Last week I looked towards the future and what Texas Tech's upcoming offensive needs will be. This week I check out what the needs on the other side of the ball will be along with special teams. Either way, our 2016 recruiting class is pretty balanced and we will be looking pretty good along the defensive line. Again, freshmen include both walk-ons and redshirts for the 2015 season
As you can see, the secondary has a pretty balanced amount of experience. Not too many seniors and not too many youngsters. One thing that is good is that the starters are pretty young which will only allow for them to grow and become better. I expect the coaching staff to continue the trend of adding around 5 guys each class and continue to keep a steady flow of players coming in and out of the secondary group.
If Texas Tech didn't have 8 defensive linemen committed for the 2016 class I wold be nervous, but since we do I think we'll be fine. Hopefully this year the younger guys will get to play in some rotations and gain that essential game experience. Breiden Fehoko will be a guy who will make an impact all 4 years he's on campus. I imagine the coaching staff tries to add 4-5 defensive linemen in each of the next few recruiting cycles.
The linebacker group is also pretty well balanced when it comes to years of experience. The 5 seniors this year will make way for 6 juniors and sophomores next season. D'Vonta Hinton will get some valuable experience this year and will likely be competing for a starting spot next year. It's always nice to have a multi-year starter at positions versus having to plug in a new player each year. When it comes to linebackers I see the Red Raiders getting 3-4 commits in each of the upcoming classes.
Taylor Symmank is the lone senior when it comes to the kicking unit. He's one of the best at what he does and after he's gone we'll be pretty young. Symmank has the punter position all to himself and may even handle some kicking duties. One good thing about having young talent is that they can only get better. I look for Texas Tech to have some kicking competition on their hands for the next few years. Maybe the coaching staff will target a highly talented place kicker in one of the upcoming recruiting cycles.