"I really like Louisiana Tech," explained Tanner. "I like their spirit, their intensity. Coach Eggen brings a lot of energy and intensity. I just want to build relationships with them."
Tanner played for Pulaski Academy as a freshmen when current Louisiana Tech Bulldog Cruz Williams was a senior at the school. Bulldog basketball player Anson Bartlett also went to Pulaski. "It's good that Anson and Cruz are there, it's another plus for Louisiana Tech. It just feels like home already."
Dirk said he doesn't want to rush his decision and he wants to carefully consider each school that has offered him. He has offers from Louisiana Tech, Rice, Kansas, Missouri State, MTSU, Tulsa, UCA, and ULM.
Pulaski is moving down to 4A this year. They will be in the same district with Nashville and Malvern. When Pulaski faces Malvern this fall, the game will feature two of the top defensive linemen in the State. Grady Ollison, who visited Louisiana Tech last weekend, is rated as the #28 defensive tackle in the country.
Tanner said he hasn't made a lot of visits yet. "I went to a three day camp at Arkansas and Oklahoma State's one day camp," he added. "I want to focus more on the schools that have offered me."
Tanner will have plenty of schools to focus on considering his offer list. A list that is sure to grow as football season gets closer.