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
Donta Thompson - Wide Receiver (Ennis HS, Ennis, TX)
Height Weight 40 Time 6'5" 210 lbs 4.65
Ratings: 83 by 247 / 73 by ESPN / 5.4 by Rivals / 3-star by Scout
Interest: Texas Tech (Warm), Purdue (Warm), Colorado (Warm), UTSA (Warm)
Donta Thompson was first offered by Texas Tech after his Oklahoma visit. He visited for the Oklahoma game and was hosted by former Ennis DB Jah'Shawn Johnson. He is also looking at Purdue, Illinois and USTA, and should be deciding here shortly with National Signing Day coming up. If anybody was watching the High School Football Championship games, Donta Thompson was a playmaker for the Ennis squad, scoring the game winning TD late in the 4th quarter to win the game. He is listed as a Wide Receiver, but he could also play Tight End for whichever team he goes to. Now let's take a look at what Donta Thompson brings to the field. Donta is a strong receiver that can out muscle DBs for the ball. This helps him get inside position, and when he does catch it, he's tough to bring down. I also like Donta's ability to catch the high ball. He finds the ball at the highest point and brings it down with his strong arms. He's someone that Tech will be able to throw too when they need a catch. Finally, he's a winner. He came in clutch in the championship game and has shown he shows up on the big stage. Tech hasn't been great closing out games when they are close, so having someone like Thompson would help them. He reminds me of a stronger (though not as fast or athletic) Carlos Strickland and could be a good WR for the Red Raiders.
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