Dutchtown senior Effrem Reed ran for over 1,900 yards and 32 touchdowns this season for the Griffins, who finished off a 12-1 campaign over the weekend.
Reed and Dutchtown were the No. 1 seed in the Class 5A playoffs and won their first two postseason games - over Covington and Brother Martin - before succumbing to Westgate last Friday in the quarterfinals.
"Honestly, we have nothing to hang our heads about," said Reed. "We had a 12-game winning streak and went 10-0 for the first-time in school history. After our loss in the first-round to Comeaux last year, we set a lot of goals and we accomplished most of them.
"We beat several quality teams (including East St. John, Hahnville, and Parkview Baptist) and were the district champs. We gained over 5,000 yards of total offense. It was a great season, a great run. We just fell short of our ultimate goal. However, we did lay a foundation for our players that will return next year."
Now that his senior season is over, Reed will turn his focus to recruiting. Thus far, three programs - Northern Illinois, Southeastern Louisiana, and Southern - have offered.
"Coach Mike Lucas (Southeastern head coach) sat down with my dad and me this weekend and he made some really good, key points," said Reed. "He said that I have a chance to play early and that they're going to be opening up their offense over the next few years with (former Lutcher QB and 2009 Louisiana Mr. Football) Gavin Webster.
"Coach (Jerry) Kill (Northern Illinois head coach) first told my high school coach (Benny Saia) that they were offering me, and then I talked to Coach Kill several days ago about everything that they have to offer up there.
"Distance won't be a factor for me personally in choosing a school. I'm going to make a decision on which program suits me best. I'll be fine wherever I go."
The Huskies went to a bowl game last year and will do the same this year, noted Reed, who has done his homework: "Northern Illinois is 10-2," he said.
Louisiana Tech is among the other programs who are showing interest in Reed, who can play running back or wide receiver.