Texas Tech gained its 4th commitment for the 2017 recruiting class this past Saturday when Quincy Addison committed to the Red Raiders. As the summer months grow near and school ends, expect commitments to start trickling in. The coaching staff will be hitting the road soon too as the summer satellite camp series gets under way. Addison was the first commitment since February so it's nice to see a new face added to the committed list. Along with Addison, I'll take a look at a defensive linemen who's really starting to pick up a head of steam in the recruiting circles and a defensive back from the Dallas area that's piling up some offers of his own.
Quincy Addison | 6'2", 175 lbs | Safety
Angleton High School (Angleton, TX)
24/7 | Rivals NR | Scout
Addison committed to Texas Tech on 5/14 and is the first defensive commit for the 2017 class. At 6'2" he has a frame that allows him to contest jump balls while also being able to lay a big hit on the ball carrier. To me there's two types of safeties, the Ed Reed type and the Tyrann Mathieu type. From what I've seen on Addison, I would have to say he's an Ed Reed type. He plays a physical style of football and isn't afraid to come in and lower his shoulder. Addison will provide Texas Tech with some physicality in the secondary.
James Lynch | 6'5", 275 lbs | Defensive Line
Round Rock High School (Round Rock, TX)
24/7 | Rivals | Scout NR
Lynch was one of the big surprises at The Opening Dallas Regional where he brought home the Defensive Linemen MVP. He's not an unknown anymore though, he now holds 12 offers. 4 of those offers have come in the past two days, with Texas Tech offering him yesterday. It appears that TCU is leading the way to land Lynch, he was extremely happy to receive an offer from them on 5/16. Lynch can play inside or out on the d-line and heck, he can even play some tight end. On defense, he is quick off of the ball and can get great penetration into the backfield. I really like what Lynch has to offer for Texas Tech if they were to land him.
Matt Hankins | 6'0", 160 lbs | Cornerback
Marcus High School (Flower Mound, TX)
24/7 | Rivals | Scout
Texas Tech offered Hankins towards the end of April and at the moment he holds 18 offers in total. His offers are from all over too, some schools that have offered are Colorado, UConn, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and SMU. In 2015 he had 33 tackles, 13 pass break ups and 2 interceptions. While he isn't the biggest guy, he's not afraid to press up on bigger wide receivers. Even though some of the receivers may have a few inches on him, he is still able to go up and fight the ball away. It's also nice to see him playing both up on the line of scrimmage and back in a zone look. He already has an understanding of the game too, you can see below at the 1:15 mark he's playing man on the single receiver side and the QB audibles. Hankins then drops back to around 7-10 yards off of the line after sensing the QB may have audibled to a fade route. Hankins would be a very solid addition to the Red Raider secondary.
Things are looking nice as Kliff and company start to get ready for the summer. Camps will begin in June and some new commits should happen during that time as well. Everyone hold on tight, recruiting is about to pick up!
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)