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Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update - 11/10/2014

Tech visits recruits in Hawaii, Houston basketball gets Tech's attention, Tech gets the best JUCO pitcher in 2015 and who is visiting for the Oklahoma game. Plus a look at D'erren Wilson and Shane Buechele

John Weast

Thanks to Shorts committing yesterday, I've ran out of 2015 guys to review, so now it's time to review 2016 players! Woo Hoo!

D'erren Wilson - Wide Receiver (Greenville HS, Greenville, TX)

Height Weight 40 time Shuttle Vertical Power Throw SPARQ
6'3" 180 lbs 4.71 (4.48 on Hudl) 4.28 (4.10 on Hudl) 33.5" 31' 82.78

Ratings: 78 by 247 / NR by ESPN / 5.4 by Rivals / 3-star by Scout

Interest: BYU (Warm), Arkansas State (Warm), Indiana (Warm), Texas Tech *(Cool)

Tech has yet to offer D'Erren Wilson, but have been looking at him for a while now. He currently holds roughly 10 offers currently (latest being UCF) and is weighing his options on where he wants to go. He named his Top 3 of Indiana, BYU and Arkansas State this summer, with Indiana on top. He was going to commit somewhere this past Wednesday, but deiced to delay his commitment. He mentions to Daniel Paulling this week that he's waiting on a Texas Tech, so maybe he;s waiting for more offers before deciding where to play football.He has not visited the Red Raiders yet and currently does not have a visit set. As mentioned above, Tech is still looking to add another tall receiver or two, so maybe we could see an offer come his way. Now let's look at what Wilson can do on film. D'Erren is a tall receiver that can go deep and cut across the middle. When going deep, he can high point the ball, jump up and come down with the catch. He is also good at stopping and blowing by receivers on deep routes. I also like Wilson's hands. He made some good catches on his film, including a one handed catch in the back of the endzone. If I had to bet on his 40 time, I would say it's somewhere between 4.5-4.6. Fast, but nowhere near elite. Wilson may be someone Tech offers late as a surprise pick-up. An offer from the Red Raiders could cause him to commit to Texas Tech.

Shane Buechele - Dual Threat Quarterback (Lamar HS, Arlington, TX)

Height Weight 40 time Shuttle Vertical Power Throw SPARQ
6'2' 185 lbs 4.68 4.38 32" 31' 72.87

Ratings: 93 by 247 / 79 by ESPN / 5.8 by Rivals / 4-star by Scout

Interest: Texas Tech (Warm), Oklahoma (Warm), Texas (Warm), Stanford (Warm)

Shane Buechele was offered by Texas Tech this past summer while camping with the Red Raiders. At the time, Tech was his 3rd offer along with TCU and Kentucky. According to Scout, he sad back in June that he liked Tech because they throw the ball all the time and the coaches are enthusiastic about their job. Since then, Buechele has picked up offers from Texas, Oklahoma and Ole Miss. So far, he has unofficially visited Kentucky and has taken two visit to Oklahoma thus far. I don't believe he has visit scheduled with Texas Tech yet, but he did state that he wanted to visit Lubbock at one point. Buechele also plays baseball and had a dad in the major leagues, like current Red Raider Patrick Mahomes. He plays SS, OF and Pitcher but plans to go to college for the experience. His dad was a pitcher for Stanford and had John Elway as a roommate. Here is an ESPN article on Buechele talking about that. If I had to guess, I would say that Oklahoma and Texas are ahead at the moment, but there is a still a lot of time left. Now let's take a look at what Buechele can do. Unfortunately there isn't a lot of film on Buechele, but Scout says a few things about his game.  Here's what they have to say about Shane:

Buechele is one of those players who just seems to have the it factor. he seems to sense and feel when he is in trouble in the pocket and is able to escape it and find a way to make a play, whether it is with his arm or his legs.

He throws an accurate and catchable ball and seems to be able to always find a way to place it in just where he needs to, even though at times he does it with unorthodox mechanics or methods.

He is not the biggest guy on the field and his arm strength is not at the highest level right now, but he makes quick decisions and has enough to be able to make defense respect his ability to throw, which opens up all parts of the field for him.

From what I can tell, Buechele has a quick release and makes good, quick decisions. He goes through his reads and gets the ball out quickly. Not only that, but he's accurate when doing so. I think Buechele shares a lot of attributes with Jarrett Sitdham in the way he plays the QB position. His arm way not be as strong as Stidham's, but he makes smart decisions and has accuracy in his throws. I hope Shane takes a visit to Lubbock and seriously considers the Red Raiders before he makes his decision.

