Recruiting Spotlight: OL/DL Behrend Behrendsen, St. Mary’s High School

By Jace LeJeune
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St. Mary’s High School in Natchitoches isn’t one of the biggest football programs in the state, but they had some great seasons in the past such as making the state championship two years ago. Since it’s not one of the biggest teams and that this is a 1A football team, a lot of players have to play on both sides of the football. One of these guys that have to serve that role is OL/DL Behrend Behrendsen.

Behrendsen was one of the tough leaders for the Tigers. What they say is that the game is won at the line of scrimmage and at 6’3, 280 pounds, Behrendsen anchors both lines of scrimmage and sets the tone. He is one of those players that is unselfish and does whatever it takes to help his football team out. He is smart and can adjust to the game as it goes.

Some coach is going to want a guy like Behrend Behrendsen on their football team and that is somebody who is mentally and physically tough. Louisiana Football Magazine Editor and T.V. Host Lee Brecheen had this to say about the talented lineman from St. Mary’s.

“Sometimes colleges make mistakes by not actually going to high school games to scout linemen in 1A or 2A football that are under 6-4 in height,” Brecheen said. “I did see this kid play in person in 2015 and came away impressed with his toughness, strength, moves well  and high effort. This is the type of kid that doesn’t take a IAA offer or D2 or even D3. I think in two years, he would get on the field with the right D-I college because of his effort, quickness and football ability.

As of right now, big I-A programs such as Northwestern State and Louisiana Tech have shown interest in Behrend Behrendsen, but he is still looking at his options on where he wants to continue his football career. In today’s recruiting spotlight article, the longtime starter for the St. Mary’s Tigers reflects on his high school career, recruiting, and so much more!

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Photos by Kevin Shannahan