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River Parish signees excited about ‘amped up’ Nicholls State staff

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  • National Signing Day
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  • George Becnel
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  • February 04, 2015 - 4:19pm

New Nicholls State coach Tim Rebowe had an all-Louisiana recruiting class, including three players from River Parish high schools.

Morrell Bartholomew noticed something right away with the coaching staff of new Nicholls State football coach Tim Rebowe.

“I like that they are always amped up,” Bartholomew said. “They want to win and bring Nicholls football back and I want to be part of that class that does it.”

“If we are not excited about what we are doing, how can you get some other ones to be excited,” Rebowe said. “Our staff wakes up every day saying something good is going to happen. Usually, it does. I’m glad it’s kind of rubbing off on some of the community and on some of the players we are trying to recruit.”

It certainly rubbed off on Bartholomew as the West St. John receiver opted to attend Nicholls on National Signing Day on Wednesday.

“We’re excited about him. We think everything is in front of him. He’s long and lean and can go up and get it,” Rebowe said of the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Bartholomew.

Rebowe, the former University of Louisiana-Lafayette assistant and former Destrehan High coach, has made a commitment to signing local players.

All of 26 high school players signed by the Colonels in Rebowe’s first recruiting class are from Louisiana. Three of the players came from Rebowe’s native River Parishes.

Rebowe added a Destrehan connection in the class with the signing of Wildcats linebacker Allen Pittman.

“They (Destrehan) had some guys who signed with bigger schools, but when it came down to it, they said he may be the best football player on their team. A lot of coaches thought that because they named him the MVP of the district,” said Rebowe.

“I think Coach Rebowe will turn Nicholls around and I want to be a part of it,” Pittman said.

Also headed to the Thibodaux school is East St. John defensive back Ahmani Martin. Not blessed with the measureables some schools are looking for at 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, Martin is an impact football player, according to Rebowe.

“I had a smart coach who told me, ‘after they make the tackle, they don’t stand up and measure how tall you are,’” the Nicholls coach said.

“We are looking for playmakers – guys who can get to the football. Playmakers are what it’s all about,” Rebowe added.

“For me the recruiting process was easy. It all came down to the coach’s trust. Coach Rebowe was there since Day One so when he switched from (Louisiana-Lafayette) to Nicholss when he got the head coaching job, he asked me if I wanted to come help turn the program around and I was all for it,” Martin said.

Along with the three high school players, Rebowe brought another River Parish player home. Jeff Hall, who played on St. Charles Catholic’s state championship team, transferred to Nicholls from the University of Colorado, and currently is enrolled in school.

“I recruited Jeffrey before, so we had a past relationship. He was ready to come back home and get a little more playing time. He will add a little bit depth to our defensive backs and we’re glad we have him now so we can get him through spring practice,” Rebowe said.

The new Nicholls coach already is having an impact with local coaches.

“It’s been a tremendous job what Coach Rebowe has been able to do. He has his staff has really made a focal point and dedication of tapping the local schools. Morrell was a target early. He’s close enough for his family to follow him, which is important for Nicholls to put people in the seats,” West St. John coach Robert Valdez said.

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.