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Grading the classes: Louisiana Tech

This week, OBNUG will be grading the recruiting classes for each WAC team. Our research may be spotty, but as you can see from the final result, there is no questioning our loyalty.



Louisiana Tech

Putting the "Eastern" in "Western Athletic Conference," Louisiana Tech has an entirely different recruiting experience than most WAC schools. Stuck between SEC and Big 12 country, the Bulldogs have a lot to deal with in terms of competition for recruits. Although, they seem to be having trouble from places you wouldn't necessarily expect.

"It was pretty apparent we were recruiting the right guys," head coach Derek Dooley said. "If you look at the last two weeks, it was an absolute assault on our entire commitment list by some quality programs. That’s great news. I think that’s a good sign."

Solid verbal commitments for Louisiana Tech were pursued, and in some cases lost, to Texas Christian, Southern Methodist, Tulsa, Southern Miss and Memphis.
Memphis? Do they even play football there? And Southern Methodist? Would that be 1-11 Southern Methodist? Those Conference USA teams are cutthroat, man.

Regardless, the Bulldogs did have people sign with them. Not playmakers, mind you, but people nonetheless. The relative big names were on defense as coach Derek Dooley focused a second consecutive class on being able to stop potent WAC offenses. This is the point in the story where we feel obligated to tell you that LaTech barely averaged 20 points per game last year.

The Bulldogs' best signing was LB Eric Harper. Unless he scores points with tackles, we don't see how he is going to help.

Scout.com rank: 91
Rivals.com rank: 75
OBNUG grade: F

Tech recruiting notebook [The News Star]