Fortson, 6'1" 175 pound receiver, had offers from Kansas, Missouri, SMU, and Kansas State. Cheshier, rated the #34 tight end in the nation by Scout.com, had offers from Arizona, Kansas, Arkansas, and Wake Forest. The 6'3" 225 pound Cheshier said Illinois and Louisiana Tech recruited him the hardest while some of the other schools had started to fill their classes.
Ancar chose Louisiana Tech over Northern Illinois and Tulane. The senior linebacker had 75 tackles and 15 tackles for loss this season for the State runners-up. He said feeling comfortable with the surroundings and the coaching staff counted as the biggest factors for him with Louisiana Tech. "This feels like home," added Ancar, who is the two time reigning Louisiana Class 1A Defensive Player of the Year.
Fortson had similar things to say about Tech. "The coaches and players are down to earth," said Fortson. "They aren't cocky like at other schools." Fortson cited Louisiana Tech's proximity to his hometown of Longview was another big plus for him. At Longview, Fortson finished with 798 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. He averaged 19.5 yards per reception. Fortson also rushed 8 times for over 10 yards per carry and 2 scores.
Cheshier, who played quarterback this year for Wylie, is excited about his future at Tech. "Louisiana Tech is about to skyrocket," he said. "I feel like it's a program on the rise." Cheshier was impressed with all of the new facilities, both completed and under construction, at Louisiana Tech. As a quarterback, Cheshier completed over 58% of his passes on the way to 1855 yards and 13 touchdowns. He rushed 120 times for 652 yards and 10 scores.
A fourth visitor, Byran Jones from Junction City, also feels Tech is on the upswing. "Tech's an up and coming program," said Jones. "I really like Tech. I feel comfortable there." Jones, a 6'1" 300 pound defensive tackle, is a two time Arkansas Class 2A MVP. Alan Turner, also from Junction City, also visited this weekend. Turner, who could end up as a walk-on at Tech, had 94 yards in Junction City's championship game win over Bearden. Jones and Turner still have visits to Ole Miss and Auburn.
Two other players made commitments to Louisiana Tech last week. Rob-Donovan Lewis, the #136 cornerback in the country, is one of Louisiana's top cornerback prospects. The Jonesboro-Hodge star had offers from Tech, Minnesota, and Mississippi State. As of last Monday, his favorites were Tech, Mississippi State, and Arizona.
Ketarus Stanton signed with Louisiana Tech in 2007 after rushing for over 2,000 yards for Diboll High School in East Texas. Stanton committed to play for Louisiana Tech again on Thursday, after rushing 205 times for 1172 yards and 7 touchdowns at Cisco Junior College in Texas. The 6'1" 225 pound running back finished third in the nation with 146.5 yards per game.
Louisiana Tech now has 17 commitments. Dillon Day, an offensive lineman from West Monroe, is scheduled to visit on January 15th. Other players scheduled to visit are Kevin Kisseberth and Gavin Webster. Kisseberth, from Klein, TX, is ranked as the #137 linebacker in the country by Scout.com.
Webster was recently named Mr. Football in Louisiana. The 5'11", 215-pounder completed 190 of 278 passes for 2,956 yards with 37 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Webster added 1,350 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns on 172 carries.