'13 Intro: Alief Taylor WR Douglas Omoegbele

Louisiana Tech's coaching staff has roots in Texas, and the Bulldogs have taken advantage of those connections on the recruiting trail during Sonny Dykes' tenure. Douglas Omoegbele, a sophomore wide receiver with excellent size for his age, is a young prospect who the Tech staff will likely have on its radar...

Alief Taylor went 10-2 last year and reached the second round of the Texas Class 5A Division II playoffs before getting upset by Houston Memorial.

The Lions, a senior-laden team in 2010, will be looking for several sophomores to step in and play key roles this fall. One of those players will be Douglas Omoegbele, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver.

"We started practicing in full pads and I'm working on shaking off the rust from the offseason," said Omoegbele. "I'm projected to start at the X, which is outside receiver.

"Last year, I caught 30 passes on the junior varsity for 470 yards and 12 touchdowns. I've been timed at 4.65 in the 40-yard dash, and I have a 4.29 agility (shuttle)."

What does Omoegbele do well on the football field?

"My strength helps me to overpower defensive backs," he said. "I bench press 290 pounds. I'm a good blocker."

The Lions, as mentioned earlier, lose numerous seniors - including QB Jordan Are (Dartmouth) - to graduation, but that doesn't damper the expectations for the upcoming season.

"We should actually go further in the playoffs than last year," said Omoegbele. "I think we'll go at least four rounds deep."

The sophomore wideout is receiving early interest from Houston and UTEP.

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