Recruiting: Townsend To Visit OSU

Offensive line prospect Javius Townsend of Dallas (James Madison), Texas has been committed and off the market for a long time. But that was before the coaching change at Texas Tech with the dismissal of Mike Leach and the hiring of Tommy Tuberville, which caused recruiting activity to heat up again with the 6-4, 280-pounder.

Townsend had offers last summer from Tech, Colorado State, Minnesota, New Mexico, SMU, and UTEP but his play this season while raw was impressive and he shows potential to be a really strong offensive lineman at the collegiate level. The question is how serious is all this latest looking around.

"I'm still committed to Texas Tech," said Townsend on Monday night. "I just want to make sure that I have the chance to see a couple of other schools."

Texas Tech and the new staff there, although they kept the offensive line coach (Matt Moore), can't get Townsend out to Lubbock again as he made his official recruiting visit to the Red Raiders in September. So, in the meantime a couple of Big 12 rivals are taking their shot.

"I visited Kansas last weekend," said Townsend, "It was fun and I really felt a bond with the players. That was the best thing about it."

Townsend is not real talkative. A two-sport athlete that also throws the shot in track and field for Madison, Townsend said he is heading north again this Friday.

"Yes, I'm going to visit Oklahoma State," he said. "It's really because of Coach (Joe) Wickline. I can see myself playing for him. He is the kind of coach I think would work well for me."

Townsend did not give a timetable for his final decision or when he will totally confirm that Texas Tech commitment by not making anymore visits or change and show that one of those visits trumped the one he made all the way back in September.

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