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Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update - 2/9/2015

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Tech gets a pair of SOC commits, Tubby Smith gets another scholarship for the 2015 class and a whole bunch of visitors for the upcoming weeks. Plus a look at Shea Patterson, Bryson Denley and Lil'Jordan Humphrey

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Shea Patterson - Pro Style Quarter Back (Calvary Baptist Academy, Shreveport, LA)

Height Weight 40 time
6'2" 190 lbs 4.67

Ratings: 95 by 247 (65th overall) / 85 by ESPN (28th overall) / 6.1 by Rivals (6th overall) / 5-star by Scout (#1 QB)

Interest: Ole Miss (Warm), LSU (Warm), USC (Warm), Texas Tech (Cool)

Texas Tech first offered Patterson back in December, right before the dead period started. Kevin Curtis visited the Shreveport area after the Baylor game, and likely paid a visit to Patterson to talk him. Shea is regarded by many recruiting services as the #1 Pro Style Quarterback in the Nation. He has had several in-home visits with schools like Arizona and LSU, along with unofficially visiting schools USC and Texas A&M (Junior Day). Tech hasn't really shown a whole lot of interest in 2015, but maybe they'll start recruiting him hard. They're top QB target looks to be Shane Buechele right now. Now let's take a look at what Shea can do on film. What stood out to me about Patterson is his ability to step up in the pocket, his vision and the fact he can drop the ball in tight spaces. Shea has good pocket presence and can feel where the defenders are. He steps up at the right times to make the throw. And when he does throw the ball, he's good at fitting the ball in the receiver's basket. Shea can find the wide open receiver with his good vision. He can look at every receiver until he can find the open man. I'm not sure if Tech will be serious contenders for Patterson, but if they are, he would be a great college quarterback for the Red Raiders.

Bryson Denley - All Purpose Running Back (Steele HS, Cibolo, TX)

Height Weight 40 time
5'8" 165 lbs 4.39

Ratings: 88 by 247 / 3-star by ESPN / 5.6 by Rivals / 2-star by Scout

Interest: Texas Tech (Warm), Baylor (Warm), Illinois (Cool), Oklahoma *(Cool)

Texas Tech first offered Bryson Denley back in September, a few months after Baylor offered Denley. The only other offer so for is from Illinois. The reason why Denley pops out so much to us Red Raider fans is because he is from Steele HS, where Mike Jinks coached before coming to Tech. Not only that, but he is a RB, which is what Jinks' coaches. I'm not how much of an advantage that gives Tech, but hopefully that gives us some sort of edge. As of right now, he's the top Running Back on the board for the Red Raiders. Tech went to Steele last month to visit Terence Steele, but they could've also talked with Denley. Hopefully Stockton and Steele and convince Denley to commit to Texas Tech. Let's take a look at what Denley can do on film. There's not a whole lot of film available, but what I like about Bryson is his breakout speed, vertical running style and ability to hit the hole. He's a vertical runner that's going to cut upfield whenever he gets the chance to. Bryson doesn't seem like someone who's going to run horizontal waiting for a hole to run through. He's also pretty strong RB for his size, fighting through defenders and pushing for extra yards. He's a hard nose running back that the Red Raiders could use in the backfield.

Lil'Jordan Humphrey - Running Back / Athlete (Southlake Carroll HS, Southlake, TX)

Height Weight
6'5" 200 lbs

Ratings: NR by 247 / NR by ESPN / 5.5 by Rivals / 4-star by Scout

Interest: Texas Tech (Warm), Texas (Warm), Ole Miss (Warm), Arkansas (Warm)

