Late June has been a friendly time for the UL Ragin’ Cajuns as they picked up two of the Baton Rouge area’s top prospects in Catholic High School B.R. QB Daniel Beale and Zachary High School 2024 LB Ethan Veal in just a three day period. The 6’0, 205 pound linebacker has been a great player for the Broncos over his prep career and on June 23rd, announced his decision that he was going to commit to the Ragin’ Cajuns.
“They have a great school there and it is close to home. There is not a lot to adjust to. Those are just a couple of the main reasons for me.”Zachary High School 2024 LB and UL commit Ethan Veal
Veal has been recruited by the Ragin’ Cajuns since his sophomore year, but it was the relentlessness from head coach Michael Desormeaux and inside linebacker coach Galen Scott that really drove it home for Veal and made him want to make his commitment. When Veal got the offer 10 days before his commitment, that is what sealed the deal for him.
“When I first went down there, Coach Mike, Coach Scott, they just kept it real with me. I didn’t get my offer as soon as I went there so I had to work hard and be patient.”
“Coach Mike is just really honest and they have been keeping it real with me from the jump. I just thought that he was being genuine. He is a genuine coach and a genuine person.”Zachary High School 2024 LB and UL commit Ethan Veal
Veal is one of four commitments from the 2024 class for the Ragin’ Cajuns and he can’t wait soon enough to make an impact on campus for next fall.
“I’ve actually been to a couple of Game Days over there. I love the atmosphere and the tailgating there is crazy.”Zachary High School 2024 LB and UL commit Ethan Veal
Being a part of a big game day atmosphere is not unfamiliar territory for the recent Ragin’ Cajun commitment as he has played in big environments and in big games for the Zachary Broncos.
“I feel that it is going to be a huge help because I have already been in a college like system so playing for Zachary has helped me a lot there with the structure and the schedule that they have. Playing in that high quality system has really helped me a lot. It’s a great experience. I am not going to lie.”Zachary High School 2024 LB and UL commit Ethan Veal
That transition will help Veal as it has helped so many players from the Z make the transition to playing major college football including a few that he will be teammates with again in college.
“I talk to Charles Robertson a little bit, and he has helped me make my decision. I know a lot of their players that I’ve talked to quite a bit.”Zachary High School 2024 LB and UL commit Ethan Veal
Veal is excited about his future endeavors when he gets to campus next fall, but he is focused on trying to lead the Broncos to their second state championship in three years. Although the Broncos will not have the big names like QB Eli Holstein (Alabama) and S Kylin Jackson (LSU) back, he wants to make sure that the Broncos will be just as dangerous as they have always been in 2023.
“A lot of people think just because we don’t have a lot of marquee players or highly recruited players that we just don’t have a team, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. We have a lot of young guys that will surprise and turn a lot of heads.”Zachary High School 2024 LB and UL commit Ethan Veal
Veal is definitely one of the more proven names for the Broncos and he is looking to give it everything he has for his senior season.
“I just want to be a better leader, a better teammate, and somebody that the younger players can look up to. Everything that I can possibly get for my senior year, I want it. I want to do some big things my senior season.”Zachary High School 2024 LB and UL commit Ethan Veal
Doing big things for the Broncos is something that the versatile Bronco knows how to do whether it has been playing at inside linebacker, outside linebacker, safety, rover, and even at wildcat quarterback. Veal is looking to show off his versatile while also adding more tools to the toolbox that will help him become a better player at UL.
“I am playing a little bit all over. Coach Scott wants me to improve on shedding blocks. As of right now, the coaches want me to play linebacker, but it is going to determine when I get there on my weight and stuff to determine where I’ll play. I see myself playing outside at will backer or rover. Somewhere around there.”Zachary High School 2024 LB and UL commit Ethan Veal
No matter the position on defense, Ragin’ Cajun fans should expect a lot of Ethan Veal flying to the football all over the field.
“My physicality is what I take the most pride in as a linebacker and I also take pride in my coverage skills as well. My message to the fans is that I am ready to play and to show them what I got.”Zachary High School 2024 LB and UL commit Ethan Veal