June 23, 2011

Tech makes huge progress on Class of 2012

After the thrill wore off of acknowledging the best Texas Tech recruiting class to date had been signed in February, concerns regarding the sheer number of 2012 Red Raider commits stole the sentiments.

There's one less thing to worry about in this world.

Tech made great strides in the recruiting game this month. Strides largely fueled by the innovative idea of hosting satellite football camps in the urban areas of Tech.

Innovative for Tech, anyway. The Red Raiders had never hosted camps off of Tech's campus before.

You can count on off-campus camps in the future.

Earlier this month, head coach Tommy Tuberville and crew packed their bags for weekend stays in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas, respectively, and sold their product in the kids' hometowns.

Less than a month later, the four camps have yielded five commits and interest in other 2012 prospects and younger kids down the road.

The five camp commits alone made it worth the trip for the Red Raider coaching staff.

Tech picked up guys like Anthony Smith, and 290-pound nose tackle with a 4.8 40-yard dash time and athlete Kris Williams who plays almost every position at Dallas (Texas) Bryan Adams.

Don't forget receiver Marcus Johnson. Gerry Hamilton, a Houston-based recruiting expert said Texas A&M expressed some regret extending offers to too many receivers beforehand. Johnson had torched the A&M camp much like the Tech one a week later at Cypress (Texas) Ridge High School.

Then there was the nation's No. 5 center, Jared Caster who reconsidered his commitment with Rice after attending the Cypress Ridge camp and Micah Awe, a talented defensive back out of Mansfield (Texas) Summit.

All five players said they chose Tech after meeting the staff and getting a good feel for how the staff treats its players.

Tech certainly did a good job of selling itself on the road but things got sizzling back home in Lubbock as well.

Tech landed Rivals100 receiver Dominique Wheeler last Friday after a Tech camp experience swayed him from nearly committing to TCU.
Defensive lineman Michael Starts commitment got the ball rolling for the Red Raiders' June when he committed June 2. He's looking forward to playing defense on the next level after spending most of his varsity career as a tight end and now as an offensive tackle.

Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall linebacker Ryan Flannigan committed to the Red Raiders after a visit last weekend. The former Baylor commit and former high school teammate of now-Tech running back DeAndre Washington cited the same family feeling many of the other 2012 recruits have for his reasoning to wear the Red and Black.

Highly vaunted offensive lineman Trey Keenan out of Argyle (Texas) High School is the latest Tech commit to date after visiting several schools and only seeing himself fit in with Tech.

It's been a June for the Tech record books and all of a sudden Big 12 rivals' 2012 recruiting classes don't seem as nearly as scary as they did to start out the month from a sheer numbers standpoint.

Red Raider fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Tech seems to be well ahead of pace at this point in time.

And there's still almost a full week left in June.

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