Louisiana Tech finished its class last Wednesday on National Signing Day with 25 total signees. Several of Tech's signees signed on Junior College signing day. Tech signed 12 Junior College players in total and 13 high school players.
Most Valuable Signee
It is truly a difficult task to choose one signee who stands out above the rest for Tech, but Jon'al White may be just the guy. When you think of a most valuable signee he should be a guy that is expected to start and/or contribute significantly from the beginning and Jon'al fits that description. With the loss of several defensive tackles over the last couple of years, most notably Jacksonville Jaguar D'Anthony Smith, Tech needed to fill holes at DT. Jon'al has the ability to get after the quarterback from his tackle position as well as stop the run.
HONORABLE MENTION: Louisiana Tech signed multiple honorable mentions across the board, but a couple stand out, Beau Fitte and Nick Isham. Fitte chose to play for the Bulldogs after a late surge from former Tech coach and current Tennessee coach Terry Joseph. Fitte had scholarship papers from Tennessee and Arkansas available to him on signing day but ultimately signed with Tech. Isham is the mobile and accurate passer Tony Franklin has been searching for and could very well be in a position to start as a true freshman.
When I think of a sleeper prospect I think of someone who was not recruited very highly and will contribute greatly to a team. Tevin King fits that description perfectly. King has elite speed and vision and could see the field as a true freshman both on offense and special teams.
HONORABLE MENTION: Tyler Porter is an obvious candidate for this award and before the signing day surprise of King, Porter would have been the far and away winner of this award. Porter lacks the prototypical height that coaches like to see at defensive tackles, but has the strength and speed they do like to see. Porter could see some playing time as a freshman, but a redshirt year is likely for Porter.
The instant impact award winner is Myles White. Myles started his college career at Michigan State and most recently played at Northwest Mississippi Community College. White has the ability to stretch the field and at the same time can really get out of jams well. He also runs very crisp routes.
HONORABLE MENTION: Oscar Johnson will probably start on the offensive line for Louisiana Tech from day one at either left or right offensive tackle. Johnson is a huge 6-6.5 350lbs and has very good feet which will fit in nicely to the spread offense.
The One Who Got Away
None. The one that could have gotten away would be Le'Vander Liggins who picked up late offers from Baylor and Colorado State. Liggins, like King, could contribute as a true freshman on offense and/or special teams.
Louisiana Tech ended the 2011 class with 17 3-stars, the most in team history. It was heavy on junior college players, but was forced to with lack of depth along the offensive and defensive lines. They also upgraded their line backing and receiving corps through the junior college ranks. Although junior college players often times are frowned upon, Tech did it the right way and recruited high school players at the same positions to alleviate getting in a cycle of relying on junior college players.
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