Replenishing the Ranks: L.J. Collier

Texas Tech ended the 2013 season triumphantly with a 37-23 Holiday Bowl win over Arizona State. Now the Red Raiders must replace some important outgoing pieces. The following is one in a series of updates on Texas Tech 2014 recruits in the month leading up to National Signing Day. L.J. Collier, who was recruited primarily by former assistant coach Sonny Cumbie, talks about the coach's departure.

Munday defensive end and L.J. Collier is one of several Texas Tech commits recruited by former assistant coach Sonny Cumbie, who left in December to join TCU's staff.

"I talked to him about it and I understood he had to do what he had to do," Collier said.

Collier, 6-foot-3, 225-pounds, said he's still solid with Tech and will take his official visit on Jan. 24.

The three-star prospect, rated as the No, 13 defensive end in Texas, put up monster numbers on the gridiron in 2013 despite being hampered by minor injuries. Collier tallied 64 tackles, 15 for loss, three sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on defense. He also rushed for 196 yards, two touchdowns, caught seven passes for 185 yards, four touchdowns and kicked 14 extra points.

Collier is currently playing post for the basketball team and surprise, "My defense is real good. You can't get past me."

He did take time to watch Texas Tech's 37-23 upset of Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl, "They Wrecked'em man!"

After basketball, he plans on doing track & field. His events are the shot put and discus. He said he may run a little bit, too.

Collier added he was proud the senior defensive linemen went out with a bang and that they will leave big shoes to fill.

"They all went out there and went out with a bang and did their job one last time as a Raider," Collier said. "We need some new guys down there. I think I could help a lot in the 2014 season." on if he could keep up the momentum going into next season."

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