Archbishop Shaw offensive lineman Chet Hebert racked up the honors last year: all-district, all-metro, and 5A first-team all-state, and he may be on the cusp of securing that first scholarship offer after taking recent unofficial visits to three universities.
"I went to the Junior Day at Florida State, LSU, and Southern Mississippi," said Hebert. "I got an invite to Florida State's Junior Day and that was awesome. I was shocked at their facilities. The weight room there is as big as the entire gym at Shaw. Coach Rick Trickett, the offensive line coach, said that they haven't offered any offensive linemen yet. He said that he has a slow trigger when it comes to offering the linemen.
"I went to the second Junior Day at LSU - when they had the spring game. LSU has always been my favorite and it's the favorite of my family as well. When it comes to recruiting though, I'm trying not to lean towards having a favorite school. I haven't been hearing as much from LSU as often as I've heard from Florida State and Southern Miss. When I went to the Junior Day at Southern Miss, I was impressed by how nice everyone was and by the facilities. I thought coming in that Southern Miss might be a little place because it's in a small town, but it's not like that."
Hebert, who says that he's 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, plays for one of the top big schools in the state at Shaw. In 2009, the Eagles finished 8-4, losing to highly-touted Acadiana in the second-round of the playoffs.
"We're going into the season trying to get a district title," Hebert said. "Last year, we were one point away from that. We're going to what we always do at Shaw: pound the football and play good defense. With Lawrence (Breaud) at running back, we always have a good chance to win.
"I'll be playing right offensive tackle this year. Earlier in my career, I played nose tackle and then they moved me to the other side of the football. I feel that my strength is run-blocking. We like to run the football. Our district - the Catholic League - is very tough year in and year out. Last year, Brother Martin started off the season 5-0 and then they went 0-5 in district. St. Augustine didn't have a good run in district, but they almost beat (eventual state champion) West Monroe in the playoffs. I think St. Aug or us will end up winning district."