Louisiana Tech Football Adds Mid-Year Signees

Dec. 19, 2012

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RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz announced the signing of three junior college players to National Letters of Intent Wednesday.

Joining the Louisiana Tech Family are defensive tackle DeAngelo Brooks and linebackers Tony Johnson and Nick Thomason.

“I am excited we are able to add three mid-year signees that fill an immediate need on the defensive side of the ball that was left by graduation,” said head coach Skip Holtz. “I am looking forward to working with all three of them. Knowing they will be here in the spring gives them a chance to make an immediate impact on this program.”

All three players will provide immediate help on the defense and should join the team in time for spring practice.

“It is a tribute to the character and integrity of these signees that they stuck with Louisiana Tech,” said defensive line coach Stan Eggen. “Despite coming into a head coaching change, these guys were able to see the decision is about the school, their future teammates and what the Louisiana Tech Family has to offer both on and off the field.”

Brooks (6-0, 310) comes from Kilgore Junior College in Kilgore, Texas where he amassed 52 total tackles (32 solo, 20 assisted) during his freshman season in 2011. He registered six tackles for a loss, one sack and one pass break-up that year. During the 2012 season he led his team to an 8-3 record. He is a product of Shreveport’s Airline High School where he won two state titles in wrestling.



Johnson (6-2, 236) joins Tech from Southwest Mississippi Community College where he was a First Team All-State linebacker in 2011. He was the team’s leading tackler in 2012 and played on all units of special teams. A product of Sulligent, Ala. (Sulligent High School), Johnson led his team to the state championship game in his junior season.

Thomason (6-1, 235) comes from Northeast Mississippi Community College where he was a First Team All-State honoree despite missing three games with a knee injury in 2012. Thomason chose Tech over 17 other offers, including Troy, Arkansas State, Rutgers, Houston and Middle Tennessee. A product of Muscle Shoals High School in Alabama, Thomason recorded 170 tacklse as a junior. He averaged over 12 tackles a game during the 2012 season.

Louisiana Tech fans can claim their seats for the 2013 season today with a $50 non-refundable deposit that will be applied towards the purchase of their season ticket package. That deposit can be made starting Friday online at LATechSports.com or by calling the LA Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631 or by emailing TechTickets@LATech.edu.

For complete coverage of Bulldog Football, please follow @LATechPWalsh on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.


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