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Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update - 7/15/2014

Recap of The Opening, recruits release their favorites and a look at new Red Raider basketball targets. Plus a look at Kendall Bussey and Tyler Moore

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Kendall Bussey - Athlete / Running back (Isidore Newman School, New Orleans, LA)

Height Weight 40 time Squat Bench
5'9" 195 lbs 4.42 450 lbs 325 lbs

Ratings: 87 by 247 / 76 by ESPN / 5.8 by Rivals

Interest: Nebraska (Committed), Arkansas (Cool), Oklahoma St. (Cool), Texas Tech (Cool)

Texas Tech offered Kendall Bussey back in late June, even though he was already committed to Nebraska at the time. He was committed to Tulane way back in the summer of 2013, then decomitted and committed to Nebraska after a Junior Day visit with the Cornhuskers. Recently, Bussey has also gotten a lot of attention from Arkansas, who constantly visits Bussey. Kendall has also visited Arkansas back on April 12th. I don't think Bussey is currently fully committed to Nebraska (because of the decommitment and Arky interest), but I don't know the situation. The way some recruiting writers are talking about it makes me feel like he could go to another team. Now let's take a look at what Bussey can do on film. Bussey has some good attirbutes that could help him succeed at the next level. First off, he's got an impressive 40 time of 4.42, and has the ability to break away from the defense when given the opportunity. There were times in his film where he was WR and beat his man to the pass, and eventually down the field for the score. He also knows how to hit his holes. Kendall did an excellent job in his film figuring out where the holes would be and hitting them. This could also be key when he's catching balls out of the backfield or catching a screen pass. Finally, Bussey has good feet and balance, making it difficult for the defender to bring him down. Granted that college players will be stronger and better tacklers, but the fact that Bussey constantly can break tackles and stay on his feet in his film is promising. With the chance of Dauphine leaving, Tech is looking at possible replacements for him in the class, and Bussey would not be a bad edition.

Tyler Moore - Offensive Guard (North Shore, Houston, TX)

Height Weight 40 time Shuttle Vertical Power Throw Squat Bench
6'5" 335 lbs 5.70 4.70 21.4 35' 500 lbs 350 lbs

Ratings: 84 by 247 / 77 by ESPN / 5.5 by Rivals

Interest: Texas (Warmer), Oregon State (Warm), Oklahoma *(Warm), Texas Tech *(Warm)

Tyler Moore is an OG that Tech has looking at for a while, but hasn't offered yet. His offer list is strange, as it goes from schools like New Mexico and Texas St to Texas and Oregon State. Oklahoma and Texas Tech haven't offered Moore yet. It looks right now that Texas is the favorite, with Moore tweeting about Texas and his interest in the school, but he hasn't made up his mind yet. Who knows, maybe an offer from the Sooners or Red Raiders could change his recruiting approach. Tyler Moore tweeted last week that he has talked with Coach Hays, and Matt Clare has stated on twitter that Moore said he wants to visit Tech for a game. Maybe we'll see increased interest from Tech with the need of an offensive guard this class. Let's take a look at what Tyler can do on film. Tyler Moore has great size for playing guard. He's got a tall, wide frame that will help prevent interior linemen from breaking through the line. He drives his player back, multiple times taking him to the ground. While he's not the fastest guy, he is able to keep his man in front of him and doesn't give up on a play. I believe that Moore would work best with run blocking though. However, they didn't have any passing plays in the film, so I'm not sure how he would do in that. Either way, I think Moore would be great player to pick up if the Red Raiders can't get some of their bigger linemen targets.

Here are some more updates:

Football 2015:

  • Fred Ulu Perry, 92 rated OC, committed to UCLA last Friday. He stated during The Opening that he would take official visits to UCLA and Oregon St, but decided to commit before taking those visits. Breiden was going to try and convince him to choose the Red Raiders.
  • Kirk Merritt, 94 rated ATH, released his Top 5 during The Opening and they are LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Oregon and A&M. However, during the SPARQ national championship, the announcer said LSU, Alabama, A&M, TCU and Texas Tech. I would guess the first list is more accurate, but Tech is not out of the running.
  • Kris Boyd, 93 rated DB, talked with 247sports this Friday and he might've released his favorites. 247 now shows Texas A&M in the lead with Texas and Florida State right behind them.
  • KJ Hill, 94 rated WR, has 4 favorites in Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and Oklahoma State according to The Opening announcer. Going to be hard to convince him to be a Red Raider.
  • Gary Haynes, 85 rated WR, says that he has been getting increased interest from Texas Tech according to EJ Holland.
  • Keisean Lucier-South, 98 rated DE, told Breiden Fehoko (who loves to tease us) that he loved what Tech had to offer. So far he has official visits set for Norte Dane and Michigan.
  • Semisi Uluave, 91 rated OT, has named his Top 5, and Tech made it along with Oregon, Vandy, UCLA and Wisconsin. Uluave is from Hawaii and is one of the Top OL targets for the Red Raiders.
  • Corey Dauphine, 84 rated RB commit, recently talked with WreckEm247 and stated that Texas Tech is still currently on top and will visit Tech, Baylor and A&M about mid-way through the season.
  • Trent Irwin, 92 rated WR, received an offer form Texas Tech this past week. Irwin is projected to go to Arizona State or Stanford right now.

Basketball 2015:

Football 2016:

  • Jack Anderson, NR 2017 C, will be attending the Oklahoma v. Texas Tech game this year. He also stated two weeks ago that he would attend the West Virginia v. Texas Tech game.
  • D'Eriq King, 91 rated 2016 ATH, told EJ Holland that Texas Tech and UCLA are his favorites right now. Good seeing Tech on top for a highly pursed 2016 recruit.

The Opening Recap:

Texas Tech commits did a great job at The Opening this past week. It started off with the Elite 11 on Saturday, where Tech QB commit Jarrett Stidham competed against 22 of the best QBs in the country. After the first 3 days of the Elite 11, Stidham was ranked atop the Elite 11 charts. Pretty impressive stuff. However, during the 7 on 7 portion of the event, he didn't do fairly well, dropping the 7th overall in the charts. In a WreckEm247 interview, Barton Simmions said that he thought Stidham was a guy that couldn't get in a rhythm with the constant QB changes throughout the day. He did go on to say that Stidham was consistent throughout the event and just has the "it" factor. Two things to take away from The Opening; Stidham made the Elite 11 (and will compete in another Elite 11 camp in August) and Texas Tech has one damn good QB.

As for Fehoko, he also did fairly well in the event. On Tuesday, Breiden won the strength portion of the Linemen challenge, benching 185 lbs 42 times. He also did fairly well in the next two days making some Top 5 list throughout the week. While some don't think he's in the "Top Tier", there was no doubt he was at least in the 2nd Tier. Breiden's mixture of strength and agility should be deadly at the college level.

Here are some more performances from The Opening:

  • Kirk Merritt won the SPARQ Challenge for 2014 (as predicted by Jarrett Stidham). Malik Jefferson finished 6th and KJ Hill finished 9th
  • Tyron Johnson did fairly well in the event, but didn't make the All Tourney team. However, many people thought he should've made at, as he played extremely well in the event.
  • Malik Jefferson did make the All Tourney team. While Tech isn't in great position for Malik, we aren't out of it. Other noticeable names are Donte Jackson and Holton Hill.
  • Kahlil McKenzie committed to Tennessee while at the event. Had some interest in Tech, but everyone figured the DT would wind up in Tennessee.