Last week Texas Tech lost another commit in Collin Wilder who was Tech's first commit of the 2016 class. The Red Raider coaching staff responded by hitting the recruiting trail hard this week and handing out some more offers. I will take a look at one of the guys who was offered this week, an offensive linemen whose Oklahoma roots are shown in his Boz haircut and a Houston area defensive recruit who Tech hopes to land and keep this time.
Bubba Ogbebor | Wide Receiver
Heritage High School (Frisco, TX)
24/7: 83 | Rivals: 3-Star | Scout: NR
Texas Tech offered Bubba Ogbebor this week and it is his 4th offer so far. Ogbebor holds offers from Kansas, Iowa and Georgia St along with Tech. The Red Raider staff usually heavily recruits the Dallas area so it's no surprise that they are interested in the Frisco, TX product. Ogbebor isn't a towering outside receiver but he makes up for this in awareness. He makes great adjustments to the ball while it's in the air. He comes back to it and doesn't let the defender get in his way. Ogbebor can high point the ball as well. He goes up over the defensive back and can come down with the ball. I really like Ogbebor's awareness and adjustments he makes to come down with the catch.
Rowdy Frederick | Offensive Line
Broken Arrow High School (Broken Arrow, OK)
24/7: 80 | Rivals: 3-Star | Scout: NR
Rowdy Frederick is an offensive linemen hailing from the state of Oklahoma. He picked up an offer from Tech at the first of April and currently holds an offer from the Red Raiders and Tulsa. Here lately Frederick has been getting a lot of attention because of his awesome haircut (see below) but the guy is a really good linemen as well. He is a big guy coming in around the 6'5", 320 lbs mark and at that size you don't find too many high school players who can contend with that. Frederick can manhandle DTs and DEs at the high school level and doesn't have much of a problem chipping the first guy and getting to the second level. In high school he can play both guard and tackle so if Tech was to land him he could provide depth at either position.
Brayden Stringer | Linebacker
Cypress Ranch High School (Cypress, TX)
24/7: 84 | Rivals: 3-Star | Scout: NR
Texas Tech is looking to keep a strong hold in the Houston area when it comes to recruiting. Collin Wilder and Gio Pancotti are both from the area but of course Wilder decommitted last week. Tech offered Stringer last week and it seems as though he is really interested in the Red Raiders. The other "big school" who has offered him is Wisconsin but with Tech being closer to home maybe that will be an advantage for us. Stringer has a great instinct and nose for the football. He sees the play develop and then he's straight to the ball. Stringer has amazing play recognition and it only takes him a fraction of a second to make a move and lay a lick on whoever has the ball or can drop back in coverage. He plays inside in high school but with his size and athleticism I can see him transitioning to the outside at the next level.
Things seem to be picking up for the Red Raiders' recruiting trail. It wouldn't surprise me if some new commits come in over the next few weeks. Even though Wilder's decommitment stung a bit it seems as though the new defensive staff has other ideas for the recruits they want. I trust the coaching staff over my thinking so I am excited to see what kind of guys they are able to land in this class.
2016 Football Commits
Da'Leon Ward: Running Back, Skyline High School (Dallas, TX)
Donte Coleman: Tight End, West Mequite High School (Mesquite, TX)
Emoree Giddens: Offensive Line, Coronado High School (Lubbock, TX)
Gio Pancotti: Offensive Line, Episcopal High School (Bellaire, TX)