JUCO DE Has Texas Tech in Top Two

6-foot-5, 275-pound Highland Junior College defensive end Brandon Thorpe is down to two schools: Texas Tech and West Virginia. When will he visit Lubbock? What does he like about both schools? When will he decide?

Highland Junior College defensive end Brandon Thorpe has Texas Tech in his top two but is still making visits before he makes a commitment.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound defensive end posted 31 tackles, three sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery this past season. Thorpe will graduate from Highland this month and in the fall will be eligible to play for three years.

Thorpe has received offers from Texas Tech, South Florida, West Virginia, Middle Tennessee State, and West Kentucky.

"My top schools are Texas Tech and West Virginia. Those are the ones I'm really considering right now," Thorpe said. "I visited West Virginia last week and am visiting Texas Tech January 17th."

Texas Tech is recruiting Thorpe hard, and there is no doubt he can bring strength to a defense that struggled this past season. Thorpe hopes he can come in and play right away and become a key part in the D-line.

"I am really interested in Tech because coach (John) Scott tells me a lot of good things about the program, the types of schemes they run and how I will help the D-line right away," Thorpe said.

However, Thorpe is considering all of his options and wants to find a program that fits him best and exposes his talents. Thorpe said he is only waiting on his trip to Lubbock and after that he will have a decision.

"I should know where I am going within the next two weeks," Thorpe said. "After I take my visit to Tech, I will be able to make a confident decision."

No matter where Thorpe ends up he will be able to execute plays and bring leadership to the d-line. In his transition to Division I football Thorpe said he just wants to make a strong contribution to the team.

"I can bring a lot to the table in D1 ball," Thorpe said. "Making good plays, good spirits to the defense and where ever I go I know I will contribute and work hard every day to lead by example."

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