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Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update - 7/8/2014

A 5-star schedules a visit, his teammate makes a Top 10 list, basketball recruiting in Florida heats up and The Opening. Plus a look at Dru Samia and Gary Haynes

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dru Samia - Offensive Guard (San Ramon Valley, Danville, CA)

Height Weight 40 time Shuttle Vertical Power Throw SPARQ
6'6" 300 lbs 5.68 4.90 25.2" 39.5' 76.98

Ratings: 88 by 247 / 77 by ESPN / 5.5 by Rivals

Interest: UCLA (Warm), Fresno State (Warm), Oregon *(Warm), Texas Tech (Cool)

We first learned about Dru Samia two weeks ago when he offered by the Red Raiders at an All-Poly camp in Utah. He earned offers from Tech, Colorado and UCLA over that weekend, totaling his offers to 11. Like signee Levi and commits Lafaele and Fehoko, Dru is a Polynesian. I'm not sure if he is related to any Polynesian Red Raiders, but certainly that connection will help Texas Tech in the recruiting process. He has taken quite a few visits already, visiting many PAC-12 schools. These include schools like UCLA, USC, CAL, Oregon, ORST, Washington and WSU. Right now, it looks like UCLA is in the lead for Dru, and his interest in playing in the PAC-12 seems high. I'm sure Dru Samia has some interest in Texas Tech, but I don't know how serious the interest is at this time. He will be on the same team as Breiden Fehoko in this week's The Opening, which could help us in his recruitment. Fehoko has talked to many recruits about playing for the Red Raiders. Here is an article and video on Dru Samia during the All Poly camp. Now let's take a look at Dru's film. What I like the most about Dru is his combination of size and strength. He recorded one of the top power throw distances for the SPARQ rating and straight up bullied the opposition in film. I don't know the level of play Samia plays at, but he is dominating that level. What Dru does well is push linemen off him. The first push gets the linemen off balance, forcing them to reposition themselves and try again, and the second gets them on the ground for good. It's important as an offensive linemen to not lose ground to your opponent. He plays tackle in the film, but likely will be switched to guard in college with his big frame and lack of speed. Although he doesn't really look that slow in the film, he doesn't run good 40's and that won't do well against faster DEs. Hopefully Dru will take a closer look at Texas Tech, as he is a talent the Red Raiders would love to have.

Gary Haynes - Wide Receiver (Manvel, Manvel, TX)

Height Weight 40 time Vertical Power Throw
5'8" 152 lbs 4.48 28.7" 29"

Ratings: 85 by 247/ NR by ESPN / 5.5 by Rivals

Interest: Houston (Warm), Louisiana Lafayette (Warm), Texas A&M *(Warm), Texas Tech *(Warm)

Gary Haynes is a 3-star WR out of Manvel who is getting noticed by college programs around the area. You probably know him as the recruit who caught his own pass. Now unfortunately for Haynes, he won't be able to use that play in college, but he's got plenty of skill to get him to the next level. Haynes doesn't have a lot of scholarships at the moment, with Houston and Louisiana Lafayette being the only ones, but schools like Tech, A&M, North Texas and Baylor have been keeping an eye on the WR from Manvel. He attended Texas Tech's camp in Houston last month, along with 2016 teammate D'Eriq King (who will be visiting Tech July 15th). He has yet to receive an offer from the Red Raiders, but if Tech ends up needing a WR down the road, Haynes may be a recruit the Red Raiders go after. Now let's take a look at what Haynes can do on film. What stands out the most to me is his ability to run routes and to gain extra yardage. Haynes ran multiple routes in the film, from slants to cross to wheel routes, and he looked pretty good running them. He would get separation from the opponent using his speed and route running, making it easier for the QB (D'Eriq King)  to throw the ball. He also has the skills to evade a defenders and get extra yardage. The competition Manvel plays against is good, which makes Haynes film more impressive. Gary Haynes looks like a talented player that could make an impact at the next level. Maybe we could see the Red Raiders extended an offer to Haynes down the road.

