Louisiana Tech Football Announces 2012 Signing Class
Feb. 1, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes announced the Bulldogs 2012 signing class Wednesday in front of a packed house at the Ruston Civic Center, highlighting a great group of signees that withstood multiple SEC offers.
This year's signing class is once again ranked atop the WAC by one of the major recruiting outlets as Rivals.com claimed Tech's signees as the best in the league while 247sports.com was overly impressed by the caliber of athletes that signed with Louisiana Tech.
"The Bulldogs have one of the stronger classes in the WAC for sure, but what's impressed me is how they've landed some guys that had a wide variety of additional options," said 247Sports National Recruiting Director JC Shurburtt. "You look at a guy like Vernon Butler, who could have gone elsewhere, even to the SEC at some point, yet he's right there signing with Louisiana Tech. That program has long been a hidden gem in terms of talent acquisition of talent and the ability to win and that's evident when you look at this class."
Louisiana Tech signed 15 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday to push its total 2012 class to 18 signees. The Bulldogs entered the recruiting season with only 21 scholarships available.
"We feel great about our signing class," Dykes said. "What we try to do every year is sign a complete football team, so for us it's about signing a quarterback, running back and five offensive linemen. We try to sign a full team and in some years you are limited in numbers. This year, we were limited in numbers but a great class. Every coach here feels great about our class. All of the signees are great kids and great players. Most importantly, they fit into our program. That's one of the main things you look for when recruiting."
The quality in the type of athlete Dykes and Co. is bringing to Louisiana Tech is shown in the other offers this year's signees received; Louisiana Tech beat out several BCS schools in the recruiting battle including Arkansas, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon State and Texas A&M.
"These guys were heavily recruited and that makes it difficult," Dykes explained. "We didn't have a ton of early commitments but we knew, given the caliber of athletes we were going after, that those guys were going to jump on the boat early. We just kept grinding it out and had some things go our way down the stretch. The good thing for us is that the majority of those players signed with us."
Coming off a year where the Bulldogs rattled off seven consecutive wins en route to a WAC Championship - a stretch that included a 27-7 throttling of Ole Miss - the pool of potential signees rose a level in talent.
"You definitely see it," Dykes said. "Any time you win, people come into the next season with more confidence and I think that it's a testament to what Dr. Reneau, Bruce and the entire athletic staff have done here. It shows that everyone associated with the football program wants to take the next step in the right way. Taking the next step is something we look forward to doing."
Louisiana Tech will begin spring practice on Friday, March 16 with the first of 15 spring sessions to be held. Spring scrimmages are expected to be held on Saturday, March 24 and Saturday, March 31 with the 2012 T-Day Spring Game scheduled for Saturday, April 14.
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