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Monday, April 23, 2007

Early Dogs

If you weren't already convinced that they are doing things differently with Louisiana Tech football these days, then confirmation should have come today with news that Abbeville linebacker Jelani Smith has committed to the Bulldogs.

A commitment in April is almost unheard of for the Bulldogs. Previous coaching staffs usually waited until later in the year and closer to signing day to obtain commitments.

We won't know whether the new strategy will pay off for Derek Dooley until down the road. There is some risk with early offers - players can get hurt. There is also a reward - you can get the unheralded player before bigger schools get around to making offers.

Still, if you're a Tech fan, it's probably exciting to talk about recruiting in April along with the big boys. (Texas has 19 commitments at the moment).


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