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Recruiting on the South Plains: 2015 OL Terrance Steele Player Profile

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2015 offensive lineman Terrance Steele from Cibolo Steele is Texas Tech's 13th player as part of the 2015 recruiting class and the 5th offensive lineman.

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It appears that Texas Tech found their final offensive line recruit in Terrence Steele from Cibolo Steele. Just to catch everyone up, Cibolo is the high school that Texas Tech running backs coach Mike Jinks was last at before arriving at Texas Tech and Jinks obviously has some connections there.

The most interesting thing about Steele is that he wasn't rated by any of the services and just became a 2-star player some time yesterday at 24/7 Sports. But then, you have a situation where he was offered by some mid-major programs, like BYU and Colorado and Houston. There was no in-between with Steele, and no lower-level schools that have made him an offer, which is odd because those guys will give out offers to guys on the fringe, programs like UTSA and Texas State come to mind, especially since Steele is in the San Antonio area. And to clarify, when I started writing this profile on Steele on Monday morning, his only offers were from Houston, Colorado, and BYU, and after Steele's commitment, he received offers from North Texas and UTSA. They came to the party just a bit late.

Either way, this was a surprise commitment last Sunday evening. Let's get to the player profile.

OFFENSIVE LINE
TERRENCE STEELE GUARD
HT/WT: 6-5/295
FORTY: 5.36
HIGH SCHOOL: Cibolo Steele (San Antonio, TX)
VIDEO: YouTube
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals N/R | Scout N/R | ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 78
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.7800
VTM PROFILE DATE: November 5, 2014
OFFERS: Brigham Young, Colorado, Houston, Texas Tech, North Texas, Texas-San Antonio

THE PLAYER SPEAKS: Via RaiderPower, Steele said that his size makes him a unique player and thinks he'll play tackle:

"My size is what makes me unique as a lineman, definitely. I can play both left tackle and right tackle, and I think that's where I'll stay in college," Steele said. "I've grown a lot since my junior season; I'm a lot smarter and I know my position much better."

Additionally, via SAEN, Steele's current head coach talked about how Steele would want to stay close to home, which makes a bit of sense since at the time, Steele's only offers were from Colorado and BYU, with the only local offer being Houston.

SCOUTING REPORT: The interesting thing to figure out on commitments like this, that come out of no where and the player isn't rated at all, which is odd at this point in the game, and how this does happen. There is this article from the LAJ that notes that Steele lost 50 pounds and made him a more attractive player to colleges. Still, a player with Steele's frame at 6'5" and being 350 isn't morbidly obese, or certainly not big enough to scare off smaller programs from offering. But apparently Steele's body needed enough work to where he wasn't really being considered to receiving those mid-major offers like Texas Tech and BYU. And there is a part of me that considers the programs that are offering and Robert Anae seems to know road-grading offensive linemen pretty well (he coached at Texas Tech many moons ago) and Mike McIntyre knows a thing or two about turning around a program and that Colorado team may be one of the better teams with an awful record in the country.

As far as Steele as a player, he's really pretty danged mobile for 295 and he does punish players really well. Steele does play with a certain nastiness and he finishes blocks well. I don't know about Steele's ability, long-term, to play tackle, but that's fine. Road-grading guys like this can play really well inside. Not only that, but he does appear to have long-arms and that's a luxury for guys that play inside and I think he'd do really well at either guard position. Not only that, but Texas Techhas a blockbuster recruting class, with Madison Akamnonu, Conner Dyer, Trace Ellison and Lio Lafaele. I don't know who plays inside, but they are all four terrific players that can make an impact.

