LUBBOCK - Baron Batch could not have asked for a better day on Saturday.
Not only was the former Texas Tech running back selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, but he wound up going to the team he felt best about after working out for three teams prior to the draft - the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Batch was the 232nd overall pick in the draft and the only Red Raider taken this year. Others like defensive lineman Colby Whitlock, linebacker Brian Duncan and quarterback Taylor Potts, will have to wait and see if they can land a free agent contract to earn the chance to workout for teams prior to the NFL season, should there be one.
Pittsburgh is in need of a running back with Rashard Mendenhall being the only primary back for the AFC champions this last season, and Batch was the only running back taken by the team in the draft. The Steelers also picked up two cornerbacks, linebackers, an offensive lineman and defensive lineman.
Batch also worked out for the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots just days prior to the draft, but took a special trip to Pittsburgh last month.
You can follow Batch over the next few months and check out all the other things the running back does by going to twitter.com/baron_batch .
Basketball adds another commitment
Just when many thought new Texas Tech basketball coach Billy Gillispie was done recruiting, he goes out and lands another player for the 2010-11 class.
Mervyn Lindsay became the ninth commitment/signee for the incoming freshman class this past week.
He is the fourth addition since Gillispie took over for the fired Pat Knight just a little more than one month ago. He joins Kader Tapsoba and Jaron Nash from Tyler Junior College along with Ty Nurse from Midland College as the four additional players selected by BCG.
Lindsay has grown several inches in the last couple of year and is currently listed at 6-foot-5 playing at the small forward spot for Canyon Springs HS (Moreno Valley, CA).
Football Gets Another Commitment
Tommy Tuberville has another commitment for the 2012 class after Halapoulivaati Vaitai, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive tackle from Haltom City, gave his oral commitment on Friday.
Vaitai is a four-star athlete and the No. 28 offensive tackle rated by Scout.com.
That gives Texas Tech six commitments so far for the 2012 class.
Interesting Note: Texas Tech baseball can complete their first conference sweep in five years if they beat Kansas on Sunday. The Red Raiders swept Missouri, May 12-14, 2006.
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