Confirmed Visitors (1/17) has confirmed these prospects will visit Lubbock this weekend. This will be updated as we confirm more.

The dead period is over
and it is official visit time across the country.

Texas Tech will host a bevy of prospects the next couple weeks. The next two weeks could help Texas Tech retain its commit and round out the 2014 class with some more talent.

Confirmed Visitors
LB Dakota Allen(committed)
CB Joseph Clark (committed)
WR/ATH Michael Coley (Texas Tech/LA. Tech)
DB Derrick Dixon (committed)
DT LaDarius Kidd (Tech/UAB)
Tevin Madison (committed)
DE Brandon Thorpe (Texas Tech/WVU)

Obviously, Texas Tech wants to retain the commits such as Dakota Allen, Derrick Dixon and Tevin Madison, but this is a huge opportunity to land Highland defensive end Brandon Thorpe. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound defensive end told he's down to Texas Tech and West Virginia, but he's also scheduled to visit UCF next weekend.

After Thorpe, the visitor who intrigues me the most is Irving wide receiver/athlete Michael Coley. He was first brought to my attention earlier this season and then National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers wrote this story about him in December as a recruit on the rise.

His film is pretty impressive and I can see him playing a multitude of positions with his athletic ability. Coley is scheduled to visit Louisiana Tech the following weekend.

Stay tuned for confirmation of more visitors this weekend.

UPDATE: Harrison Central (Gulfport, Miss.) defensive tackle LaDarius Kidd is also in town. This is good for several reasons. Obviously, Tech needs as many defensive linemen as they can get and currently have two defensive tackles committed (Marcus Smith and Rika Levi) and another one, who signed in December (Keland McElrath), but they are all junior college players.

It would be nice to add two or three high school prospects who could develop.

After watching film on Kidd it's easy to see Tech's interest. He's 6-foot-3, 300-plus with a high motor. Most of his film shows him knifing through offensive lines on stunts for tackles in the backfield, but he also shows a willingness to take on double teams and hold his ground at the point of attack and enough athletic ability and hustle to chase down plays from the back side.

He currently holds offers from UAB, Louisiana and Louisiana Tech.

Cross your fingers.

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