Prep notebook: Riverside hoops standout Jared Butler trims college list to 6 suitors

And then there were six.

And then there were six.

One of the New Orleans area's top basketball players narrowed his list of college choices to six schools.

Riverside Academy guard Jared Butler tweeted his choices earlier this week: The final six are Alabama, Baylor, Texas, Southern California, Wichita State and Virginia.

The 6-foot-3 Butler averaged 20.4 points and led the Rebels to the Division III select semifinals during his junior season. He was named to The New Orleans Advocate's All-Metro team and was also named first team on the LSWA Class 2A all-state squad.

LaFrance commits to Texas Tech

St. Augustine running back Garland LaFrance is now committed to Texas Tech.

LaFrance committed to Tulane in late June, but he announced on Twitter this week that he is "100 percent committed" to Texas Tech.

He is rated a three-star recruit by and

LaFrance rushed for 536 yards and five touchdowns while sharing carries with then-senior Perré Barbarin in the St. Aug backfield last year, but he is set to be the Purple Knights’ featured back this fall. LaFrance gained a team-high 113 yards in a 27-20 loss to Scotlandville in the quarterfinals of the Division I select playoffs.

Foucha narrows list to 7

Joe Foucha, a standout safety at McDonogh 35, narrowed his college choices to seven schools.

Foucha announced his finalists on Twitter this week. The final choices for the 5-11, 195-pound Foucha are LSU, Alabama, Florida State, Auburn, Kansas, Arizona State and Arkansas.

Foucha is rated a three-star recruit according to 247Sports.


In addition to Covington running back Devin Brumfield pledging to Texas Tech, Lions quarterback Joshua Alfaro said he is headed to Houston Baptist, and Archbishop Hannan tight end Seth Caillouet committed to Texas State. ... There will be a new athletic director at Pope John Paul II: Mark Jeanmard announced in a letter to faculty and students that he was leaving the Slidell-area school. ... Will Callegari announced his resignation as lacrosse coach at Mandeville. Callegari is taking a job in South Carolina, also coaching lacrosse. There is no timetable for naming his replacement, but Callegari said he was told there will be a lacrosse team this school year and in the future.

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