Tech Offers Cornerbacks, Adds a Commitment

Football recruiting enters a dead period next week as Christmas nears, but it will hit the final stretch after New Year's Day. Signing Day is February 3, so college teams will have one month to finalize their prospective signing classes.

Louisiana Tech entered last weekend looking for defensive linemen. Josh Tillman, LaCraig Brown, and Pat McNeil all came on official visits to Ruston. All three players had good visits, but they have other visits to consider. Brown is also considering TCU, while Tillman is contemplating visits to Ohio and Lafayette. The 6'5" 270-pound tackle would not name any favorites. "I will say Louisiana Tech is up at the top," said Tillman. "Coach Dooley is turning it into a big time program. I really like the facilities and the players."

McNeil, from Mobile, AL, had a positive experience. "It went really well," he said. "I really enjoyed the environment. I still have to visit Louisville and New Mexico." McNeil was hosted by fellow Mobile native Solomon Randle.

More news came from the cornerback position. Justin Goodman, a 5'10" defensive back from Blinn College committed over the weekend. Goodman, who can play both safety and cornerback, helped Blinn win the NJCAA National Championship earlier this month. Blinn Head Coach Brad Franchione, son of former Texas A&M Head Coach Dennis Franchione, said the Bulldogs are getting a good one.

"Justin is a great player," explained Coach Franchione, who coached his team to the championship in his hometown of Pittsburg, KS. "The fact that he can interchange at corner and safety makes him even more valuable. He played safety for us because of the lack of depth at that position on our team." Goodman projects as a cornerback at Louisiana Tech.

The early signing period for junior colleges transfers starts December 16th. Goodman is expected to sign while Tillman is planning to wait.

Two of the top high school cornerbacks in Louisiana also visited Tech this weekend. Rob-Donovan Lewis from Jonesboro Hodge and Andre Hal from Port Allen were both in town to check things out. Hal, a three-star corner and ranked #112 in the country at that position by, had a very good visit. "It went great," he said. "I didn't know Louisiana Tech had all the things they had."

Hal, who is committed to Vanderbilt, appears to be still open despite his pledge to the Commodores. Would he consider Louisiana Tech a possibility for his services? "Yes," said Hal, "after what I saw this weekend."

Lewis, rated as the #130 cornerback in the country in the database, added Louisiana Tech to his list of offers, which includes Minnesota, Mississippi State, Louisiana-Monroe, and Northwestern State.

Goodman is Louisiana Tech's tenth commitment for the 2010 class. He joins Antonio Burton, a defensive back from Guyer High School in Denton, TX, as recent commitments. Also committing to Tech this fall were Anthony Garner, a linebacker from South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas; Connor Nichols, a safety from Airline High School in Bossier City; and Ryan Zeller, an offensive lineman from St. Michael High School in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana Tech Head Coach Derek Dooley had five commitments over the summer. They include Charcandrick "Moosey" West from Springhill, LA; Carter Street from Pilot Point, TX; Taylor Burch, from Neville High School in Monroe, Antonio Graves from Pleasant Grove High School in Texarkana, TX; and Michael Schrang from Kingwood, TX.

Burch, the Tigers' quarterback, was named MVP of the LHSAA Class 4A State Championship after leading Neville to the title over Franklinton. Graves plays quarterback for Pleasant Grove, but he committed to Tech as an athlete. West is a running back, Street is a defensive end, and Schrang is a safety.

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