Recruiting Links: So it appears the news from yesterday regarding Florida RB Brandon Gainer being a target of Tuberville was fairly accurate in that Scout has a paid story on their front page regarding Gainer. If you want to see some film on Gainer, head on over to his ESPN profile, where he's labeled as a 4-star and has a grade of 80, which is one of the higher grades of any of Texas Tech's commitments . . . yesterday, per LAJ's Don Williams, the Red Raiders received a commitment from Navasota offensive lineman Aleon Calhoun. Later this morning, I'll get something on Calhoun up on DTN. I'd also mention that the Calhoun commitment balances out the de-commitment of offensive lineman Denton Simek, who doesn't appear on the RRS.com commitment list. Just putting 2 + 2 together. The one thing to keep in mind is that this is offensive line coach Matt Moore is still the guy identifying these linemen and if Moore is comfortable with him, then so am I. My biggest concern about Calhoun is that he hasn't yet qualified . . . hat-tip to LAJ's Adam Zuvanich, AAS.com's Danny Davis writes Texas Tech commit Desmond Martin remaining committed to Texas Tech:
Martin admitted he was worried about the status of his scholarship after Leach was fired. However, Tuberville contacted Martin on the day he was hired, and the Stony Point senior expected to meet his position coach this week.
"I was worried at first," Martin said. "I really didn't know what to think, but it's looking pretty solid right now. I still had other options in case other things went awry."
. . . NewsOK's Ryan Aber writes that defensive back Tre Porter's decision will come down to Arizona and Texas Tech . . . since it's never too early to talk about 2011 recruits, ESPN's Gerry Hamilton writes that Texas Tech has offered Houston Klein Collins wide receiver Jacob Bennett . . .
Carter Dominates: SI.com's Tony Pauline writes that guard Brandon Carter has impressed during this week's East-West Shrine Game practices:
Brandon Carter/G/Texas Tech: Carter was a monster from day one and manhandled anyone he went up against. His power was obvious, but Carter also blocked with good fundamentals, which surprised some. He worked hard and was nasty from start to finish.