Football recruiting concludes

February 5, 2015


Sports Editor


Whether its high school football players or college coaches, Louisiana Tech’s head football coach Skip Holtz has proven how good of a recruiter he is during his two seasons at Tech


Wednesday Tech signed its second recruiting class since Holtz took over the program following the departure of Sonny Dykes after the 2012 season.


This class is markedly different than those of recent history in regard to the number of high school athletes being signed as opposed to those from junior colleges.


In fact there are no junior college signees in the 2015 class.


Of course, recruiting is very volatile and, as such, things can change very quickly — especially considering the age and maturity level of those involved.




Despite those factors, recruiting is the lifeblood of any athletic program.


This year’s class features high school athletes who fill needs in Tech’s secondary and defensive line. This class features several additions to the defensive side of the football and a few players at the skill positions on offense.


Recruiting sites grade the careers of high school players and give them a star rating with zero stars being the lowest and five stars being the highest.


Tech will fill its voids at defensive back with a pair of three-star recruits.


Former Texas and TCU commitment Johnny Shaw from West Orange-Stark High School in Orange, Texas and Ephraim Kitchen from South Panola High School in Batesville, Mississippi will rove the secondary of Tech for the next four years.


Along the defensive line, Tech added two-star defensive lineman La’Dante Davenport from Northwood High School in Shreveport, two-star defensive end  Immanuel Turner from Magnolia High School in Magnolia, Arkansas and two-star defensive tackle  Courtney Wallace from Neville High School in Monroe. Wallace was previously a Texas Tech commitment.


Tech also fills a void at offensive line with the addition of two-star commitment O’Shea Dugas from Northside High School in Lafayette.


Jared King is a senior journalism major from Jena who serves as sports editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to jki008@latech.edu.


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