Byran Jones is a 6'1" 300-pound defensive tackle from Junction City, AR. He is a two-time Arkansas Class 2A MVP. Jones has offers from Louisiana Tech, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Auburn, among others. Junction City beat Bearden to win their second straight 2A Championship. Jones had six tackles, one sack, and a fumble recovery in the championship game.
Seth Ancar was named Louisiana Class 1A Player of the Year for the second straight year. Ancar holds offers from Louisiana Tech, Tulane, and Northern Illinois. South Plaquemines won the 1A Championship last season before falling to Haynesville in the finals this year. The 6'0" linebacker had 75 tackles on the season, including 15 for a loss.
In other news, Louisiana Tech Head Coach Derek Dooley has two vacancies to fill on his staff. Wide receivers coach Conroy Hines recently resigned and Louisiana Tech announced this week that defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh accepted a job with Syracuse.
Former Kansas and Rice wide receivers coach David Beaty recently interviewed with Coach Dooley. Beaty is a former Dallas area high school coach and was among those who helped restart the North Texas Football Coaches Association. The Dallas area is a recruiting hotbed and Beaty's ties to the area are invaluable. Beaty has coached in Dallas, Carrollton, Garland, and Irving.
Rayan Russell, from Creekview High School, in Carrollton, TX is a 6'4" 245-pound defensive end. Russell hosted Tech coaches on Monday and said the visit went really well. "Louisiana Tech is my number one," he said. "They are the only school I have visited. I still have visits with Purdue, New Mexico, and Tulsa." Russell holds offers from the above schools as well as Colorado State and UTEP.
RobDonovan Lewis, from Jonesboro-Hodge, said his visit last month to Louisiana Tech went well. Lewis, one of the top cornerbacks in Louisiana, has offers from Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, and Mississippi State, along with several in-state schools. He claims Arizona, Mississippi State, and Louisiana Tech as his favorites.