Texas Tech Lands Giant Defensive Tackle

6-foot-3, 355-pound San Mateo (Calif.) CC defensive tackle Rika Levi committed to Texas Tech on Thursday giving the Red Raiders just the massive body they need up front to help fix their run defense woes.

Texas Tech picked up a commitment from the space eater it so desperately
needed Thursday in San Mateo (Calif.) Community College sophomore Rika Levi.

"I felt like Texas Tech was a good fit for me and they showed me the most interest," Levi said.

The 6-foot-3, 355-pound defensive tackle was named Northern California Conference Defensive Player of the Year this past season after tallying 39 tackles, three sacks and 12 tackles for loss last season. Levi also posting 23 tackles, three sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss in 2012 as a freshman.

But even more than the numbers, Levi is an active space eater who commands double teams and will keep blockers off Tech's linebackers. He should start immediately and make a big impact, especially against the run.

"I think it's a perfect fit for me," Levi said. "I can come in and be effective, I'll be playing the shade, I picked up on the package pretty easily when I was watching film. I mean I feel like I have the foundation for that type of defense."

Levi moved Texas Tech to the top of his list after visiting in December.

"The coaching staff just had a good vibe," Levi said. "I just went over there and they were real welcoming."

Levi, who has three years to play two, said the opportunity to play right away played a big part in his decision. He also added that Texas Tech defensive line coach John Scott, Jr. recruited him the most.

"He has a lot of enthusiasm when it comes to coaching, I like his style of coaching," Levi said of Scott. "He knows a lot. He's just a cool guy, has a good vibe about him and I like what he does with the D-line."

The 37-23 upset win over Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl didn't hurt Tech's standing with Levi either.

"I mean definitely that played a part," Levi said. "Arizona State was supposed to beat them by two touchdowns, they were the favorite and Texas Tech put it on them man. Also, it was with a team they (the coaching staff) didn't put together, you know?"

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