Here are some more updates:

Basketball 2014:

Football 2015:

  • Jarrett Stidham, 96 rated QB commit, has recently visited Baylor and Oregon. Baylor is close by Stephenville (and home of former Stephenville coach Art Briles) and The Opening is close to Oregon. Stidham is still a hard commit at this point in time.
  • Tyron Johnson, 97 rated WR, will be visiting Texas Tech for the Arkansas game. Expect plenty more visits to be planned for the Arky game.
  • Donte Jackson, 95 rated WR, released his Top 5 on Sunday, and Tech might've made the list. The list is behind a paywall (Rivals), but in this tweet, he tags UGA, LSU, ORE, TTU and UCLA. That's impressive that someone Tech offered a short while ago names us in his Top 5. His Top 3 at the moment (according to 247) is Georgia, LSU then Oregon.
  • Mike Starts, former 4-star DT, has stated on twitter that he will be heading back to Tech on Monday. I don't know his football status, or weather it's just a visit or he's staying. I do know, however, that Summer II classes start Tuesday at Tech.
  • Arthur McGinnis, 86 rated OLB, named his Top 10 last week and listed Texas Tech as one of the Top 10. His list is in no particular order, but Tech was listed as the 5th team on the list, behind supposedly favorites A&M and UCLA. Teammate of Tyron Johnson.
  • Justin Reid, 89 rated S, has received a lot of letters from Texas Tech recently. Haven't heard about Reid since early June.
  • Joshua Jones, 85 rated OT, will name a Top 5 later this week. I believe that Tech has a pretty good chance to make it, along with TCU and A&M
  • Corey Dauphine, 84 rated RB soft commit, was visited by the Texas Tech track coach last Tuesday. Tech is by no means out of the race for Dauphine. He will decide sometime in the football season.
  • Tyler Moore, 84 rated OG, recently talked to Coach Hays. Moore looks like he'll be heading elsewhere though (most likely UT)

Basketball 2015:

  • Keith Stone, 85 rated SF, received an offer from the Red Raiders last week. This is the 3rd Florida offer for the Texas Tech basketball squad.
  • Jamal Palmer, NR SG, and Antonio Vrankovic, NR C, are both recruited by Texas Tech. Both players are on the same AAU team as Keith Stone and CJ Williamson.

Football 2016+:

  • Devwah Whaley, 92 rated ATH, will be taking a visit to Texas Tech this summer according to Matt Clare. The ATH from Beaumont has received a lot of interest from Tech, along with A&M, Baylor and Oklahoma.
  • McKinley Mitchell, brother of Tech transfer Mike Mitchell, was finally given a rating of 88 (92 composite) by 247sports. He visited Tech with his brother at the beginning of June.
  • Michael Williams, 91 rated DT/OG, will taking a few visits this month (according to Rivals) and one will probably be to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders offered Williams while at a Tech camp this past month.

The Opening:

The Opening is finally here. For those who aren't exactly sure what The Opening is, it's a competition in Oregon where the best athletes compete in the SPARQ (athleticism testing) Championship, 7 on 7 Championship and Lineman Challenge. It's over a span of three days, and it show cases the best athletes across the country. Plus, it's good marketing for Nike. Seriously, everything there is covered in Nike. Anyway, here is an SBNation link describing the event. Here is the schedule for the event:

July 8th 7pm CT ESPNU & WatchESPN SPARQ Championship (Mike Mitchell won in 2012)
July 9th 7 pm CT ESPNU & WatchESPN 7 on 7 matches (Stidham - AlphaDog, Fehoko - MachSpeed
July 10th 7 pm CT ESPNU & WatchESPN 7 on 7 Finals & Lineman Challenge

Here some news that 247sports has gathered thus far from the event.

  • Breiden Fehoko, 97 rated DT commit, caught up with 247sports at The Opening. He stated that he planned on recruiting Fred Ulu Perry, Tyron Johnson and more while he was there. Also determined to earn a 5-star by recruiting services. However, he best news was that he said he's 100% committed to Tech.
  • Jarrett Stidham, 96 rated QB commit, was leading the Elite 11 after Day 2 of the event. Feels good to know a Tech commit is atop the leader board. Murray and Town (two arguably great QBs) are not in the Top 11 thus far.
  • Malik Jefferson, 98 rated OLB, told 247sports that he will be taking official visits to Ohio State, Stanford and UCLA. He also stated he's still high on Texas and A&M. Malik is taking official visits out of state because of their cost.
  • Kahlil McKenzie, 98 rated DT, will decide between Tennessee and Arizona at The Opening this week. He talked with Fehoko a bit, but no major interest in Tech.
  • Fred Ulu Perry, 92 rated OC, said that UCLA and Oregon State are currently at the top of his list. He will take official visits once the season is over with and will decide sometime in January.
  • Justin Reid, 89 rated S, has visited and camped at LSU, and could visit Stanford and Mississippi State during the summer. He will take a majority of his visits after his football season is over with.

Finally, if you want to ask me a recruiting question, you can always do so below, or go to this link. You can also view my other answers to other people's questions.