Louisiana spotlight on Perrilloux

Originally Published: July 23, 2004
By Tom Lemming | Special to ESPN Insider
Editor's note: Look for Tom Lemming's 2004 Recruiting Road Trip reports every Tuesday and Friday.

NEW ORLEANS -- Louisiana was absolutely loaded with blue-chip talent last year. In fact, 11 ballplayers earned All-American honors. This season, however, things appear to be a little bit different. Although there's still plenty of talent to go around, there are fewer impact players available than last season.

Ryan Perrilloux
Ryan Perrilloux tossed 25 TD passes in 2003.
However, the No. 1 prospect this year, would also have been ranked as the number one player in 2003. In fact, Reserve East St. John quarterback Ryan Perrilloux (6-3, 207) is one of the top three signal callers in the nation. It does not take long in the film room to recognize his incredible talent. Not only does he possess terrific arm strength, but he is also a dangerous weapon on the ground. Perrilloux has Donovan McNabb-type skills. I have seen him throw a ball 60 yards from one knee and his running skills are equally impressive. Perrilloux is without a doubt the country's most complete QB. Last season, he threw for over 2,400 yards and 29 touchdowns and rushed for over 1,300 yards and 22 scores. Perrilloux committed to Texas over LSU and Florida State.