With five straight bowl wins this continues the most successful run for Louisiana Tech since they've been in the FBS, but head coach Skip Holtz isn't satisfied.
"We've had some success, we've won some games and winning five bowl games has been a lot of fun to go, but there's still goals that are left on the table and every football team has a life expectancy of one year and this is a new team. We've got to replace some really talented players - Jaylon Ferguson, Immanuel Turner, O'Shea Dugas - so many of those guys that just walked out the door. So right now it's all about putting together the football team for the 2019 fall.
Several members of that 2019 team hail from Northwest Louisiana and Holtz is thankful for their presence.
"We have I think about four seniors in our secondary right now, L'Jarius Sneed being one of those in the secondary along with a number of others... for us right now this area is a strong area. This area is a big recruiting part for us. When you at us it's the largest community as close as it is and only an hour away this is certainly and area where we want to hang our hat and call home."
Holtz wants to make sure his backyard is well recruited, but says the entire state sees the value of playing in Ruston.
"The reception has been outstanding. We had an awful lot of success in the field and it's showing in the response from not only the players, but from the coaches and the communities that we're going into and when you have an opportunity to walk in with that Louisiana Tech logo on your chest it's making a difference and I think the success that we've had on the football field, but most importantly the success of the university's having and the academic image of the university and the job that Dr. (Les) Guice is doing to build this academic, it just keeps getting stronger."