December 15, 2010

Junior College check up on Signing Day

Today marks signing day for Junior College players graduating in December and Louisiana Tech has already received faxes from 5 players. Those players are Oscar Johnson, Chip Hester, Larry Banks, Quinton Patton and Myles White.

With these early signings, Tech head coach Sonny Dykes and his staff have tried to sure up some holes in their depth chart for next season.

Johnson and Banks look to add experience and depth to an offensive line unit that lost 3 starting seniors to graduation this past season in ROb McGill, Cudahy Harmon and Jared Miles. Jeremy Graffree could also be added to the signees this weekend as he decides where he wants to play on the next level.

Hester looks to add experience and depth as well to a linebacking corps that has lots of experience and good players, but has been accustomed to playing with a safety up in the box with them. Could Tech be looking to add junior college linebackers to try and go back to a more traditional "4-3" defense? Additionally, Antonio Mitchum could sign this weekend to add to the class.

Jon'al White is expected to sign with the Bulldogs today at 2:45 at Ruston High School, his alma mater, and will provide much needed experience and depth to a short-handed defensive line.

Players not expected to sign during this junior college signing period but instead will sign in February are Daniel Hayden and Brodrick Waters. Both players spoke to us this week regarding their commitments to Tech.

Hayden was hosted by Lyle Fitte. Fitte and Hayden grew up together and have known one another a long time. He's excited to be able to play with both Lyle and Beau, Beau Fitte is a current Tech commitment. Also, Hayden grew up around Seth Ancar. Ancar was trying to get eligible to play for Tech in the fall, but instead will enroll in East Central Mississippi Junior College in January. Hayden chose Louisiana Tech over Mississippi State and Ole Miss because he said both wanted him to change positions to outside linebacker. He's played defensive end his entire life and did not want to learn a totally different position. Originally, Daniel thought he might redshirt next year at Louisiana Tech but now he says he will not redshirt.

Waters said Tech will give him a try at quarterback and "loves his chances" at being the man. He says he is a run first style quarterback. If his arm is not good enough, Tech wants him to play slot receiver and the "wildcat" position. New signee Chip Hester was the best linebacker Waters played against in the Jayhawk League this year said Waters. He said Mike Jeune on his team was probably the best in the league but Hester was the best he played against.

Stay tuned to as this recruiting class begins to wind down for Louisiana Tech.

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