Lawrence Technological University will host a gala National Signing Day event for its new football team Saturday, Feb. 3 on the university’s Southfield campus.
The event begins at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of LTU’s Architecture Building, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield (see www.ltu.edu/map).
At the event, LTU head football coach Jeff Duvendeck will introduce about 30 recruits who will join the team in the fall of 2018. Also present will be the 40 students who were the university’s first recruiting class last fall, along with families, students, faculty, and members of the community.
“We are excited about the depth and impact players we have been able to add,” said head football coach Jeff Duvendeck. “Obviously the first two years are larger classes, but we’ve had to develop a deeper team early. We are excited about the talent, character and LTU-type student-athletes we have coming in with this class.”
Added Duvendeck: “The support from Lawrence Tech’s administration and the Southfield community is a huge part of the process. Our current kids appreciate seeing it, and we have fielded a lot of questions from both recruits and parents about the commitment to this football program from the university. As you can see from who all will be in attendance and the support received across all departments, everyone is behind the program and excited about it. September 1, 2018, will be phenomenal.”
LTU students played college football from shortly after the university’s 1932 founding until shortly after the onset of World War II. The school dropped intercollegiate sports programs in the early 1960s, but reinstated them in 2011. LTU now has 22 men’s and women’s sports teams, including basketball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, golf, baseball, softball, hockey, cross country, and bowling. A year ago, the university announced it would also bring back football.
LTU will play an independent schedule this fall, starting with a Sept. 1 home game against Oakland University and a Sept. 15 home game against Michigan State University. Both opponents are club teams – Oakland University won the National Club Football Association championship in 2014. LTU will play a full schedule in the fall of 2019, as a member of the Mid-States Football Association of the NAIA. The university also plans to add a marching band and a cheerleading squad.
Saturday’s Signing Day event will also feature a football skills competition for LTU students. The winning male and female students will win a $1,000 scholarship.
Fans will be able to buy season tickets for the inaugural season at the event for $40. The first 100 season ticket buyers will get a free LTU football jersey with the number 18, symbolizing the year football returns to the LTU campus.
LTU will play its games at its Athletic Complex at the intersection of 10 Mile Road and the Lodge Freeway. A $1 million playing field was built in 2016. Over the summer, seating for 2,000 fans will be erected at the site. Fundraising is continuing for a 4,000-seat stadium with a pressbox and athletic building with team rooms, training rooms and coaches’ offices. The stadium will also be the home of LTU’s men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. For information on opportunities for financial support of the new LTU stadium, contact University Advancement at (248) 204-2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.