The Terrebonne Tigers have been known for having some explosive playmakers come through the program whether it has been guys like Ja’khi Douglas (Florida State) or Jaylin Lucas (Indiana), and the Tigers certainly have a playmaker that is six points waiting to happen on any given play, and he is just getting started with his high school career. His name is Alvin Celestin Jr.
“Those names listed are great football players. I watched all of them growing up! Being able to fill their shoes would be an honor! They led the way for younger players like me for sure.”
At 5’8, 155 pounds, Celestin uses his blistering speed to run past defenders. Last season, Celestin used that speed to earn 2nd Team All-District honors with 73 carries for 645 yards and eight touchdowns. With the season he had last year, the speedy playmaker received DI offers from Troy, Arkansas, and Georgia Tech. Receiving big DI offers like that, a lot of people may think Celestin is an upper classman, but in fact, it is just the opposite as Celestin just finished his freshman year and is now entering his sophomore year as a 2026 prospect.
“The accomplishment I am most proud of is getting offers from DI colleges as a 9th grader. It means that I could get offers this young. A lot of schools talk about my speed, and I think that helps me, but I’m good with seeing the field and catching the ball as well.”
That versatility, quickness, and speed reminds people of another dynamic playmaker with the first name Alvin.
“Alvin Kamara is a player that I compare myself to because first, he has my first name, and also, I like the way he plays the game of football.”
To be even a more complete player, Celestin has elevated his game by attending a lot of camps over the offseason including our Gridiron Football Elite Camp at Northshore High School in Slidell, Louisiana. There, he was named by the coaches as one of the camp’s top performers and learned even more about his craft as well as the recruiting process that he is currently in.
“Overall, I thought the camp was awesome and I’m pretty much satisfied with the things I did. I learned better route running like dropping my hips more on route, how to sell better, and also, I learned the recruiting process better.”
Also, unsurprisingly, Celestin ran the fastest 40 throughout our entire Gridiron Football Elite Camp Series with a blazing 4.4/40 time. However, what was surprising was that was the first time that the electrifying sophomore has run the 40 yard dash.
“I really never ran a 40 before, but I’m pretty fast in the 100 and 200 meters so 4.44 seems pretty good to me.”
Even though Alvin Celestin’s speed is starting to get noticed by plenty of people including DI college coaches, running fast has always been something that he has known how to do ever since he was a little kid.
“Well, I started playing football when I was 7 years old, and I noticed I would be good at football when I saw myself out there out running everybody and scoring touchdowns. I realized I was fast when I qualified to run in the junior Olympics in track and field.”
This track star is not a track athlete that happens to be a football player, but it is the other way around. Although he is not the biggest guy around, he is not afraid to get in between the tackles. To pair that with his ability to make plays on the edge on tosses and jet sweeps as well as his ability to return kicks and punts, he is a definition of a football playmaker that just so happens to have elite track speed. The junior Olympian wants people to know just that in 2023.
“My individual goals for this season is getting stronger, faster, and building my knowledge for the game.”
What is even scarier about this young man is that he is only going to get better, and defenses cannot just simply focus on him because the Tigers may also possess one of the top receiving corps in South Louisiana as 2025 WR Quincey McKay Jr. and 2024 WR Kylan Billiot, who recently was offered by LSU, are both DI wide receivers. Having this trio together will certainly make it tough for opposing defensive coordinators to game plan, and that’s the way Celestin wants it to be.
“Putting all of us together is dangerous. We can’t do much without our offensive line. Them boys hold us down and our quarterback is big for us too.”
Having this ability would make a lot of people cocky, but not Celestin as he is thankful to God for his abilities and has the humble mindset to do whatever is necessary for the team.
“I need to improve on every area of my game because everything is important. I am thankful to God for everything he has given me and I do enjoy going to Church spending time with the Lord.”
With a 3.0 GPA in the classroom to boot, Alvin Celestin Jr. seems to check all the boxes you want in a playmaker. As Celestin continues to develop in his high school career, he will continue to live by the mantra that “Speed Kills” just like the other great Terrebonne skill players that have come through the Houma area before him.