Meet the Elite 8 — Shreveport area’s top college football prospects for Class of 2023

Jimmy Watson
Shreveport Times

The Shreveport Times has released its inaugural Elite 8, a collection of the Shreveport area’s top college football prospects for the Class of 2023.

The Elite 8 is the newspaper’s recruiting list. It was selected through conversations with regional football coaches, observations on the field and through contact with the student-athletes included in this list. 

The Times will begin to release the order of The Elite 8 on Monday, working its way from No. 8 to No. 1.

Ta’Derius Collins, Northwood

The Falcon senior is hard to control in the trenches with his 6-5, 250-pound frame. He had 33 tackles, including seven for a loss, and seven sacks last year. Collins now has 21 offers including ones from Arkansas, Texas and Baylor and continues to have more rolling in. He is the No. 20 prospect in the state and No. 42 edge rusher in the country.  

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Tackett Curtis, Many

Curtis is a two-time LSWA Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-2, 215-pound Curtis had over 25 offers when he committed to USC a couple of weeks ago. The four-star linebacker had 128 tackles, including 18 for a loss, with four interceptions and three forced fumbles last season for the state runners-up. He is the No. 6 player in the state and No. 5 linebacker nationally. 

Kody Jackson, Evangel

Although the Evangel secondary is filled with juniors, it’s 6-foot-2, 180-pound Kody Jackson who leads the way. The fastest player on the team, Jackson is dangerous as a kick returner but is being recruited by Louisiana Tech and Louisiana Lafayette as a safety.

Omarion Miller, North Caddo

Previously committed to LSU prior to Ed Orgeron’s dismissal, the 6-2, 196-pound Miller is now committed to Nebraska. He caught 76 passes for 1,502 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He also has offers from Miami, Arkansas and Louisiana Tech. He is the No. 11 player in the state and No. 24 wide receiver in the country.  

MarJayvious Moss, Northwood

After a five-interception night last season, the recruiting of Moss exploded across the board. He now has several SEC, Big 12 and Big 10 offers with more coming in almost daily for the 5-foot-11, 175-pound defensive back. He has scored in multiple ways offensively. He is the No. 17 recruit in the state according to the 247Sports Composite.

Makhi Reed, Minden

At 6-2, 310 Reed has offers from Army, Navy and the Air Force after collecting 26 tackles with four sacks from his defensive line position. Reed is currently not ranked by 247Sports Composite. The soft-spoken Reed created eight quarterback hurries last season. Reed has an incredible story of how he arrived and thrived in Minden after being born in Mamou.

The Shreveport Times Elite 8: (Top row) Captain Shreve's Marquez Stevenson, Evangel's Kody Jackson, North Caddo's Omarion Miller, Many's Tackett Curtis. (Bottom row) Parkway's Jaylan White, Northwood's Mar'Jayvious Moss, Minden's Makhi Reed and Northwood's Ta'Derius Collins. photographed on July 23, 2022.

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Marquez Stevenson, Captain Shreve

The Texas Tech commit averaged 29.1 yards per catch last season in just six games playing alongside Alabama signee Kendrick Law. At 6-3, 183 pounds, Stevenson is the fastest 400-meter runner in Louisiana and one of the best in the country. Look for a breakout season offensively. Also has offers from Mississippi State and Grambling and was recently invited to LSU for a visit. He is the No. 24 player in Louisiana.

Jaylan White, Parkway

After finishing fourth in the 100-meter at the LSWA state track meet, the 5-9, 180-pound White is the fastest running back in the state.  He scored 15 touchdowns and had 1,850 rushing yards last season. Currently with Mississippi State, TCU and ULM offers, White needs 700 rushing yards to break the school career record. He currently is not ranked by 247Sports Composite.

Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.