Here are some more updates:

Football 2015:

  • Breiden Fehoko, 97 rated DT, received a visit from Coach Hays and Coach Smith. He also gave them some names from his high school that Tech would be interested in.
  • Tyron Johnson, 97 rated WR, has named Auburn his favorite and will be visiting both Auburn and Oregon. He also mentioned he will visit Tech again and will decide during the Under Amour All American game. Tech appears to still be in contention for Johnson.
  • Darrion Daniels, 88 rated DT, tweeted a picture of himself at the Texas Tech game last weekend and looked to have enjoyed himself. His top 3 is Baylor, OU and Texas Tech.
  • Ryan Davis, 88 rated WR, received a visit from Kevin Curtis this week. Not sure on his position with Tech at the moment. He has not visited Texas Tech
  • Brandon Scott, 88 rated S, set up an official visit to Tech. I'm not quite sure when he's taking it yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's this weekend.
  • Lio Lafele, 87 rated JUCO OT, was visited by the Coaches this weekend. He was likely visited by Coach Chiaverini.
  • Quan Shorts, 85 rated WR, committed to Texas Tech yesterday. He becomes the 14th commitment and 3rd WR in the 2015 Class.
  • Coach Hays and Coach Smith were in Hawaii last Thursday. No sign of them visiting anyone, but some prospects they could've looked at were Fred Ulu Perry and Semisi Uluave.

Basketball 2015:

  • Jordan Jackson, 84 rated SG, recently did an interview for the VYPE Photo Shoot .You can check it out below. A lot of info about Jackson's game and motives.

Football 2016+:

  • Tyler Castaneda, NR 2017 OT, talked with about why he committed to Texas Tech. In the article, he says the offer came as a surprised and he committed to play with his brother (he didn't do so in high school). They offered him passed on his size and sophomore film. He took a visit to Tech last weekend and enjoyed it as well.
  • Tau Tagovailoa, NR 2017 QB, received his second offer from Texas Tech this past week (other was UCLA). Kingsbury doesn't offer many QBs (Only has offered 5 QB's: Mahomes, Stidham, Murray and Buechele), so Kliff must really see something in Tau.
  • Jaylon Jones, 89 rated 2016 CB, received an offer from Texas Tech this past week, his 8th offer. He was likely scouted when Texas Tech visited Allen, TX.

Basketball 2016+:

  • JJ Caldwell, 90 rated 2016 PG, received a visit from Vince Taylor last week. He currently does not have a TTU offer.
  • Ricky "Doc" Nelson, NR 2017 PG, got a visit from Vince Taylor last week also. He also doesn't have an offer from Texas Tech at the moment.
  • Trae Young, 93 rated SG, was visited by Texas Tech this past week. He is getting series interest in schools like Kansas and KSU also.
  • Joe Esposito was in California recruiting this week via twitter, while it appears Vince Taylor was in Houston. Just some notes on where our coaches are recruiting.


Texas Tech received a commitment this past week, and it was a huge one. Chandler Eden, the top rated JUCO pitcher in the country, committed to Texas Tech last week. He was committed to Oregon State of of high school and went in the 36th round in the 2013 MLB Draft. He saw minimal time as a reliever this past season and was supposed to be a starter in the rotation this season, but decided to transfer for reasons I couldn't find. Chandler visited for the WVU game (make that 3 commits from the game now) and committed a few weeks later. He will be eligible for the 2015 MLB Draft, but I don't know when or if he'll be taken and if he would leave or not. That's on disadvantage of recruiting high prospects in baseball. Now he didn't have a good ERA at OSU (6.75 in 8 IP), but he was still devloping and saw limited time. Here his stats in high school:

ERA (IP) W-L Starts/CG SV K's BB's Opposing BA Opposing OBP
1.83 (68.2) 6-2 11 / 3 2 119 21 .110 .198

Having a 6:1 Strikeout to Walk ratio is just ridiculous. That means that struck out almost half the batters he faced. According to perfect game, Eden had a FB that ranges from 89-92. said in May of 2013 that Chandler has a "low 90's fastball and a tight curveball to go along with it". Below is some film on him throwing the baseball. If you want more, I found this 42 minute video of him pitching. I didn't watch it (Ain't nobody got time for that), but you can watch it if you want to.

Who is visiting this weekend?

A reader gave me this idea and it's something I've been thinking about but haven't done yet. I have trouble remembering who is visiting sometimes and forget, causing me to come back and check my previous post. I know it's a little late this season with one home game left and the basketball commits already filled up, but I'll try this "Beta Test" and see how it works.

Visiting for Oklahoma:

Kahlil Haughton 92 rated S
Madison Akamnonu 93 rated OT (Committed to TTU)
Fred Ulu Perry 95 rated C (Committed to UCLA)
Tony Brown 82 rated WR
Michael Williams 91 rated 2016 DT
Jack Anderson 90 rated 2017 C

Other Visits:

DeDe Westbrook (89 rated JUCO WR) Visiting December 5th

How did the 2015 commit do?

Stidham is still injured, and couldn't find Dauphine's stats from this Friday. His team played, but I don't know if he did or not.

Johnathan Giles 13-18 173 2 TDs 1 INT
Carlos Strickland 2 rushes 52 yards 1 TD

Finally, let's end this post on a vicious hit from our 5-star Defensive Tackle, shall we:

Ka Boom. You're dead.