LA Tech inks 11 early signees to 2019 football class

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HONOLULU, Hawaii – A 2 a.m. wake-up call in Hawaii was well worth it for the Louisiana Tech Football program on Wednesday as the Bulldog coaching staff inked a total of 11 signees to National Letters of Intent on National Signing Day.

The LA Tech staff gathered in a meeting room in the team’s hotel in Honolulu beginning at 2 a.m. HT to welcome in 11 fresh faces for Bulldog fans to acquaint themselves with for the 2019 season. By the time the sun was rising in Hawaii, Tech’s early signing class was nearly complete.

The 2019 signing class features 11 new faces as head coach Skip Holtz and his staff brought in a balanced class with five players on the offensive side of the ball and five on defense. The lone specialist in the class was Jacob Barnes, who is the younger brother of LA Tech kicking legend Jonathan Barnes.

Louisiana Tech added 10 players out of high school and one from the junior college ranks, while four of the players who signed on Wednesday hail from Louisiana, four from Texas and one each from Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

“We are incredibly excited to add these 11 players to the 2019 roster,” Holtz said of the signees on Wednesday. “We added a good mix of skill, size and speed and there are some explosive players in the group. I am really excited about the talent we are adding, but I am more pleased about the quality of people we added with this class. We are losing a good group of upperclassmen this year, but I am really excited about the group of men we are bringing in with this class and I think these players will have the opportunity to make an impact on this football program.”

The first National Letter of Intent rolled in at 6:35 a.m. CT on Wednesday morning when linebacker Allen Walker (Milton HS/Alpharetta, Ga.) signed on the dotted line to officially become a Bulldog. From there, the names quickly began to roll in with five NLI’s arriving between 7-8 a.m. CT from OL Antawn Lewis (Coahoma CC/West Palm Beach, Fla.), LB Maki Carabin (Alamo Heights HS/San Antonio, Texas), CB Christian Archangel (Comeaux HS/Lafayette, La.), OL Jonah Brewster (Prestonwood Christian Academy/Frisco, Texas) and specialist Jacob Barnes (Woodlawn HS/Baton Rouge, La.).

Between 8-8:30 a.m. CT, the Bulldogs add three additional signees beginning with the final offensive lineman of the day in Stevie Ballard (Central Hinds Academy/Terry, Miss.). Ballard was followed by defensive end Mykol Clark (Crowley HS/Fort Worth, Texas) and a three-star rated quarterback in Jakson Thomson (Lake Highlands HS/Dallas, Texas).

On Wednesday afternoon, Louisiana Tech wrapped up the day with its two final signees in safety Khiry Morrison (West Feliciana HS/St. Francisville, La.) and WR Kyle Maxwell (Amite HS/Amite City, La.).

The Bulldogs continue to prep for the 2018 SoFi Hawai’i Bowl, which is set for Saturday, Dec. 22 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The game is set for a 9:30 p.m. CT kickoff and will be broadcast live on ESPN.

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2018 BULLDOG FOOTBALL SIGNEES

Christian Archangel – CB, 6-0, 180
Lafayette, La. (Comeaux HS)

Bio info: Expected to graduate from Comeaux High School in 2019 … Rated as a 3-Star recruit by Rivals and 247sports.com … Earned honorable mention honors for District 3-5A as a junior for the Spartans … Lettered in both football and basketball at Comeaux … Coached by Donald Paul … Chose Louisiana Tech over offers from Memphis, Tulsa, Rice and Southeastern Louisiana.

Stevie Ballard – OL, 6-5, 290
Terry, Miss. (Central Hinds Academy)

Bio info: Expected to graduate from Central Hinds Academy in 2019 … Rated as a top 100 offensive lineman in the state of Mississippi by 247sports.com … Helped lead the Cougars to a 10-2 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark in district play … Led Central Hinds Academy to the semifinals of the state playoffs as a senior … Participated in the 2018 MAIS Class AAA All-Star Game … Named Preseason All-Capital Offense in 2018 … Competed in both football and track & field for the Cougars … Coached by Lance Teasley.

Jacob Barnes – K/P, 5-9, 170
Baton Rouge, La. (Woodlawn HS)

Bio info: Expected to graduate from Woodlawn High School in 2019 … Named First Team All-District for Class 6-4A in 2018 as both a kicker and punter for the Woodlawn Panthers … Earned LSWA All-State honors in Class 4A as a junior in 2017 … Off the field, he serves as the valedictorian for Woodlawn as a senior … He is the younger brother of former Bulldog and record-breaking LA Tech kicker Jonathan Barnes … Coached by Daniel Luquette … Chose Louisiana Tech over Southern Miss.

