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February 17, 2013
Upon further review Tech signee has famous last name
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When looking over the 2013 signing class for Louisiana Tech, many Tech fans do not see any names that stand out. Once the pronunciation of one last name in particular is known it is clear he indeed has a famous last name at Tech.
Chris Aye just happens to be that player. Aye is pronounced exactly like Tech's Joe Aillet Stadium, "eye-A". The stadium of course is named after former Tech football coach Joe Aillet. Aillet's overall record at Tech was 151-86-8 spanning two and a half decades.
"Hopefully I can come in and make the name famous for another reason," Aye said regarding coming in with a famous sounding last name. "Obviously I want to come in and make my own mark and when people see Chris Aye they say, 'oh, that's the offensive lineman'."
Aye spoke with his area recruiter when Sonny Dykes was at Tech, Pierre Ingram, but an offer was never extended nor did he hear from Tech much. It was not until Skip Holtz hired Matt Moore to be his offensive line coach did Aye hear more from Tech and ultimately land an offer.
The state of Nevada was all over Aye for his services as UNLV and Nevada had offered the athletic offensive lineman from the Houston area.
"I made a visit to UNLV, Nevada, SFA (Stephen F. Austin) and LA Tech was my last visit and I committed on my visit."
"I really liked the atmosphere at Tech and everyone I talked to about the recruiting process said that whenever you feel at home, pull the trigger and when I was in Ruston I felt at home."
Even though Aye grew up in one of the nation's largest cities in Houston he felt most comfortable in Ruston.
"Truthfully, it took a little bit to get used to but once I was there even being away from the big city it felt like home."
Aye said his mother made the trip to Ruston with him and broke down in tears when he made the commitment.
Moore recruited Aye to play tackle for him but told him he could possible play guard as well and his athleticism may be a fit at guard.
"[Moore] told me they are recruiting me at tackle but the first opportunities to play are going to come at guard."
At 6-foot-4.5 and 291, Moore told Aye he is happy with his size because he likes his offensive linemen to be athletic. Aye does have some work to do in the weight room as he squats 415 pounds and benches 285 pounds.
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