Minden senior L’Jarius Sneed couldn’t quit smiling.
Not only because of the joy of signing with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, but also because the entire school lined up for pictures with the 6-foot, 185-pound playmaker. One smile after another, Sneed’s grin never lessoned as he beamed over officially becoming a Bulldog.
“It was just a sign from God I think,” Sneed said about choosing Tech. “They were my leader and then at one point I found out my scholarship got taken by another player at my position. He decommitted and the door was opened back up. I just want to thank God and now I’m a dog.”
Sneed chose the Bulldogs over UL-Lafayette and Arkansas State in front of a packed house as the entire school and dozens of family members and fans alike wanted to see who he would pick.
Sneed looks forward to playing close to home and thinks he will fit in well in Ruston.
“I was a Bulldog in little league,” Sneed said. “I’m just glad to be a Bulldog again.”
With the addition of Sneed, Tech wrapped up National Signing Day with 16 signees.
Sneed could play offense or defense for Tech, but coaches and Sneed himself believe defense will be where he settles.
Lee honored by NFL as Super Bowl Champion
In addition to Sneed’s signing, there was another event to celebrate.
Minden High and Louisiana Tech alumni David Lee was present to receive a commemorative golden football from the NFL for his participation in two Super Bowls as a member of the Baltimore Colts.
Principal Robin Tucker presented the football to Lee, who beamed with pride about his own accomplishments, but mentioned this day was more about Sneed’s.
“It’s very special,” Lee said. “Minden High School is a very special place for me. The teachers and everybody were so good for me and to me. To be able to come back for a day like this is very special. I’m so proud of L’Jarius. I’m glad with his decision to pick Louisiana Tech. I can’t remember the last time Minden High had a player sign with Tech, so that makes it even more special. I hope he does well.”
Lee played in Super Bowl III against the Jets, with the Colts coming up short, but went back to the Super Bowl for Super Bowl V and the Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys.