May 24, 2022
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Rising Star: Joseph Emilien

Rising Star prospect Joseph Emilien is a class of 2024 prospect at Jennings High School in Jennings, La. He moved from Ryane to Jennings this year so he attends Jennings High School now. He will play running back and defensive back for the Bulldogs this next year. Joseph has a 3.1 GPA after two years of high school. His mom, Hope Doucet, told me, “He has played since he was 8 years old and everyone has recognized his talent since at a young age. He is an athlete and it comes naturally to him. He can play any position there is on the field. They (his coaches) are playing him at safety, corner, running back, and punt returner.”

I reviewed his film after watching Joseph play 7v7 at the King Of The Boot Tournament at the Broussard Sports complex on April 9th. My analysis of Joseph is that he has quick feet with good change of direction. Joseph uses his hands to catch the ball vs his body. He has good instincts and can stretch the field with his speed. He is an excellent returner and can find the holes. On defense he reads the plays well and can diagnose what the offense is giving them. Cons: Joseph needs to un more behind his pads when attacking the line of scrimmage. On defense, his hips are a little stiff at times and can leave him exposed, he overcomes this with his speed. He can fix these two issues by next season by running some fice cone drills this summer. I fell that Joseph will develop into a great prospect over time. He is still young and he already has a great understanding of the game. He has a great work ethic and attitude.

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When did you start playing football? I started playing when I was 7 years old. I played running back for the Maddogs in Welsh, La.

What have you learned about yourself from the game of football? I have learned that football is a good game and a team sport. One person cannot win a game by themself. I am very grateful for my linemen because they work hard making holes for me to run through and my defense because they help us by preventing other teams from scoring on us.

Goals for your Junior season? Rush for 800+ yards this year. Make All-District and All-State. On defense, I am playing Free Safety this year. I want to work on my craft every day and get better.

What do you look forward to the most next year? I look forward to playing the game I love most and possibly winning a state championship.

What do you like to do when you are not at school? I like working out at the gym when I am not in school. I also like practice with my stepdad since he is former college player. I also coach my little sisters softball team. I like helping people out.

What is some advice you would give to someone that is thinking of playing football? I would advise them to just play the game because at the end of the day, you will fall in love with it.

Favorite quote?I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:11–13

I play 7v7 for 4th Quarter Mentality. Coach Fuse is fun to play for because we can joke around while being able to play the game. I also like playing with my team. Coach is all about teamwork.


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Founder of Louisiana Gridiron Football and football coach
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