Louisiana Tech has not typically recruited other parts of Alabama, but they are now.
Desmond Wills, ranked as the #40 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, is from Lincoln, AL. Lincoln is east of Birmingham, about 45 miles from the Georgia line.
Wills has offers from Kentucky and Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs looked a little closer to home when they reached out to Defensive End Josh Martin from Cottondale.
Martin, who has offers from Kansas and Louisiana Tech, recently took in a Tech game. "It was cool," he said, "The students were real friendly. We talked about the curriculum and what they do for fun. I liked the game. The jumbotron got my attention."
On the field, Martin says he likes the way Louisiana Tech plays defense. "I fit right into their defense," he added. "They run the same defense we run."
Memphis is a third school that has offered Martin. "Coach Dubose at Memphis asked me about playing tight end," Martin explained just days before he visited Memphis. "Kansas says they need me. Coach Torbush says he really likes me. He asks me if I've been standing up some because he may want me at linebacker. I talk to Coach Spangler at Tech alot. He came by my school in the spring and we've stayed in contact.
Michey Jackson, a Defensive Tackle from Piedmont in Northeast Alabama, has Tech high on his list of schools that includes Memphis along with Southern Miss and UAB. Jackson said before the season that Tech would be his leader with USM a close second.
Another big defensive tackle from North Alabama with a Tech offer is Jakari Kinnie from Gadsden. The 320 pound big man has high interest in Memphis and Kentucky and he lists Tech in his top 5. Kinnie said he plans to take one of his official visits to Tech. Tennessee has not offered Kinnie, but they are one of his top choices if they do offer.
Louisiana Tech is also digging back into the Mobile area. Dreshon McGaster is the #108 defensive end in the Scout.com database. McGaster, from Foley, has offers from Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Ole Miss, and Texas Tech among others.
Another top player in the Mobile area is Eric Dixon. The 6'0" athlete is ranked as the #56 cornerback in the country by Scout.com. Dixon has offers from the likes of Florida State, Notre Dame, South Florida, and Louisville, but he has Kentucky and Louisiana Tech.
Kentucky and Louisiana Tech seem to be recruiting Dixon the hardest and it had paid dividends. Dixon told Scout.com that he is interested in Tech'e enginerring department. It also helps in Dixon's eyes that senior cornerbacks Josh Victorian and Olajuwan Paige will be graduating and both spots will be up for grabs in 2011.
With six commitments in hand, the staff at Louisiana Tech has laid the groundwork for a successful recruiting class. They have cast a wide net from Central Texas across to eastern Alabama and they are in the mix for some really talented players.
There should be a big group of visitors for the Fresno State game so check back with HereComeTheDawgs.com for all the latest.