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Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update - 5/20/14

Another commit gets Opening invite, Tech targets choose a favorite, Recruits pushes back commit date and Tech visits top recruits. Plus a look at Shane Henry, CJ Williamson, and Malik Beasley.

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Shane Henry - Power Forward (Georgia Perimeter CC, Decatur, GA)

Height Weight
6'8" 180

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

Interest: Texas Tech (Warm), Virginia Tech (Warm), Louisiana Tech (Warm)

Seth talked about Shane Henry two weeks ago, stating that the 2014 class may not be over. A recent rivals story mentioned that Henry had some issues that was delaying his decision, but now it's seems like it's all cleared up. The three schools that Henry is looking at is Virginia Tech, which he visited two weeks ago, Texas Tech, which he is visited now, and Louisiana Tech, who he will visit in two and half weeks. With Tolbert and Hannahs transferring, Tech had two extra scholarships to use, totaling in three scholarships. If Texas Tech does get Shane Henry, we will have two scholarships to use next season, which is still good. Let's take a look at what Henry can do on film. What I like about Henry is the athletic ability he can bring to the PF position. He doesn't weight a lot, but his relentless effort and ability to play big helps him get rebounds and back down opponents. In fact, with his ability to pass and hit an outside shot, I think he has to ability to replace Crockett as a swingman. He's big, athletic and could help spread the floor for the Red Raiders. However, with Tech losing Kravic, Tapsoba, Tolbert and Ross for next year, Tech needs big man help. Henry will likely decide after his visit to Louisiana Tech in June, and hopefully he will pick Texas Tech.

CJ Williamson - Small Forward (Evans, Orlando, FL)

Height Weight
6'6" 180 lbs

Ratings: NR by 247 / NR by ESPN / 3-star by Rivals

Interest: Texas Tech (Warm), Kansas State (Warm), Louisville *(Warm), Texas (Warm)

We first knew about CJ Williamson back in January when he learned that Coach Esposito went to Florida to offer Williamson. At the time, he mentioned that Kansas State and Louisville were atop his list, even though Louisville hasn't offered Williamson. Recently though, he mentioned that Texas Tech was the favorite. Before Tubby Smith was hired, Tech didn't get any recruits in the Florida area, but with Gray signing, and Tech going after recruits like Williamson and Griffin, Florida will be important in Tech's recruiting. Now let's take a look at what Williamson can do. What I like about Williamson is that he is versatile. In his highlight film, he plays more of a PG position, passing to open guys in the paint and attacking the basketball. However, he also is athletic enough to do some acrobatic dunks and lay-ins, along with the ability to shoot from the outside. He seems a lot to me like Justin Gray with his length and ability to make plays around the basket. CJ Williamson would be a great addition to the Red Raiders backcourt and could provide key depth at the SF spot.

Malik Beasley - Shooting Guard (St. Francis, Alpharetta, GA)

Height Weight
6'4" 185 lbs

Ratings: 97 by 247 / 82 by ESPN / 3-stars by Rivals

Interest: Georgia (Warm), Cincinnati (Warm), Auburn (Warm), Texas Tech (Warm)

Texas Tech recently offered Malik this spring. However, this isn't the first time Tech has visited St. Francis in Georgia. Two other targets attend St Francis in 94 rated SF Kaiser Gates and 95 rated PG Kobi Simmons. Those two recruits are probably the main reason why Beasley got recognized and recently offered by so many teams, including Texas Tech. The only school Beasley has visited thus far is Georgia, but he plans to visit Lubbock some time in the summer. Maybe there is some way we can get two or three players from St. Francis to attend Tech. Let's look at what Beasley can do on film. Malik Beasley looks like he can shot from just about anywhere on the floor, weather it's a jump shot, floater, lay-up or 3-pointer. Tech really lacks a true scorer right now, and it would be great if we can grab someone like Beasley who can score from anywhere. Plus after the 2014 season, there will only be two senior SGs in Gotcher and Williams and one sophomore SG in Justin Gray, depending on what position he plays at the next level. That being said, there will likely need to be some sort of guard this class. Maybe Malik Beasley will be the one that Texas Tech decides to pick up.

Here are some more updates:

Football 2015:

  • Breiden Fehoko, 97 rated DT Commit, performed well at the Oakland NTFC, earning an invite to the Opening. Jarrett Sitdham is also attending the event, along with the Elite 11 they hold there. He has been visited by several schools lately/
  • Kahlil McKenzie, 96 rated DT, got a visit from Texas Tech last week. He also preformed well at the NFTC and got an invite to the Opening. Tech is going hard after McKenzie, but getting him seems unlikely. Him and Breiden have been taking however.
  • Jalen Bates, 89 rated DE, got a visit from Texas Tech last week also. Bates is an athletic, raw DE with lots of schools looking at him. LSU seems to be leading, but no offer from them.
  • Donte Jackson, 88 rated WR, got offered by Texas Tech last week. The WR from Louisiana looks to have LSU and Oregon in the lead at the moment.
  • Jaelan Austin, 84 rated WR, will no longer be deciding tomorrow due to Family reasons. Also picked up an offer from Mizzou.
  • Zach Abercrumbia, 85 rated DT, as said that TCU is the lead right now and Texas Tech is just behind. Tech needs another DT or two in this class, and thoughts were that Abercrumbia could be one of them. Zach said that he almost committed to TCU this month, but Tech is still in the race. He will decide this summer.
  • Corey Dauphine, 84 rated RB, got offered by Texas A&M yesterday. With all the recent offers and prestige of the schools increasing as the offers come along, I wouldn't be surprised to see his rating rise soon.
  • DeAndre McNeal, 85 rated ATH, has gotten a lot new offers lately, including Alabama and Ohio State. At one point McNeal almost committed to Texas Tech, but it looks like it got harder to recruit him now.
  • Rivals named some new 5-star recruits, including two Texas Tech targets in Malik Jefferson and Tyron Johnson (who is now rated 6th overall according to Rivals). In an article about Johnson, they mentioned LSU and TTU.

Football 2016+:

  • Kameron Martin, 91 rated 2016 RB, has named Florida State his leader at this point. Texas Tech has been after Martin for a while now. He is teammates of Tech commit Corey Dauphine.
  • A lot of the 2016 athletes have rated by 247sports, and you can see them here. It's way early for me to go into detail into any ratings, but if you want to look at them, knock yourself out