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Riverside C.C. offensive lineman Lio Lafaele has committed to Texas Tech and you can thank Darrin Chiaverini for continuing to work.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Texas Tech has secured it's third commitment for the 2015 class, dipping into the JUCO ranks for Riverside C.C. offensive lineman, Lio Lafaele.

PLAYER DETAILS
LIO LAFAELE

POSITION: Offensive line
HT/WT: 6-4/310
FORTY: N/A
JUCO: Riverside C.C. (Corona, CA)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals N/R | Scout N/R
ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports N/R
CUMULATIVE RANKING: N/A
VTM PROFILE DATE: March 9, 2014
OFFERS | Texas Tech

SCOUTING REPORT | Lafaele originally signed with Utah coming out of high school, originally from Corona, California. Lafaele didn't qualify academically and ended up at the same JUCO as Darrin "Big Money" Chiaverini, Riverside C.C. Lafaele talked about his decision to attend Riverside (via Desert News):

"Right out of high school it was like you’re jumping out in the wild," he said. "You don’t really know what you’re doing."

Lafaele looked into going to a JC and noticed RCC’s success on the field and its success at sending players onto four-year programs.

"This school gets players out so who doesn’t want to come to a good football team?" he said, noting the program’s attention to academic progress also helps. "They not only prepare you for the JC level but also the DI level."

Lafaele was generally regarded as a 3-star player coming out of high school, with his only offer from Utah coming out of high school and he talks about how he matured, giving a lot of credit to Chiaverini (via WreckEm 24/7):

"It’s just a blessing, right out of high school I didn’t know what I was doing," Lafaele said. "I committed to Utah, next thing you know I was at Chiaverini’s doorway. He helped me to go from a boy to a man at the JC level, now I have the opportunity to go from the JC level and show my talent where the big boys play at and it’s an awesome feeling."

Lafaele plays mostly right tackle on his film and he's incredibly athletic for his size. He moves around really well for a guy his size and he punishes opponents. Lafaele never doesn't up on plays and you can tell that he's got a really nice punch as he's a strong player that can control the defender with his arms and terrific footwork. Again, it is Lafaele's athleticism and footwork that's the most impressive. Maybe the best part of the video is when he pulls from the tackle spot to completely blowout the defenider, just a beautiful play that shows what he can do.

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

2015 Texas Tech Football Commits

QUARTERBACKS
PLAYER DETAILS
JARRETT STIDHAM

POSITION: 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 84 | 24/7 Sports 96
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.9849
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
PLAYER DETAILS
COREY DAUPHINE

POSITION: Running Back
HT/WT: 6-1/180
FORTY: 4.45
HIGH SCHOOL: Memorial (Port Arthur, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals N/R | Scout
ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 84
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8400
VTM PROFILE DATE: February 3, 2014
OFFERS | Lamar, Texas Tech and Washington St.

OFFENSIVE LINE
PLAYER DETAILS
LIO LAFAELE

POSITION: Offensive line
HT/WT: 6-4/310
FORTY: N/A
JUCO: Riverside C.C. (Corona, CA)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals N/R | Scout N/R
ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports N/R
CUMULATIVE RANKING: N/A
VTM PROFILE DATE: March 9, 2014
OFFERS | Texas Tech

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