The Bulldogs only lose 11 scholarship seniors to graduation. This class will probably end up with 20 players signing on the dotted line. National Signing Day is Wednesday and Louisiana Tech is narrowing their focus to defensive tackles.
Pat McNeil, from Mobile, AL has been a top target for Louisiana Tech all year. The 6'2" 275-pound defensive tackle from Davidson High School told Scout.com on Friday that Tech was his number one school. He met with Coach Dykes in his home on Thursday, but decided against committing until he visited Middle Tennessee this weekend. On Sunday, McNeil said his visit was good, but he did not commit to the Blue Raiders.
Another defensive tackle from Alabama, Ladarius Phillips from Handley High School, was actually committed to Louisiana Tech at one time as a fullback. The 6'1" 270-pound athlete rushed for over 1,000 yards as a senior. With the coaching change at Louisiana Tech, Phillips decided against signing on as a fullback because of the new spread offense.
Both McNeil and Phillips were hoping to hear from Auburn at the last hour. The two players could fill a big void on the Bulldog defense left by graduating seniors D'Anthony Smith and Adrien Logan. After back and forth recruitments, both Byran Jones from Junction City and LaCriag Brown from Richwood appear to be headed to Arkansas after strongly considering other schools in the SEC West along with Louisiana Tech.
Another key position to watch for the Bulldogs is cornerback. Kendall Hayes, who committed last week, was among the visitors this weekend along with Dillon Day. "Coach (Stan) Eggen stayed with me," Hayes said on Thursday. "It felt like the right place for me. Coach Dykes came by my school this week. He's a pretty cool guy. I would love to play for him." Hayes is a 5'9" cornerback from Lancaster, TX.
Two other cornerbacks have committed to other schools. Robdonovan Lewis from Jonesboro-Hodge recently switched his commitment for Tech to Memphis. Lewis said on Sunday that he has not talked to Louisiana Tech recently and that he will sign with new Memphis Head Coach Larry Porter. Baton Rouge native Dave Clark will follow Derek Dooley to Tennessee. The 6'2" cornerback from Independence Junior College in Kansas was set to sign with Louisiana Tech before the coaching change.
With Clark and Lewis both headed to the Volunteer State, it wouldn't be a surprise to see another cornerback sign with Louisiana Tech on Wednesday. Another last minute addition could be Jessy McMullin from Iowa Western College. The 6'6" offensive tackle recently visited San Jose State and also has offers from Western Kentucky and Florida International. McMullin had visited Louisiana Tech in early December and has stayed in contact with Coach Petey Perot at Tech.