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Recruiting update: Lots of local flavor this week

What’s the latest in football, basketball recruiting news?

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest news this week is 4-star receiver Erik Ezukanma, out of Keller TX, announced Tech made his top-3 schools. Ezukanma is one of the highest rated players in Texas who is not committed to any school. When you watch his highlights he just outruns everyone on the field. He’s been recruited by many Big 12 and SEC schools and would fit in nicely at Wide Receiver U.

Around this time of year getting a recruit from any of the metropolitan areas in Texas (Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, etc..) becomes almost impossible with an 11am kickoff. The entire state of Texas is deep into district high school football and a bye week is unlikely, it is essential that teams recruit their local area. This week the Red Raiders had several local prospects on campus.

Two high school teammates visited the Jones this weekend. Maverick McIvor is a dual-threat Quarterback in the 2019 class. He is a good athlete that has also spent time as a receiver while at San Angelo Central. Joining him was one of his favorite targets, Henry Teeter. Teeter is a 6-3 receiver/tight-end who also holds offers from Houston and Texas State. Two other local recruits joined them in Dax Neece out of Albany and Demetri Johnson who is a Lubbock offensive line product out of Cornado.

The biggest prospect in town this week does his work on the hardwood and not the gridiron. Kyler Edwards is a 6-4 guard from Arlington who had interest all over the country and many offers throughout the Big 12. Edwards seems to fit the mold of an athletic guard that can score and finish at the rim that coach Beard loves. This is his first visit since announcing his commitment on Sept. 17th.

In other hoops news, Keyontae Johnson, a 4-star recruit out of powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, announced the Red Raiders were included in his final top 4. He is a well-rounded player who can do a little bit of everything. The other three schools include Florida, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech.

With only two home football games on campus remaining, I expect many recruits to find their way to the TCU game on Nov. 18 since this will be the last home game in Lubbock and the least likely to conflict with high school football. Especially since the new early signing period is just over a month away at that point on December 20th.