After the Dust Settles

After a few twists and turns, signing day at Louisiana Tech came to an end on Wednesday after Seth Ancar faxed his papers in to the field house.

Louisiana Tech signed a total of 16 players on Saturday to go along with two junior college players who signed in December and three players who sat out last season.

The strength of the class is on offense. Quarterback Taylor Burch leads a group of talented offensive players. Carey Fortson from Longview, Noah Cheshier from Wylie, and Gerard Shillow from Round Rock are three super talented offensive weapons to join Burch at Louisiana Tech.

Louisiana Tech Head Coach Sonny Dykes said he would like to add players on both the offensive line and defensive line to finish the signing class. Dillon Day, a guard from West Monroe, switched at the last minute to Mississippi State. Day's departure leaves a hole on the offensive line and the Bulldog defensive line remains a position of need. Ladarius Phillips, a defensive lineman from Alabama, received a last minute offer from Auburn and signed with the Tigers.

A third player expected to sign with Tech that got away was Ketarus Stanton from Cisco College. Stanton became the second Tech commit to switch to Larry Porter's Tigers. Porter, a former LSU assistant, would recommend potential recruits to Terry Joseph at Louisiana Tech. Joseph, who recruited Stanton to Tech, is now at Tennessee. It's possible that Joseph's relationship with Porter helped put Porter in contact with Stanton.

Another junior college player that Tech recruited did sign. Former Auburn Tiger Ryan Williams signed on to play cornerback. Josh Tillman and Justin Goodman are the junior college players that signed in December. All three players are expected to fill voids on the Bulldog defense. Cornerback and Defensive Tackle were Tech's biggest areas of need.

Kevin Kisseberth and Kendall Hayes are recent commitments that signed on Wednesday. The two Texas prep defenders will also contribute to the defensive line and secondary respectively. Anthony Garner, a Dallas linebacker; Antonio Burton, a defensive back from Denton; and Carter Street, a defensive end from Pilot Point; round out the high school signees from the State of Texas. Garner is a potential future starter at middle linebacker while Burton and Street will help immediately at the above mentioned positions of need.

From Louisiana, Burch and Ancar lead a solid group of players. Both Burch and Ancar have won state championships and will bring a great deal of leadership to the program. Ryan Zeller from St. Michael High School and Connor Nichols from Airline High School also signed with Louisiana Tech. Charcandrick West, who had offers from Nebraska and Arkansas, has the ability to be a potential game breaker on offense for Coach Dykes. The Springhill native will almost certainly help out early in the return game.

Coach Dykes said there are always talented players available after signing day. He said he has three or four spots open and could add to the class later this month. One player that is available is Deangelo Brooks from Airline. Brooks and Nichols led the Vikings to two straight winning seasons. Brooks was named Co-defensive MVP of District 1-5A.

Coach Dykes and his staff did a great job of holding on to the class in just two short weeks. The defections could have been a lot worse. Coach Dykes said recruiting is about relatiionships and those are hard to build in such a short time.

Coach Dykes moves on to building his staff. With spring football around a month away, he is ready to get things going on the field.

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