It's finally here. Football season is just 5 days away, and the excitement keeps on growing. This means that recruiting will start picking up again, so there will be more info for you all to sink in soon. This also means we will start having news on who will be visiting, committing and all that other junk. With 5 months left in the class, Tech isn't even halfway done with the class. It's just getting started.
As for this week, no one will be visiting. Jalen Bates was going to visit this week, but choose to visit for the Arkansas game instead. You'll get more info on him below. Now let's take a look at two football recruits, including WR Kyle Bulks and DE Coleman Dennis.
Kyle Fulks - Wide Receiver (Blinn College, Brenham, TX)
Ratings: NR by 247 (90 is HS) / NR by ESPN (75 in HS) / NR by Rivals (5.6 in HS) / NR by Scout (3-star in HS)
Interest: Middle Tennessee State (Warm), Texas Tech (Warm), Utah (Warm), Nebraska *(Warm)
Kyle Fulks is another target that has recently shown up on Texas Tech's radar, but this is no ordinary JUCO. Fulks was a high 3-star / 4-star out of Katy High School and committed to Baylor. He also ran track in high school, finishing 2nd in the 5A 100m dash with a 10.32 time. So yeah, he's pretty fast. He didn't attend Baylor because of NCAA Clearing House issues. Test Scores was likely the reason why he didn't qualify the first time, but hopefully that has been cleared up. According to 247sports, his only offers thus far are Middle Tennessee State, Utah and Texas Tech, with Nebraska showing interest. With Tech only having one WR thus far this class, and three seniors on the 2 Deep at Inside Receiver, Tech may want more experience at that position. Now let's take a look at what Fulks can do. Unforently, I couldn't find any video at Blinn College, so let's take a look at his high school film. There is no doubt that Fulks has got some speed. He's blazing past defenders and getting open deep down the field, even before the pass is there. There were also a few plays where his speed helped him escape from defenders and break free to the endzone. Fulks also has pretty good hands, making some impressive catches on both the offensive and defensive end. Not only that, but Fulks has pretty good hops soon. I hope the Red Raiders continue to pursue Fulks, as his JUCO experience and talent could help Texas Tech next year when Marquez leaves.
Coleman Dennis - Defensive End / Defensive Tackle (Frenship HS, Wolfforth, TX)
|6'2"||240 lbs||5.1||30"||310 lbs||455 lbs|
Ratings: NR by 247 / NR by ESPN / NR by Rivals / NR by Scout
Interest: Texas Tech *(Cool), TCU *(Cool), Utah *(Cool), Texas State *(Cool)
Coleman Dennis has been a name that has been on Texas Tech's radar for a while now, but I haven't looked to closely into. From what I gathered, Coleman Dennis was all district his sophomore year and was trying to get all state his junior year, but I'm not sure what happened. It looks like he now plays for Texas A&M consolidated in College Station and is hoping to play D-1 ball last year. He attended a Texas Tech camp last year, but since then has not been mentioned with Texas Tech. According to this site, Coleman said that his strengths would be his strength, technique, smarts and speed, and that his weakness is his side. Now let's take a look at what Coleman can do on the field. What I like about Coleman is his ability to hit the gap and get into the backfield. Several times in his film Coleman would break through the offensive line and make his way into the backfield, laying a hit on either the runningback or quarterback. His combination of speed and strength helps him do that. He also created a lot of turnovers on film, laying hits on the opposition and causing them to fumble the football. While he may not the biggest guy, he does seem to play hard and give his all. I'm don't think Tech will offer him a scholarship, but it would be an interesting guy to see walk-on.
Here are some more updates:
- DeAndre McNeal, 88 rated OLB/TE, wants to play offense in college. Not sure if Texas Tech is recruiting McNeal for offense or not. Also took at picture wearing a Tech shirt the other day.
- Chris Warren, 92 rated ATH, named a Top 6 this weekend and Texas Tech made the list along with Texas, Stanford, Oregon, Iowa and Washington.
- Tyler Moore, 88 rated G, named his Top 5 via Twitter, listing Texas Tech, Texas, Oregon State, Minnesota and Colorado. Moore planned to visit Texas Tech, however I'm not sure if he's done so yet.
- Jalen Bates, 89 rated DE, will now visit ASU on 8.30 and visit Tech for the Arkansas game. Still plans to commit in late September.
- Dru Samia, 88 rated G, committed to Oklahoma last week. Texas Tech offered last, but it appeared that Sumia was choosing between UCLA and OU, picking Oklahoma.
- Jamile Johnson, 89 rated S, committed to North Carolina last week. Tech was in contention for Johnson after he decommitted for OU (and after a UNC offer), but choose North Carolina.
- Venric Mark, former Northwestern RB, will attend West Texas A&M. He was considering Tech, but TTU didn't have a scholarship to offer and decided to attend West Texas A&M instead. This is also where former singee Shaquille Davis ended up.
- Mickey Mitchell, 94 rated SF, decommitted from Ohio State this past week. There was suspicion that Mitchell could decommit once his brother Mike Mitchell transferred to Texas Tech, and now he officially does so.
- Tyler Davis, 95 rated C, committed to Texas A&M on Friday. Texas Tech wasn't pursuing him hard and wasn't in major contention for him.
- Rivals released a Story stating that a Rivals150 PF plans to visit Texas Tech in October. Some Rivals150 PF that are on Tech's radar are Samir Sehic, Henry Ellenson, Esa Ahmad, Kaiser Gates, Alex Illikainen and Jalon Miller. My guess would be either Sehic or Gates.
- D'Eriq King, 91 rated 2016 ATH, has recently said three schools have stood out the most, and those schools are Baylor, Texas Tech and UCLA. King is one of the 2016 recruits Tech is going after the most.
- Collin Wilder, 86 rated S commit, was downgraded from a 90 composite rating to an 88 composite rating on 247sports, making him no longer a 4-star commit.