June 2, 2011

Tech offers another QB

SEARCY, AR.-Looking at the early offers for the Class of 2012, it is becoming clear what is one of if not the top priority for the Louisiana Tech coaching staff.

They want a big-time quarterback.

The Bulldogs offered another quarterback last week when Dezmond Stegall picked up a scholarship offer from Offensive Coordinator Tony Franklin. The 6-2, 209-pound signal caller out of Searcy Senior High School in Arkansas runs a 4.56 40-yard dash and already has a scholarship offer on the table from Central Arkansas in addition to the offer from Tech.

"Coach Franklin came to one of our practices this spring," Stegall said. "Unfortunately weather forced us inside so we were not able to do everything that we could have done outside. He liked what he saw apparently because he called me after the practice was offer and that is when he extended the offer.

"I was pleasantly surprised and excited when the offer was extended. Right now I don't know a lot about Louisiana Tech and what it has to offer but I am doing my homework and learning more and more about them every day. I need to get down there (to Ruston) as soon as possible. My plan is to come down and take part in one of their summer camps and also use it as a recruiting visit."

A mobile quarterback throughout his career, Stegall said that the Bulldogs coaching staff seemed to be very impressed with his overall athletic ability.

"When I talked to the coaching staff they keep talking about how they like my raw talent," Stegall said. "I know they also like the fact that I can run the ball and really just take control and execute the offense. I would have to say that is the kind of quarterback that I really am. I am versatile.

"I can run really any type of offense you need me to. I can sit in the pocket and get the job done that way or I can move the offense with my legs. I know the offense we are running right now (at Searcy Senior High School) is a run-first offense, but I can do really whatever you need me to do."

When it comes to a decision timeline, the soft-spoken quarterback said he has not even begun to think about making a commitment decision.

"Not really," Stegall said. "To be honest with you I really haven't thought too far ahead. Everything is just happening so fast that I am really just learning throughout the entire process and taking each day one at a time and as they come.

Academics don't look to be a problem for Stegall as he has a 3.52 GPA to go along with a 22 on the ACT.


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