Porter visting today

Louisiana Tech would love to land a commitment from defensive tackle Tyler Porter of Northside High School in Lafayette. The all-state performer, who doubles as Student Body President, will make the trip to north Louisiana today to visit the Tech campus. Find out which schools are the major players in the battle to land Porter.

Louisiana Tech will welcome a big guest today when 310-pound defensive tackle Tyler Porter arrives in Ruston for an unofficial visit.

I'm going to meet with coaches Dykes, Ingram, and Eggen," said Porter, who was named Class 4A first-team all-state as a junior. "Coach Ingram is really cool. He's been my recruiter and I remember the first time we talked on the phone, we just went on for about 30 minutes. Coach Eggen is very similar to my high school defensive line coach. He's high-energy.

"I went to Tech's camp in June and I wanted to make it to their camp last Saturday, but I was unable to - so coach Eggen said that I needed to come up and visit. I had to find a time when my mom was ready and available and we're making it happen on Thursday."

Is there a chance that Porter will commit soon?

"I'm still open to everybody right now," he said. "I don't want to commit too early. I love the coaches at McNeese and Southern and I have ties there. My cousin plays for McNeese.

"There's some other schools that are interested in me that haven't offered yet and that's exciting, but I have to ask the question, what are you going to see from me this year that you haven't seen from me in the past and on film? I am going to try to be more explosive this year."

Tech does have some things working in its favor.

"I know a lot of people who are graduating from Northside that are going there," said Porter. "I also have a few teammates that are thinking about walking on at Tech. I'm excited about the quarter system as well.

"I want to graduate early so I can get into the business world. I'm very interested in the academic side of things and getting my degree. I originally planned to major in Computer Engineering, but now I'm leaning towards Business Management."

Porter is already academically qualified.

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