2009 was a banner year for Louisiana Tech in the bottom half of the state. Rufus Porter, Chad Boyd, Jordan Mills, D.J. St. Julien, Tyrone Duplessis, Lyle Fitte, Kendrick James, Cassetti Brown, and Shakeil Lucas all made the decision to play college football at Louisiana Tech.
2010 saw a shift towards Texas with 9 players signing out of the Lone Star State. Still, Louisiana Tech signed Seth Ancar from South Plaquemines and they recruited Charles Barkins and Ryan Zeller most of the season.
With Sonny Dykes and staff in town for over a year now, Louisiana Tech has once again set their sights to the south.
Junior College signee Daniel Hayden played some of his high school and his junior college ball in Mississippi, but he started his career at John Ehret High School. Hayden, a defensive end with a nose for the football, was just one of many targets on the defensive line.
Northside's Tyler Porter and Salmen's Malcolm Pichon are two of the most familiar names in this class. Both defensive tackles were targeted early by the Bulldog coaching staff and both players are key parts of the 2011 class.
Other area's of need for the 2011 class for Tech was offensive tackle and defensive back. Ezekiel Alsander from Southern Lab is one of the best offensive line prospects in the State. Bryson Abraham from Jennings can play either safety or cornerback and brings much needed talent to a secondary that saw Olajuwan Paige and Josh Victorian both finish their senior seasons in 2010.
A home run threat is always a positive in any class and Levander Liggins from Leesville is just that. Liggins can play running back, defensive back, or wide receiver and he promises to be a major weapon on special teams.
Louisiana Tech has several veteran linebackers; including Jay Dudley, Dusty Rust, Solomon Randle, and Adrien Cole. Warren Bates from St. John High School and Beau Fitte from South Plaquemines will make sure that the talent level at their position will see no drop in talent level. Bates and Fitte add a ton of speed to the Bulldogs linebacker position.
Whether they need help on the offensive or defensive line, or playmakers on either side of the ball; Louisiana Tech found what they needed once again in their home state.