Texas Tech now has 25 commitments for its 2016 recruiting class. Of those commits 8 are defensive linemen. It's great to see the coaching staff addressing a need that has been a weakness for a number of years. The Red Raiders now have the most commits out of any school in the nation. I know we might not have the well-known names but we have guys the coaching staff likes and obviously the players like what Texas Tech has to offer since we already have 25 commits before the season even starts.
Tech's two newest commits are from Skyline (Dallas, TX) which is also where RB commit Da'Leon Ward is from. Both DT Joe Wallace and DE Clarence Henderson visited Lubbock last weekend and committed shortly after. I covered Henderson here a few weeks ago and I will take a look at Wallace this week.
Joe Wallace | 6'0", 330 lbs | Defensive Tackle
Skyline High School (Dallas, TX)
24/7: 80 | Rivals: 2-Star | Scout: 3-Star
Joe Wallace held offers from Iowa State, Maryland, SMU and Washington but ultimately went with the Red Raiders. Wallace is the definition of an old school defensive tackle. His 6'0" 330 pound frame is perfect for filling gaps across the line and forcing running backs to go another route. Don't let his frame fool you though, Wallace is quick for his size. When watching his film you would not think he was 330 pounds because he moves a lot quicker than that. His Hudl highlights have him listed with 4.96 speed which isn't blazing fast but it's pretty dang good for someone of his size. I am really liking what I see in Wallace and can't wait to see him as a Red Raider.
So now that Texas Tech has 25 commits, what's next? Growing up playing NCAA football I was always under the impression that a team could only sign 25 players each recruiting class, but below are some notes I was able to find about the number of players a program can sign. The notes below are straight from the trusty ol' Wikipedia.
NCAA Bylaw 18.104.22.168 limits FBS football programs to a total number of scholarships to 85 "counters" annually including 25 scholarships for "initial counters." Counters (NCAA Bylaw 15.02.3) are individuals who are receiving institutional financial aid that is countable against the aid limitations in a sport, initial counters (NCAA Bylaw 15.02.3.1) are individuals who are receiving countable financial aid in a sport for the first time. Bylaw 22.214.171.124 limits schools to signing 28 NLI from initial signing day through May 31.
Oversigning can occur in two ways. First, if a school signs a number of NLI that may bring their total number of counters above the NCAA limit of 85. Second would be to sign more than 25 NLI during the period between National Signing Day and May 31.