Texas Tech landed its third commit for the 2016 in tight end Donte Coleman. Coleman committed to Tech this past Saturday after being offered last month. He has all the makings to be the next great Texas Tech tight end. I'll also take a look at a highly sought after Houston prospect that Tech has had its eyes on since 2013 and another Houston area recruit who is currently a Tech commit that we hope we can hang on to.
Donte Coleman | Tight End
West Mesquite High School (Mesquite, TX)
24/7: 84 | Rivals: 3-Star | Scout: 3-Star | ESPN: NR
Texas Tech Commit 3/21/2015
Tech hauled in its third commit this past weekend and he's a monster. Donte Coleman stands at 6'4" 220 lbs and will be able to contribute to both the passing and run game. Coleman reeled in 4 TDs last year accompanied with 234 yards receiving. I like everything I see from Coleman: he's physical, he can block, he runs through linebackers attempts to chip him off the line, and he finds a window and settles in it in the short passing game. If you watch the below film on him you will see exactly what I mentioned above. Hopefully we can keep Coleman a Red Raider throughout the year because I really like what he brings to the table. Texas was a little late to the party, they offered Coleman three days after he committed and at this point it doesn't look to have swayed his choice.
Ed Oliver | Defensive Tackle
Westfield High School (Houston, TX)
24/7: 96 | Rivals: 4-Star | Scout: 5-Star | ESPN: 4-Star
Ed Oliver first arrived on the scene back in 2013 for Texas Tech. He attended a Texas Tech camp and was offered back in June of 2013. If you do the math you realize he had just completed his first year of high school at that time and was going into his sophomore year. Last year Oliver racked up 84 tackles with 7 sacks. He currently holds 11 offers to date with Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU and Texas A&M being a few of the schools who have offered. Oliver is strong and fast. He can drive linemen back, throw them to the side and make the tackle or he can simply run right by the linemen and wrestle up the ball carrier or QB in the backfield. This guy has the raw talent that makes him an extremely good football player. If Tech could pair him along side Fehoko they would be the thing of nightmares for opposing teams for the years to come.
Collin Wilder | Safety
Katy High School (Katy, TX)
24/7: 86 | Rivals: 4-Star | Scout: 3-Star | ESPN: 3-Star
Texas Tech Commit 6/15/2014
Collin Wilder committed to Texas Tech last summer and has stuck with us ever since, but then again we were his only offer until a few days ago when Duke offered him. Katy has been a powerhouse in the state over the years and has produced some quality talent as well. Wilder looks to keep up the tradition and would be a great addition to Tech's secondary. So far Wilder has been the cornerstone for the 2016 class and it would be nice if he stays with us wire to wire. Wilder has great instinct on run plays and gets to the ball carrier in a hurry. When he makes a tackle he isn't going low at the knees or ankles, he's coming to lay the wood. He also is great in defending the pass. Wilder is good at putting himself between the receiver and the ball. If need be, we could even use him in the punt/kick return again too. If all goes as plan Wilder will be a Red Raider from first offer to national signing day.
With Coleman's commit last week things are starting to get going with the 2016 class. We now have three commits who are right around the 3-star range. Tech hasn't landed that "signature" commit yet for this class but it is still early in the process. This could come in the form of a big name offensive weapon or a defensive beast but either way it will happen, just not sure when.
2016 Football Commits
Collin Wilder: Safety, Katy High School (Katy, TX)
Da'Leon Ward: Running Back, Skyline High School (Dallas, TX)
Donte Coleman: Tight End, West Mequite High School (Mesquite, TX)