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Red Raider Gridiron | VJ Fehoko to Transfer to Texas Tech; Henderson De-Commits from UT?

Utah's V.J. Fehoko is set to transfer to Texas Tech. Zaycoven Henderson, a UT commit, has been rumored to de-commit from Texas and Texas Tech could be a landing spot. What is Texas Tech's program worth? How many Texas Tech commits are on the DMN's top 100?

Utah Utes linebacker V.J. Fehoko (52) and defensive back Michael Walker (15) tackle Weber State Wildcats running back Zach Smith (29) during the first quarter at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Utah Utes linebacker V.J. Fehoko (52) and defensive back Michael Walker (15) tackle Weber State Wildcats running back Zach Smith (29) during the first quarter at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
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We have a bit more links and news this morning, so that's pretty great.

The big news from yesterday was that linebacker V.J. Fehoko is transferring to Texas Tech (via Salt Lake Tribune). V.J. has two brothers, Sam, who played at Texas Tech, but left the team his senior year, which was Tommy Tuberville's first year.  The other brother is a 2015 recruit, defensive tackle Braiden Fehoko, and he's a top 100 player of the 2015 class.  Before anyone gets mad, sometimes players leave when a new coach his hired, sorta like Starts or Simmons.  In any event, it appear that things are okay because V.J. is transferring to Texas Tech and should be eligible immediately.  As an aside, Co-DC Mike Smith spent some time in Hawaii, so maybe that is part of the connection.

V.J. didn't have a ton of impact at Utah and this article paints a picture of Fehoko working hard to improve his game (via Salt Lake Tribune):

If everything comes together, this season could mark the football rebirth of Fehoko, who arrived on campus as a heralded four-star recruit and All-American, but struggled to adjust to the speed and power of the college game. His play has been uneven for two seasons, but he still has a confidence that never left. He vows to lead a linebacker group that is a question mark after it underperformed in 2012.

"We’re going to be better this season, and I’m going to be better this season," Fehoko said. "I knew that I had to make improvements. College football punched me in the mouth. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I came out of high school. I’ve just tried to do anything that I could to make myself a better player."

Fehoko only had 30 tackles all of last year (via Utah Utes).  I'd love to see Fehoko contribute here.  There's obvious holes at middle linebacker and the Raider linebacker spot with the graduation of Will Smith and Terrance Bullitt.  I'm glad that I waited on doing those depth charts until after national signing day. I wouldn't be surprised to see some more movement with the roster as we get closer to the start of the semester.


Top 100 in DFW: The DMN released their top 100 players and Texas Tech has 6 players that made the list (via DMN):

#14 S Derrick Dixon
#38 WR Ian Sadler
#29 ATH Jah'Shawn Johnson
#40 Payton Hendrix
#50 WR Jakari Dillard
#60 Connor Wilson

This is pretty interesting in that I really didn't know how I'd rate these players in order.  I tend to forget how good Dixon is, a bit undersized, but he's good.  A bit surprised that Sadler didn't climb up that list and I think I may have underestimated how good Johnson could be.

Internet Says Zaycoven Henderson De-Commits from UT: This is pure internet rumor and largely snuffed out by all of you yesterday afternoon and evening in MikeTTU's recruiting post.  Henderson is a 4-star defensive tackle from Longview.  Henderson committed to UT and he was essentially down between UT and Texas Tech.  With the hiring of Charlie Strong, he let go Henderson's primary recruiter, Bo Davis, as is to happen with a coaching transition.  InsideTexas writer, @EricNahlin tweeted that Texas Tech was going to get some good news today, meaning Henderson could make it official. Henderson is a spring enrollee, meaning if this is gong to happen, it's going to happen real soon, like maybe today.

Power Polls: ESPN has their way too early power poll for 2014 and have Texas Tech at #6 (via ESPN), while our pal David Ubben has his end of year poll and has Texas Tech at #6 (via Fox Sports).

Texas Tech's Football Program Worth: The Wall Street Journal looked the most valuable teams and Texas Tech comes in at #27 (via Wall Street Journal).  Texas is #1 at $875.0, Oklahoma is #6 at $655.2, Kansas St is #24 at $243.4 and Texas Tech is next in line at #27 for $229.0, with Oklahoma St. at #28 for $218.5.

DT at the Holiday Bowl: Pretty cool little story from our friends at the DT about their trip to San Diego and the Holiday Bowl (via DT).  Really, go check it out.