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Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update - 9/8/2014

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A recruit plans an official visit to Tech, The Red Raiders hand out new 2015 offers, updates on major basketball targets, along with a new baseball commitment. Plus a look at TE Jordan Davis and DT Ross Donelly

Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Davis - Tight End (Clear Lake HS, Houston, TX)

Height Weight 40 time Shuttle Vertical Power Throw Squat Bench
6'5" 254 lbs 4.60 4.41 30.3" 43' 550 lbs 405 lbs

Ratings: 90 by 247 (168th overall) / 81 by ESPN (226th overall) / 5.9 by Rivals (142nd overall) / 4-star by Scout (118th overall)

Interest: Texas A&M (COMMITTED), Texas Tech (Cool), Texas (Cool), Miami (Cool)

Jordan Davis was a player that has been on Tech's radar for a while, but someone I haven't reviewed. That's because Davis has been committed to A&M since June of last year. He originally committed to Florida State after a visit and offer in March, but after he visited and was offered by A&M, he switched his commitment shortly after. For a while in the Spring, Davis showed in interest in both Tech and Texas, but stayed committed to the Aggies. He didn't visit Texas Tech, but did visit Texas for the Spring Game. He didn't like what he saw though and left at halftime (ouch). However, it appears that Jordan's name has resurfaced again, as Rivals recently wrote a story about him and Stidham encouraged Red Raider fans to follow the Tight End. As of right now, it does look like Davis will stay at A&M, but he already decommitted from a school once, so maybe he ends up doing it again. Tech is looking at Tight Ends for the 2015 and 2016 class, so the fact that Tech is still pursuing Davis makes sense. Now let's take a look at what Jordan Davis can do on the field. Davis reminds me a lot of Jace Amaro. First off, he has the body size that Amaro posses wit his 6'5", 250 pound frame. Secondly, he lines up as a wide receiver much like Jace Amaro, which is probably one reason why he's committed to A&M. He has a big body that's hard to get down and great range to catch the ball. Jordan also runs his routes pretty well and can go up and get the ball. Jordan looks like he'll be a great college player, and I wish he would be a Red Raider. Maybe the coaching staff has a trick up their sleeve and can get Davis aboard, but I don't think that'll be enough. Who knows what could happen.


Ross Donelly - Defensive Tackle (Cy-Fair HS, Cypress, TX)

Height Weight
6'2" 300 lbs

Ratings: 85 by 247 / 80 by ESPN / 5.6 by Rivals / 3-star by Scout

Interest: Stanford (Warm), Ole Miss (Warm), Texas Tech (Cool), Texas A&M *(Cool)

Ross Donelly announced via Twitter last Friday that he was offered by the Red Raiders. Donelly was committed to Rice (along with former Tech target Zach Abercrumbia) since March, but decommitted on the first of August after he visited a Stanford Camp. This is likely why Stanford leads on the in 247's Crystal Ball prediction and Rivals has Stanford and Ole Miss leading. I'm not sure when Ole Miss offered, but it looks like they're right in mix for Donelly. Another team that could get in the mix is Texas A&M. Donelly visited Texas A&M twice last year for games and another time for an A&M camp. Texas A&M hasn't offered yet, so maybe an offer by the Aggies could get them in the race for Donelly. I'm sure where Tech is with Ross right now because they just offered, but hopefully we can get in the mix for the DT. Now let's take a look at what Ross Donelly can go on field. Ross is a defensive tackle that can take up space on the line and can find his way to the ball carrier. There were times on his film when he took on a double team and made way for other defenders. He would even break free from his double team at times and disrupt the play, even making the tackle at times. Then there are plays when he forces the linemen back and makes a play on the ball carrier. Texas Tech needs some young depth on the defensive line, so it makes since that the coaching staff started to offer more defensive linemen this past week. Hopefully Ross Donelly will consider Texas Tech and give us more depth on the defensive line.


Here are some more updates:

Football 2015:

