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Football: Cajuns Add Five Newcomers To Roster
Grad transfer punter, JUCO DB and three freshmen added to roster
LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns head coach Mark Hudspeth announced on Monday the addition of five newcomers to the 2017 roster, highlighted by former University of Cincinnati punter Sam Geraci as a graduate transfer.
Joining Geraci (Cincinnati, Ohio) on the 2017 roster are junior college defensive back Koa Haynes (Covina, Calif.), former Acadiana High product Andre Landry, former Opelousas Catholic product Spencer Gardner and defensive back Jeremiah West (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine HS).
Geraci, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound product, averaged 41.5 yards per punt in three seasons at Cincinnati with 67 punts placed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Geraci averaged 46.3 yards per attempt in 2015 with 17 attempts of 50 yards or more. He averaged 40.0 yards per attempt in 2016, with 37 punts resulting in fair catches and 31 attempts landing inside the 20-yard line.
Haynes was a first-team, All-National Central Division performer last season at Mt. San Antonio College where he helped the Mounties to a share of the league title. Haynes recorded 40 tackles, picked off four passes and recovered a pair of fumbles on the season. Haynes was a two-way standout in high school at Covina's Bishop Amat where he was the San Gabriel Valley All-Area Football Team's Offensive Player of the Year as a junior.
Landry, a 6-5, 250-pound tight end, finished as a second-team All-District 3-5A pick and was ranked No. 48 on NOLA.com's initial Nifty 50 list, recognizing the top high school recruits in the state of Louisiana.
Gardner, a 6-6, 270-pound offensive lineman, was a three-sport standout at OCHS where he was a three-time All-District player in football, an All-District pick in basketball, and a Class 2A All-State selection in baseball.
West, a 6-1, 185-pound defensive back, was a three-star prospect by both 247Sports.com and Rivals.com at New Orleans' St. Augustine High School. West, who began playing football in his sophomore year of high school, was ranked as the No. 21 prospect on NOLA.com's Nifty Fifty and was a second-team All-District selection.
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