The Shreveport-Bossier City area has long been a fertile recruiting ground for Louisiana Tech football, and Bulldog boss Sonny Cumbie is pleased with the current crop of local athletes working in Ruston.
Led by former Green Oaks linebacker Joe Mason — now a 6-foot-2, 257-pound defensive end — Tech has seven players on the roster who were recently mentioned by Cumbie.
The list also included the quarterback Landry Lydy du Calvaire, offensive linemen Carson Bruno (Byrd) and Wrong Bean (Huntington) and safety Marquallius Turner (Southwood), plus wide receivers Huntington Zyion Claville and Kendrick Rucker.
“It’s an important area for us,” Cumbie said during a technical function in Shreveport. “There are a ton of talented kids in the area that we are recruiting right now in this recruitment cycle and we hope to land a few of them.”
Mason is a sophomore who played in all 12 games last season, recording seven tackles.
“We think Joe will have a big impact for us this year in terms of sacks and tackles for a loss,” Cumbie said. “I believe Joe will have a chance to be one of our main starters.”
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Bruno and Bean were both defensive in high school, but move on the attack.
“Carson is very athletic, and his transition to the offensive line was exactly where you wanted it to be,” Cumbie said. “He has a chance this year to make it into the top 5-6-7 up our line. Erron Bean is another tall and long offensive lineman who has done a good job completely changing his body this offseason.
Bean is now 6-5, 283 pre-season.
The two true freshmen, Claville and Rucker will have some catching up to do to see playing time.
“These guys are learning how we work and how we lift,” Cumbie said. “They are progressing well.”
Turner is a safety who has seen time on special teams during his four years at Ruston.
“Marquallius was very, very reliable on special teams in previous years, and I see that staying the same,” Cumbie said. “I see his role potentially growing in defence.”
Other Shreveport-area athletes on the Tech roster include Kobe Byrd of Calvary, Keldric Moody of Benton, Ean Burch of Loyola and DJimon Hill of Evangel.
Jimmy Watson covers sports in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.