February 28, 2012

Medford says he was overlooked; signs with Tech

NEWBERN, Tenn. --Louisiana Tech signed 16 players on signing day. Sonny Dykes said the Bulldogs would be looking to add a corner to the class and found that player after signing day and may have found a diamond in the rough.

Thaddeaus Medford played both ways at Dyer County HS (Tenn.) playing running back and cornerback for the Choctaws. The 5-11 192 pound athlete was 2010 National Underclassmen Combine's Memphis Combine King - an award given to the combine's best player - and Fastest Man awards. Medford said his latest 40-yard dash time is a 4.36 hand-timed and 4.4 laser-timed. Medford grew a little over an inch during his senior season.

Medford did not have any offers on signing day and began receiving calls from Junior Colleges looking for his services.

"At first I was getting a lot of JUCO schools," said Medford. "I was talking to Ole Miss, Missouri, and UNC but nobody ever gave me an offer. Ole Miss did offer late but I just kept my commitment with Tech."

The energy surrounding the coaching staff and program at Tech were a selling point for Medford.

"I liked the energy around the program, they all had a good energy about them, I didn't feel like they were misleading me, and they had a plan for me. So, I went ahed and signed with them."

"A week after signing day. Coach [Kevin] Curtis hit me up on Facebook to ask if I had signed and I told him no. A day later he called me and I came down for a visit."

While Medford's primary position in high school was running back, Tech wants Medford's services on the defensive side of the ball at corner back or strong safety.

"I played corner all four years of high school as well as running back. When I came down for my visit, [Tech] told me they wanted me on defense as a strong safety or corner."

Medford was not heavily recruited and he believes his location had much to do with that.

"It was kind of my area. A lot of people are going for height and stuff and I got overlooked. My high school is not very well respected you could say."

Ole Miss offered after Tech did but Medford stayed firm with the Bulldogs.

"Ole Miss offered me after I came back from the Tech visit. I told them I was set on Louisiana Tech."

Medford wants to prove the schools who passed on him wrong and thinks Tech is a good place for him to do that.

"The fact that [Tech] is known but not as much as somewhere else is something I liked about Tech. I also like that I could come in and play early and prove to those that passed me over what they were missing out on."

"I can tell everyone at Tech is hungry and i like that."

Medford reports he is already a qualifier with a 3.66 GPA and a 19 on his ACT. Medford graduated May 27 and Tech wants him to come in during the summer and begin school.

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