NEW ORLEANS -- Sonny Dykes is quietly putting together one of the highest-rated recruiting classes in the history of Louisiana Tech history.
So don't tell anyone that he is after another three-star prospect.
Dykes and his staff have their sights set on defensive end standout Darrian Dyson out of Edna Karr High School in New Orleans. The 6-3, 290-pound Dyson is a three-star prospect according to the latest Rivals.com rankings and was rated as the 22nd-best overall player in the State of Louisiana before the 2012 season began.
Sporting offers already on the table from Baylor, Colorado, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisiana Tech and Memphis, Dyson said he is definitely hearing from a lot of schools at the moment.
"I am hearing from a lot of them on the phone for sure," Dyson said. "Coaches want to talk to me a whole lot every night from a lot of different schools from across the country. So it is definitely nice to be wanted and stuff. But the truth is I am trying as hard as I can to put that (recruiting process) on the back burner as much as I can. We are playing really well right now (at Karr) and that is what I am concentrated on. I want to enjoy my senior football season as much as I can and try and compete and play for a state championship. That is where my mind is right now.
"So for me right now that is the plan and my dad is in agreement with me. Or really he kind of came up with the plan and I was in agreement with him. We are going to do the whole recruiting thing for sure and take the visits to the schools that I am interested in and get all of our questions answered. He (Dyson's father) just wants me to enjoy my senior year as much as I can and just practice and play hard. Then we will do the whole recruiting thing."
When it comes to the schools that hope he does do the "recruiting thing", Dyson said that number has stayed constant.
"Illinois, Colorado, Baylor, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, La Tech and Florida International are the schools that stay in constant contact with me," Dyson said. "They are calling me a lot and really want me to come make visits. So that's cool for sure. They are at the top of my list once I get started planning visits and stuff. I just want to keep the pressure off right now and have fun playing football Recruiting is a lot of pressure and I'm not going to deal with it right now."
That has not stopped Dyson from listening to the selling points of the numerous collegiate coaches that have been calling, including Bulldogs Assistant Coach Pierre Ingram.
"Coach Ingram talks to me a lot about how I would just be a really good fit into their program on and off the field," Dyson said. "They have a really good academic program at Louisiana Tech and I could come in and compete for some early playing time up front. Right now they don't have a lot of big skilled guys on their defensive line, so I would have the chance for a good opportunity to play as a freshman.
"The other big thing is that they (Tech) are recruiting my teammate Leonard Washington as well. That is big. He is my teammate up front on the defensive line at Karr. We would really like to go to the same school for sure and Tech has offered both of us. So that is something we both really like about Louisiana Tech."
Not expecting any problems academically, Dyson said that he expects his collegiate choice to be made on Signing Day after he complete his allotted official visits to the schools that he is the most interested in.
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