The Denham Springs Yellow Jackets had one of their best seasons in program history winning ten games and reaching the Class 5A Quarterfinals. Under the leadership of head coach Brett Beard, the Yellow Jackets have ascended to be one of the teams to watch out for in Class 5A and a big reason why is because of the DI talent that is at the school. One of those big names is cornerback Maison Vorise.
The 5’11, 170 pound cornerback leads a Yellow Jackets secondary that is one of the best in the entire state of Louisiana alongside All-District MVP DaShawn McBryde. The two were some of the top names in the area and helped the Yellow Jackets become one of the top defenses in the Baton Rouge area. Leading a defense and a team that is coming off one of its best seasons ever means a lot to Vorise as he wants to establish himself as a program great at the end of his prep career.
“It meant a lot to be apart of that team last year. It showed what a real team is. I think the difference was we all believed and were focused and took it one week at a time.”
“My goals this year is to keep the winning going for our team and to be a leader to all the young guys we have this year.”
Vorise is a team leader that puts his teammates first, but his individual play also stands out as well. Starting since his freshman season for the Yellow Jackets, Vorise has always been a standout athlete with 4.6/40 speed and a 34 inch vertical.
His athletic ability allows him to play the ball just like a receiver. He has smooth hips and cut on a dime making it easy for him to make a play on the ball whether it is deflecting passes or causing interceptions.
“My biggest strengths are my IQ of the game and making plays when they are needed.”
No better example of that than when Denham Springs was playing Dutchtown in a big district game last season. Vorise had an interception in the back of the end zone to not only stop a potential Griffin score, but also sparked a comeback for the Yellow Jackets to come back from a 17-0 deficit. What helps him is that he not only has the athletic ability, but he can always get some insight from his cousin, who played his college football at Texas A&M.
My cousin Jhamon Ausbon played at Texas A&M and I also model my game after Sauce Gardner.”
Overall, Vorise had a great junior season as he made 1st Team All-District and 1st Team All-Parish with 18 tackles, 2 INTs, 4 PBUs, and even had one punt return for a touchdown. Opposing offenses within the district tried not to test number 12 on one side of the football as he proved to be a shutdown corner for their defense. All that is great, but the best memory Vorise will have is how Denham Springs was able to get one final play in the second round of the playoffs and get an improbable playoff win over Benton.
“Our playoff win this year against Benton because it showed me not to give and play until the last second.”
All the years of being a part of the Denham Springs football program have been worth it as he has been starting on the varsity team since his freshman year. Starting at the 5A level as a freshman, Vorise grew more and more confident by playing against older players.
“When I started varsity my freshman year, I thought I would have a chance to be good at football and make something out of it.”
Vorise definitely has that chance as now, he has already received an offer to play in the SEC by Mississippi State. As of now, going into his senior season, Mississippi State is the only offer that the star Yellow Jackets defensive back has right now, but getting an offer by an SEC program is special. What is even more special is that he was part of the last recruiting class for the late, great Mike Leach before his untimely passing in December of last year.
“Yes sir. I got the speak to him on the phone. He was a really funny guy and will be missed by everyone.”
Despite not getting the opportunity to play for Coach Leach, Vorise feels that his relationship with Mississippi State is still a special one and that relationship is indeed growing day by day.
” I have a good relationship with Mississippi State. What sticks out the most is the support they show.”
Getting an offer from a SEC program is a good start, but right now, he is wanting to receive even more offers. The four year starter has been contacted by Louisiana Tech, Tulane, Northwestern State, and ULL, but is waiting for those schools to pull the trigger for an official offer.
“No other offers yet, but hopefully some will be in soon.”
What he is doing to get the ball rolling is going on the 7 on 7 circuit while also hitting the recruiting trail in order to garner up more college offers heading into his final high school season.
“My goal this summer is to go on campus to these schools that are recruiting me and see how I like it. I want to build real relationships with the coaches and staff.”
Maison Vorise has already shown what he is capable of as a future DI cornerback with his abilities and now, he wants to show Division I schools that he is willing to put the necessary work in to become a great player at the next level.
“My message is you will be getting someone who will work everyday.”
Talent and work ethic is a great combination and Denham Springs’ Maison Vorise has that to become another great defensive back in a state that has been known for great defensive back play.