Tech Has East Texas Connections

Matt Shepperd signed from Marshall in 2009 and Vince Cano signed from Kilgore. Now Louisiana Tech has Jefferson, TX in the crosshairs.

Jefferson, TX Head Coach Scott Hale knows all the coaches in East Texas and they all seem to know Louisiana Tech Offensive Line Coach Petey Perot.

"I've known Petey for a long time," said Coach Hale. "I went to Tech my freshman year and I've known him ever since. Coach (Thedrick) Harris at Marshall played at Tech and Kilgore has former Tech Bulldogs on their staff."

Hale said the Tech staff is on their game. "They're doing a great job," he added. "Coach Perot really gets out and works hard."

"I coached with Coach (Frank) Scelfo too," mentioned Coach Hale. "We won the State Championship at Chapel Hill (Tyler, TX) in 1989."

With Coach Perot covering East Texas, no stone is left unturned. Junior Offensive Linemen Lon Roberts (Kilgore), Corbin Best (Marshall), and Cudahy Harmon (John Tyler) are the most veteran Bulldogs from the region. Houston Tuminello signed from Gilmer and Darius Terry signed from Lufkin in 2008. In 2009, Vince Cano and Matt Sheppard signed with Louisiana Tech. CJ Broades signed from Texarkana Pleasant Grove in 2009 and Tech is now after 2010 Pleasant Grove Quarterback Antonio Graves.

Jefferson has two top prospects this year. Clarence Lee is a coveted defensive end and Trevor Murphy is a versatile lineman.

Clarence is a great athlete," said Coach Hale. "He's 6'4" 210. Louisiana Tech likes him as a linebacker. He has offers from Tech, Missouri, Houston, UTEP, and Tulsa."

More offers should be on the way for Lee. "Kansas State, Arkansas, Utah, and Oregon are all coming in this week," added Coach Hale. "He's been getting alot of attention. He went to junior day at A&M, Texas, and he was invited to Oklahoma's junior day.

Murphy is getting attention in his own right. "Trevor has offers from Tech and UTEP and Rice said they need to see more film and then they should offer soon," expalined Coach Hale. "He's also getting interest from Arkansas, Kansas State, A&M, and UNT. TCU has an offer out to another center, but he is second on their list."

"Trevor mostly played defensive line for us, but he plays both ways," mentioned Coach Hale. "He'll probably play center in college. He's up to 275 pounds. He has put on a lot of good weight and he has added a lot of strentgh. He has hired a personal trainer and he lifts every day."

Coach Hale said he and some of his players visited Louisiana Tech during the Spring. "I'm really impressed with Coach Dooley," said Coach Hale. "He really understands recruiting. He gets it."

For Louisiana Tech fans, that's music to the ears.

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