Texas Tech got it's 17th commitment and and 5th Wide Receiver (if you include Giles and Coutee) late Wednesday night when Donta Thompson announced via Twitter that he had committed to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders get a versatile big man who can do several things for Texas Tech and should be a playmaker in the future. Here's my review of Thompson from last month
Height Weight 40 Time 6'5" 210 lbs 4.65
We first learned about Donta Thompson in November when we learned that he would be visiting for the Oklahoma game. He didn't have an offer from the Red Raiders at the time, but just a couple days after his official visit, he received an offer from Texas Tech. Other schools were going after him as well, including former Big XII school Colorado and Illinois. He would end up taking an official visit to Illinois last weekend, then tweeted on twitter yesterday that he decision was down to Texas Tech and Illinois. Then, just a few hours ago, Eric Morris tweeted out "BIG", causing followers of recruiting to wonder what had happened. Appartently "BIG" meant "Big WR", as Donta Thompson tweeted about an hour ago announcing his commitment to the Red Raiders.
Now let's see what Donta Thompson can bring to the Red Raiders. Thompson brings height, strength and good hands to the receiving corp. Donta is a big receiver at 6'6" and can reach above Defensive Backs to grab the ball. There are several times in the film where Donta is able to use his size eliminate the DB on the play and come down the football. Just throw it to the right spot and he'll come down with it. Also, Donta is strong receiver at 201 lbs. He can push around Defensive Backs and outman defenders for the ball. This also helps when Tech runs the football, as Donta has good strength and has the tools to be a good blocker. Finally, he has great hands. He made some unbelievable catches; some over receivers, some on go route, some on back shoulder throws and even endzone fades. In fact, with the addition of Donta Thompson, Tech now has a big, powerful receiver they can use in the redzone. Tech struggled at times to put up points on the goal line, so adding a big guy like Thompson can help. He reminds me a lot of Jace Amaro when he was at Tech, and could have a big impact if he develops right.
Tech now has 17 commitments to the class with a week until National Signing Day. There are still plenty of recruits left of the board too. Darrion Daniels is deciding between Iowa, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech Friday at 7pm. JoJo Wicker has Tech in his Top 3 along with Arizona State and UCLA. Chris Warren III has Tech in their Top 4 along with Texas, Oklahoma State and Washington. Semisi Uluave is deciding between UCLA, Oregon and Texas Tech. Arthur McGinnis appears to be deciding between Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Arizona. Still a lot of big fish left. And that doesn't include recruits like Tyrell Thompson and Henry Black. It'll be an interesting week