Recruits Take in Tech Win

Louisiana Tech won for the fourth time in five games and for the third time in a row.

Matt Broha and Dominique Faust returned interceptions for touchdowns in the first half to get Tech off to a good start. Patrick Jackson, Daniel Porter, and Dennis Morris all scored touchdowns to help the Bulldogs get bowl eligible and put on a show for the Independence Bowl committee. Although Tech never put Utah State away until the final minutes, they played well enough to win the game and keep pace with Fresno State and Nevada in the WAC bowl race.

Offensive Linemen Matt Sheppard and Jonathan Henderson both made the trip. Henderson, an offensive tackle from Mississippi, said he is hearing the most from Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, and UCA. "I'm going to the UCA game next week," he said. "I think they are close to offering."

Sheppard had news of his own before the game. "I talked to Coach Joseph before the game," said Sheppard. "He said they wanted to offer me a scholarship. I talked to Coach Dooley before the team warmed up and told him I wanted to commit. This is where I want to play."

Sheppard, the #10 center in the country, said he can play center or guard in college. "Tech is looking at me at center," he added.

Austin Fitzpatrick, from Friendswood, Texas, kept the news coming. His dad, Tony Fitzpatrick, said Aaron was offered this week by ULL. Austin is a 6'3" 215 pound tight end and he can move. "He is a hybrid type player," explained Mr. Fitzpatrick. "He runs a 4.61 in the 40 and he can play fullback, tight end, or split end." Tony Fitzpatrick is no stranger to college football. He roomed with Tech assistant coach Art Kehoe at Miami and recently spent eight years on the staff at the University of Houston.

Paul Anzalone, the quarterback from El Dorado, Arkansas, recently committed to play baseball at ULM. Anzalone, who has completed 70% of his passes for over 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns, has just three interceptions on the year. The Wildcats are 9-2 after beating Marion in the first round of the 6A playoffs.

Paul missed last year with a tear/sprain in his LCL and did not need surgery, only bracing and rest. He is completely recovered from that injury and he has the numbers to show for it. He has also decided to not sign early for baseball so he can check out his football options.

Sheppard is the tenth commitment for Tech Head Coach Derek Dooley. One recruit who did not make the game was D.J. St. Julien from, Acadiana. St. Julien gave his update by phone on Saturday. "I'm 90% sure that I'm going to commit to Louisiana Tech," he said. St. Julien said he has offers from Ole Miss and Tech and he has interest from UConn and Tulane. Acadiana beat East St. John in the first round of the playoffs this week.


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