From SLU Athletics
HAMMOND – Five student-athletes who formerly participated at the Football Bowl Subdivision level have enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University and will continue their academic and athletic endeavors as members of the Southeastern football program, Lion head coach Ron Roberts announced on Wednesday.
The newest Lions are defensive backs Jordan Batiste (5-8, 169, Gramercy,
La.), Micah Eugene (5-11, 188, Lafayette, La.) and Jerqwinick Sandolph (6-1,
201, Boutte, La.), quarterback D'Shaie Landor (6-0, 187, Lafayette, La.) and
offensive lineman Aaron Reed (6-4, 312, El Paso, Texas).
Batiste comes to Hammond from Tulane, Landor was previously at Louisiana-Lafayette, while Reed is a Southern Mississippi product. Eugene and Sandolph both come to Southeastern from LSU.
Batiste, Eugene. Reed and Sandolph will have two years of eligibility remaining, while Landor has three years left to compete in the green and gold.
Batiste was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection in both of his seasons with the Green Wave. As a sophomore, the second team All-Louisiana selection led TU with four forced fumbles and seven sacks, while also finishing with 35 tackles, eight pass breakups, one interception and one fumble recovery. As a freshman, he started 10 games and posted 41 tackles, eight pass breakups and an interception.
Batiste prepped at Lutcher High School, where he was a two-time All-State and All-District selection. He helped LHS to three district titles during his career, totaling 328 tackles and seven interceptions. He was rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports.com prior to signing with Tulane.
Eugene played in 25 games in his two seasons in Baton Rouge, recording 62 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. He was an All-State performer and District 3-5A as a senior at Acadiana High School, helping his squad to a 5A state title. Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com, he was a member of the Advocate's Super Dozen, playing both defensive back and running back.
Sandolph saw action in 12 games during his time with the Tigers, finishing with six tackles playing predominantly on special team coverage units. Touted one of the fastest players in the state coming out of Hahnville High School, Sandolph was a first team All-State performer as a senior and a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Landor joins the Lions and will provide depth behind seniors Bryan Bennett and Jordan Barnett. After redshirting at Louisiana-Lafayette at 2012, the Teurlings Catholic High School product saw action in three games in 2013. The state offensive MVP as a senior at Teurlings, he was ranked the No. 40 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and ESPN.com.
Reed spent his freshman season at Scottsdale Junior College, before redshirting at Southern Miss in 2012. As a sophomore, he played in eight games for the Golden Eagles, starting at right tackle versus Nebraska and Arkansas. Reed prepped at Chapin High School, where he was a district champion in the discus.
The remainder of the Southeastern signing class will be announced on Feb. 5. The Lions Athletics Association will host a signing day bash at University Place from 5-8 p.m. on signing day. Contact the LAA office at (985) 549-5226 for more information on the signing bash.
2014 Southeastern Louisiana Football Midyear Additions
Jordan Batiste – DB – 5-8 – 169 – Gramercy, La. (Tulane/Lutcher HS)
Micah Eugene – DB – 5-11 – 188 – Lafayette, La. (LSU/Acadiana HS)
Herbert Harris – LB – 6-1 – 230 – Clinton, Miss. (Hinds CC/Clinton HS)*
Philanteus "PJ" Jarrett – DL – 6-3 – 280 – Hollandale, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln JC/Hollandale Simmons HS)*
D'Shaie Landor – QB – 6-0 – 187 – Lafayette, La. (Louisiana-Lafayette/Teurlings Catholic HS)
Aaron Reed – OL – 6-4 – 312 – El Paso, Texas (Southern Miss/Chapin HS)
Jerqwinick Sandolph – DB – 6-1 – 201 – Boutte, La. (LSU/Hahnville HS)
Byron Smith – OL – 6-8 – 260 – Ontario, Calif. (Citrus College/Colony HS)*
Terrious Triplett – DB – 6-2 – 197 – Memphis, Tenn. (Holmes CC/Ridgeway HS)*
* - Signed during the December signing period