  • Joseph Wicker, 91 rated DT, received an offer from Texas Tech on Saturday. He also has told 247sports that he is thinking of visiting Texas Tech for the Oklahoma game. His other planned official visit is to Arizona State.
  • Jarrett Stidham, 98 rated QB commit, will be taking his official visit to Texas Tech this weekend. Hopefully he can help recruit Tyron Johnson and Jalen Bates, who also are visiting this weekend.
  • Tyron Johnson, 98 rated WR, could only take one official visit this season, and that looks to be Texas Tech next week aganist Arkansas. Johnson recently named Clemson his leader and visited them back in April. He also has gone to an LSU camp.
  • Jalen Bates, 89 rated DE, will be visiting Texas Tech for the Arkansas game this weekend. He originally planned it for the UCA game, but choose to go this week instead. He plans to commit in late September.
  • Connor Williams, 86 rated OT, has committed to Texas and will enroll in the Spring. He took visits to Oregon and Georgia, but eventually decided to commit to Texas.
  • Christian Taylor, 85 rated S, has named Texas Tech in his top 4 according to Daniel Paulling of 247sports and will take an official visit to Texas Tech according to Drew Kohnle of Rivals. Taylor's 247sports profile list Louisville on Top with Texas Tech, Boise State and UCF.
  • Tony Nicholson, 87 rated ATH, has decommitted from Arizona State and reopened his commitment. He visited Tech during Junior Day but committed to Arizona State after visiting for their Spring Game. I'm not sure at this point if Tech will play a factor this time around.
  • DeAndre McNeal, 88 rated WR/MLB, has named 4 official visits in Arizona State, Miami, Oklahoma State and UCLA, and plans on choosing his 5 official visit between Texas, Alabama, Ohio State and Texas Tech. I expect McNeal to choose Ohio State as his final official visit.
  • Tony Brown, 82 rated WR, received an offer from Texas Tech yesterday. Tech only has one receiver committed to the class thus far with targets like Johnson and Carlos Strickland still available. Brown is a bigger WR out of California.

Basketball 2015:

  • Mickey Mitchell, 94 rated SF, visited Ohio State this past weekend with fellow Texas Titan teammate Austin Grandstaff. Mitchell decommitted from Ohio State a few weeks ago, but appears still interested in the Buckeyes. Analysts started predicting that Mickey would go to Tech because of his brother Mike Mitchell.
  • Jordan Jackson, NR SG, visited SFA this past weekend. Jordan has planned to visit Texas Tech in October.

Football 2016+:

  • Obi Eboh, 85 rated 2016 CB, received an offer from Texas Tech this past week according to Matt Clare of Rivals. Tech has been looking at Eboh for a while and decided to offer last week. He attended Texas Tech's Spring Game in 2014. Also has offers from Duke, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
  • JC Chalk, 87 rated 2016 TE, got an offer from the Red Raiders last week. He committed to Clemson this June after attending at Clemson camp, but it's still a long ways until NSD. Tech is the first school to offer since his commitment.
  • Brandon Peters, 91 rated 2016 QB, is receiving interest from Texas Tech according to Steve Wiltfong of 247sports. He currently only has two offers in Virginia Tech and Iowa. He also has taken (or planned) a lot of unofficial visits.
  • JP Urquidez, 91 rated 2016 OT, has named a Top 6, with Texas Tech not making the cut. Tech received early interest from JP, but interest has seemed to fade. Texas, Baylor and Penn State look to be in the lead right now.
  • Jack Anderson, 90 rated 2017 OC, will visited A&M this weekend. Jack has also planned a visit to Tech for the Oklahoma game.

Basketball 2016+:

  • Alterique Gilbert, 90 rated 2016 PG, received an offer from Texas Tech this past week. Gilbert's other offers include USC, A&M, Maryland and Florida State.

Baseball:

Ty Harpenau, RHP from Fort Smith in Arkansas, committed to play baseball at Texas Tech this past week. Ty has an assortment of pitches in his arsenal, including an 89 mph FB, 79 mph CB, 83 mph SL and a 78 mph CH. In his junior year of high school, Ty posted a 2.28 ERA with a 3-2 record in 6 appearances, striking out 39 batters and allowing 15 walks in 27.2 IP. According to this article, it looks like Ty got hurt last season, which explains why he only made 6 appearances. He is currently ranked as the 358th player in the nation, which is actually better than it seems because a lot of the top players go pro or go to a junior college so they can go pro sooner. Here is some film of him throwing. Ty Harpenau looks to be a great addition to this Texas Tech team.


How did the 2014 Class do last week?

Stockton is a beast. EOD

Justin Stockton 8 rushes 135 yards 1 TD
Cameron Batson 4 returns 26 yards
Marcus Smith 5 tackles
Brandon Thorpe 2 tackles
Keland McElrath 8 tackles
Tevin Madison 2 tackles
Jah'Shawn Johnson 1 tackle

How did the 2015 Class do last week?

Jarrett Stidham 20-24 377 yards 5 TDs, 0 INTs
7 rushes 18 yards 1 TD
Corey Dauphine 20 rushes 72 yards 0 TDs
Johnathan Giles (as QB) 14-23 135 yards 1 TD
21 rushes 123 yards 2 TDs
D'Vonta Hinton (as LB) 9 tackles (3 TFL) 5 Solo 4 Assist
Breiden Fehoko 5 tackles 2 sacks 12 QB hurries