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Texas Tech 2016 National Signing Day: The Early Faxers

These were the first guys who got their faxes in.

Texas Tech's first 5 have got their LOI faxed in, see who they are below.

Reminder: QB Jett Duffey, LB Johnathan Picone, WR Derrick Willies, and WR De'Quan Bowman are all already on campus.

DaMarcus Fields | 6'0", 180 lbs | Cornerback

Taylor High School (Taylor, TX)

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

The Tech coaching staff obviously likes what this guy has talent wise. Fields has a nice frame for a cornerback and he plays a physical style of football. He isn't afraid to get his hands on the receiver and redirect them. Taylor High School is a smaller high school and a lot of the receivers he covers are either the same size as him or smaller. This isn't necessarily a bad thing because once he gets to campus he'll be able to get plenty of practice in against bigger receivers. Either way, DaMarcus Fields will make a nice addition to the Tech secondary. When Fields committed he was rated a 81 by 24/7 and a 2-star on both Rivals and Scout.

Nick McCann | 6'2", 290 lbs | Defensive Tackle

Arkansas High School (Texarkana, AR)

24/7: 87 | Rivals: 3-Star | Scout: 3-star

When someone is 290 pounds you imagine them to be a little slower off the ball, but this isn't the case with McCann. He is a slender 290 pounds and still gets off the ball with explosiveness. He plays with speed off the edge as a defensive end or can fight through blocks in the interior. He's a great get for the Red Raiders and I wouldn't be surprised if there's a late push by Arkansas, hopefully we can hang on to him though.

T.J. Vasher | 6'5", 180 lbs | Wide Receiver

Rider High School (Wichita Falls, TX)

24/7: 88 | Rivals: 4-Star | 4-Star

The Red Raiders were the first to offer T.J. Vasher and ultimately stood out to the stud WR. Vasher goes to Rider High School which is the same high school former Tech receiver Eric Ward attended. After Ward was released by the Tennessee Titans he went back to Rider to coach for a bit but has since signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. Vasher has a nice frame at 6'5" and could be one of the next great Tech receivers. Vasher is a long-strider and runs crisp routes. He can run a 3-yard slant or run a go route for 30+ yards. On screens he can pick up 10-15 yards or bust it for a long TD as well. Vasher is a physical receiver and would make for a nice weapon for the years to come.

Brayden Stringer | Linebacker

Cypress Ranch High School (Cypress, TX)

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

Texas Tech is looking to keep a strong hold in the Houston area when it comes to recruiting. Stringer has a great instinct and nose for the football. He sees the play develop and then he's straight to the ball. Stringer has amazing play recognition and it only takes him a fraction of a second to make a move and lay a lick on whoever has the ball or can drop back in coverage. He plays inside in high school but with his size and athleticism I can see him transitioning to the outside at the next level.

Desmon Smith | 6'3", 191 lbs | Defensive Back

Odessa Permian High School (Odessa, TX)

24/7: 87 | Rivals: 3-Star | Scout: 2-Star

Smith is a big defensive back at 6'3" and 191 pounds. This will for sure help since the Big 12 has some big bodied receivers throughout the conference. Smith is a ballhawk, he goes up and fights for the ball just like a receiver. Smith has some experience as a WR which is great because the old saying is "they play defense for a reason" when a defensive player drops an interception. With his experience on both sides of the ball, Smith will be able to make the proper adjustments to the ball and come down with some interceptions. This is a Gibbs' guy who will be accountable for some turnovers.