Feb. 2, 2011
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech closed out one of the best recruiting classes in school history Wednesday, Feb. 2 as head coach Sonny Dykes announced the signing of 15 players to National Letters of Intent. Tech inked 17 athletes with a three-star rating this year, more than almost any other non-BCS school.
The 15 student-athletes signed on Wednesday, Feb. 2 closes out the 2011 recruiting class for Louisiana Tech, which had signed 10 junior college players prior to Wednesday. The average star rating for Louisiana Tech by Rivals.com (2.68) ranked highest in the Western Athletic Conference while only TCU (23), Marshall (19) and UCF (19) signed more three-star athletes in this year's recruiting class.
The 2011 class is the first full recruiting class for Dykes, who was hired during the middle of last year's recruiting season and only weeks before National Signing Day.
"I am excited about this group and I really like the quality across the board," Dykes said. "I felt like we addressed the needs that we needed to address, especially at the quarterback position, and I am really happy with what we got there. We signed a total of 11 offensive and defensive line players and the best thing about this group is that I anticipate every one of them to be here. As of right now all but two of the signees are have qualified academically and I think those two will qualify soon. I couldn't be happier with the group."
With the chance to have all 25 signees academically eligible, this year's recruiting class could have the most impact in the future for LA Tech with no fear of losing many, if any, signees due to academics and not being able to qualify.
The coaching staff filled immediate needs with 12 junior college players and 13 high schoolers, concentrating on certain areas as they signed six defensive linemen and five offensive linemen and linebackers.
"We had some issues on our team in terms of depth," explained Dykes. "Ultimately you want to have depth amongst all of your classes and our junior class was small. There just weren't many players left in that junior class so we needed to add to that number and bring in older players to our program. I think it is important to address those needs and what I like about some of the transfers is that some of them have redshirt years as well. They just give us more maturity and age amongst our classes."
The coaching staff expects at least 10 of the team's junior college signees to be on campus by March and participating in spring drills once spring practice starts on March 10.
"I am excited about the junior college players because 10 of the 12 will be here for when we start spring practice," said Dykes. "We are excited about this group and we can't wait to get out there and see what we have."
The 2011 recruiting class also includes two quarterbacks, one from a junior college and one out of high school.
"I think both quarterbacks will be competing for a job this fall. I think we will have great quarterback competition over the fall and summer," explained Dykes. "We've got five quarterbacks now and I am excited to see what they can do."
This year's class comes from places spread across the nation with athletes coming from South Carolina to California. Louisiana had the most Tech signees with eight student-athletes followed by Mississippi with five.
Coach Dykes raved about the character of the players signed during the school's annual Signing Day Luncheon for LTAC members.
"Not only do we have some great players in this recruiting class, we have some great people," said Dykes. "These kids are highly committed to doing well both athletically but also academically."
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