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Red Raider Gridiron: Thompson on TTU; Steele's Improvement; Johnson on TTU's Radar

New commit Donta Thompson talked about how he always liked Texas Tech. Fellow commit Terrence Steele improved tremendously from his junior to senior year and former UT commit Jamile Johnson visited Texas Tech this weekend.

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Thompson Always Liked Texas Tech. Via a free Red Raider Sports article, we hear from one of the recent Texas Tech commits in Ennis WR Donta Thompson, who says he'll play the Y-receiver position and how he talked to offensive coordinator and receivers coach Eric Morris about expectations:

"We mostly talked and coach answered a lot of our questions, told us about the expectations for the offseason and when I would enroll. I'm probably going to be in Lubbock to visit during the spring practices for sure, but will be on campus in early June to enroll."

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound prospect shared more about his decision and where the Texas Tech coaches see him fitting into the offense.

"In the end, what led me out to Texas Tech was the offense they run," Thompson said. "With the position that I'm going to be playing, the Y-receiver role, similar to Jace Amaro. Coach wants me to play the stand-up tight end position and use my size to create space in the passing game.

"At Ennis, it usually depended on what type of team we were playing each week, but I played wide receiver and they shifted me around to tight end or the slot. Coach Morris told me about the stats their Y-receivers have put up with targets and catches since they took over at Texas Tech."

There's a lot more there, so make sure and check it out.

It's an Epidemic. From the Express-News, we have an article on how college quarterbacks are transferring left and right and it's been happening for a while:

Between 2001 and 2014, more than 30 percent of 300-plus Texas high school quarterbacks who signed with Football Bowl Subdivision schools eventually transferred, including such future NFL signal-callers as Ryan Mallett and Nick Foles.

In addition, about 25 percent of players who signed as quarterbacks were moved to other positions, and fewer than 30 percent of Texas quarterback recruits started at least one season at the position.

It's an issue not only for quarterbacks in search of playing time and a possible pro career but for coaches seeking depth and competition for playing time at the most important position.

Steele Improves. Really good look from the Express-News on Texas Tech commit OL Terrence Steele from Cibolo Steele, who has changed quite a bit from his junior to senior year:

Steele estimated he dropped 55 pounds from his junior to senior year. He also held offers from North Texas, UTSA, and BYU but committed to Texas Tech in November, during the Knights' run to the Class 6A Division II state semifinals.

Most of that playoff run occurred behind the tackle. The Knights use an unorthodox blocking scheme that has the ability to flip the tackles that bookend the offensive line.

The senior was the Knights' strong tackle. Mike Barcenez, the Knights' offensive line coach, said approximately 70 percent of the offense ran through whichever side Steele was on.

Johnson and Thomas Visit. Somewhat of an interesting turn of events as South Oak Cliff (as an aside, I almost always initially spell this as Kliff) players S Jamile Johnson and WR J.F. Thomas visited Lubbock this weekend.  There's been no word from Thomas, but Johnson was committed to the Longhorns up until yesterday morning when he decommitted.  If you believe in fake crystal balls, all signs point to Texas Tech being Johnson's landing spot.  Texas Tech hired South Oak Cliff's head coach Emmett Johnson as the director of player development on Friday (reportedly).  As an aside, the Longhorns have had a few defensive back commits recently and have four other current defensive back commitments.

Miscellaneous. The LAJ asks a high school player, Jack Anderson a 2016 target, and a recruiting analyst if new and different uniforms matter and at the end of the article, it comes down to no, not really, it depends where you think you can play . . . Courtney Wallace visited UL-Lafayette this past weekend . . .