Kenrick James, the #61 middle linebacker, committed during the season. The O.P. Walker star was one of the top linebackers in the state. His teammate, Tyonne Duplessis, committed after the season. Duplessis, the 91st ranked running back in the nation, chose Tech over several offers. Both James and Duplessis had BCS offers in their pocket, but responded well to Coach Joseph.
Six weeks later, offensive line coach Petey Perot helped the cause. Napoleonville tackle Jordan Mills was the first of several to commit from a group of visitors that were in town on January 9th. The 84th ranked tackle in the country, Mills chose Tech after narrowing his list to Tulane and USM.
Two othe visitors on January 9th were Chad Boyd from Shaw and Rufus Porter from Destrehan. Coach "T" used his connections to the two schools to get his foot in the door and then he sealed the deal. Boyd committed a week after visiting and Porter committed two weeks later. Boyd, the #146 cornerback, chose Tech over Tulane and Tulsa. Porter, the #38 weakside linebacker, is a three star athlete that chose Tech over SMU and Tulsa. Along with James, Porter and Boyd will make strong campaigns to start as true freshmen in the defensive back seven.
With players like Christian Lacey and Eric Harper laying the foundation in 2008, the pipeline from New Orleans is larger than it has ever been before.