LA Tech Recruits Solid

Louisiana Tech's 19 commitments are almost all still solid to Louisiana Tech. While one player waits to see who the new coach is, another committed over the weekend.

Even without a head coach on board, Louisiana Tech received a commitment from Gerard Shillow from Stony Point High School in Round Rock, TX. Shillow, a 6'2" wide receiver, had 65 catches for 1389 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season for the 13-2 Tigers.

Noah Cheshier, who committed to Louisiana Tech last week, is the only Tech commitment that seems to be unsure of his situation now that Derek Dooley was hired by Tennessee. Cheshier had picked Louisiana Tech over Illinois. Now Texas Tech, with new coach Tommy Tubberville and Illinois are both trying to convince Cheshier to visit. Noah wants to see who Louisiana Tech hires this week before he makes a decision.

Other commitments said they were still on board to be Bulldogs. "Everything is still the same," said Carey Fortson, from Longview, TX. "I still feel good about Tech."

Ryan Zeller was in for a visit this weekend. "It went great," he said. "I'm still in love with Louisiana Tech." Josh Allen, the #22 center in the nation according to, from Cedar Hill, TX, and Kevin Kisseberth, the #139 linebacker in the nation, from Klein, TX were among the visitors this weekend. "It went pretty good," added Kisseberth. "There were about eight of us there."

The Tech coaching staff was still in place as of Sunday. Only Terry Joseph had been hired away to Tennessee by Dooley. Stan Eggen and Tommy Spangler, both thought to be candidates for Dooley's staff, were in town hosting recruits on Saturday. Connor Nichols, who said he is still solid to Tech, hosted Coach Eggen in his home on Sunday night. Carey Fortson said that two coaches were in his home on Sunday afternoon.

Carter Street, Anthony Garner, Seth Ancar, and Robdonovan Lewis are all sorting through the new information. All four players said that they are still coming to Louisiana Tech. "They let me know that my scholarship was still good," explained Garner. "Only one coach is leaving."

Dooley has yet to fill out his staff, but the six coaches remaining at Tech are all working very hard to secure this recruiting class. It remains to be seen who will stay on with Louisiana Tech, but all six coaches are loyal to the Bulldogs. Their commitment to the University is helping secure the commitments of 19 quality high school and junior college athletes.

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