Tech in New Orleans

Louisiana Tech has had a lot of success in the New Orleans area this year in recruiting.

Shakeil Lucas, Kendrick James, and Tyrone Duplessis have already commited to Louisiana Tech. All three players are from New Orleans and Tech is after more. Lyle Fitte, another Bulldog pledge, is from right down the road in Port Sulphur.

Some of the other players from the area that are on Tech's radar include Rufus Porter, Joey Fontana, Chad Boyd, Jordan Mills, Cornelius Lucas, Deante Tripplet, and Torell Miller.

"Coach T (Terry Joseph) came by this week," said Rufus Porter's mother. "We had a good visit."

Porter and his teammates at Destrehan take on Baton Rouge Central in the 5A semi-finals tonight.

Joey Fontana said he plays tackle in high school, but he can play anywhere on the line. "I want to play a postion where I can get on the field quick and help the team," said Fontana. "I'm quick enough to play tackle in college, but most people see me as a center or guard."

Fontana said he is still committed to SMU and will take an official visit there this weekend. He said he still may visit Tech or Arkansas as well.

Cornelius Lucas and Jordan Mills are two massive tackles that Tech is after. Mills says he likes to use his size on the field. "I'm pretty good at both run blocking and pass blocking," he said. "I really like run blocking because I can beat the guy across from me all night long."

Chad Boyd says he is familiar with Louisiana Tech and has a former teammate in Ruston. "Christian Lacey said he likes it up there a lot," said Boyd. "He has had a lot of playing time as a freshman."

Boyd says he plays free safety in high school. He thinks he could end up at either safety or corner in college.

Louisiana Tech is up to 16 commitments and more could be on the way. The class is off to a great start thanks, in large part, to the New Orleans connection.

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