LUBBOCK — Leave it to Texas Tech recruiting guru and coach Robert Prunty to find a kid in Louisiana who might be one of the jewels in the 2012 recruiting class.
And after just one visit, he's got the kid's full attention.
Three-star defensive tackle Jacoby Briscoe (Carencro HS, Lafayette, LA) picked up his fourth offer on Thursday after Prunty got a solid look at the talented lineman. He's just one of a number of coaches visiting Louisiana to catch a glimpse of Briscoe in practice.
"I didn't even know I was being recruited by them until the other day, so it kind of surprised me when coach Prunty showed up at practice. It was nothing but good things from him. He believes I've got the potential to be one of the best and could see why I have dreams of being in the NFL. He just told me to keep working hard on the field and in the classroom."
Prunty, the Scout.com Regional Recruiter of the Year, made a solid impression on Briscoe much like Briscoe probably made on him. And even though the defensive tackle has a number of schools looking at him, he now has his first Texas school in his top three.
"Right now my top 3 are LSU, Alabama and Texas Tech. … I'm not going to be making a decision any time soon. I want to be able to take my visits to each of the schools in the fall before I make a decision. But I'm definitely looking forward to my visit to Texas Tech."
Briscoe is listed at 6-2, 265 but recently came in at 6-5, 290 at his physical, giving a slight hint to the growing potential he has. He said he sees himself as a defensive tackle or defensive end at the college level and is interested to see what Chad Glasgow's defense will be like at Texas Tech. Like most high school kids, he hopes to take his talents to the NFL one day. But he's not satisfied with what he's accomplished so far. Briscoe's ready to keep getting better.
"I'm working on pass rushing a lot," Briscoe said. "My coach tells me I'm a good pass rusher. I told him I want to be a great pass rusher. So I just want to keep working at it.
"… It definitely sounds interesting to play in that type of defense at Texas Tech. Truthfully, I'll play in any style they tell me to. I just want to get out there and be the best there is."