Louisiana Tech signs Rivals #32 ranked running back in 2006:
Last year Tech signed Louisiana record setting running back Patrick Jackson of West St. Johns High School. This year's gem is running back William Griffin of Patterson, LA. Here are the signees of one of the WAC's top 2 recruiting classes this year.
William Griffin, 5-11 210, RB, Patterson HS, Patterson, La. Rivals.com's #32 ranked RB nationally. All-state and the Louisiana Class 3A state MVP by both sportswriters and coaches as a senior. MVP of All-St. Marys Parish team, MVP of District 7-3A. Rushed for 2,003 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior. Second team all-state at running back as a junior.
Daniel Porter, 5-11 190, RB, Istrouma HS, Baton Rouge, La. Helped lead Istrouma to the District 6-4A title as a sophomore and the state playoffs all three years Named the District 6-4A offensive MVP as a senior Named first team all-state, all-district and Baton Rouge Advocate All-Metro Also the offensive MVP on the Baton Rouge Advocate All-Metro team Named to the Pelicanprep.com first team Rushed 204 times for 2,034 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior and caught 28 passes for 242 yards and one TD.
Myke Compton, 5-9 195, RB/S, Tucker HS, Atlanta, Ga. Georgia Class 4A all-state. Rushed for over 1,300 yards and 22 touchdowns as a running back while also registering 100 tackles as a safety and returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Returned two punts for touchdowns and two kickoff returns for touchdowns.
William Taylor, 6-6 292, OL, Wayne County HS, Buckatanna, Miss. Helped lead Wayne County to the District 5-4A titles his junior and senior seasons and the Class 4A state runner-up in 2005 Named first team all-state and first team all-district as a senior Named Prep Sports first team all-area Invited to scout.com and nike.com combines.
Cudahy Harmon, 6-8 315, OL, John Tyler HS, Tyler, Texas. Helped lead JT to an 8-3 mark as a senior and the state playoffs. A four-year starter on the John Tyler varsity basketball team.
Gregory Greathouse, 6-5 245, OL, Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La. Played on the defensive line for the Eagles as a junior and on the offensive line as a sophomore and senior Helped lead Evangel to the Louisiana Class 5A state title in 2004 and the Louisiana Class 1A state title in 2005 Also helped lead the Eagles to the Louisiana Class 5A state runnerup title in 2003 Three time district champs Named first team all-district as a junior Named first team all-district, all-area (Shreveport Times) and all-state as a senior Named to Louisiana Football Magazines Preseason All-State team prior to senior season.
Robert McGill, 6-6 250, OL, Ouachita Christian HS, Metairie, La. Helped lead Ouachita Christian to the state semifinals before falling to eventual state champion John Curtis Caught 34 passes for 603 yards and nine touchdowns Registered 66 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and four sacks Named first team all-district, first team all-Northeast Louisiana (News-Star) and first team all-state as a senior at tight end Also named honorable mention all-district as a senior at defensive tackle.
Clayton Chambers, 6-5 235, TE, West Monroe HS, West Monroe, La. Helped lead West Monroe to the Louisiana Class 5A state title his senior season and state runner-ups in 2003. All-state honorable mention, News-Star All-Northeast Louisiana team.
DAnthony Smith, 6-2 305, DL, Pickering HS, Pickering, La. Started all four years on the defensive line for the Red Devils Helped lead Pickering to the District 5-2A title in 2005 First team all-district three times Named to the Leesville All-West CenLa team three times and Alexandria Town Talks All-Cenla team three times Named to the American Press All-Southwest Louisiana team twice Named the District 2-5A defensive player of the year as a junior Named the defensive MVP as a junior on the All-Cenla, All-Southwest Louisiana and All-Vernon Parish teams as a junior Registered 80 tackles, (35 solo), five tackles for loss and three sacks as a senior Also played basketball for four years Threw the shot put on the track and field team for four years and was the district champ in the shot as a freshman, sophomore and junior Won the Louisiana Class 2A state title in the shot put as a junior.
