HUTTO, Texas -- With National Signing Day quickly approaching on February 1st, fans throughout the country are worried about whether or not their commitments are going to be sticking with their verbal pledges.
One team that is not going to have to worry about that is the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs because after his official visit a week ago, Ryan Higgins said he cannot wait to arrive on campus and he will be in Ruston this summer.
"I had a great time," Higgins said. "I went down there with my dad and my grandpa. They (Tech) really kept us entertained and overall I would have to say that my official visit went great. They did a great job with it."
The 6-1, 183-pound signal caller out of Hutto High School in Texas is a three-star prospect according to the latest Rivals.com rankings and has been committed to the Bulldogs since June of 2011, choosing them over offers from Memphis and Texas State.
"The first night we got there we checked into our hotel and I had my own room and my dad and grandpa were in another room," Higgins said. "Very nice accommodations for sure. Then that first night I got to attend the Louisiana Tech football banquet. Got the chance to talk to some Bulldog alumni like Karl Malone and a couple of other people. They stopped by and that was really awesome to meet all those people, plus the food was delicious and our seats were great. That night I was able to hang out with some of the other recruits and the current players took us out and we had a good time while the parents went out and ate somewhere I think.
"The next day we had breakfast and I got the chance to take a tour of the school and along with all the other recruits they kind of showed us everything from an academic side of things. I was quite impressed with how organized everything was throughout the weekend. It was a great experience. Then that night the parents went and had dinner at Coach Dykes' house while we went out with the players and other recruits again. Sunday morning I know I left with a smile on my face."
Hosted on his visit by fellow quarterback and returning starter Colby Cameron, Higgins said that he had some very important questions for the Bulldogs signal-caller and was appreciative of his candor in his answers.
"To be honest with you it was actually really awesome," Higgins said. "I talked a lot with Colby about how the coaches are besides all the recruiting stuff. In addition we talked about how practice goes and just how life is to be a Louisiana Tech football player. I will say this though and this holds true with all of the football players that I met when I was there: they support each other 100-percent and everyone is really cool and laid back. They are there for you if you have any problems and it just seems like it is an awesome atmosphere full of good chemistry."
While he enjoyed his time with the players, Higgins said that he also enjoyed his one-on-one time with Dykes himself.
"Sunday morning right after breakfast I had the chance to meet with Coach Franklin and length," Higgins said. "I had the chance to talk with him throughout the weekend, but Sunday was just him and I and that was something that I was particularly looking forward to. I wanted to talk to him individually about the quarterback situation as a whole and just how everything was coming together.
"I was able to do the same thing with Coach Dykes before we left to come back home. After both of those conversations I just am reassured even more about how comfortable I am about Louisiana Tech and the choice I made to commit to play football and be a student at the university. They want me a lot too. It was great. We also talked numbers depth chart-wise at my position as well. He said that there are a good number of quarterbacks already there and he made this fact abundantly clear: whoever gives Louisiana Tech the best chance of winning on Saturday regardless of who it is will be the starter and that is all I can really hope for. We did talk a little about whether or not I would be taking a redshirt my true freshman season. I don't have a problem with that. If I am able to start that would be just an awesome experience and of course it would be pretty tough to do that coming right in as a freshman. Saying that though, I am okay with being redshirted and putting together a good season of just learning and competing for the job in 2013. That would not slow me down at all I promise."
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