LA Tech Inks 13 Early Signees to 2018 Class
Dec. 20, 2017
FRISCO, Texas - Both game day and National Signing Day collided on Wednesday when Louisiana Tech added a total of 13 new Bulldogs to the family just hours before taking on SMU in the 2017 DXL Frisco Bowl.
Louisiana Tech set up its own signing day headquarters in a meeting room at the team’s hotel in Frisco as head football coach Skip Holtz officially announced the signing of 12 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, making it a total of 13 new Bulldogs that have joined the LA Tech family with the addition of junior college linebacker Brandon Floyd, who is already enrolled in classes at Tech for the winter quarter.
The 2018 signing class features 13 new faces as Holtz and his staff brought in six players on the offensive side of the ball and seven on defense. Louisiana Tech added 11 players out of high school and two transfers from the junior college ranks, while nearly half of the players signed on Wednesday came from the Lone Star state with six athletes hailing from Texas.
“Not only do we have the bowl game tonight, but this morning we had signing day,” Holtz said. “I could not be more proud of this staff for the tireless efforts they put into this process. When you look at the 13 signees, I think nine of them have been committed since the summer. With the 11 high school players, these guys come from winning programs. I think these players really have the opportunity to come in and make an impact.
“When you talk about the Dallas-Fort Worth area and what role three of the last four bowl games in the Metroplex has meant to Louisiana Tech – five of the 13 are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This is the most we have been into this area since I have been here. With us signing six guys from the state of Texas, I think these bowl games have gone a long way in branding the image of Louisiana Tech University and the football program in this area. We are seeing a return on that investment right now.”
Both the defensive secondary and wide receiver groups received the biggest bolsters Wednesday morning with a total of seven playmakers signing on with the Bulldogs. LA Tech also added two linebackers and a lineman on the defensive side of the ball. The Bulldogs inked a pair of offensive linemen and a high school quarterback on offense.
The first National Letter of Intent rolled in at 7:32 a.m. on Wednesday morning when defensive tackle D.J. Jackson (West Mesquite HS/Balch Springs, Texas) signed on with the Bulldogs. From there, the names quickly began to come in one by one as Jackson was followed by DB Xavier Lodge (Woodlawn HS/Baton Rouge, La.), OL Biron Rossell (West Memphis Christian HS/West Memphis, Ark.), OL Christian Henderson (Greenwood HS/Greenwood, Miss.), QB Aaron Allen (Ridge Point HS/Houston, Texas), LB Trey Baldwin (Trinity Valley CC/Orange, Texas) and WR Tahj Magee (Franklinton HS/Franklinton, La.).
Once the clock ticked closer to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, the Bulldogs kept adding talent to the 2018 class, including a trio of playmakers from east Texas in DB Bee Jay Williamson (John Horn HS/Mesquite, Texas), DB Brodrick Calhoun (John Horn HS/Mesquite, Texas) and WR Maureese Wren (John Horn HS/Mesquite, Texas). Around 10:30 a.m., LB Isaiah Windmon (John Ehret HS/Marrero, La.) and WR Wayne Toussant (Plaquemine HS/Maringouin, La.) were the final two pieces to the puzzle for the Bulldogs’ early signing class to wrap up an eventful morning.
The 2018 early signing class includes six players from Texas, five from Louisiana, one from Mississippi and one from Arkansas.
The Bulldogs will now turn their attention to tonight’s inaugural DXL Frisco Bowl against SMU, which is set to kick off at 7 p.m. at Toyota Stadium. The game will air live on ESPN.
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