Tech Searches Texas

Louisiana Tech is looking for a few good men on the defensive line. The search starts in Texas, where several prospects are available.

Lufkin defensive end Germad Reed is a big guy who could add weight and help inside at the next level. Reed told over the summer that he was up to 238 pounds. Four schools have offered Reed, with Louisiana Tech and Iowa State pursuing the hardest.

Iowa State has also offered Stansly Maponga from Hebron High School in Lewisville, Texas. Maponga is another tweener: athletic enough to play outside but strong enough to play inside. The 245-pound Maponga has offers from Iowa State, UTEP, Boise State, and Utah State, as well as Louisiana Tech.

Iowa State is all over the Lone Star State. The Cyclones have also offered Nosa Eguae from Mansfield Summitt. The 240-pound Eguae is yet another versatile defensive lineman. Besides Iowa State, Eguae holds offers from Louisiana Tech, Colorado, Minnesota, and Purdue.

Mansfield Summit plays South Grand Prairie this weekend. The game could feature Eguae and another top defensive lineman with offers from some of the same schools.

Joey Searcy may play all over the line for South Grand Prairie, but according to Head Coach Rob Davies, Searcy is built for one spot. "Joey can play anywhere on the defensive line, but he will likely play inside in college," said Davies. "Joey plays really, really hard and he moves very well. The best part about him is he is a really great person."

"Joey is up to 6'1" and 280 pounds," explained Davies. "He has offers from Colorado, Minnesota, Arizona, and Louisiana Tech." Davies said Searcy has been a little hurt with his back. He played in game one and tried to go in game two, but wasn't able to play. His status is questionable against Mansfield Summit. Another defensive tackle from Texas is Adam Ayala from Huntsville. Ayala weighs 255 right now, but will easily add weight to his 6'5" frame. Ayala has offers from Louisiana Tech and Colorado State.

All five players have the athleticism that Louisiana Tech Head Coach Derek Dooley is looking for. He wants to put pressure on the quarterback and the best way to do that is to have big, strong, and athletic guys up front. Hopefully, he will find what he is looking for in Texas.

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