Pipeline from New Orleans

Terry Joseph has connections and he knows how to make the best use of those connections. The former assistant coach at Shaw and Destrehan was determined to attract some of the top talent from New Orleans to Louisiana Tech Not only did he attract some of them, he landed some of the best players in the city.

Shakeil Lucas set things in motion. The #148 defensive end, who weighed 236 pounds over the summer, committed before the season started. Lucas is now close to 250 pounds and could end up playing inside for Louisiana Tech. Lyle Fitte, from just below the city in Port Sulphur also committed early in the process. Fitte, who put up record numbers for South Plaquemines in 2007, was banged up during his senior season. The very elusive athlete will help Tech out at running back and in the slot.

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.

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