Jakeem Grant, DeAndre Washington and Justis Nelson were all consensus 3-star recruits who made big impacts for Texas Tech last year. This week I take a look at some other under the radar prospects who could make lasting impressions at Tech. I look at a quarterback who sat behind one of the top quarterbacks in Texas, a cornerback who you may get confused for a famous wide receiver and an athlete who could play just about anywhere at the next level.
Sam Glaesmann | Dual-Threat Quarterback
Midway High School (Waco, TX)
24/7: NR | Rivals: NR | Scout: NR | ESPN: NR
Sam Glaesmann saw limited action last year because Midway's starter was Texas Tech target and eventual SMU commit, Ben Hicks. Glaesmann has the size and attributes to be a star on the field this year though. He has not received an offer yet but has been getting looked at by several schools and attended Rice's junior day. Glaesmann is reportedly visiting Tech this week and could possibly pick up his first offer. From the limited film I've seen on Glaesmann I notice a few things: he can run, throw on the run and has good football IQ. When Glaesmann keeps it on option plays he can get to the outside quick and pick up a good chunk of yards. When he roles out he can throw an accurate ball on the run and if he keeps the ball on option pass plays he can read defenses and spot the open receiver.
AJ Green | Cornerback
DeSoto High School (DeSoto, TX)
24/7: NR | Rivals: 3-Star | Scout: 3-Star | ESPN: NR
Texas Tech has its eyes on AJ Green and hosted him on their junior day back in March. Green is starting to compile offers now from some good football programs and Tech was Green's third offer back in February. Green is a physical cornerback who isn't afraid to engage the receiver off the line. If it's just him and the ball carrier in the open field Green has the ability to make the open-field tackle. Green has nice size at 6'1" for a corner and this allows him to play a more physical style of football. If we can land AJ Green he would be a nice addition to the secondary along side Colin Wilder. There isn't a ton of film out on Green, below are his sophomore year highlights. You can see that even as a sophomore Green was able to man up on receivers and tackle in the open field.
Tyrell Alexander | Athlete
Lancaster High School (Lancaster, TX)
24/7: 88 | Rivals: 3-Star | Scout: 4-Star | ESPN: NR
Tyrell Alexander is the signal-caller for Lancaster but it looks as though he will play wide receiver at the next level. Last year he threw for almost 800 yards but racked up close to 1200 yards on the ground. Alexander is quick and shifty. When he gets in the open field he is very hard to get a hand on. He can hit the defenders with a few juke moves and then he's gone. This would translate perfectly to being a wide receiver in college. I could see him thriving in the screen game or catching the ball on quick slants. Texas Tech will be hosting a satellite camp at Lancaster this summer and I see it as a great opportunity for Tech to get a better look at Alexander.
Texas Tech hauled in its 4th commit for the 2016 class in OL Emoree Giddens. Giddens is no stranger to Texas Tech since he is a Lubbock local and plays at Coronado High School. Giddens picked up an offer from Texas Tech Wednesday 4/8 and quickly turned that into a commitment. From what I've read, Giddens is a beast on the basketball court so if this tells you anything, the big man is pretty athletic. He will provide Tech with an athletic option if they do intend to play him at OT.
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)
Emoree Giddens: Offensive Line, Coronado High School (Lubbock, TX)