Recruiting On The High Seas - The Current Commitments

This is a breakdown of the current group of commitments with a projection about each commit. Remember that commitments are non-binding and so this is merely fun speculation and although I guess that some of these players may play this next year, the likelihood of that happening is slim and that's because the program is to a point that the freshmen can afford to develop.

Commit Position Ht/Wt Comment
Jacob Karam QB 6-1/197 Will be another in a long line of Texas Tech quarterbacks and is probably closer to Graham Harrell than Taylor Potts. Up for Houston area player of the year and has been leading an unstoppable offense. Plays Texas recruit Garret Gilbert in the state semifinals.
Eric Stephens RB 5-8/177 Will fill the role of smaller running back quite well and hits the hole incredibly quickly, much like Batch. Will have lots competition in front of him initially, including Jeffers, Crawford and Batch. Not an absolute burner, but he's shifty and did we mention that he hits the hole fast? There doesn't need to be much of a hole for big things to happen. He runs with a lot more power than his size belies.
Emory Blake WR 6-1/194 Projects to be on the outside, much like Crabtree, and if Crabtree goes early, Blake could be the primary beneficiary along with Fisher.
E.J. Celestie WR 5-11/173 Celestie is going to be one of those guys who will be all over the field as he can fill so many roles. Anywhere from inside to outside in the receiver role, or even in the backfield. He is a major part of why his high school team is competing deep in the state playoffs.
Aaron Fisher WR 6-3/175 I'm torn between Fisher and Blake to help step into Crabtree's role immediately. Fisher may offer the game breaking ability that Blake does not. Blake seems to be the more polished receiver, though.
Michael Bowie OL 6-5/300 This is the one mystery recruit for me as some project Bowie to be a defensive tackle rather than an offensive lineman.I'm pretty sure that he'll be on the offensive line, though. A project player that has the foot-speed and size to be all-big XII caliber.
Kyle Clark OL 6-5/267 One of the gems of the offensive line class. Immediately projects to the left tackle position. He's that talented.
Joel Gray OL 6-6/288 The other gem of the offensive line class and I think offensive line coach Matt Moore will have a decision as to where Gray is going to fit best.  Already has the frame to play tackle.
LaAdrian Waddle OL 6-6/315 If you were looking for a clone of Marlon Winn, then Waddle may be your guy. Very athletic and should play tackle at the college level.
Kerry Hyder DE 6-2/246 A true hybrid defensive player and already reminds me of Sandy Riley, not really a linebacker and not really a defensive end. Hyder will have to develop a more rounded game if he's going to play defensive end.
Trevor Reilly DE 6-6/220 No one knows much about Reilly, but it appears that McNeill wants a couple of different options at the defensive end position. Because he's a couple of years older (mission trip) he might be a candidate to play sooner rather than later if he's added some weight. Also may wind up playing some linebacker. This is a speedy player that was build for the Joker formation.
Romario Cathey DT 6-3/275 The lone defensive tackle amongst the group (I'd like another one) and as of late, Texas Tech has had pretty good luck with recruiting three-star defensive tackles that most of us know nothing about.
Dion Chidozie LB 6-1/190 This is the kind of guy I wish Texas Tech would recruit more of, especially at the linebacker spot. Has real speed on the edge, but could see him settling in at weakside linebacker initially. A sort of project as he needs to develop the size to play linebacker in the big XII.
James Scott LB 6-3/220 A player with good size and great speed. Would be a perfect replacement for Brian Duncan at middle linebacker. Definitely a project, as well. Raw athleticism, but not much development right now.
Terrance Bullitt DB 6-2/178 Bullit and Ford are the most heralded of Texas Tech's DB recruits and may be the most physically ready DB's to play and replace the numerous players graduating.
Will Ford DB 6-1/190 See Bullitt's comments above. Ford can play immediately.
Yahshua Williams DB 6-3/185 Most likely 4 of the 5 defensive backs recruited this year will play safety. Yahshua has the size and speed to play either safety position.
D.J. Johnson DB 6-0/171 Played QB and free safety in high school and will probably wind up at corner at Tech.
Daniel Cobb DB 6-1/195 Another safety, most likely free. He played running back for his senior year because that's what his team needed him to be. Look for Johnson and Cobb to possibly redshirt while the other three see playing time.
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