Texas Tech and running backs, sounds weird right? DeAndre Washington showed that Texas Tech isn't all about passing nowadays. Washington rushed for 1,103 yards and averaged close to 6 yards a carry last season which was good enough to land him All-Big 12 (2nd Team) honors. Tech is starting to get looks from high-profile running backs here lately and I will take a look at two of them. Even though running backs are starting to recognize that Tech is developing a more balanced offense doesn't mean big name receivers will turn away. Our quarterback, whoever it may be, will air the ball out 30-40 times a game and this constantly gets the attention of highly skilled receiver recruits. I will take a look at one in Louisiana who we hope to bring to Lubbock even though we didn't land his teammate last year.
Da'Leon Ward | Running Back
Skyline High School (Dallas, TX)
24/7: 87 | Rivals: 3-Star | Scout: 3-Star | ESPN: 3-Star
Texas Tech Commit 2/17/2015
Texas Tech offered Ward February 12th and it only took a few days for him to turn that offer into a commitment. Ward rushed for just under 900 yards his sophomore year and had 6 rushing TDs. He also had 168 yards receiving and added on 4 more TDs. Ward's junior season was a stellar performance. He racked up almost 1,800 yards on the ground with 20 TDs while adding 139 yards receiving with 2 TDs. Ward is a very quick and shifty running back. Skyline's offense isn't all that different than Tech's so I don't see it being a huge difference for him. It looks like his bread and butter is misdirection and counter plays. These types of plays allow him to use one quick cut and then he's off to the races. Ward committed to us early in the recruiting process and hopefully he'll remain a Red Raider throughout it, he did attend our junior day 3/7.
Trayveon Williams | Running Back
C.E. King High School (Houston, TX)
24/7: 91 | Rivals: 3-Star | Scout: 4-Star | ESPN: 3-Star
Williams was offered by Texas Tech the same day Da'Leon Ward was. Williams on the other hand hasn't made a commitment to a school. This past Saturday Williams released his top 10 and Texas Tech made the cut along with other in-state schools: Houston, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas. Williams had 1,000+ yards rushing and just over 300 yards receiving his sophomore season and had a combined 8 TDs. This past year he put up superb stats, nearly 2,400 yards rushing accompanied by 25 TDs on the ground. Williams also had 400+ yards receiving and 5 TDs which makes him a threat in the receiving game as well. The first thing you notice with Williams is his speed, the guy is downright fast. His speed allows him to run right past defenders without making much of a move. A small step here and there and he is gone for a 60-yard TD. Once he's past defenders he has great breakaway speed and puts distance between himself and his pursuers. Williams is getting a lot of attention right now and with a bit of luck Tech will make it through a few more of his cuts.
Clyde Leflore | Wide Receiver
Warren Easton High School (New Orleans, LA)
24/7: 93 | Rivals: 4-Stare | Scout: 4-Star | ESPN: 4-Star
Last recruiting class Texas Tech looked like they were going to land stud wideout Tyron Johnson for a good part of the year. Johnson, who by most was regarded as one of the top receivers in the 2015 class, even named Tech his favorite last fall. As time went on LSU started to gain ground on Tech and Johnson eventually committed to LSU on live TV during the Under Armour All-America Game. Now, Tech is back at Warren Easton trying to lure Clyde Leflore to the Lone Star State. Kevin Curtis has been doing a great job in pipelining our neighbor to the east and this would be a big time recruit to add to his belt. Leflore had 33 catches for 821 yards and 9 TDs last season and that was on a team that featured Tyron Johnson as its go-to guy. Leflore suffered a minor knee injury in the team's regular season finale and sat out the playoffs to have it repaired. He should return his senior season good to go.
Tech handed out a few more offers again last week. No really "big name" guys made any decisions last week and it appears as though Jalen Hurts' interest in Tech might be growing so that should be something to watch for. It would be nice if he makes a visit up to Lubbock soon. Make sure you check in with the VTM team for any breaking or important recruiting news.
2016 Football Commits
Collin Wilder: Safety, Katy High School (Katy, TX)
Da'Leon Ward: Running Back, Skyline High School (Dallas, TX)