Things are getting very interesting as far as recruiting is concerned in Lubbock as the Red Raiders have nabbed their 5th commitment for 2008. The Texas Tech Football Commitment List at Rivals.com has the complete list. Because I can't resist setting up my own table, here are the 5 commitments for 2008 as of yesterday:
|COMMITTED/NOT YET SIGNED||Pos||Ht||Wt||40||Hometown|
|Jocques Crawford||RB||6-1||220||4.55||Cisco, TX|
|Seth Doege||QB||6-2||200||-||Wolfforth, TX|
|Joey Fowler||DE||6-4||260||-||Oklahoma City, OK|
|Ryan Haliburton||DE||6-4||234||4.7||Wolfforth, TX|
|Harrison Jeffers||RB||5-9||195||4.41||Lawton, OK|
What jumps out at you? First, for me is the fact that we've now got two more running backs on the commitment list. Jacques Crawford is a junior college transfer and according to the small blurb found at the Rivals.com website, he hopes to start in January (I wonder how that would affect the overall scholarships already handed out).
Crawford had a pretty good freshman season as he ranked 8th in the country in average rushing yards per game. Of course his brother, Aaron Crawford, already committed and many Tech fans felt that it was just a matter of time before Jacques committed soon thereafter.
But isn't it a bit coincidental that Leach announces that Woods has been demoted to the 3rd team and Crawford commits in the same week?
Or is this another example of Leach letting Woods know that despite a wonderful season, he and Tech have options. Let's not forget that A.Crawford is talented as well. Let's just pretend that Leach sticks to his guns (pun intended) and keeps Woods on the bench. Leach will have a variety of running backs to choose from but all with question marks, including Batch (if healthy), Lewis (is he big enough), Hayes (can he play D-1 football), Flannel (has he recovered from broken ankle) and A.Crawford (is he ready for the big-time).
Of course, that all may be irrelevant if he switches positions (pdf) (he originally started at Frisco JC as a defensive back and played running back to help out the team) to safety, which would make him a very big and scary safety for opposing defenses.
The next item that really intrigues me is that there are two more defensive ends and and there were 5 from last year. I said it some time ago that it appears to me that Tech may be looking more and more to begin implementing a 3-4 defense. Besides just numbers, both Fowler and Haliburton appear to be big kids and and they both look like they could add some weight, especially Fowler.
Harrison Jeffers is another running back recruit and according to Scout.com is the #10 of the Midlands Top 50. It's outstanding that Tech's been able to recruit a guy who is so highly thought of and has decent size. As mentioned above, Tech recruited 2 running backs last year, but I could see Flannel ending up like Britton eventually and possibly moving to wide receiver.