May 17, 2011
Tech first to offer Higgins
HUTTO, TX.-Louisiana Tech is the first to offer a big quarterback out of Texas that threw for over 2,000 yards his junior season in high school.
It got the attention of the Louisiana Tech coaching staff quickly.
How quickly? Offensive Coordinator Tony Franklin and the Bulldogs were the first school to official offer a scholarship to Ryan Higgins out of Hutto High School in Hutto, Texas. The 6-1, 183-pound Higgins is coming off of a junior season that saw him throw for 2,250 yards on 126-of-219 passes for 20 touchdowns and ten interceptions.
"I actually got the offer on Monday," Higgins said. "I was at school and I had a meeting with my head coach. We then gave Coach Franklin a call and talked for a couple of minutes. After that my coach called him back and they spoke for a couple of minutes and that is when my coach told me that they had a scholarship offer for me to come to Louisiana Tech.
"I was very excited. I don't want to say surprised, but actually it did catch me by surprise a little bit. I don't know how to describe it. It is just an awesome feeling. This was my first offer. I don't know that much about Louisiana Tech yet. I have been studying up a little bit and I have been talking to (Bulldogs Head Coach Sonny Dykes) and Coach Franklin some about it. I know Coach Dykes comes from some good schools and he has done a lot of good things. So has Coach Franklin. I know that they went 5-7 last year, but they are a school that passes the ball a lot and I think that they would be a good fit for me."
A newcomer to the recruiting process, Higgins said that he did have thoughts of committing to the Bulldogs immediately after receiving the offer.
"I know my dad wants me to wait to see if this offer begins the first of many possible scholarship offers from schools," Higgins said. "But I did have some thought of if I don't commit now that there may be a chance that they (Louisiana Tech) pull their offer. However in the end I decided to wait just a little bit."
A multi-style quarterback in high school, Higgins said he believes he can execute any type of offense on the next level.
"I can pretty much do whatever the coaching staff needs me to," Higgins said. "I can run no-huddle, hurry-up, whatever is needed. I feel comfortable under center or in the shotgun. I can pretty much do whatever the coaching staff needs me to do.
"In terms of style I would say I am like a Colt McCoy type of quarterback. I can do a lot of things well."
Never having made a trip to the Tech campus, Higgins said he does plan on coming to Ruston this summer, the first of many summer camps he hopes to visit.
"We are putting together a list and I know my dad and I want to go to as many camps as possible this summer and that includes Louisiana Tech," Higgins said. "Houston, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Southern Methodist and North Texas are also schools I want to go to this summer.
"Travel is not really a worry for me. Of course it would be great to stay close to home, but distance really isn't a problem for me."
Higgins said academics will not be a problem for him as he already has a 3.7 GPA.
"Academics are not going to a problem that I foresee," Higgins said. "I take care of my schoolwork and I am on top of things. This is going to allow me to make a great decision when it comes to committing to a school which I hope to have done before the start of my senior season."
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