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Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update - 12/22/2014

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The Football team gets 4 commitments, Tyron Johnson narrows his list, Tech offers several 2016 recruits and baseball gets a commit. Plus a look at Trey Hansen and Dusan Kovacevic

Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Trey Hansen - Lone Snapper (Cedar Falls HS, Cedar Falls, IA)

Height Weight 40 time Shuttle Vertical Bench Squat
6'2" 210 lbs 4.70 3.96 34" 255 lbs 440 lbs

Ratings: NR by 247 / NR by ESPN / NR by Rivals / NR by Scout

Interest: Texas Tech (Warm), Minnesota (Warm), Nebraska *(Warm)

Yes, you all read that correctly, Texas Tech has offered a preferred walk-on spot to a  long snapper. This past Tuesday, Texas Tech, along with Minnesota, offered a preferred walk-on spot to the Long Snapper out of Cedar Hills, Iowa. Tech's current long snapper (David Brenner) will be a senior next season and there is only one other long snapper on the roster. So if our back-up long snapper (Kyle Heffron) gets injured in 2016, Tech will need someone to back him up (unless of course, Hansen wins the starting job). Long Snappers are people too. I'm not sure when he'll be deciding, and if he'll take a visit or not, but hopefully he'll come to Tech. Now let's take a look at what Trey Hansen brings to the football field. What I like about Hansen is his accuracy when snapping the football. He gets it to his punter's chest and to the placeholder's hands. From what I've seen, he looks consistent with it. I also like the hustle he brings. After he snaps the ball, he runs down first and is one of the first people trying to tackle to returner. Tech could use that kind of determination. Hopefully he chooses to walk-on at Texas Tech.

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Dusan Kovacevic - Power Forward (Rabun-gap Nacoochee School, Rabun, GA)

Height Weight
6'10 230 lbs

Ratings: NR by 247 / NR by ESPN / NR by Rivals / NR by Scout

Interest: San Deigo St (Warm), Texas Tech (Warm), Oklahoma State (Warm), Georgia *(Warm)

I'm sure all of y'all know a little bit about foreign players being good basketball players. Well maybe we'll have a foreign player for the Red Raiders soon. Texas Tech offered Dusan Kovacevic a few weeks ago, despite already having two commits for the 2015 class and no more room. They likely offered him in case a player transfers, like how Tolbert and Hannahs transferred after the season was over with. According to this article, Kovacevic moved from Serbia his freshmen year so he could play basketball and go to school at the same time. He started receiving interest from teams early on, but no one offered at first. The offers finally came in this year. Tech likely first saw Kovacevic when recruiting in Serbia during the summer (he players for the Serbian 18U team) and probably liked what they saw. Now let's look what Dusan Kovacevic can do on the court. What I like about Dusan is his passing ability, awareness and mobility. Dusan has good vision and is able to make good passes to his teammates. You can't see it a lot with the highlights below, but if you click here, you can see he passes the ball well. He looks down court and gets the ball to his teammates. I also like the way he moves. He can keep up with other forwards and play defense well. Scout had an article about his skills, and they say he has a good shooting ability and fadeaway similar to Dirk's. He also apparently has a high basketball IQ. He may not be athlete and needs to gain muscle, but he's got a lot of potential in him.

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Here are some more updates:

Football 2015:

