Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update - 5/13/14

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

A basketball recruit list Tech atop his list, an athlete commits days after getting an offer, Tubby offers a 4-star PF and a Tech legacy makes plans with the Red Raiders. Plus a look at Reggie Walker, Semisi Uluave, and Keisean Lucier-South.

I haven't been able to sit down a get a whole bunch of info this week due to studying for finals and moving out of my dorm (plus is doesn't help that I'm writing this early Tuesday mourning). Now that I'm back home until August, I'll have a lot of free time to get y'all info every week. Recruiting never stops. So right now, let's take a look at three stellar players in DE Reggie Walker, OT Semisi Uluave and DE Keisean Lucier-South.

Reggie Walker - Defensive End / Outside Linebacker (Ponchatoula HS, Ponchatoula, LA)

Height Weight 40 time Bench Squat Shuttle Vertical
6'3" 230 lbs 4.56 secs 310 lbs 485 lbs 4.24 38"

Ratings: 91 by 247 / NR by ESPN / NR by Rivals

Interest: Mississippi State *(Warm), Texas Tech (Warm), Kansas State (Warm), Memphis (Cool)

Reggie Walker is one of the many Louisiana recruits that Texas Tech has offered this time around. They offered the DE back on February 28th and have kept in contact with him since. Just recently, Reggie Walker named a Top 3, with Mississippi State, Kansas State and Texas Tech making the list. The only school that Reggie has visited thus far is Mississippi State, who hasn't offered him yet, but is keeping in contact with the DE. With Texas Tech visiting Louisiana this past week, there is a chance that the coaching staff stopped by to look at the recruit. The timetable for Walker's recruitment is unknown, but I don't think he'll be committing anytime soon (a Mississippi State offer could change that). Now let's take a look at what Reggie Walker can do on film. The athleticism of Reggie Walker is unbelievable. He's got the speed and strength to be one of the top defensive players in the 2015 class. He's mobile enough to navigate his way through the offensive line and reach the ball carrier, laying vicious hits on his opponents. Reggie's hits are like those you see on a highlight films for years to come. Another attribute I like about Walker is he has that will to never get up. There were plays in his film where he chased down a receiver for 50 yards, caught him and brought him to the ground. He has the speed to catch players also. Reggie Walker is a rare talent you don't see a lot of a DE/OLB and picking up his commitment could be huge for the Red Raiders. Hopefully Kingsbury and Co keep on his trail and convince him to pick Texas Tech in the future.

Semisi Uluave - Offensive Line (Punahou, Honolulu, HI)

Height Weight 40 time Shuttle Vertical Power Throw SPARQ
6'5" 315 lbs 5.55 4.73 26" 41 96.81

Ratings: NR by 247 / NR by ESPN / NR by Rivals

Interest: Texas Tech (Cool), USC (Cool), UCLA (Cool), Oregon (Cool)

Looks like Texas Tech is in Hawaii again. After getting a commitment from Breiden Fehoko and recruiting Fred Ulu Perry, the Red Raiders go back to Hawaii to look at OT Semisi Uluave. In fact, Breiden Fehoko hit Uluave up on twitter after he said that Texas Tech offered. Despite being recruited and offered by USC, UCLA and Oregon, he has yet to be rated by any recruiting sites. Last year, Uluave's high school team won the state title in Hawaii, which probably helped Semisi gain interest by a lot of big time programs. I'm not sure when the last time Semisi's testing skills where, but my bet would be that these numbers have improved since they were last taken. Now let's look at Uluave's film. Semisi Uluave has the size already to compete at the next level. With his height and weight help him possess raw strength that could make his transition to college that much easier. When you look at his film, you notice that Uluave stands his ground well. He is able to keep his feet planted and keep the defenders from bursting through the line. He seems to work best when he does pass protection. Another thing you might notice when watching his film is that Uluave is playing guard most of the time. I'm sure that Uluave is listed as a tackle by recruiting services because of his already huge size and strength, but he could also play guard at the next level too. When the recuiting services finally come around to rating Semisi Uluave, he will probably be a 4-star recruit, and with the recuiting staff constantly recruiting in Hawaii and Fehoko talking to Uluave, Tech has a good chance of grabbing the big lineman.