Jonah Brewster – OL, 6-7, 290
Frisco, Texas (Prestonwood Christian Academy)

Bio info: Expected to graduate from Prestonwood Christian Academy in 2019 … Rated as a 2-star recruit by Rivals and 247sports.com … Transferred to Prestonwood Christian Academy for his senior season after previously attending Wakeland High School … Ranked as the No. 14 offensive tackle in the state of Texas by Can’t Miss Sports and the No. 230 offensive tackle in the country according to 247sports.com … Earned Second Team All-District honors in Class 13-5A as a junior in 2017 … Helped lead the Lions to a 9-3 overall record as a senior in 2018 … Coached by Chris Cunningham … Chose Louisiana Tech over Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin, Northwestern State, ULM and others.

Maki Carabin – LB, 6-1, 230
San Antonio, Texas (Alamo Heights HS)

Bio info: Expected to graduate from Alamo Heights High School in 2019 … Selected to play in the 2019 San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game … Has been the leading tackler for Alamo Heights for all four years of high school … Named 2018 Defensive MVP of District 14-5A as a senior … Helped guide Alamo Heights to an 8-4 record and a playoff appearance as a senior for the Mules … Earned All-State honors as a junior, while also being named to the Express-News Sub-6A All-Area team after totaling 124 tackles, two sacks and five pass breakups in 2017 … Coached by Michael Norment … Chose Louisiana Tech over Air Force, UTSA and Texas State.

Mykol Clark – DE, 6-4, 235
Fort Worth, Texas (Crowley HS)

Bio info: Expected to graduate from Crowley High School in 2019 … Rated as a 3-star defensive end by 247sports.com … Earned first team all-district honors as a junior in 2017 for District 9-5A … Participated in the 2018 US Army National Combine … Helped lead the Crowley Eagles to an appearance in the state playoffs as a senior after posting a 6-2 record in district play … Coached by J.J. Resendez … Chose Louisiana Tech over offers from Tulane, FIU, UTSA and others.

Antawn Lewis – OL, 6-5, 290
West Palm Beach, Fla. (Coahoma CC)

Bio info: Spent the 2018 season at Coahoma Community College … Rated as a 2-star offensive lineman by both Rivals.com and 247sports.com out of high school … Spent his true freshman season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas … Graduated from Dwyer High School in 2017 … Coached by Steven Miller and Matt Lott while at Coahoma … Was offered by USF, North Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Charlotte and others out of high school.

Kyle Maxwell – WR, 6-3, 180
Amite City, La. (Amite HS)

Bio info: Expected to graduate from Amite High School in 2019 … Rated as a 3-star wide receiver by both 247sports.com and Rivals.com … Helped lead Amite to a 15-1 record as a senior in 2018 and the program’s first state championship title since 2004 … Caught two touchdowns in the state championship game … Coached by Zephaniah Powell … Chose Louisiana Tech over offers from Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Tennessee, Tulane and Tulsa.

Khiry Morrison – S, 6-0, 200
St. Francisville, La. (West Feliciana HS)

Bio info: Expected to graduate West Feliciana High School in 2019 … Rated as a 3-star athlete by both 247sports.com and Rivals.com … Helped lead West Feliciana to a state championship as a junior in 2017 with current Bulldog Smoke Harris … Played on both sides of the ball during his prep days … Coached by Robb Odom … Chose Louisiana Tech over offers from UL-Lafayette, Memphis, UL-Monroe, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, Tulsa, UTSA, WKU and others.

Jakson Thomson – QB, 6-3, 195
Dallas, Texas (Lake Highlands HS)

Bio info: Expected to graduate from Lake Highlands High School in 2019 … Rated as a 3-star recruit by both 247sports.com and Rivals.com … Recruited by Tulane, Syracuse, Florida Atlantic, New Mexico State and Akron … Twice named District MVP for the Wildcats during his prep days … Coached by Lonnie Jordan … Set school records for completions (422) and passing touchdowns (51), while also throwing for 5,813 yards.

Allen Walker – LB, 6-2, 215
Alpharetta, Ga. (Milton HS)

Bio info: Expected to graduate from Milton High School in 2019 … Rated as a 3-star recruit by both 247sports.com and Rivals.com … Helped lead Milton to a 13-2 overall record during his senior season, including a state championship title … Coached by Adam Clack … Chose Louisiana Tech over offers from Mississippi State, Syracuse, Southern Miss, Rutgers and others.

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