Last Friday Texas Tech picked up their 19th commit of the 2016 recruiting class in Jordyn Brooks. Brooks is from Stratford High School in Houston and plays outside linebacker. He is the 9th defensive commit for the class and it's great to see the class balancing out on both sides of the ball. Along with Brooks I'll take a look at two DFW area recruits, Southlake's Lil'Jordan Humphrey and Irving's Noah Spears.
Jordyn Brooks | 6'1", 225 lbs | Linebacker
Stratford High School (Houston, TX)
24/7: 82 | Rivals: 2-Star | Scout: 2-Star
Brooks held a handful of offers including ones from Missouri, UCF, Washington, and Houston but chose to commit to the Red Raiders last week. It's nice to see Tech lure someone out of Houston to come to the plains of west Texas. Brooks is quick off of the edge and can beat running backs to the outside. He can also fight through blocks on screens and has great pursuit. In a lot of the plays on his film, when he's the backside linebacker he is seen chasing down the running back from behind and bringing him down. This guy is a player and has great hustle. He'll be a nice addition to the Tech defense.
Lil'Jordan Humphrey | 6'4", 200 lbs | Running Back
Carroll High School (Southlake, TX)
24/7: 87 | Rivals: 3-Star | Scout: 4-Star
If you were to look at Tech's commits so far you would think they have two running back commits already with both Bryson Denley and Da'Leon Ward. At a second glance you would see that Ward is our only RB commit and Denley is projected to play slot receiver. It's noted that the coaching staff would like to add another RB and who better than Humphrey? Humphrey had an amazing year last year racking up 1800+ yards on the ground and 29 rushing touchdowns. Don't let the "Lil" part fool you, Humphrey stands at 6'4" and is right around the 200 pound mark. While he's big in stature, Humphrey has some elusiveness as well. Think of him as Brandon Jacobs but can also spin and juke along with his trucking abilities. Humphrey would be a nice get for the Red Raiders if they were able to pull it off.
Noah Spears | 6'2", 200 lbs | Linebacker
Nimitz High School (Irving, TX)
24/7: 79 | Rivals: 2-Star | Scout: 3-Star
The Red Raiders offered Noah Spears back in May and at the time he was unrated. He is now a 2-star recruit in 24/7's and Rivals' eyes and is a 3-star prospect according to Scout. It's great to see the Tech coaching staff get to these guys before anyone else does, it in someway has to stand out to them. Texas Tech and Kansas are Spears' two power 5 offers at the moment and he also holds an offer from SMU. Spears is patient and doesn't over pursue. He lets the play develop and then has the quick reaction necessary in getting to the ball carrier. If the Red Raiders were to land Spears they would for sure be adding the pieces they need for the future on defense.
Texas Tech is on a recruiting roll at the moment. Nineteen commits through the month of June is a perfect spot to be in heading into the second half of summer. Only time will tell how many commits we end up with. It has been a while now that the Red Raiders have gone a week without landing a commitment from a recruit, so we'll see how this week wraps up. If anyone does commit then we will make sure we break the news as soon as we hear it.