For the first time in a while now the Red Raiders didn't receive a commit last week. Over the past few weeks though some recruits have been narrowing down their lists of prospective schools. I'll take a look at a linebacker out of Louisiana, a JUCO offensive tackle, and a defensive back from the DFW area who have all recently narrowed their top choices of schools to include the Red Raiders.
Kevin Moore | 6'0", 190 lbs | Linebacker
Acadiana High School (Lafayette, LA)
24/7: 86 | Rivals: 3-Star | Scout: 3-Star
Kevin Moore hails from our neighboring state of Louisiana. Recently Moore posted a top 5 list that included Texas Tech along with Texas, Arizona State, Oklahoma State and Louisiana-Lafayette. We all know by now that Kevin Curtis is pretty much in control of recruiting out of Louisiana and he's been doing a heck of a job. In a recent interview with Scout, Moore said that his relationship with the Tech coaching staff is great and that Tech has been showing him the most attention out of all the schools pursuing him. Moore is a great player, last year he racked up 148 tackles and 5 sacks. He can drop back in coverage or make a play in the backfield. In a zone scheme he reads the quarterback and has great reaction speed to the ball. If need be, we can even stick him at quarterback in which you can see on his film. If we land Moore Tech will be getting a great athlete.
Tate Leavitt | 6'6", 300 lbs | Offensive Tackle
Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, KS)
24/7: NR | Rivals: 4-Star | Scout: 3-Star
Tate Leavitt is one of the most sought after JUCO recruits in the nation. Rivals has him the highest rated at a 4-star, I'm not too sure why 24/7 doesn't have him rated yet. Earlier this week Leavitt posted a top 5 list including Texas Tech along with Kentucky, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Missouri. Leavitt currently attends the same community college as Tech commit DeQuan Bowman who plays wide receiver for the Blue Dragons. At 6'6" and 300 pounds Leavitt has great size and should transition easily from the JUCO level. Leavitt is a blocking machine. On run plays he's seen driving the defender back 10 yards down the field and constantly moving his feet making sure not to reach. On pass plays he sets back in his pass blocking stance and keeps the pressure at bay. Last year he only gave up one sack for the entire season so needless to say he would be a great addition for Tech.
DeMarkus Acy | 6'0", 170 lbs | Safety
Wilmer-Hutchins High School (Dallas, TX)
24/7: 85 | Rivals: 2-Star | Scout: 3-Star
DeMarkus Acy is from the Dallas area and attends Wilmer-Hutchins High School. Even though he may be from a smaller school this guy is a big time player. He is being heavily pursued at the moment and released a top 6 last week. The five schools he listed were Texas Tech along with Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Kansas and SMU. The first thing I notice with Acy is that he is downright fast. He's perfect for the free safety position, since many refer to the position as "center field". Acy has the quick speed necessary to make a play on a deep ball or come down field and lay a lick on someone which he isn't afraid to do. Acy would be a great defensive back commit for the Red Raiders.
Back on June 19th, Levi Onwuzurike (Allen, TX) released his top 10 with Texas Tech included in it. Onwuzurike is a 3-star defensive end according to 24/7 and Rivals and a 4-star via Scout. I wrote about Onwuzurike at the end of April here. At this stage of the recruiting process you will start to see a lot of recruits narrowing their choices down to their top 5 and 10 schools.
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)
Neiman Armstrong: Cornerback, DeSoto High School (DeSoto, TX)
Antoine Cox-Wesley: Wide Receiver, Steele High School (Cibolo, TX)
Jett Duffey: Dual-Threat Quarterback, Lake Ridge High School (Mansfield, TX)
Bryson Denley: Athlete (RB, WR), Steele High School (Cibolo, TX)
DeQuan Bowman: Wide Receiver, Hutchinson CC (Hutchinson, KS)
Derrick Willies: Wide Receiver, Trinity Valley CC (Athens, TX)
Mychealon Thomas: Defensive Tackle, Butler CC (El Dorado, KS)
Brayden Stringer: Linebacker, Cypress Ranch High School (Cypress, TX)
Ivory Jackson: Defensive Tackle, Amarillo High School (Amarillo, TX)
T.J. Vasher: Wide Receiver, Rider High School (Wichita Falls, TX)
DaMarcus Fields: Cornerback, Taylor High School (Taylor, TX)
Johnathan Picone: Linebacker, Mandeville High School (Mandeville, LA)
Houston Miller: Defensive End, Keller High School (Keller, TX)
Noah Jones: Defensive End, Southmoore High School (Moore, OK)
Jordyn Brooks: Linebacker, Stratford High School (Houston, TX)