East Texas Big Men on Tech's Radar

East Texas is loaded with talent again. Louisiana Tech coaches have their eyes on two offensive linemen.

Matt Sheppard, from Marshall, and Vincent Cano, from Kilgore, are two of the top linemen in East Texas.

Marshall Head Coach Thedrick Harris played for Louisiana Tech. "Matt is a gem," said Harris. "He would be great for Tech or any team that gets him. He will be a Division One player."

Sheppard is getting strong interest from Houston, USM, ULL, ULM, and Stephen F. Austin. The 6'3" 300 pound center was being recruited by Tech offensive line coach Petey Perot. "Coach Perot was recruiting Matt until his heart surgery," explained Harris. "Tech is still calling him. It is only a matter of time until he gets his first offer."

Coach Perot had triple bypass surgery just before the season started. The eight year NFL veteran is doing well and is expected to make a return to the team after the season.

Coach Harris said Sheppard is a leader for his team. "Matt is doing a great job for us this year," said Harris. "He has dominated everyone that has gone up against him. He is a big, physical kid."

Matt Sheppard plays center for Marshall, but could be looked at as a guard on the college level. Kilgore's Vincent Cano is another versatile lineman.

Cano plays both offensive guard and defensive tackle for Head Coach Mike Vallery. "Vincent is getting looks on both sides of the ball," said Vallery. "He might even be a center in college."

Cano is a 6'3" 285 pound force for Kilgore. He has offers from Rice, SMU, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, and North Dakota. "They like his size and he can run well," added Coach Vallery.

Kilgore is 4-2 going into their 2nd district game tonight. District 14-4A is loaded with talent. Henderson's Daniel Prior, Brady Attaway from Whitehouse, and Jacksonville's Antwone Johnson all compete in the district.

Kilgore has talent on their team too. Playing alongside Cano on the defensive line is Texas commitment Dominique Jones. Coach Harris said his running back, Frank Reddic, is also getting Division One looks.

"Frank's been our tailback for two years now," said Coach Vallery. "He is being recruited by several schools including Louisiana Tech. He has an offer from Air Force."

The 6'0" 185 pound Reddic has carried the ball 146 times this year for 828 yards and 9 touchdowns.

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