LA Tech Commits Are High on Sonny Dykes

Antonio Burton

Louisiana Tech Head Coach Sonny Dykes hits the road this week as he tries to firm up the players that are already committed to Louisiana Tech. He will also attempt to add the final pieces to an already strong class.

Sonny Dykes has been on the job at Louisiana Tech less than a week, but he is already on his good will tour on Texas. That's the life of a Division One Head Coach, especially when signing day is next week.

"Coach Dykes, Coach Spangler, and Coach Eggen are supposed to come by my house on Tuesday," said Pilot Point Defensive End Carter Street. "Two of my high school coaches that have coached college ball both know him. They all say good things about him. For me it seems like he will really impact the offensive side of the ball."

"He's coming down to meet with me and my family on Wednesday," said Gerard Shillow from Round Rock, TX. "I think he's going to be a good fit for the team." Shillow, listed at 6'2" and 230 pounds, could be a wide receiver or a tight end for the Bulldogs. "It depends on how I fit into his offense," added Shillow.

Coach Dykes will also visit Noah Cheshier and Antonio Burton on Tuesday. Both players are from the Dallas area. "He kind of already knew me," explained Burton. "He recruited me at Arizona." Cheshier was also recruited by Arizona, but the tight end from Wylie, TX now has serious interest from Illinois and Texas Tech. "I'm waiting to meet Coach Dykes," said Cheshier.

Ketarus Stanton, from Cisco College, has been mentioned as a possible target for other schools. It doesn't bother me," said Stanton. "I'm just ready to come in and help change the program around."

Kevin Kisseberth, a linebacker from Klein, TX and Michael Schrang, a Tech commit from Kingwood, TX are also expecting visits this week. Schrang, a 6'2" safety, committed to Tech over the summer. Kisseberth, rated the #137 linebacker in the country by Scout.com, has not yet committed but did visit Tech this month. The two North Houston area athletes should be meeting with Coach Dykes on Wednesday.

Coach Dykes has also been in contact with the commitments from Louisiana. "He called me Friday night," said Ryan Zeller. "He sounded excited. I really like the hire since he runs the spread. I feel like I'm a little better at pass blocking." Zeller, is a 6'5" offensive lineman St. Michael High School in Baton Rouge.

Carey Fortson from Longview, TX and Pat McNeil from Mobile, AL also talked to Coach Dykes over the weekend. McNeil recently told Scout.com that he had offers from Northern Illinois and Louisiana Tech, but he was receiving late interest from Tennessee and Baylor. Fortson, a wide receiver, recently committed to Louisiana Tech. He said that he recently spoke with Coach Dykes on the phone and that he liked the hire.

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