I don't know why I had these as the High Plains, but obviously it should be the South Plains . . . right? That means I'll need to change the logo. Anyway, we're catching up on actual signees from the 2011 recruiting class and up first is DE Desimon Green.
More after the jump.
The Player Speaks: I couldn't find anything after signing day, but in December he was named the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Player of the Year and talked about his dominant performances on offense and defense for his high school team:
What did you learn about yourself?
"Under pressure, I do fine. Not to brag, but being down 24 points and playing quarterback, I could have easily got rattled or down on myself. But I didn't because I knew we still had three quarters left."
Who has been the most influential person in your life?
"I'd have to say my mom. Without her, I would have gave up a long time ago. I don't know where I would be at now. I'm so thankful for her and my trainer, Ms. Tammy (Ridgley), for pushing me. I wasn't going to play football anymore in high school. Ms. Tammy came to my house before my sophomore year, and they made me come up there."
The Video: The first video is mainly Green at quarterback and the second video is mainly Green on defense. And I'm much more impressed by the defensive video, but the truth is that Green looks like he's just so much bigger and better than anyone on the field.
Scouting Report: I really like his quickness off the ball at defensive end. He looks like he out-classes just about everyone on the field, which makes me not trust the video, but he's really athletic and as I mentioned after signing day, I love the fact that Texas Tech has 3 players of similar size and speed. Here's the Scout analysis on Green:
A jumbo athlete, Green plays quarterback and standup defensive end for Clairton's 5-Man front. He has the athleticism and change of direction to play outside linebacker on the next level. Depending on how he keeps growing, he could end up as a defensive end. Should he end up with his hand down, he'll need to take on and disengage from blocks better as he's apt to get pushed around once a blocker engages him - Scott Kennedy, Scout.com.
I agree with the later part of this. I think Green eventually need to be a defensive end with his hand down, although he looks comfortable as an upright rusher, with his size, he should eventually be a nice option at defensive end.
Desimon, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!
The 2011 Class:
|Position||Commitment||Ht/Wt||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|
|WR||Marcus Kennard||6-4/205||Butler County C.C. (El Dorado, KS)||4||5.8||2||0||0|
|WR||Jakeem Grant||5-7/157||Horn (Mesquite, TX)||3||5.5||3||3||75|
|TE||Jace Amaro||6-5/237||MacArthur (San Antonio, TX)||4||5.9||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|
|OL||Matt Wilson||6-7/270||Coldspring-Oakhurst (Coldspring, TX)||3||5.5||3||0||45|
|DL||Dennell Wesley||6-3/315||Butler County C.C. (El Dorado, KS)||3||5.5||2||0||0|
|DL||Leon Mackey||6-5/260||Hinds C.C. (Raymond, MS)||4||5.8||3||0||0|
|DL||Donte Phillips||6-3/260||Homestead (Mequon, WI)||2||5.4||3||2||74|
|DE||Kindred Evans||6-6/215||South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, TX)||3||5.6||3||3||75|
|DE||Branden Jackson||6-4/220||McKeesport (McKeesport, PA)||3||5.7||4||3||78|
|DE||Desimon Green||6-5/230||Clairton (Clairton, PA)||3||5.5||3||3||78|
|DE||Cooper Washington||6-4/225||Muleshoe (Muleshoe, TX)||3||5.7||3||3||78|
|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)||3||5.6||2||3||75|
|LB||Justin Cooper||6-1/205||University School of Nova South (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)||3||5.5||2||2||74|
|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||4||3||78|
|ATH||J.J. Gaines||5-11/175||Irving Nimitz (Irving, TX)||3||5.6||3||3||77|
|ATH||Otis Wright||6-0/180||Dillard (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)||2||5.4||0||0||45|