Eric Harris, 6-2 295, DL, West Feliciana HS, St. Francisville, La. First team all-district as a sophomore, junior and senior, first team all-state as a senior. Recorded 81 total tackles, including 29 solo stops and 52 assisted tackles as a senior Registered 30 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Jared Parten, 6-3 270, DL, East Mississippi CC/West Lauderdale HS, Meridian, Miss. Mississippi Junior College all-state team Invited to play in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star game Registered 20 solo tackles and 17 assisted tackles for East Mississippi. High School: Meridian Star All-Area team selection Voted Region 5-3A most valuable defensive player Named all-district Participated in the Mississippi North-South All-Star game Named to the Clarion-Ledgers Top 40 Was also a member of the schools powerlifting team and won the state championship as a senior in the 242 weight class.
Ramone Randle, 6-3 270, DL, Booker T. Washington, Shreveport, La. Helped lead Booker T. Washington to the District 1-3A title in 2005 and the third round of the state playoffs Named first team all-city as a junior and senior Named first team all-district as a junior and senior District 1-3A defensive MVP as a senior Named second team all-state as a senior and all-state honorable mention as a junior Registered 96 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions during his senior season.
Randy Grigsby, 6-4 250, DE, Ruston HS, Simsboro, La. Named first team all-district as a senior and first team all-parish by the Ruston Daily Leader Named honorable mention all-Northeast Louisiana by the News-Star Registered 69 total tackles as a senior, including 26 solo stops and 43 assists Also had 13 tackles for loss and three sacks.
Nicholas Narcisse, 6-4 230, DE, St. James HS, Vacherie, La. Played quarterback, tight end, linebacker and defensive end during his high school career. Helped lead the Wildcats to the state playoffs as a freshman, junior and senior, including the state semifinals as a freshman and junior. First team all-district as a junior and senior, second team all-state as a junior and senior Named first team all-metro as a junior Named first team all-bayou as a junior and senior Played basketball for St. James for three years and earned first team all-district honors all three years.
Terrance Freeman, 6-5 225, DE, Newton HS, Newton, Texas. Started all three years at tight end and defensive line Helped lead Newton to three straight district titles Also helped Newton claim the Texas 2A state championship title in 2005 and the state runner-up title in 2004 Named first team all-district at both tight end and defensive end as a junior and senior Named to the Beaumont Enterprise Super Gold team in 2005 Named third team all-state as a senior Also played basketball as a freshman and sophomore and threw the discus for the Newton track and field team as a junior.
Benjamin McGilton, 6-3 245, DL, Pearl River CC/Pearl River Central HS, Carriere, Miss. Junior College: Helped lead Pearl River to the 2004 Mississippi state title as well as the National Junior College championship title Also led Pearl River to the 2005 state title NJCAA Preseason All-American team prior to his sophomore season. High School: Lettered three years at linebacker and defensive line for the Wildcats Named all-district as a junior and senior Named to the Sun Herald All-South Mississippi team as a senior Named to the Picayune Item All-Area team Named to the Picayune Items preseason Fab 12 team prior to senior season Named the best defensive lineman in District 7-4A his senior season Also a member of the schools powerlifting team and threw the discus and shot put for the track and field team.
Joseph Thomas III, 6-3 220, LB, Northwest High School, Opelousas, La. Helped lead Northwest High School to the state playoffs as a junior Named first team all-district as a junior First team all-parish (Daily World) and first team all-Acadiana (Lafayette Daily Advertiser) as a junior Registered 90 tackles (58 solo), 10 tackles for loss, seven sacks and three interceptions in only seven games as a senior (missed three games due to injury) Registered 61 tackles (37 solo), nine tackles for loss, five sacks and one interception playing defensive end as a junior Also played basketball as a senior and threw the shot put as a junior.
Christopher Pugh, 6-3 220, LB, Coahoma JC/Southern Choctaw HS, Silas, Ala. Named first team all-state and all-region in 2005 at Coahoma Junior College. Totaled 73 tackles and 12 sacks (the most in the Mississippi JC ranks). High School: Led Southern Choctaw to three straight District 1-2A titles and the 2002 Alabama Class 2A state title Named first team all-district, Birmingham News Class 2A All-State, Mobile Register All-Super State and Mobile Register All-12 as a senior Named the Class 2A Lineman of the Year by the Birmingham News Was named the teams defensive MVP as a junior and senior Totaled 196 tackles during the teams 14-0 state title run along with six sacks and eight fumble recoveries.
