Its not surprising that a camp in the DFW area would yield a handful of commitments and now Texas Tech has received yet another commitment from a linebacker, Mansfield Summit OLB Micah Awe. The neat thing about Awe is that he did a tremendous job of putting out plenty of video, so although I've only linked to three videos, there's quite a bit more out there. Let's get to it.
The Player Speaks: Scout.com's Greg Powers talked with Awe briefly:
"I just verbally committed to Texas Tech," exclaimed Awe!
Yep, that's all we got right now. If I can find anything else where Awe talks about his commitment, I'll update this post.
[Note by Seth C Update 2011-06-09 ] LAJ's Don Williams talked with Awe (pronounced AH-way) and talks a bit about Awe, who arrived here in the U.S. at the age of three and his mother has a graduate degree from Texas Tech. Awe talks a bit about his size or lack thereof:
“I’ve always wanted to have a big Division I school come get me,” he said. “I didn’t think it was going to be possible, because I’m undersized, but Texas Tech’s not worried about size or how big a player is. They’re recruiting for leadership and heart.”
Awe also talked about the one thing that I, and the rest of you noticed, which is that he's got great tackling technique and causes a lot of fumbles:
“I try to pride myself on technique,” Awe said, “and I’m physically blessed with sideline-to-sideline speed.”
With that being said, it appears that this is Awe's first offer. It's strange in that Awe finished last year with 116 tackles, 20 TFL and named to the first team 07-4A All-District team. According to Scout, Awe had no other offers and his Rivals profile also confirms this, although he was receiving interest from schools such as Baylor, Illinois, SMU, Houston and . . . TCU. I know what you're saying, not an overly impressive offer list, and you could say the same thing about LB , but at some point, you have to trust the coaching staff who saw Williams and Awe with their own eyes last weekend.
More after the jump.
The Video: As mentioned above, Awe has a handful of videos, in fact he has his own YouTube username (if you have time, you should check out Awe's attempt at satire / comedy with his CNN bit), but I'll post my favorite. Film don't lie:
Micah Awe Official College Highlight Video (Junior) (via TTYLOK123321)
Scouting Report: A couple of things stand out to me, the first being that Awe does a nice job of wrapping up and tackling. Seems to have really good form and quick recognition of the play. I also like how there are a bunch of highlights where Awe is making plays, lots of fumbles caused and lots of tackles for a loss. Yes, Awe seems to be a bit undersized, but I'm fine with that. And yesterday, I mentioned that I was a little concerned with Kris Williams 40-yard dash time and also mentioned that maybe I shouldn't be (Williams had a camp time of 4.85, but a Rivals time of 4.58). The reason I even mentioned it yesterday was because I think that Tuberville and Glasgow are obsessed with having speed at every position and Awe's commitment seems to fit that linebacker or safety position quite well. I know that straight-line speed is not indicative of football speed, but Awe did run a 24.14 in the 200m this spring, which is pretty fast for a guy his size.
I also found a bit from a website called Texas Prep Stars who saw Awe at a 7-on-7 Tournament this spring and thought that he was the best athlete on the field:
The most impressive athlete on the field was Summitt High Schools 2012 Class LB Micah Awe (Video). The 5'11' 210 Awe showed tremendous speed and cover ability. He handed us a tremendous video filled with ferocious hits and forced fumbles. After you see him work, his best position at the next level is probably an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
Micah, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!
The 2012 Class: Still waiting on Rivals grades. Boo!