By LEE BRECHEEN, Louisiana Football Magazine
Today’s article features a young man who, literally, doesn’t leave the field for his team.
While Bossier High School’s Ja’Karvis Guice plays running back and defensive back/outside linebacker for the Bearcats, he’s a true college defensive back with 4.59 speed in the 40 and big-time instincts to the football. Guice has the “it” factor as a football player.
I saw this kid play in 2021 and was amazed at his ability. I think Guice would make a great strong safety/cornerback or nickel cornerback in many defenses around the country. He is a sleeper Division I player because he plays the game the way you want players to play the game and he’s got the feet, speed, and toughness you’re looking.
Colleges just need to see him play all these spots because that’s where the team needs him, and a good scout can tell he would make a great defensive back in college.
“Ja’Karvis Guice is a really smart football player,” says Bossier head coach De’Aumante
Johnson. “He has a very high IQ as a football player, and he’s an extremely smart young man when it comes to the classroom. He’s that player who’s going to put everyone in place on the field. He is a very coachable young man and not afraid to cover the best wide receiver. I see great things happening for Guice on the next level.”
Guice credits his coach for making him a better player.
“Playing for coach Johnson is a blessing,” he says. “I went out for the football team my freshman year but didn’t finish the season and didn’t even play my sophomore year. I returned to join the team around the same time as coach Johnson, and in just the short time coach Johnson has led the team, the entire school is excited about Bossier High football. Coach is a competitor; he’s going to challenge you every second and every rep to make you better.”
Guice, who will be entering his senior year, also credits new defensive backs coach C.J. Morgan (a former Mississippi State and Parkway defensive back) with bringing excitement to the Bearcats’ team.
“Coach Morgan just recently joined the team, but he has added some swag and flare to our secondary along with many new techniques,” says Guice. “I feel like he’s more than a coach with how relatable he is and how well he does at relaying his message to me and the guys. He has given us a real brotherhood feel on the team.”
Although he plays on both sides of the ball, Guice relishes his time on defense.
“My favorite part about football and being a defensive back is pressing and being able to impose your will on a wide receiver,” explains Guice. “I want to improve as a player and person. I want to improve on being a leader as well as my play on the offensive side of the ball, too.”
At 5-11, 185 pounds, Guice has shown his athletic abilities beyond the football field.
“I’ve played basketball at Bossier High for three years now, playing from shooting guard all the way to center,” he says, “and we have seen great success when I’m on the court. I excel most at just giving 100-percent effort the entire time I’m on the court.”
NOTES ON JA’KARVIS GUICE: His favorite team to play every year is Calvary Baptist because he knows a lot of the kids on the team. He says the Cavaliers know how to compete and make the game fun and push him to be an even better player. His mom, Ja’Carie Guice, ran track for Captain Shreve High School. His father, Kevin Clay, played football for Green Oaks High School. Guice’s favorite hobby is writing music because it gives him a way to express himself.
Contact Lee at LBrecheen@aol.com