May 2, 2006

Port Gibson player returns to New Orleans

Several high school prospects moved to Mississippi last fall while evacuating the New Orleans area during Hurricane Katrina.

Now that the storm has passed and the city is on its way back from the devastation, so are some of the area's top athletes.

Tyler Stradford, a wide receiver who played at Port Gibson, Miss., high school last fall for six games, has now returned to New Orleans and will play at O. P. Walker High School for Coach Derek Lamothe.

At 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, Stradford runs the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds and boasts a very impressive 36-inch vertical leap, both measured at the NIKE SPARQ Camp in New Orleans. An all-area selection as a junior, he had 17 receptions for 315 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 12 carries for 104 yards. On special teams he had 290 punt-return yards and 168 kickoff-return yards.

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