Angelle wants to prove his worth

Published 10:34 pm Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What Division I colleges could be missing in De’Andre Angelle has been Kenny Harrison’s gain.

Angelle has four scholarship offers. Lamar, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas Southern and Akron have all offered the senior Port Arthur Memorial receiver a chance to play college football.

Angelle expects more and from bigger schools and so he plays with a chip on his shoulder.

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He tries to turn every catch into a touchdown.

“As a 5-9 receiver no big colleges look at me,” Angelle said. “They look at the big receivers. I grind every day and work hard.”

Angelle has 283 yards on 14 receptions and six touchdowns this season in only three complete games for the Titans. He averages 20.2 yards per catch.

His talents were on full display this past Saturday in a 62-0 victory over Ozen. Angelle had 97 yards on three receptions. He caught touchdown passes of 25 and 56 yards from quarterback Kadon Harrison who is a Louisiana-Lafayette commit. Harrison finished with six passing touchdowns and one rushing.

“Not getting those big offers makes me grind even harder because every day I get up and I think I should be one of the big recruits,” Angelle said. “I have a chip on my shoulder every day.”

Harrison knows Angelle’s worth to the 3-0 Titans who are looking to move to 3-0 in District 22-5A play this Friday when the team faces Nederland at home at 7 p.m.

“He is a very explosive player,” Harrison said. “He has the break-away speed to take it to the house on every play. That helps out tremendously. Anytime a kid can catch a 2-yard hitch route and go the distance at any given time. That gives you a lot of options as a coach. He strives to score on every play. He works hard every week to be able to do things like that.”

Harrison wants the best for all his players and that includes big-time college offers. He understands the more determined Angelle plays, the better for the Titans.

“Realistically, he should have more offers,” Harrison said. “He is a tremendous football player. He understands the game. He has everything a Division I school should be interested in. In due time, those opportunities will come. In the meantime, we are focused on him taking it the distance for us.”

That would bode well for the Titans Friday against the Bulldogs.

“Every time I touch the ball I feel like I should score,” Angelle said.

Angelle is able to have confidence against other teams’ defensive backs because he faces one of the nation’s best corners every day in practice in Kary Vincent Jr. who is committed to LSU.

“Kary Vincent makes me better,” Angelle said.

So who wins during practices?

“I win the most,” Angelle said with a smile of the matchup against Vincent. “He would tell you that.”

Titans note: Vincent took to Twitter Sunday to announce his thoughts on LSU’s firing of coach Les Miles. Vincent tweeted, “I’m not going anywhere.”

Gabriel Pruett: 721-2436. Twitter: @PaNewsGabe

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Gabriel Pruett has worked with both the Port Arthur News and Orange Leader since 2000. A majority of the time has been spent covering all aspects of Southeast Texas high school sports. Pruett's claim to fame is...being able to write his own biographical information for this website.

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