January 13, 2011
Who is left for La. Tech?
As the recruiting season winds down, schools all over the country are steadily trying to pick up the last few commitments for their 2011 signing class. Currently, Louisiana Tech is sitting at 17 commitments and signees. The NCAA allows each team to sign and keep 25 players each year. Many schools, especially recently, have begun "oversigning", which means they sign more than 25 in case one or more don't make it to campus for various reasons.
It seems that Tech will look to add at least one defensive end and possibly two. The players it appears Tech is after are T.J. Price and Vontarrius Dora. It looks like Dora would be the preferred player, but with an offer from Mississippi State in his hands that may prove tricky for the Bulldogs. Price is the teammate of Malcolm Pichon and also is a basketball player.
Louisiana Tech will also look to add possibly three more defensive tackles to the 2011 class. Those three are probably Malcolm Pichon, Tyler Poter and Mickey Jackson. There is no doubt that Tech will definitely sign Pichon and Porter, but if Dora goes elsewhere the Bulldogs will probably take Jackson to add even more young depth to its defensive line.
The position of greatest need as Tech fans see it is quarterback and expect Tech to sign at least one and possibly two quarterbacks in February. Nick Isham is that player that Tech wants to be the future of Louisiana Tech football. Also, for depth, Tech may look to add a JUCO quarterback. With Tony Franklin connections to California, expect him to look westward for that player.
Recently, Tech has been on the lookout to add a wide receiver. More specifically, it has appeared they are looking for a big receiver. Tech would probably sign two receivers if they could and it looks like three are on their radar. Late in the process, it is normal for a team to target more players than they need at a certain position in case one or more decide to go elsewhere. The three players it looks like Tech is after are Levander Liggins from Leesville, La., Chris Briggs from Franklinton, La., and Kyle Coleman from Pine Bluff, Ark.
Defensive back is a position Tech previous coaching staff really concentrated on every year but many of them never made it on campus for different reasons. Tech's primary target in this group is Cortez Johnson, a current Southern Miss commitment. Johnson appears to have picked up a Pittsburg offer this week. One thing appears to be certain, Johnson is not content with Southern Miss. Other defensive back prospects are Bryson Abraham and Jamal Johnson a teammate of Mickey Jackson.
Louisiana Tech will look to add at least one running back as they will have two seniors at the position next season, Lennon Creer and Ray Holley. Former Mississippi State Bulldog, Montrell Conner seems destined to either Tech or Louisiana-Lafayette after a one year stint at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. Conner likes Tech because if its location to his hometown, Monroe, La., as he has a son who lives there. He likes Louisiana-Lafayette because of their new coach, Mark Hudspeth who came went to ULL from Mississippi State. Another running back is Cortez Johnson's teammate and current Tulane commitment Robert Kelley who came along with Johnson to Tech last weekend for a visit. Kelley also could play defensive back for the bulldogs.
In total, it looks like Tech could sign as many as 30 players in February. If all 30 are eligible, Tech will either place some in junior colleges or ask some to grayshirt.
Stay tuned to BleedTechBlue.com as signing day nears.
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