LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) - If you're big into local high school football recruiting, you already know one of the fastest climbers up the ranks of Louisiana players to watch is Newman's Kendall Bussey Jr.
He's on the radar of several college programs around the country. But, for right now, his sights are set on his final year Uptown.
Peyton Manning, Eli manning, Odell Beckham, Jr. are all NFL players and all three were Newman High School legends.
"I talk to Odell all the time and he says I'm up next," Bussey said. "So of course I'm definitely trying to make my name as well."
He's on the right path. Look at any recruiting website ranking the class of 2015's best Louisiana prep prospects and it won't take long to find the 5-foot-8, nearly two hundred pound running back who can run and catch passes out of the backfield.
"That's what I work on a lot. I think that can separate me from a lot of other running backs is being able to catch the ball out of the backfield," Bussey said.
His coach said it's all about creating opportunities.
"It's not just about carries, it's about touches. We try to be as innovative as possible with him out of the backfield and we are able to do some things we've never done before," Coach Nelson Stewart said. "I think that's what it comes to. He allows us to use our imagination. It's not often you can throw to a back vertically and actually throw it on time."
He's hoping to use those skills will get his Newman Greenie team the ultimate prize during his senior season.
"Everybody's goal is to win a state championship. During this offseason coach has been putting a lot together just to get us more chemistry as a team, which has been building chemistry. We've had a lot of team bonding activities just to get us bonding and get us focused," Bussey said.
While his present goal is a state championship for Newman, Bussey says his future is in the Big 10 where he's committed to play at the University of Nebraska.