Varsity Preps

Dominic Haggerty 2015 Spotlight

Photo by Douglas Collier/Shreveport Times

The 2013-14 season proved to be a breakout one for C.E. Byrd High School running back Dominic Haggerty.

The 5’8, 160-pound junior racked up 1145 all-purpose yards—930 of those coming out of the backfield—and scored 12 times. He helped lead Byrd to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the LHSAA Division I state championship game, where he was named offensive MVP after rushing for 96 yards on seven carries and a touchdown. Haggerty capped off the season with first-team honors in District 1-5A.

Despite the stats and the accolades, Haggerty has yet to become a target among college coaches. But all of that could change very soon.

In February, Haggerty participated in the invite-only Rivals Camp in New Orleans with other top Louisiana running backs such as LSU commits Dylan Moses and David Ducre. Haggerty got a chance to showcase his skills and hopes that he caught the attention of some scouts.

“The Rivals Camp was a great experience for me; not a lot of people get the opportunity to be in that situation, so I was humbled by it,” he said. “I was able to go up against other great athletes. I learned a lot and loved the drills we did; I feel like I did a good job.”

Haggerty moved to Shreveport, La., from Clearwater, Fla., in early 2012 during his freshman year. He made an immediate impact during his sophomore season at Byrd with some impressive performances in varsity games. He finished the year with 258 rushing yards and six touchdowns, which helped him earn a permanent starting position for his junior season.

The speedster runs a 4.5 40 and recorded a 4.2 in the shuttle run. He may be small in stature, but his speed and elusiveness could help him succeed at the next level, especially as a return specialist. He could also make plays at the slot position.

Haggerty mentioned Alabama as being his “dream school” since he first saw Mark Ingram play there, and he also expressed some interest in TCU. But after finding success with the triple option at Byrd, he feels that he’d mesh well with a school that runs a West Coast Offense.

“I love the Pac-12 and the offensive styles. I’d fit in good with the triple option or I could run up the middle,” he said.

At this point, Haggerty is just trying to improve his game this offseason and work towards getting that first scholarship offer. He has big goals that he wants to accomplish both on and off the field.

“Education is important to me because you can’t take that away from somebody,” Haggerty said when asked about deciding factors in choosing a college. “I just want to be successful in life, and be one of the first males in my family to go to college, play football and prove everybody wrong. People say I’m not big enough, and that I only weigh 160 pounds and will be facing guys three times my size, but I feel like I could play anywhere if I put my mind to it. I’m very confident in myself.”

Haggerty has plans to attend any camp he possibly can this summer in order to put himself on the map. He’s a sleeper as of now, but if he has impressive showings at camps and performs well during his senior season, college coaches will be knocking down his door to get him to ink with their program.

Dominic’s Junior Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/1375622/highlights/118041387

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