On a list that includes Kentucky, West Virginia, Western Kentucky and Texas Tech as schools that Coahoma Community College defensive tackle Keland McElrath has medium interest in, Tech has pulled ahead in a big way.
On Tuesday RaiderPower.com confirmed that McElrath verbally committed to become a Red Raider and become the 20th commit in the upcoming signing class.
McElrath measures in at 6-foot-5, 290 pounds and according to his head coach Freeman Horton, he is a force to be reckoned with.
"He's a good pass rusher, good run stopper and a good leader," Horton said.
Horton told RaiderPower.com that back in the middle of June was when defensive line coach John Scott Jr. started recruiting McElrath.
Coach Scott definitely made a difference in his decision, as him and the program itself were two of the main reasons that McElrath committed this early to Texas Tech.
McElrath just wanted to get it over with early and commit, Horton said.
On a defensive unit that is already making a name for it this season, Horton said he believes that McElrath's work ethic will add a lot to the program.
"I think he can add depth to them, I don't know how many guys they have the same size as him," Horton said. "He's a hard worker and he wants to get better every day."
McElrath is listed as a defensive tackle, but one of the good things about him is that he is versatile and can play multiple positions.
Defensive end is another spot that McElrath can be shifted over to, Horton said, at tackle he takes up a lot of space in there and is a good run stopper and gives a good push, while at defensive end he gives you a big body on the end to cover a tight end with a big body.
Besides the athletic abilities on the field, which are important Horton said he is a pleasant kid to coach and he's like a sponge and soaks things in and is a good team leader as well.
"He's one of our best team leaders, he comes to practice to work and get better," Horton said. "Like I said he's a good leader and he leads by example."
Right now McElrath is in the middle of his sophomore season at Coahoma CC, but Horton said he has dreams of playing football for a long time and believes he can at the highest level.
"He wants to get to that level," he said about McElrath wanting to play at the Division One level. "He wants to play at the level and he has dreams of playing at the next level, and I think he has a chance."