The spring semester, which included a six-commitment week in mid-March, and first week of June are proof that Louisiana Tech's coaching staff, which includes new faces on defense such as Manny Diaz (defensive coordinator) and Oscar Giles (defensive line), is having noticeable success on the recruiting trail.
Louisiana Tech already has 15 commitments for the 2015 class and we're still almost eight months away from National Signing Day.
Obviously, those verbal pledges are non-binding, so the Bulldogs must hang on to those commitments. Nevertheless, having more than a dozen this early in the game is quite a head start for Louisiana Tech, which hopes to bounce back from a 4-8 campaign in 2013, which was the Bulldogs' first in Conference-USA.
Here's a recap of the commitments Louisiana Tech has picked up since the end of April:
April 29 -- Rhashid Bonnette, ATH, Loreauville (La.): the 6-foot, 175-pound Bonnette (pictured above) got the past six weeks started for Louisiana Tech with a late April commitment. Bonnette plays on both sides of the ball for Loreauville at receiver and defensive back, but he's expected to play receiver at the next level. The three-star prospect has additional offers from Houston, Mississippi State, and Southern Mississippi.
May 22 -- Brandon Brinson, DE, Houma (La.) Ellender Memorial: Brinson has good size at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds to grow into the even-front defensive end role that he will likely play at Louisiana Tech.
June 1 -- Ephraim Kitchens, CB, Batesville (Miss.) South Panola: Kitchens will bring a winning mind set with him to Ruston since he comes from perennial Mississippi power South Panola. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound cover man has other offers from Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, and Troy.
June 1 -- Jamarion Johnson, TE, Rayville (La.): another commitment to kick off the summer came from the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Johnson, who could develop into a red-zone threat thanks to that impressive frame.
June 7 -- Johnny Shaw, S, West Orange-Stark (Texas): Shaw is probably the gem of the class so far. Around this time a year ago, he committed early to TCU before decommitting and pledging to Texas a few weeks later. The coaching staff change at Texas shook up Shaw's recruitment, which obviously has benefited Louisiana Tech. The three-star prospect is a striker with the frame (6-2, 188) to develop into a big hitter as a strong safety at the next level. The familiarity with Manny Diaz from Shaw's prior commitment to Texas no doubt helped the Bulldogs. Another factor could be the March commitment of Shaw's secondary teammate, Trey Spencer, to the Bulldogs as well.
June 8 -- Dante Williams, LB, Bossier City (La.) Parkway: the most recent LaTech commit came from Williams, who is another player from a traditionally strong program like Kitchens and Shaw. Parkway reached the Louisiana 5A state title in 2013 behind the exploits of LSU quarterback signee and early enrollee Brandon Harris, who is in the middle of the quarterback battle for the Tigers.