Two Tiger football stars make college commitments

Kyle Riviere
Donaldsonville linebacker/defensive end Tahj Brown has committed to Houston. Photos by Kyle Riviere.

Heading into the 2017 season, Donaldsonville will field one of the most talented football teams in Ascension Parish. That vast array of talent was perfectly highlighted last week with the college commitments of two of their brightest stars.

Both linebacker/defensive end Tahj Brown and offensive and defensive lineman Davon Wright announced their verbal pledges to Division-I programs via their Twitter accounts.

Brown announced that he is committed to Houston, while Wright pledged his allegiance to Tulane.

The Donaldsonville Tigers showed improvements last season under first-year head coach Brian Richardson, but widespread injuries to key starters hampered their total potential.

Still, despite breaking in a multitude of new starters lacking in experience, Donaldsonville returned to the Class 3A playoffs, after being shut out of the postseason in 2015.

Both Brown and Wright were key pieces to the Tiger defense.

Brown is a 6-foot-2, 256-pound middle linebacker that also splits time at defensive end. He is expected to play end at the next level.

He also plays fullback in the Tigers’ offense.

Brown has received plenty of attention from college scouts ever since his sophomore season at Donaldsonville.

To date, he has garnered nearly 30 scholarship offers. Some of the schools that have shown interest are: Mississippi State, Kansas State, N.C. State, Memphis and Wake Forrest.

Brown decided to go with Houston last week, a program that is experiencing a bit of change. At the end of the 2016 regular season, two-year head coach Tom Herman left for Texas. He will be succeeded by offensive coordinator and Catholic of Baton Rouge alum Major Applewhite.

Brown had a huge junior campaign at Donaldsonville.

In piling up 120 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions, he earned first-team All-District 6-3A honors and first-team All-Parish accolades as well.

After a great showing during the Tigers’ spring practice session, Coach Richardson said of the senior, “Tahj Brown has been great. I like to tell people all the time that he’s our ball boy. He’s like a little boy coming here drawing ‘DHS’ on his jersey and wanting to play. He couldn’t wait to be in a leadership role, and now, he’s enjoying every minute of it.”

The 247sports website has ranked Brown as the nation’s 27th-best strong-side defensive end and the state’s 32nd-ranked overall prospect.

Wright has been one of Donaldsonville’s great two-sport stars.

In track, he won a state title in the shot put in 2016. In 2017, he was state runner-up and District 6-3A champion in the event.

However, it’s in football where Wright has stirred up the most interest from scouts.

This past season, he anchored both the Tigers’ offensive and defensive lines. As an offensive lineman, he was first-team all-district and All-Parish.

The 6-foot-2, 282-pound senior received 11 scholarship offers from the likes of Colorado State, UL-Monroe, Southern and Jackson State, but in the end, he decided Tulane was the right place for him.

He is expected to play defensive tackle at the next level.

Wright is being regarded by 247sports as the state’s 60th-ranked prospect.

Wright, Brown and the rest of the Tigers will continue to prepare for the 2017 football season, hoping to make even more improvements with the return of nine all-district players.

This season will be a changeup for Donaldsonville as they switch districts, making the move to District 10-3A—which will allow them to play teams closer to home. These teams will include St. James, St. Charles, Haynes Academy and De La Salle.