Recruiting on the High Plains | LB Sam Eguavoen

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Thanks to a couple of observant DTN users, there have been a couple of players who no longer have scholarship offers from Texas Tech, LB Devon Hocutt and CB Justin Rogers. I think the general idea is that if a player's offer is removed, that the odds are that grades are the issue and that these players may not even qualify or that there may be some personal issues with those players.  I don't know specifics about any of these players other than Rogers' father is Kenny Rogers and is at the heart of the Cam Newton situation.  I could never find out much about Rogers as a player and I'm not about to indict a child for what their father did, but even if the staff did remove Rogers offer because of the recent news, then I'd think that most would think this is a good thing.

The Measurables:  

Sam Eguavoen
Position: LB
DTN Profile
Video: N/A
Rivals Profile N/A
Scout Profile N/A
ESPN Profile 45
Ht: 6'2"
Wt: 220 lbs
Forty: 4.5
High School: Lakeview Centennial (Garland, TX)

More after the jump, including a new and improved 2011 commitment list.

The Player Speaks:  There's nothing about Sam that I can find on any of the major websites.  Thanks to TexasHSFootball, they note that Sam runs a 4.5, which even if very fake, is pretty darned fast for a player his size and had him ranked the #42 best defensive end of the 2011 class, but I couldn't find any sort of ranking from Dave Campbell, at either defensive end or linebacker.

Eguavoen originally committed to UTSA, who doesn't even play football until next year.  To say that he's a tad bit under the radar would be an understatement.  When Eguavoen committed he talked to the SAEN about the type of player he is:

"I’m really good in coverage, and I’m quick for my size (6-2, 215)," said Eguavoen, who estimated he had about 60 tackles last season. "I feel like it’s a good fit. It’s new, everybody can get a fresh start. I’ll be in good hands."

And UTSATailgaters talked about how Eguavoen played basketball for Lakeview Centennial last year, but this year, Eguavoen played mostly defense this year, but he did have 4 catches for 76 yards and 1 touchdown this year.  Current 2011 Texas Tech basketball commit Toddrick Gotcher also plays at Lakeview Centennial and I don't know how accurate these statistics are, but it has Eguavoen averaging 10.5 points a game.  Of course it also says that Gotcher averaged 45 points a game, and that's not accurate.

And to address the thoughts that thank goodness this staff was able to steal a recruit away from a program that isn't even playing football yet, yes, there's that.  Without seeing any film, I don't have a clue as to why Eguavoen hasn't garnered more attention.  Perhaps this is a situation where Eguavoen had grade issues, which precluded teams from taking a serious look at him and now may be getting his grades in order.  It somewhat reminds me of DT Colby Coleman, who didn't have a ton of offers (Louisiana Tech, SFA and TCU), but when you looked at Coleman's film, he was an absolute beast at the defensive tackle spot and was athletic enough to play tight end and excel playing tight end.  Coleman did end up having some grade issues and there were questions if he would even qualify, but he did qualify, is redshirting (although I think he was injured before the season started) and we hope that he turns out to be a good player for Texas Tech.

Video:  No free video.

Scouting Report:  Eguavoen's Scout recruiting profile has this on him:

He slid under the recruiting radar for most of his high school career, but had a break out season as a senior. He played all over the defense and made big plays. He has great movement from sideline-to-sideline and chases the plays well from the backside. If a running back messes around in the backfield he is coming in to make a play. He has good speed and cover well. At times he needs to do a better job of wrapping up. 

Sam, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2011 Class:  I think I've caught everything and it's taken a good chunk of my Saturday morning to make sure that this is accurate, but it appears that Brewer was bumped down to a 3-star by Rivals, but Edwards was bumped up to a 4-star.  Eguavoen is the only player not ranked by any recruiting service at this time, so we pretty much have grades for every player.  There were also a handful of players on both Rivals and Scout that had the grade changed, including James Castleman, LaDarrin Robertson and Freddie Warner getting graded by Rivals and Scout bumping up a star for Blake Dees and Warner.  Let me know if I've missed something.

Position Commitment Ht/Wt High School/State Rivals Rivals Rating Scout ESPN ESPN Grade
QB Michael Brewer 6-0/175 Lake Travis (Austin, TX) 3 5.7 3 3 78
RB Kenny Williams 5-10/210 Hendrickson (Pflugerville, TX) 4 5.8 4 4 80
RB Bradley Marquez 5-11/180 Odessa (Odessa, TX) 3 5.7 4 4 79
WR Derek Edwards 6-1/163 Brenham (Brenham, TX) 4 5.8 3 3 79
TE Jace Amaro 6-5/237 MacArthur (San Antonio, TX) 4 5.8 4 3 78
OL Tony Morales 6-4/300 Sam Houston (Arlington TX) 4 5.8 3 3 78
OL Alfredo Morales 6-3/287 Sam Houston (Arlington TX) 3 5.7 3 3 76
OL Le'Raven Clark 6-6/245 Rockdale (Rockdale TX) 3 5.7 4 3 79
DL James Castleman 6-4/255 Amarillo (Amarillo, TX) 3 5.7 4 3 77
DL Jon Lewis 6-2/260 Klein Oak (Spring, TX) 3 5.6 3 3 78
DE Kindred Evans 6-6/215 South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, TX) 3 5.6 3 3 75
LB Terrell Hartsfield 6-4/215 Hargrave MA (Chatham, VA) 3 5.7 3 N/A 45
LB Blake Dees 6-0/234 Spanish Fort (Spanish Fort, AL) 3 5.5 3 2 73
LB Sam Eguavoen 6-2/220 Lakeview Centennial (Garland, TX) N/A N/A N/A N/A 45
DB Freddie Warner 5-9/170 L.G. Pinkston (Dallas, TX) 3 5.5 3 3 76
CB Jeremy Reynolds 5-9/166 Oak Ridge Military Academy (Oak Ridge, NC) 3 5.5 2 3 77
ATH Ronnie Daniels 6-1/195 La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) 3 5.6 3 3 76
ATH LaDarrin Robertson 6-3/215 Longview (Longview, TX) 3 5.5 3 3 77
ATH DeAndre Washington 5-9/183 Marshall (Missouri City, TX) 3 5.7 3 3 78
Averages 3.05 5.36 3.05 2.74 73.89
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