The Recruiting Roundup continues this week by looking at some offensive recruits and a versatile athlete who could end up as Red Raiders. One is a standout Dallas area wide receiver who's getting a lot of attention, one is a running back from a school Texas Tech is all too familiar with, and one is from a tiny Texas town but he can do just about everything.
Omar Manning | 6'3", 205 lbs | Wide Receiver
Lancaster High School (Lancaster, TX)
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Omar Manning hails from the Dallas area and Texas Tech has had some great success in the area as of late. Manning is really starting to blow up on the national scene, he now holds 21 offers. Some of those offers are from schools such as Arizona State, Houston, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, TCU and Texas. The Red Raiders offered Manning back in November and according to 24/7 Emmett Jones and Eric Morris are the two coaches pursuing his services. In his film below it looks like Lancaster loves to throw Manning the fade route and who wouldn't. If he's in one on one coverage he comes down with the ball more often than not. You see him attacking the ball at the highest point which is a key fundamental when it comes to being a great wide receiver. Manning is a long-strider and would make a great outside receiver for the Red Raiders.
Travell Lumpkin | 5'10", 185 lbs | Running Back
Steele High School (Cibolo, TX)
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Cibolo Steele is no stranger to Texas Tech. Former assistant coach and now head coach at Bowling Green Mike Jinks came to Texas Tech from Steele and established a recruiting pipeline leading straight to the high school. Travell Lumpkin picked up his first offer from the Red Raiders last July and he currently holds one other offer from Houston. You would expect Bowling Green to get in on the action as well. Last season Lumpkin had 1,016 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Lumpkin plays alongside Red Raider commit Xavier Martin. Steele has their players' highlights set to private on Hudl but I was able to find his sophomore season highlights on YouTube. You can see below, he exhibited a lot of what he was capable of when he was just a sophomore. Lumpkin would be a good addition to Texas Tech's new and improved run game.
Montrell Estell | 6'2", 180 lbs | Athlete (WR/S)
Hooks High School (Hooks, TX)
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Montrell Estell comes from Hooks, TX which is a small town of only about 2,900 people. Although his high school might not play on the largest stage in Texas high school football, Estell has made a name for himself. Estell currently hold 6 offers and Kansas, Arizona State and Texas Tech are his three Power 5 offers. Texas has also been looking at Estell but they have not offered him yet. Playing in class 3A, Estell looks to play on his own level. He's much bigger than most of the other players and plays both ways. Estell was named 1st Team All-State at safety and racked up 1,500+ total yards on offense by playing wide receiver, lining up in the backfield and returning kicks. I'm not 100% sure what position Texas Tech is pursuing Estell as, but if I had to guess I would say safety.
Texas Tech's 2017 recruiting cycle is starting to heat up. While there aren't a lot of offers out at the moment, expect more to come when spring camps get under way and the coaching staff is able to evaluate recruits' film. The Opening Dallas regional takes place March 13th and myself and a few other staffers will be attending to get a firsthand look at some possible Red Raiders.
2017 Football Commits
Tyler Castaneda: Offensive Line, Round Rock High School (Round Rock, TX)
Xavier Martin: Athlete QB/WR, Steele High School (Cibolo, TX)
Jack Anderson: Offensive Line, Frisco High School (Frisco, TX)
Jalen Reagor: Wide Receiver, Waxahachie High School (Waxahachie, TX)
Dawson Deaton: Offensive Line, Frisco High School (Frisco, TX)