  • Breiden Fehoko, 97 rated DT commit, released his Senior Highlight tape this past week and he's really really good people. He also finished high school and was admitted to Texas Tech.
  • Tyron Johnson, 97 rated WR, was visited by Kevin Curtis last Saturday. Tyron later named his Top 3 a couple weeks ago, naming Texas Tech, LSU and Oklahoma State in his Top group. He also had this amazing play during the state title game. Johnson will announce his decision during the Under Armor All American game.
  • Kris Boyd, 96 rated DB, will be deciding on Christmas. It doesn't appear he'll pick Tech, but miracles do happen on Xmas.
  • DeAndre McNeal, 93 rated LB, committed to Texas on Friday along with Malik Jefferson. I didn't seem like Tech was going to get McNeal near the end of the process.
  • Kahlil Haughton, 92 rated S, committed to Oklahoma last Friday. He had Arkansas, Baylor, OU and TTU in his final group and choose to announce his decision Friday and become a Sooner. Tech has two safeties committed and are after a few others.
  • Carlos Strickland, 90 rated WR commit, has said that the QB decommitment hasn't affected his position with Tech. Strickland is currently Tech's highest rated WR commit.
  • Jozie Milton, 87 rated DT, announced that he decommitted from South Carolina, but then committed to TCU a day later as a Center. Texas Tech wanted Milton as a Defensive Tackle.
  • Reggie Walker, 87 rated OLB, committed to Kansas State this past week. His Top 3 were Arkansas, Kansas State and Texas Tech, but decided to end his recruitment and commit to the Wildcats.
  • Christian Taylor, 85 rated S, committed to Texas Tech on Thursday. I wasn't expecting him to commit soon, but glad he's a Red Raider. He became the 1st DB commit in the 2015 class.
  • Tipa Galeai, 84 rated DE, committed to TCU on Thursday. He was expected to go to the Horn Frogs before he announced his decision.
  • Ben Hicks, 84 rated PP QB, committed to SMU over Houston and Texas Tech on Friday. Tech still would like to add a QB for the 2015 class.
  • Darreon Jackson, 83 rated S, committed to Texas Tech over Boise State on Friday. He is the first commit for Matt Brock and the 2nd DB commit of the 2015 class. He was teammates with Conner Dyer (who was a big part of his recruitment) for his first 3 years of high school.
  • Arico Evans, 83 rated WR, committed to Kansas a couple weeks ago. Tech offered just a short while ago, but Evans was pleased enough during his visit to Kansas to commit to the Jayhawks.
  • Tony Brown, 82 rated WR, committed to Texas Tech over Colorado this past Thursday, becoming the 4th WR commit in the 2015 class. The big reason Brown choose Tech was his relationship with Chiaverini and his parents feeling comfortable with him.
  • Lonzell Gilmore, 78 rated DE, shut down his recruitment and committed to Texas Tech Thursday night over Nevada. He becomes the first DE in the 2015 class and a good addition to Texas Tech. He was a teammate of Quan Shorts for his first 3 years of high school.
  • Eli Howard, 75 rated DE, decommitted from North Texas yesterday. The DE from San Angelo doesn't have an offer from the Red Raiders currently

Football 2016+:

  • Shea Patterson, 95 rated 2016 PP QB, was offered by Texas Tech shortly after Stidham decommitted. Tech was in Shreveport a few weeks ago and it looks like they were impressed enough by Patterson to offer him.
  • Levonta Taylor, 95 rated ATH, received an offer from the Red Raiders this past week. It seems like in-state Virginia is currently in the lead.
  • Kofi Boateng, 87 rated WR, received his second offer from Texas Tech this past week. His first offer was from Northwestern. He is also receiving interest from TCU.
  • Donell Dunn, NR 2016 WR, received his first offer from Texas Tech this past week. We also is receiving interest from Texas, TCU, Ohio State and Baylor
  • Gio Pancotti, NR 2016 OT, received his second offer from the Red Raiders this past week. His first offer is from Houston.
  • Texas Tech offered a trio of 2017 Louisiana recruits according to Daniel Paulling. Those recruits are DT QB Keytaon Thompson, RB Tevin Bush and DB Micheal Lee.

Baseball:

Texas Tech got a commitment from 2016 RHP John Gonzalez this past week, becoming the 9th (or so) commitment of the 2016 class. He pitched at Edinburg, TX and throws a 91 mph FB, 75 CB, 78 SL and 79 CH according to Perfect Game. However, I saw something that said he throws 95 mph. In 26.1 innings pitched, he posted a 1.83 ERA, striking out 42 batters and holding opponents to a .191 batting average.