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|Branch becomes a Tiger, too|
They may be in one of the smaller classifications in Louisiana High School football, but that did not stop the Sterlington Panthers from having three players sign National Letters of Intent Wednesday morning in the library.
Tight end Matt Branch (6-7, 240-lbs.) signed with LSU, running back DeShanti Mitchell (5-10, 172-lbs.) signed with Arkansas Tech and wide receiver Tory Williams signed with Southeastern Louisiana.
"I went down there and was able to check out the campus and really liked the environment at Southeastern Louisiana," Williams said of why he chose the Lions. "They have a new coaching staff there and I believe that they can get me ready for the next level. The other thing is that everybody is really close. All the football players really hang out together and there is a real family-type atmosphere.
"They (Southeastern) have said that they want me to play receiver, really in the slot in that spread offense that they run over there. I really feel like I have a chance to come in there and contribute early."
Mitchell meanwhile said he is looking forward to make a big impact for Arkansas Tech as soon as he arrives on campus.
"I hope I can come in and play really early," Mitchell said. "I am going to work really hard and just go in there and make my impact felt."
The highest rated recruit out of the group, Branch is a four-star prospect according to the latest Rivals.com rankings. The 6-7, 240-pound Branch is ranked as the nation's sixth-best tight end in the country according to Rivals.com as well.
Verbally committed to the Tigers since June 1st of last year, Branch said that he cannot wait to get to Baton Rouge.
"I am glad that it is all over because up until I committed it (the recruiting process) was crazy," Branch said. "I don't have to worry about it and I am going to the college now that I want to be at."
"I have been a fan of LSU and watching them since I was a little kid."