Dunkin' Dawgs Hammer Grambling

Louisiana Tech men's basketball won by 30 points and the football team picked up a big commitment at the same time.

John White from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College committed to Louisiana Tech today. "I like that it's a small town," said White. "I really like it here. I was ready to get this done."

White had a visit planned to the University of Utah next weekend. "I won't be making that trip anymore," he said. White originally signed with Kansas out of high school. "I had some family issues and I left Kansas. I will be able to enroll at Tech for the spring quarter."

White said he has over 80 tackles and nine sacks from his defensive tackle position. The 6'3" and 285 pound Oklahoma native will look to help inside for Tech with D'Anthony Smith and Mason Hitt. White is the seventeenth commitment for Louisiana Tech.

Several Tech commitments were in attendance. Doak Raulston, Sharman Brown, Matt Shepperd, I.K. Enemkpali, D.J. Morrow, Tyrone Duplessis, and Kendrick James were all in for their official visits.

Duplessis said why he committed two weeks ago. "Coach Joseph really recruited me," he said. Duplessis said that Terry Joseph recruited him harder than anyone else.

Morrow said he is glad he was Tech's first commitment. "I'm really pleased with my decision," he explained. "I'm ready to come in and help at running back." Morrow was hosted by Tech's star running back, Daniel Porter.

Enemkpali said he really likes it at Tech and had a chance to meet many of his future teammates. I.K. sat with Bulldog freshman and fellow linebacker Solomon Randle during the game. Randle explained the ins and outs of college life at Tech.

Matt Shepperd hung out with Tech's starting center, Lon Roberts. The two have a lot in common: both play center and they're from neighboring towns in East Texas, for example.

Two uncommitted players who were in for their official visits were Adam Ayala and Roderick Goodlow. Both players have official visits to take before making their decision.

Ayala has an offer from Colorado State and has interest from Houston, Rice, and Colorado. "I'm going on my visit to Colorado State next weekend," he said. "I want to see what happens with a couple of these other schools. I should make my decision by mid-January. The 6'5" and 250-pound Ayala said he plays both ways for Huntsville, but will play defensive line in college.

Roderick Goodlow has visited Notre Dame and Wisconsin and now Louisiana Tech. "I still have official visits to Kansas and Northwestern," said Goodlow. "I might take an unofficial visit to Kansas State."

Goodlow is still waiting on an offer from Notre Dame. He said the coaches there were always confident they would be back next season. Kansas State recently came into Goodlow's radar after bringing back Bill Snyder as head coach.

The Lady Techsters beat Arizona, the Dunkin' Dawgs won big, and John White committed to play football for Coach Derek Dooley. All together, it was a very successful night at Louisiana Tech.

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