Defensive Line is a Focal Point

Football season ended last week at Louisiana Tech and that means football recruiting is just starting to heat up. The Bulldogs host a few key recruits this weekend.

D'Anthony Smith, Adrian Logan, and Kwame Jordan were all seniors this season, so Bulldogs Head Coach Derek Dooley's focus will be on the defensive line.

Tech will host four players this weekend, including Richwood defensive tackle La'Craig Brown. The 6'4" 265 pound senior had previously committed to Arkansas, but now lists Louisiana Tech and TCU as his top choices. Brown said he visited TCU last weekend and he is close to making a final decision. Richwood finished the season 6-6, but Brown helped the Ram's defense hold five teams scoreless including Green Oaks, Madison Parish, Caldwell Parish, Ruston, and Vicksburg, MS.

Pat McNeil from Davidson High School in Mobile, AL is a second defensive lineman that will be in Ruston this weekend. McNeil attended a game earlier this season at Louisiana Tech. The 6'2" 270 pound tackle is considering Louisville, Duke, New Mexico, and Louisiana Tech. He likes the fact that fellow Mobile natives Solomon Randle and Adrien Cole have had success at Tech. Cole, a sophomore linebacker, was recently named first team All-WAC.

Josh Tillman, a 6'5" defensive lineman from Copiah-Lincoln College in Mississippi is also scheduled to visit Louisiana Tech. Tillman recently visited Ole Miss and he has been hearing from Arkansas, Baylor, and Ole Miss.

A fourth visitor, Andre Hal from Port Allen, LA is one of the top high school cornerbacks in the state. Hal is committed to Vanderbilt and he has previously visited Nebraska.

Defensive back is a second position that the Bulldogs will look to address in recruiting. Antonio Burton, from Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, is a recent commitment to Louisiana Tech. Burton was also scheduled to visit this weekend, but Guyer is playing Longview in the state semifinals. The 5'11" former Kansas commitment will now visit in early January. Longview wide receiver Carey Fortson is another Louisiana Tech recruit to keep an eye on in the Longview-Guyer match up.

Last week, defensive end Rayan Russell from Carrollton, TX and wide receiver Glen Coleman from West Jefferson High School in Louisiana made their way to Tech campus. Coleman attended camp at Tech in the summer and has been a top target for the Bulldogs all year. The 6'4" 245 pound Russell recently added a Louisiana Tech offer to go with offers from UTEP and Colorado State.

Carter Street, another 6'4" 245 pound defensive end, is the only defensive lineman currently committed to Louisiana Tech. The senior from Pilot Point, Texas brings good size to a position that returns Matt Broha, Christian Lacey, and former Ruston Bearcat Randy Grigsby.

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