Tigers hire new coach, two players make commitments

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Donaldsonville quarterback Tyler Brown made his commitment to Southern. Photo by Chuck Montero.

It was quite the busy week for Donaldsonville football as they hired a new head coach, and two of their top seniors made their commitments with National Signing Day less than a week away.

Over the weekend, the Tigers officially hired longtime assistant coach Brian Richardson as their new head man. Richardson will take over for Benny Guilbeaux--who resigned as Donaldsonville's head coach after three seasons.

In Guilbeaux's tenure, the Tigers had an overall record of 14-20. They reached the second round of the playoffs in each of his first two seasons, but this past year, they fell to 3-7 overall and missed out on the postseason for the first time in his tenure.

Richardson will now lead the Tigers in what will be his first ever head coaching job.

He is a former Donaldsonville player and a Southern University graduate. He served as an assistant for one season at Southern Lab, and he has been an assistant for the Tigers for 15 years.

Richardson will have a tough task ahead of him as he leads a team that loses three of their top players in wide receiver Stephen Sullivan, quarterback Tyler Brown and defensive tackle Tyarise Stevenson.

Sullivan signed with LSU during the early signing period. He has already enrolled at the school and will be ready to compete during spring practice.

As for Brown and Stevenson, both players made their commitments over the weekend.

Brown has been the Tigers' starting quarterback for the past three seasons. This past year, he made the Weekly Citizen's All-Parish second team as an athlete.

He had multiple offers from schools like McNeese State and Jackson State, but he ended up picking his new head coach's alma mater, Southern.

With his commitment, he will now join his former receiver, Jaquel Gant--who signed with Southern last year.

As for Stevenson, he made his commitment to Tulsa. He took to Twitter to announce his decision last weekend.

"The recruiting process has been long & stressful. I'm ending the process finally," Stevenson said. "Thanks to all the colleges who offered me & coaches I've met through the process, so with support from my family & close friends, I have decided to commit to Tulsa University."

Stevenson made first-team all-district this past season. He was also a first-team All-Parish selection.

He originally committed to Tulane last spring, but during the summer, he decided to de-commit in order to explore more options.

In addition to Tulsa and Tulane, Stevenson also had offers from schools like Texas Tech, UL-Lafayette, Southern and Grambling State.