Christopher Lowery, 6-2 230, LB, Pearl River CC/Petal HS, Petal, Miss. Junior College: Helped lead Pearl River to the 2004 Mississippi state title as well as the National Junior College championship title Also led Pearl River to the 2005 state title Named second team all-state as a sophomore and was a preseason honorable mention All-American selection. High School: Played linebacker and tight end As a senior, recorded 115 tackles, five interceptions and three sacks Named first team all-district as linebacker as a senior Named to the Hattiesburg Americans all-area team as a junior and senior.
Marquis McBeath, 5-11 225, LB, Pearl River CC/Moss Point HS, Moss Point, Miss. Junior College: Helped lead Pearl River to the 2005 Mississippi Junior College state title Ole Miss: Signed with Ole Miss out of high school Redshirted in 2003 and saw limited action in 2004. Helped lead Moss Point to three straight District 7-5A titles and the 2000 Mississippi Class 5A state title Named first team all-district, all-area and all-coast and all-state as a senior Named the defensive MVP of the Sun Herald All-Coast team as a senior Named defensive MVP of the Class 5A all-state team as a senior by the coaches Named all-district, all-area and all-coast as a junior Rated as the eighth best inside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com Registered 100-plus tackles his senior year.
Joseph Danna, 6-5 225, QB, Blinn JC/DeMatha HS, Brenham, Texas. Junior College: Lettered two years at Blinn Junior College Started both years at quarterback Helped lead Blinn to a 9-2 mark and a victory in the Golden Isles Bowl as a freshman Named honorable mention on the Southwest Junior College Conference team as a sophomore Passed for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore in only seven games High School: Lettered as a junior and senior at DeMatha High School in Washington, D.C. Helped lead DeMatha to a 12-0 record, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship and the Maryland state championship as a senior Passed for 2,012 yards, 16 touchdowns and only six interceptions as a senior Was only the second quarterback in DeMatha school history to lead his team to an undefeated season Named to the Associated Press all-state big school second team as a senior Named honorable mention all-metro in 2003 Named first team all-county in 2003 Named second team all-WCAC in 2003 Named Most Valuable Offensive MVP for DeMatha as a senior.
Ross Jenkins, 6-3 195, QB, Langham Creek HS/Houston, Texas. Started three years at quarterback Named the District 17-5A offensive MVP as a senior Named first team all-district and honorable mention all-state as a senior Rivals 100 named him the MVP of the All-Greater Houston Area team in 2005 Named team MVP Also earned all-district honors as a junior Completed 205-297 passes for 2,605 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior and rushed for six TDs His 69 percent completion percentage was one of the top in the state of Texas.
Shalamar Walker, 6-0 180, DB, Pearl River CC/East Marion HS, Columbia, Miss. Helped lead Pearl River to the 2004 Mississippi state title as well as the National Junior College championship title Also led Pearl River to the 2005 state title Named all-state as a sophomore. High School: Helped lead the Eagles to the District 8-2A title junior and senior seasons and the state playoffs Named all-district at safety as a senior Played four years on the East Marion baseball team as a centerfielder.
Antonio Baker, 5-11 200, DB, Amite HS, Amite, La. Helped lead Amite to four straight District 9-3A titles Helped Amite win the 2004 Louisiana Class 3A state title Named District Defensive MVP as a senior Named first team all-district as a senior and second team as a junior Named honorable mention all-state as a senior Also played baseball for four years.
Christopher Riser, 5-7 170, WR, North Shore HS, Houston, Texas. Helped lead the Mustangs to three straight District 23-5A titles Also led North Shore to the Texas Class 5A state title in 2003 Named first team all-district at wide receiver and punt returner as a senior Also named first team all-region, first team All-Greater Houston Area (Houston Chronicle) and second team all-state as a senior Named first team all-district a punt returner and second team all-district at wide receiver as a junior Named second team all-district at wide receiver as a sophomore Caught 48 passes for 762 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior Also returned 15 punts for 269 yards and two touchdowns Played baseball on the North Shore HS team for three years Named first team all-district at centerfield as a sophomore and junior.
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