Texas Tech offered Lil'Jordan Humphrey back in December, being one of his lone offers at the time. Lil'Jordan stands out to fans of recruiting everywhere, and not because his name is Lil'Jordan. He's a whooping 6'5", which is extremely tall for a Running back. He joined a good backfield with SDST signee Ryan Agnew this past season for a good Southlake Carroll team. This season, he should thrive even more, being the lead back in the system. Lil'Jordan isn't the only Southlake Carroll player Tech is going after though. Obi Eduh (an 88 rated DB) received an offer from Tech back in Semptember and is one of the top defensive back recruits for the Red Raiders. We should see Tech's name associated with Southlake a lot this year. Now let's take a look at what Lil'Jordan Humphrey can do on the film. What I like about Humphrey is his ability to move so well for his size. Most guys that size can't hit the holes as well as him and avoid tackles as well. Lil'Jordan uses juke moves, spins and cuts away from defenders and get extra yards. He also can catch out of the backfield, which could be good for Tech's offense. He steps so fast that a simple catch out of the backfield could be 5 or more yards easily. If he were to commit to Tech, I'm not sure if he would be a Runningback (due to the fact his size could be a system and health problem in college), but he could be a good Wide Receiver for Tech. Hopefully Tech keeps on recruiting Lil'Jordan and keeps him interested in the Red Raiders.

Here are some more updates:

Football 2015:

  • The 2015 class is finally over, with 19 signees and average class ranking of 35 (and average Big XII ranking of 4). I'm not going to talk anymore about it right now, but here's my conversation with the VTM crew (part 1and part 2), along with the page with all our 2015 commits. Here's the page with all the known PWO before National Signing Day.
  • JF Thomas, 95 rated WR, flipped from TCU to Texas Tech on National Signing Day. He becomes Tech's highest rated offensive commit and Top Wide Receiver.
  • Jamile Johnson, 89 rated S, committed to Texas Tech on National Signing Day after decommitting from Texas the previous week. He becomes the Top rated Defensive Back commit.
  • Courtney Wallace, 85 rated DT, switched his commitment to Louisiana Tech on Tuesday. His dad played football at La Tech.
  • Quinn Sonntag, 5-star LS, has committed to play football at Texas Tech. He's not rated by any recruiting services, but he's considered to be a Top Long Snapper. He will be a PWO.
  • Nick Keller, NR K, will join the Texas Tech football team as a Preferred Walk On. He is a kicker from Pearland HS

Basketball 2015:

  • We learned the news that Justin Jamison was dismissed from the team this week, which opens up another scholarship for the 2015 class. Many of us thought that Tech would have at least one player transfer out, and with Jamison off the team, it opens up another scholarship. Some players that could fill the void are Missouri State SG transfer Marcus Marshall, NR PF Dusan Kovacevic and 87 rated JUCO PF Cullen Russo

Football 2016:

  • Christian Wallace, 91 rated S, has decommitted from TCU. Tech offered Wallace roughly a week ago. He is from the same town as current commit Collin Wilder.
  • Keenan Murphy, 86 rated OG, was offered by Texas Tech on Tuesday. This is Keenan's 5th offer and 1st in the Big XII.
  • AJ Green, NR DB, has received his 4th offer from Texas Tech. He is a defensive back from DeSoto High School.
  • Tyrell Alexander, NR WR, received his 5th offer from Texas Tech on Wednesday. Tech visited Lancaster the week before National Signing Day.
  • Demerick Gary, 83 rated DE, is starting to like the Red Raiders a lot after Coach Jones joined the staff. He is a Defensive End from Kimball HS.
  • Bubba Hall, NR DB, is receiving serious interest from Texas Tech according to Chris Williamson. He currently does not have an offer from Texas Tech.
  • Devin Williams, 83 rated DT QB, will be visiting Texas Tech on Feburary 28th. Tech has a lot of visitors lined up for that date.
  • Ryan Ross, NR DT QB, will visiting Texas Tech on March 28th. No other confirmed visitors at this time.
  • Sidney Murray, NR DE, will be visiting the Red Raiders in the Spring. He is receiving interest from Texas Tech, along with Baylor and A&M
  • Artez Rhymer, NR WR, will be visiting Texas Tech sometime this Spring. He is an unrated WR from Miday HS.
  • Cario Attaway, NR DB, will be visiting Texas Tech on the Feburary 28th, possibly with Artez Rhymer. He is receiving a lot of interest, but no offers thus far. He's from Midway HS.
  • Keion Sutton, NR RB, plans to visit Texas Tech sometime this Spring. He also plans to visit UT. He is from Midlothian HS.

Football 2017:

  • Tyrese Robinson, NR 2017 OT, received his first offer from Texas Tech on Tuesday. He is a 6'3", 270 lb lineman from McKinney Boyd