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December 19, 2012
Louisiana Tech hired Skip Holtz less than a week ago and had a recruiting weekend beginning the day he was announced as the head coach. A visitor in Ruston for the recruiting weekend signed with Tech today in Nick Thomason.
Thomason has a relationship with Tech linebackers coach Jeff Koonz. It has not been determined yet by Holtz whether Koonz will be retained. Early this week, Thomason said, "I'm waiting to see what is going to happen with Coach Koonz." Even with the unknown surrounding Koonz, Thomason signed with Tech today.
"No, I didn't [hear if Tech was keeping Koonz]," Thomason said. "I'm just taking a leap of faith."
Holtz made an impact on Thomason during his visit last weekend but he still hopes Koonz is retained.
"I really like Coach Holtz and hopefully Coach Koonz will be there [at Tech]."
Holtz' impact on Thomason made him believe he would enjoy playing for him.
"I think Coach Holtz is a great guy. I think I would enjoy playing for him.
Tech's lack of depth at middle linebacker Thomason said played a role in his decision as well. Tech lost two middle linebackers to graduation this year. Thomason chose Tech over Troy and Arkansas State.
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