Porter Taking Official Visit to Tech

After leading his team to the Class 4A quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, Northside DT Tyler Porter has racked up the awards for his trophy case: All-Acadiana Defensive MVP, All-District Defensive MVP, and first-team all-state. This weekend, Porter will make what's now a familiar trip to Ruston for an official visit to Louisiana Tech.

"I've been to Tech several times, so I know what's up there," said Northside DT Tyler Porter. "You're surrounded by good people, and I'm looking forward to seeing what I might have missed on my earlier trips to the campus."

Has Porter been communicating with any current Tech prospects or commits?

"I talk to Jon'al White often," he said.

What are Porter's thoughts on nearby program UL and its new coaching staff?

"Their coaches are nice guys," he said. "I don't know that much about them yet, but I've met their head coach (Mark Hudspeth) and their defensive coordinator (Greg Stewart). He (Stewart) came by the school. I'm interested in learning more about them and their philosophy."

Porter received a visit yesterday from the coaches at Northwestern State.

"One of their coaches was at our school, and then Coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto and the defensive line coach came by the house. They told me that I'm the number one defensive tackle on their board."

As a senior, Porter racked up 118 tackles, including 57 solo stops, along with 16 TFL, 15 sacks, four forced fumbles, and he even returned an interception for a touchdown.

"I was shocked by all of the honors," he said. "Mr. (Brady) Aymond told me that I finished second last year to D.J. Welter for All-Acadiana Defensive MVP, and that put me in some real good company - with him (Welter) going on to play for LSU. I had a feeling that I could get the MVP this year if I had a good showing.

"I was honored and it was a pleasure to make first-team all-state. There's some great defensive tackles in Louisiana this year, such as Malcolm Pichon (Salmen), Demarcus Hodge (Neville), Anthony Johnson (O.P. Walker), and the DTs from Karr."

In an interview two weeks ago with Brady Aymond from The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Porter spoke some wise words: "I love football because it gives you a way to meet new people and form a brotherhood and it also teaches you life lessons."

He went on to speak about the biggest influence in his life: "My mother (Monica Porter) because she always pushes me to do my best in everything that I do."

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