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LA Tech announces 2014 signing class

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Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz announced the signing of 17 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, completing the Bulldogs' 2014 Signing Class.


In all, the class that Holtz and the coaching staff signed for this year counts 21 newcomers with three already enrolled at Louisiana Tech. Of the 21 newcomers, over half the class (52 percent) elected to stay in-state and attend Louisiana Tech.


"I am excited about this class of football players that are going to make a big difference in this football program," Holtz said. "This group of young men fulfills our needs with both the short term and the long term goals we have for this team. We had 11 of our 18 signees today and 11 of our 21 signees overall come from in-state and, more importantly, nine of those 11 come from South Louisiana. We recruited New Orleans and Baton Rouge very well this year and that is a credit to how this program and University is viewed throughout the state and the job our coaches did in recruiting."


Overall, the program signed 12 players on offense, six on defense, one specialist with two classified as athletes.


Offensively, LA Tech addressed immediate needs on the offensive line with a mixture of junior college players that will play right away and high school players that will provide needed depth and future talent. The class includes four wide receivers that will also have a quick impact on the program.


"Our offense is bringing in a group of linemen that will make an immediate defense," Holtz explained. "The wide receivers that are coming have the ability to make explosive, big plays in the game and the two quarterbacks are skilled and will challenge for playing time."


On the defense, the Bulldogs add depth on the line with a pair of seniors (Justin Ellis and IK Enemkpali) graduating that will likely be playing on Sundays next season. More depth is provided at linebacker with a pair of signees while the secondary gets an athletic safety to help its ranks this fall.


"We were able to add depth at linebacker and bring in some difference makers on the defensive line," Holtz said of the defensive signees. "I am really looking forward to our additions in those to areas coming in and making an impact early on in fall camp."


The Bulldogs will open spring practice on Thursday, March 14 and will hold 15 spring practices between then and the T-Day Spring Game on Saturday, April 12.


Louisiana Tech opens the 2014 season on Saturday, Aug. 30 at Oklahoma. Season tickets for LA Tech's five home games – beginning with a Sept. 20 contest against Northwestern State – go on sale Monday.

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