July 26, 2011

Higgins excited to be a Bulldog

HUTTO, Texas-The first commitment of the Class of 2012 for Sonny Dykes' Louisiana Tech Bulldogs says he can't wait to get on campus and he hopefully will be bringing some friends with him.

To the delight of LA Tech fans, by friends he also means wide receivers.

Committed to the Bulldogs since June 15th, Hutto High School quarterback Ryan Higgins is a three-star prospect according to the Rivals.com rankings.

"You would think things would cool off since schools know that I have committed to LA. Tech," Higgins said. "But I am still actually hearing from schools. Mainly Texas State has been trying to contact me a lot lately. I try to be nice to the other schools, but I tell them that I am going to be a Louisiana Tech Bulldog and I don't plan on changing my mind any time soon.

"I don't plan on visiting any schools or anything like that. It's funny though that I am hearing from some new schools since I committed to Tech. Texas State actually offered me a scholarship after my commitment to them (Tech). I'm a Bulldog though man, I'm a LA Tech guy."

No longer a prospect that needs convincing to come to Ruston, Higgins said his relationship with Dykes and his staff has actually changed for the better.

"The cool thing now is the coaching staff at Tech treats me like I am a member of the program already," Higgins said. "We stay in contact with each other on a regular basis. (Assistant Coach) Mark Tommerdahl and I have a really good relationship and we just stay in touch.

"They haven't asked me yet to start recruiting for them, but I have decided myself to try and get some of my teammates that are Division I-A prospects to come with me to Louisiana Tech and play ball. I'm working on one of my wide receivers that wants to go wherever I go and I expect him to come to Tech with me. But right now I have yet to talk to any other prospects we (Tech) are interested in. It would definitely be something I'm interested in doing though."

Now at 6-2 and 190 pounds, Higgins said he actually expects to play his senior year at Hutto at a bigger weight.
"I think after camp when I lose weight and then get back in the weight room I want to play my senior year at like 195-200-pound range," Higgins said. "That is the plan that my coaching staff and I have and are going to try and do."

Looking to improve on a junior season that saw him throw for over 2200 yards and 20 touchdowns, the future Bulldog said that there are some specific things that he is looking to improve on during his senior season.

"The biggest thing that I am looking to work and improve on this season is getting a good release point and just releasing the football more efficiently," he said. "I get a lot of people telling me that I am kind of quick with my release but sometimes I admit that I get a little lazy with my mechanics.

"I am also working on my footwork as much as I can too. I have been practicing every day whether it be three-step drops or catch and throw passes. Any drill you can think of. I have also had all my receivers running every route we can think of every day. It's all about rhythm and we are developing that too."

Still set to take an official visit during the season, Higgins said a date is unknown at the moment.

"I want to come to Ruston for a game for sure," Higgins said. "But right now we are still trying to work out the right date that would fit for me as well as the coaching staff."

"I am solid to Tech. I am going to be a Bulldog."

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