South Lafourche’s biggest football fish is going to soon be swimming up to Hammond.
But first, there’s some unfinished businesses to handle in his senior season.
Tarpons offensive lineman Jhy Orgeron announced he’s committed to Southeastern Louisiana University — a decision he made after fielding interest from several other local universities.
Orgeron said he’s relieved to know he has a spot at the next level, but also relieved because the move will take some pressure off his family.
“It’s a full ride,” Orgeron said on Wednesday night with a smile. “To know my mom won’t have to pay anything, It’s just awesome. It’s a great feeling.”
Orgeron is going to land in Hammond with tons of playing experience — four seasons as a starter at the prep level, to be exact.
Orgeron has started on the offensive line at South Lafourche since his freshman year — starting for coach Brandon Nowlin (as a freshman) and Blake Forsythe (the past three years).
Orgeron’s strength is his versatility. He’s literally played just about every spot on the line for the Tarpons, starting out at the guard and tackle positions before moving to center this fall.
South Lafourche coach Blake Forsythe said this spring that Orgeron is an anchor on the offensive line and a guy who can push the line forward.
This year, Orgeron is even playing a little situational defense on the interior of the Tarpons’ defensive line when situations present themselves.
“He’s got great size and he’s athletic for how big he is,” Forsythe said. “And you can play him just about anywhere you want to along the line. He’s a big part of what we’re doing up front on the offensive line.”
Orgeron has been getting collegiate attention for the past year or so, but he said he grew an affinity for the Lions over the summer, which led to his commitment.
He visited the campus a couple of times and attended the team’s camp.
He then got the offer for a full-ride, which further sweetened the pot.
Orgeron said assistant coaches told him that head coach Frank Scelfo “couldn’t stop talking about him,” and that the Lions “wanted him really bad,” which led to his decision.
“I was waiting at first, but after hearing them talking about how much they liked me and how much they wanted me there, I decided to commit,” Orgeron said. “I liked the vibe there. It was great. I really liked the coaches and I definitely always could see myself playing there.”
Orgeron said at the collegiate level, he’s going to play wherever coaches ask him to play, adding that there may even be an opportunity for him to touch the football at times.
Orgeron stands 6-feet, 4-inches tall and weighs 270 pounds. But he’s athletic for his size, possessing quick feet and the ability to move down the field.
He said Southeastern coaches have told him it’s possible he will play tight end at the next level. If not there, he will likely play left guard.
“I can move,” Orgeron said with a laugh when asked if he can play tight end. “I’m big, but I can run and catch.”
But while Hammond is the future, Galliano, Louisiana is the present and Orgeron said he’s focused on ending his high school career with a bang.
Orgeron is one of the senior leaders for a team looking to bounce back off a 2-8 season last fall.
Orgeron said he thinks this year’s team will be different than last, adding that the senior leadership in the locker room is different and everyone’s attitude is more positive.
On the field, it’s showed.
The Tarpons lost the season opener to St. Charles Catholic on Friday night, but the team had a productive offseason before that game, trumping Patterson in the scrimmage and H.L. Bourgeois in the jamboree.
Orgeron said the Tarpons didn’t like how last year went down and they’re working hard to ensure that this year — his final prep season will be better.
The senior standout said one of the reasons why he wanted to commit early was exactly that — so he could dedicate his time and energy 100 percent to his team for the next several weeks.
“We feel like with this group of seniors, things will be different,” Orgeron said. “We’ve had good energy and a great attitude. Everyone is in it together. We’re ready to show that what happened last year isn’t going to happen again.”