2015 Perfect Fits: Defense

Talent abounds in the 2015 class and the Texas Tech coaching staff has been hitting the recruiting trail hard. Sometimes it's better to land the prospect who fits into the scheme the best more than the overall talented player. The following is a list of five prospects I see fitting into the Red Raiders' scheme.

DT Zach Abercrumbia (6-3, 255), Dallas Skyline: Abercrumbia is a guy who first came to my attention last season in the first round of the playoffs in Skyline's matchup with Plano. I was scouting several other players such as teammate and 2014 signee Derrick Dixon. But Abercrumbia kept making plays through a combination of size, athleticism and good old fashioned want to. I kept pointing out to no one in particular that fact with a ‘who is this guy.' Texas Tech is recruiting him as a strong side defensive end or defensive tackle in this scheme and he is a perfect fit for the above mentioned reasons. He could be a star in this system and would be moved all over the line depending on the situation.


Mon Denson (6-0, 207), LaGrange, GA: Denson told me recently he hasn't been contacted by Tech, but I really think they should. Denson is considered a top 2015 running back prospect in Georgia and holds offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wake Forest. I agree he could be a very good running back at the next level, but I like him on defense. Denson is a fast safety who likes to come up and play at the line of scrimmage and wreak havoc on opposing offenses. Though Tech prefers its Raider linebackers to be taller than Denson, I think he would be a perfect fit at the position and possibly even an All-Big 12 performer.

DL Breiden Fehoko (6-3, 275), Farrington (HI): Fehoko is big, powerful and athletic. Like Abercrumbia, he is a great fit to play defensive tackle at Tech because of his strength at the point of attack against the run combined with enough athletic ability, even at his size, to be an effective pass rusher. Of course his older brothers, Sam and V.J. being at Tech, coupled with linebackers coach Mike Smith's relationship with the family, gives Tech a legitimate shot at landing the four-star prospect. My only concern is I have no gauge for the competition level in Hawaii and I have never seen him in person. He looks like an absolute beast on film though.

Kahlil Haughton (6-2, 180), Waco Midway: I haven't seen Haughton in person, but the more I watch his film, the more I like him. He's a tall, rangy safety who is excellent in pass coverage, especially when battling a receiver for a ball in the air. What I love the most about him though is the way he plays with a reckless abandon. He's very good in run support and looks to deliver the knockout, despite weighing just 180. Haughton visited Tech last weekend for junior day and told RaiderPower.com he liked what he saw. Expect stiff competition from Big 12 rivals Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU, but Tech has a shot at landing him.


Richard Moore (6-1, 205) Cedar Hill: Simply put, Moore's a football player. The speedy linebacker tallied 171 tackles, 30 for loss and eight sacks last season for Cedar Hill, who won the Texas Class 5A Division II title. Moore told me last week that Tech offered him to play inside linebacker at the Mike position. That's a great spot for him, especially if the Red Raiders can recruit the big uglies up front to keep blockers off of him. At times you just need a guy to who is willing to mix it up and Moore is one of those guys. If the Red Raiders can get two or three linebackers with Moore's mentality and ability, would go a long way towards fixing their problems against the run.

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