It's tough keeping up with all of the practices, new commits, news, settings for oral arguments, etc. This weekend, North Carolina CB Jeremy Reynolds de-committed from the Oregon St. Beavers and pledged his allegiance to your Red Raiders. This is Texas Tech's 18th commitment. Let's get to it.
More good, good after the jump.
The Player Speaks: LAJ's Don Williams talked with Reynolds after his commitment and currently he sounds confident that Lubbock is the place for him:
"I had developed a relationship with the coaches prior to coming down,’’ he said. "When I got there, it was overwhelming. Why wouldn’t I want to be part of something so great? Texas Tech football is headed to the top.’’
Reynolds said he’s convinced that new coach Tommy Tuberville will keep Tech’s passing game among the best in the nation while adding the defensive component to make it a more well-rounded team.
"Those guys are some defensive-minded guys,’’ he said. "Texas Tech is known for offense, but they’re bringing a defensive style, too. That has championship written all over it.’’
Of course in June, Reynolds sorta said the same thing, speaking with BeaverFootball.com's Barry Bolton:
"It was more like I came up to camp and we connected then. I liked them and they liked me. They hadn't been by during the (May Evaluation period) but I told my dad before I went there that if I went out there and they made an offer, that I was going to commit," said Reynolds.
But how does OSU stand out to a prep prospect clear across the country -- 2,883 miles away to be exact?
"I had done some previous research on the university," said Reynolds. "And when I got to camp it was just like, wow, this campus is amazing. I keep a close watch on college football and college basketball. I don't really like the NFL as much as I do college. And Oregon State was voted the No. 1 family-oriented football program.
"On top of that, they like the smaller (defensive backs) at corner like me -- they play a scheme of bump and run, and I'm a physical corner. It all just really fit me...The coaches were as down to earth and as cool as can be. That, and the family environment, made me feel as if I was at home."
If anything, we should just remind each other that commits are a fluid situation, and although we tend to celebrate certain players making their commitment to Texas Tech, it's just a promise and people break promises all of the time.
Video: There was some video, see in The Measurables portion, but now I can't seem to access it. It was only a 30 second or minute video, so you're not missing much, except for the fact that Reynolds is fast, but he's darned skinny. No big surprise there.
Scouting Report: Since I've only seen a bit of video, we'll let Jeremy do the talking:
REYNOLDS SAID the Beavs liked his fluidity, ("They said I keep my hips on a swivel and that they liked my backpedal,") but beyond any technical aspects, it was how well Reynolds executed instruction into action that gained him the OSU offer.
"The one thing they liked about me, they said my talent was great -- there were things I didn't do as well as they would like. But when they told me about them, they said I snapped into it, picked up on it and (executed) exactly like they wanted me to do," said Reynolds.
"He's a cover man," Yelverton said. "You can play man on one side and zone on the other. He's a shut-down corner, very physical. It's going to be a pleasure to coach him."
Jeremy, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!
|Position||Commitment||Ht/Wt||High School/State||Rivals||Rivals Rating||Scout||ESPN||ESPN Grade|
|QB||Michael Brewer||6-0/175||Lake Travis (Austin, TX)||4||5.8||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)||3||5.7||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||N/A||45|
|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)||N/A||N/A||3||3||77|
|DE||Kindred Evans||6-6/215||South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, TX)||N/A||N/A||2||3||75|
|DL/LB||Devon Hocutt||6-0/260||Ellison (Killeen, TX)||3||5.6||3||2||74|
|LB||Terrell Hartsfield||6-4/215||Hargrave MA (Chatham, VA)||N/A||N/A||3||N/A||45|
|LB||Blake Dees||6-0/234||Spanish Fort (Spanish Fort, AL)||3||5.5||2||2||73|
|DB||Freddie Warner||5-9/170||L.G. Pinkston (Dallas, TX)||N/A||N/A||2||N/A||45|
|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)||N/A||N/A||3||3||77|
|ATH||DeAndre Washington||5-9/183||Marshall (Missouri City, TX)||3||5.7||3||3||78|