Keisean Lucier-South - Defensive End (Lutheran-Orange County, Orange, CA)

Height Weight 40 time Shuttle Vertical Power Throw SPARQ
6'5" 225 lbs 4.95 4.47 29" 33.5 71.76

Ratings: 98 by 247 / 88 by ESPN / 5.9 by Rivals

Interest: UCLA (Cool), Michigan (Cool), Notre Dame (Cool), Texas Tech (Cool)

I wasn't quite sure who I was going to pick for my last review, so I just decided to pick Keisean Lucier-South. There hasn't been a whole lot of Texas Tech news concerning Lucier-South, but recently Keisean released a Top 16 (yes...Top 16) list and Texas Tech was mentioned as one of the 16. Keisean first popped up on the Red Raiders' radar when "Big Money" recruited Lucier-South while in southern California. Darrin Chiaverini has been recruiting some of the top Californian talent throughout the state. While it looks like Lucier-South is leaning towards UCLA or Michigan at this time, Tech is not out of the race yet. Now let's take a look at what he can do on film. I believe that Keisean has extraordinary explosiveness and length that helps him get around the tackle, get to the ball carrier quickly and either pop him or strip the ball. There is one highlight in the film where he picks up a loose ball and runs towards the endzone, beating out everyone chasing him. Also, you can tell from the video that he looks to be another one of those players that doesn't lack effort. It's hard to lose football games when every defensive player is always running towards the ball. It doesn't look like Tech will be able to grab him, but it's good to see these high rated recruits are finally starting to notice Tech more and put them higher on their list.

Here are some more updates:

Football 2014:

  • Matt Davis, former A&M QB, will play football at SMU. There was thought that Tech could grab Davis after he transferred from A&M, but it looks like there never was interest. SMU needs a good QB after losing Garrett Gilbert.

Basketball 2014:

Football 2015:

  • Johnathan Giles, 84 rated ATH, committed to Texas Tech this Saturday. I haven't talked about Giles because he was offered by the Red Raiders Thursday and then committed two days later similar to Corey Dauphine. And like Dauphine, he stated that Texas Tech was his dream school.
  • Jaylon Lane, 89 rated CB, committed to OKST this weekend. He stated he would visit Texas Tech this summer, but I'm not sure if that is still accurate. Don't look too much into this though, as he committed to Ole Miss for two weeks before decommiting from there.
  • Joshua Jones, 81 rated OT, will visit Texas Tech sometime this month. Jones has been getting interest from A&M and Texas lately.
  • Ryan Newsome, 91 rated ATH, looks to be narrowing his list soon according to 247. Looks for Texas Tech to make the mix with our high power offense, Stidham relationship and personal connections.
  • Texas Tech was recently at Central HS to look at some recruits. This is where Tech saw Jaylon Lane before moving to Nacogdoches and becoming more popular.
  • Texas Tech was also spotted in Corona last week to look at recruits. Some nationally recruited players there were Blake Barnett, a 4-star QB, Jihree Stewart, 85 rated CB and Greyson Bankhead, NR WR.
  • Eric Morris was recently in Robinson HS in Tampa, Florida to look at some recruits, including Jahrvis Davenport, 83 rated WR, and Michael Duclos, NR RB.

Basketball 2015:

  • JoJo Anderson, 88 rated PG, has recently said that Texas Tech has inquired about him. The only offer listed by recruiting sites thus far is Houston, but the 247 Crystal Ball prediction is Baylor thus far
  • Terrance Mann, 92 rated SG, recently picked up an offer from Texas Tech. The prediction right now is to Georgetown or Boston College, but maybe Tubby can convince the New Hampshire SG to come down to Texas.
  • CJ Williamson, NR SF, has recently said that Texas Tech is atop of his recruiting list. He was offered by Texas Tech and visited by Esposito last January. Good to see Tech is atop of his recruiting list despite K-State, Louisville and Texas going after him.

Football 2016+:

  • Keshawn Somerville, 2016 NR CB, was recently visited by Texas Tech in Pflugerville.
  • Alec Simpson, 2016 NR OLB, recently interviewed with WreckEm247. The caption under the picture hints that Tech has a good relationship with Simpson, While we may not a see a whole bunch of California kids this class, 2016 is when we'll start to receive more interest.

Basketball 2016+:

  • Trae Young, 2017 NR PG, will visit Texas Tech sometime this fall. Texas Tech was the first school to offer, and his father was former Tech basketball player Rayford Young.
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