If you didn't notice, yesterday was a busy day for Texas Tech recruiting.
#TexasTech Welcomes Fresh Group of Mid-Year Signees to #GunsUp17.— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) December 15, 2016
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So how exactly were these guys able to sign? Yesterday was the first day that JUCO mid-year commits could sign their LOI. This basically means that if JUCO commits are scheduled to graduate in December they are able to sign their LOI and be on campus the following spring. Texas Tech will now have 6 JUCO signees on campus this spring along with a handful of incoming freshmen commits who are wrapping up high school early.
The Red Raiders gained 3 new mid-year commits yesterday as well along with already committed Vaughnte Dorsey, McLane Carter, and Tony Jones. The new commits are Jaylon Lane, Jacob Hines and Octavious Morgan. The 6 of them will all be in Lubbock for spring ball. McLane Carter has 3 years of eligibility left while the other five have 2 years of eligibility. Last week I discussed how the remainder of the 2017 class could be filled with JUCO commits and that's the way it's starting to shape up. Below is a look at the three new commits from yesterday.
Jaylon Lane | 6'1", 185 lbs | Cornerback
Independence Community College (Independence, KS)
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Jaylon Lane is an outstanding athlete. Coming out of high school is he was a highly recruited 4-star prospect. He had over 30 offers from schools like Florida, LSU, Georgia, Florida State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. While he was amazing on the field, an off-field incident forced him to go the JUCO route. This go around Lane held offers from Louisiana Tech, Oregon State, UCLA and a handful of other schools. Texas Tech could be getting a steal here. Lane could come in and help out our secondary immediately.
Jacob Hines | 6'4", 325 lbs | Offensive Guard
Long Beach City College (Long Beach, CA)
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It appeared as though Hines was going to be a late addition to the 2016 class last May, but he ultimately ended up declining Texas Tech's offer. It appears as though the Red Raider coaching staff stayed in contact with him throughout this year and he signed on the dotted line yesterday. Hines stands at 6'4" and close to 325 pounds which is nice size for a college offensive linemen. New Mexico was his only other FBS offer, but he ultimately chose to be a Red Raider. Hines will be able to step in next year when needed and provides great depth for what was a weak unit last season.
Octavious Morgan | 6'0", 200 lbs | Cornerback
Butler County Community College (El Dorado, KS)
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Morgan chose Texas Tech over the likes of Missouri, Arkansas, Baylor, Iowa State, and West Virginia. Scout has Morgan rated as a 4-star and he, like Jaylon Lane, could end up being a steal for the Red Raiders. As of late, Butler C.C. has been a pipeline for Texas Tech and that's a good thing. The players that come from the JUCO level at least have some sort of experience at the next level and are primed for the next step. Keep an eye on Morgan, he could find himself getting a lot of playing time come next season if he has a good spring.
Other Recruiting News
JUCO running back Tyree Range officially decommitted from Texas Tech yesterday. Many believed that he had already decommitted but he solidified it yesterday. After Desmond Nisby committed, Range changed up his Twitter bio and mentioned that his recruiting was re-opened.
2018 safety Cameron Jones from Euless Trinity decommitted yesterday as well. Jones has been getting a lot of attention as of late and a lot of people thought it was only a matter of time before he decommitted. Jones is a 4-star recruit and will be getting looks from some blue-chip programs.
2017 Football Commits
Xavier Martin: Quarterback, Steele High School (Cibolo, TX)
Jack Anderson: Offensive Line, Frisco High School (Frisco, TX)
Dawson Deaton: Offensive Line, Frisco High School (Frisco, TX)
Quincy Addison: Defensive Back, Angleton High School (Angleton, TX)
Bronson Boyd: Wide Receiver, The Oakridge School (Arlington, TX)
Casey Verhulst: Offensive Line, Plano East High School (Plano, TX)
Dylan Weaver: Offensive Line, Piedra Vista High School (Farmington, NM)
Will Farrar: Offensive Line, Travis High School (Richmond, TX)
Adam Beck: Defensive Back, George Ranch High School (Richmond, TX)
Adrian Frye: Defensive Back, Aldine Eisenhower High School (Houston, TX
John Davis: Defensive Back, Trinity High School (Euless, TX)
Riko Jeffers: Linebacker, Sachse High School (Sachse, TX)
Dominic Panazzolo: Punter, Snow College (Ephraim, UT)
Nelson Mbanasor: Defensive End, Hendrickson High School (Pflugerville, TX)
Vaughnte Dorsey: Safety, Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. (Perkingston, MS)
McLane Carter: Quarterback, Tyler Junior College (Tyler, TX)
Tony Jones: Linebacker, Butler County C.C. (El Dorado, KS)
Desmond Nisby: Running Back, Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, CA)
Jacob Hines: Offensive Guard, Long Beach City College (Long Beach, CA)
Jaylon Lane: Cornerback, Independence Community College (Independence, KS)
Octavious Morgan: Cornerback, Butler County C.C. (El Dorado, KS)