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Kentrell Brice from Ruston and West Monroe's Terrell Lathan gave Louisiana Tech's 2012 signing class a big boost last week when they committed to Bulldogs Head Coach Sonny Dykes.

Kentrell Brice, a 6'1" 175 pound defensive back from Ruston High School, had previously committed to Missouri and Oregon State, before ultimately deciding on his hometown team, Louisiana Tech. Lathan, a 6'4" 235 pound defensive end from West Monroe, decided on the Bulldogs after taking a recent visit to TCU.

Back in the fall, Ryan Higgins, Kenneth Dixon, and Stephen Gibson got the 2012 Louisiana Tech class off to a good start. Higgins, a 6'2" quarterback from Hutto, TX, spurned a late offer from Houston to remain with Tech. Dixon is a offensive powerhouse from Strong, AR. Dixon led Strong-Huttig to the Arkansas Class 2A Championship. In the title game, the 205 pound running back racked up over 340 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns in a 45-20 vicotry over Carlisle. Dixon played quarterback most of the season for Strong-Huttig, and 75 yards passing in the championship game. Dixon had offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, and Memphis among others. Gibson, a 6'4" 240 defensive end from Archbishop Shaw in Marrero, LA continues the defensive pipeline from the New Orleans area 4A powerhouse to Ruston. Gibson turned down offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, and Colorado to join former teammates and current Bulldogs Chad Boyd and Christian Lacey at Tech. (Lacey was a senior in 2011.)

In December, Tech signed junior college offensive lineman Alec Davis (6'3" 275) from Orange Coast College in California and receiver Jon Greenwalt (6'3" 205) from Riverside, CA. Greenwalt's twin brother Richard, a 6'5" 300 pound offensive lineman is expected to sign with Tech on Wednesday.

US 90 that runs between New Iberia, LA and Houma is a football recruiting hotbed. Louisiana Tech picked up Tank Calais and Phillip Livas a few years ago from that area and the Bulldogs added two big commitments from that same region. Jaydrick Declouet from Patterson, a former Houston commitment, changed his pledge to Louisiana Tech. The 5'10" speedster had numerous offers from SEC schools, Conference USA, and the Big 10. Lloyd Grogan, a 6'1" safety from Morgan City, chose Tech over Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and Texas A&M among many others.

Both Declouet and Grogan join Terrell Lathan as three star athletes in the Scout.com database. Last season, Tech signed two high school players that were Scout.com three star recruits (Malcolm Pichon and Beau Fitte.)

Other three star recruits that Tech is in the mix for are Maurice Bennett, a 300 pound defensive tackle from Madison Centrall High School near Jackson, MS and Alonzo Moore from Winnfield, LA. Bennett is a former Washington State commitment. Louisiana Tech had an in home visit with him last Thursday. Moore has offers from Nebraska, Arkansas, and Texas A&M. The 6'1" athlete took his official visit to Louisiana Tech this past weekend and said he will make his decision Wednesday.

Other commitments for Louisiana Tech include Vernon Butler and Travez Taylor from North Pike High School near McComb, MS. The temmates shared offers from Ole Miss and Butler also had offers from Southern Miss, Memphis, and Mississippi State. Taylor is a 6'1" cornerback and Butler is a 6'3" 282 pound defensive lineman.

The Bulldogs loaded up on defense in the 2012 class, but they didn't neglect the offensive side of the ball. Grant Childress, a wide receiver from Tyler, TX and Dezmond Stegall is a quarterback from Searcy, AR. Childress had offers from Rice and Nevada while Stegall had offers from Arkansas State and Central Arkansas.

Joseph Scelfo is another target that will make his decision soon. The 6'2" center from Bogart, GA is the son of former Tulane Head Coach Chris Scelfo and the nephew of former Louisiana Tech Offensive Coordinator Frank Scelfo. Joseph had a double digit offer list that included schools from the ACC and Conference USA. In the end, his final two choices are Louisiana Tech and South Alabama. Scelfo told the Athens Banner-Herald "Everybody is always asking me why I'm considering a South Alabama or a Louisiana Tech, but I don't really care about a big name. I just want to be happy. The people that say stuff don't have to live in my shoes. I'm the one who's going to be there every day." Scelfo recently took part in the Semper-Fi All-American Bowl in Phoenix, AZ.

Louisiana Tech Head Coach Sonny Dykes went after several high profile recruits in this class and landed commitments from several. The Bulldogs had a successful WAC Championship run and the bold recruiting approach paid off. Louisiana Tech fans will be very pleased with this class on Wednesday.

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