lack of size with sheer quickness and toughness. Is dangerous as a deep threat or in catch-and-run situations. He picked Louisiana Tech over Fresno State, Miami, Houston and Southern University.
23. Casey Cain, Easton (New Orleans)
6-2 | 175 | WR | Texas
With all these wide receivers in the state, Cain earned the attention of the Longhorns with his athleticism — he plays basketball and runs track also — and speed. He picked Texas over Arkansas State, Houston, Louisiana, Memphis and Vanderbilt among others. 24. Kolbe Fields, Archbishop Rummel (Metairie)
6-1 | 205 | LB | Oklahoma State
Had 105 tackles, 10 for losses last season while forcing two fumbles. Great instincts, good ball skills and athletic enough to play in space. Picked Oklahoma State over Houston, Memphis, Purdue and SMU among others.
25. Iverson Celestine, Fontainebleau (Mandeville)
5-10 | 198 | RB | Undecided
In two seasons, he has piled up 2,733 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns. On his short list of college choices, Colorado, Louisiana Tech, South Alabama, Utah and Virginia are among his finalists.