Terrence, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

2015 Texas Tech Football Commits

QUARTERBACKS
JARRETT STIDHAM QUARTERBACK
HT/WT: 6-3/190
FORTY: 4.57-4.66
HIGH SCHOOL: Stephenville (Stephenville, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 6.0 | Scout | ESPN 86 | 24/7 Sports 98
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.9881
VTM PROFILE DATE: March 7, 2014
OFFERS: Texas Tech, Alabama, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Arizona St. Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Ohio St., Oklahoma St., Ole Miss, Penn St., TCU, Texas, Vanderbilt, Washington St.
RUNNING BACKS
COREY DAUPHINE RUNNING BACK
HT/WT: 6-1/180
FORTY: 4.45
HIGH SCHOOL: Memorial (Port Arthur, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.5 | Scout | ESPN 77 | 24/7 Sports 84
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8605
VTM PROFILE DATE: February 3, 2014
OFFERS: Houston, Lamar, Texas Tech and Washington St.
RECEIVERS
CARLOS STRICKLAND WIDE RECEIVER
HT/WT: 6-4/195
FORTY: 4.54
HIGH SCHOOL: Skyline (Dallas, TX)
VIDEO: Hudl | YouTube
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.9 | Scout | ESPN 82 | 24/7 Sports 90
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.9367
VTM PROFILE DATE: October 29, 2014
OFFERS: Texas Tech, TCU, California, UCLA, Alabama, Clemson, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, North Texas, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas UNLV, Wisconsin
OFFENSIVE LINE
LIO LAFAELE GUARD
HT/WT: 6-4/310
FORTY: N/A
JUCO: Riverside C.C. (Corona, CA)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.7 | Scout | ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 87
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8826
VTM PROFILE DATE: March 9, 2014
OFFERS: Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Washington St.
TRACE ELLISON TACKLE
HT/WT: 6-6/285
FORTY: N/A
HIGH SCHOOL: Centennial (Frisco, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.5 | Scout | ESPN 77 | 24/7 Sports 83
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8382
VTM PROFILE DATE: March 31, 2014
OFFERS: Arkansas St., Illinois, Texas Tech
CONNER DYER GUARD/TACKLE
HT/WT: 6-5/275
FORTY: 5.20
HIGH SCHOOL: Horn (Mesquite, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.9 | Scout | ESPN 80 | 24/7 Sports 90
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.9071
VTM PROFILE DATE: July 30, 2014
OFFERS: Arizona St., Arkansas, Baylor, California, Connecticut, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, Navy, Nebraska, Ohio St., Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Ole Miss, Oregon, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Toledo, UCLA Virginia
MADISON AKAMNONU OFFENSIVE TACKLE
HT/WT: 6-5/275
FORTY: 5.20
HIGH SCHOOL: Bowie (Arlington, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.5 | Scout | ESPN 81 | 24/7 Sports 93
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8952
VTM PROFILE DATE: August 10, 2014
OFFERS: Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas St., Missouri, TCU, Arizona St., Arkansas St., Colorado St., Connecticut, Houston, Mississippi St., North Texas, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Texas St., Wake Forest
TERRENCE STEELE GUARD
HT/WT: 6-5/295
FORTY: 5.36
HIGH SCHOOL: Cibolo Steele (San Antonio, TX)
VIDEO: YouTube
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals N/R | Scout N/R | ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 78
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.7800
VTM PROFILE DATE: November #, 2014
OFFERS: Brigham Young, Colorado, Houston, Texas Tech, North Texas, Texas-San Antonio
DEFENSIVE LINE
DEFENSIVE TACKLE BREIDEN FEHOKO
HT/WT: 6-3/290
FORTY: N/A
HIGH SCHOOL: Farrington (Honolulu, HI)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.9 | Scout | ESPN 85 | 24/7 Sports 97
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.9736
VTM PROFILE DATE: April 14th, 2014
OFFERS: Alabama, Arizona St., BYU, California, Clemson, Hawaii, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon St., Pittsburgh, San Diego St., Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Utah, Utah St., Vanderbilt, Washington St., Weber St., Wisconsin
BRODERICK WASHINGTON DEFENSIVE TACKLE
HT/WT: 6-3/285
FORTY: N/A
HIGH SCHOOL: Longview (Longview, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals | Scout | ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8093
VTM PROFILE DATE: September 23, 2014
OFFERS: Arkansas State, Houston, Lamar, Louisiana-Layfayette, New Mexico, North Texas, Texas-San Antonio
COURTNEY WALLACE, JR. DEFENSIVE TACKLE
HT/WT: 6-2/309
FORTY: N/A
HIGH SCHOOL: Neville (Monroe, LA)
VIDEO: Hudl
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.4 | Scout | ESPN 75 | 24/7 Sports 83
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8206
VTM PROFILE DATE: October 13, 2014
OFFERS: Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Grambling State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, McNeese State, South Alabama, South Florida, Southern Miss, Southern University and Texas Tech
LINEBACKERS
D'VONTA HINTON INSIDE LINEBACKER
HT/WT: 5-10/201
FORTY: 4.56
HIGH SCHOOL: Texas City (Texas City, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.5 | Scout | ESPN 77 | 24/7 Sports 82
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8389
VTM PROFILE DATE: April 13, 2014
OFFERS: Louisiana Tech, Maryland, Utah, Texas Tech
ATHLETE
JONATHAN GILES ATHLETE
HT/WT: 5-11/175
FORTY: 4.55
HIGH SCHOOL: Elkins (Missouri City, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.5 | Scout | ESPN 77 | 24/7 Sports 84
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8272
VTM PROFILE DATE: May 10, 2014
OFFERS: Colorado, Fresno St., Houston, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, North Texas, SMU and Texas Tech

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