As we reach the halfway point of the high school football season in Louisiana, University High in Baton Rouge has arguably shown they are best team in the Bayou State. They are one of the best team’s in the country as they are ranked 13th in the MaxPreps Freeman Rankings. The Cubs come in third in USA Today High School Sports Southwest rankings.
The team features six seniors ranked among the Top 50 in the state, according to 247sports. Two of those players, Ma’kiya Tongue and Jordan Clark, are not only trying to lead the school to its first ever back-to-back state championships, but both also want to follow in their fathers’ footsteps and play in the NFL.
Tongue is a four-star wide receiver, who committed to Georgia in the summer. He’s six-foot-two, 210 pounds and showed earlier this season in a game on YurView Louisiana against Southern Lab that if he catches the ball in the open field, good luck trying to bring him down.
His dad, Reggie Tongue, played 10 seasons in the NFL as a safety. His first four years in Kansas City, where he met his wife, who is from Baton Rouge.
Reggie Tongue went on to play four seasons with Seattle and then one year with the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders.
Reggie Tongue recently told DawgNation that he believes his son will be better than him. Reggie calls his son a leader and not a follower, who is also super competitive. Reggie also told DawgNation the more he sees his son play wide receiver, the better he gets at it.
Jordan Clark’s dad, Ryan Clark, is also a former NFL defensive back. The Marrero native had a 13-year career in the NFL after a standout career at LSU. In 2008, Clark helped the Steelers win one of their six Super Bowl championships. In fact, Jordan was around that team so much, he got a Super Bowl ring.
Ryan Clark spent eight years with his Steelers, and now his son is wearing the black and gold for U-High.
Jordan Clark is rated as the 19th best player in the state of Louisiana according to 247sports.com. The three-star cornerback is known as a detailed-oriented defensive back in the Cubs secondary.
According to 247sports, Clark has scholarship offers from Arizona State, California, Louisville and Vanderbilt.
Cubs Coach Chad Mahaffey also says Jordan is a talker like his dad, who is now an NFL analyst for ESPN.
It remains to be seen if Jordan and Ryan will make it to the NFL, but they can do something this season that their fathers never did and that’s win back-to-back state title.
Zachary vs University Lab
Big Game. But Big Loss for Broncos to the Best Team in La.
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