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Texas Tech Recruiting Roundup, 1/7

We all know the offensive weapons coming to Lubbock in the 2016 recruiting class, but what about defense?

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Many fans have come to learn the names of some of the top offensive recruits in the 2016 class. Derrick Willies, T.J. Vasher, Jett Duffey and Da'Leon Ward are some of the offensive weapons who will be on campus come next season, but not too many people might be as familiar with the defensive recruits.

I am personally looking forward to seeing 3 defensive guys in particular: DE Houston Miller, LB Kevin Moore, and LB Johnathan Picone.

Houston Miller | 6'3", 235 lbs | Defensive End

24/7: 84 | Rivals: 2-Star | Scout: 3-Star

Houston Miller had a superb senior season. The Keller native ended the season with 119 tackles, 16 TFL, 9 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles. Those numbers were good enough to land Miller on the AP Class 6A All-State Team. Only the best of the best land on the all-state first-team so you have to know that Miller is a baller. There's a very good chance Miller sees a good chunk of playing time next year.

Kevin Moore | 6'0", 200 lbs | Linebacker

24/7: 86 | Rivals: 3-Star | Scout: 3-Star

Kevin Moore was one of the later commits for the 2016 class. Moore committed on October 29th but then took an official visit to Arizona State the following weekend and has also taken an official to Oklahoma St. Even though Moore took those visits he has stayed firm to the Red Raiders. At the end of the season, Moore found himself earning Class 5A All-State honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Just as D'Vonta Hinton, Kevin Moore could end up finding himself playing his freshmen season.

Johnathan Picone | 6'1", 210 lbs | Linebacker

24/7: 84 | Rivals: 3-Star | Scout: 3-Star

This Louisiana native also had a stellar senior season. Picone compiled 96 total tackles and 6 sacks on the year. While Picone didn't earn first-team honors along side Kevin Moore, he did earn Honorable Mention for Louisiana Class 5A by the LSWA. One thing you can see in Picone's highlights is that he isn't afraid to come downhill and lay the wood.

All 3 of the guys mentioned above had great senior seasons and may get some late attention from programs as National Signing Day grows closer. They all possess unique talent and could find themselves playing on Saturdays next season instead of just watching from the sideline.

2016 Football Commits

Da'Leon Ward: Running Back, Skyline High School (Dallas, 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)

Nick McCann: Defensive Tackle, Arkansas High School (Texarkana, AR)

Austin Deshay: Defensive End, Hendrickson High School (Pflugerville, TX)

Travis Bruffy: Offensive Tackle, Ridge Point High School (Missouri City, TX)

Zach Adams: Offensive Tackle, Riverbend High School (Fredericksburg, VA)

Clarence Henderson: Defensive End, Skyline High School (Dallas, TX)

Joe Wallace: Defensive Tackle, Skyline High School (Dallas, TX)

Kevin Moore: Outside Linebacker, Acadiana High School (Lafayette, LA)

Desmon Smith: Defensive Back, Odessa Permian High School (Odessa, TX)

Bailey Smith: Offensive Line, Lovejoy High School (Lucas, TX)