Tubby Picks Up Sixth Commit

Tubby Smith landed his sixth commitment of the 2014 class Friday and third in a week when Elev8 Prep Academy forward Norense Odiase announced he would be going to play for Texas Tech instead of Geargia.

I think it is safe to say the group of recruits who visited Texas Tech last weekend for the Red Raiders' 59-53 victory over Big 12 rival Texas had a good time.

All five who attended have either signed their letter of intent or committed to Tech. The latest to pledge to coach Tubby Smith is big man Norense Odiase, who announced his decision Friday via Twitter.

"Thanks for every school and everyone who was involved in my recruiting process. I'm proud to say that I'm a Red Raider! #WreckEm"

The 6-foot-9, 260-pound forward from Elev8 Prep Academy in Delray Beach, FL chose the prep school route after graduating from North Crowley High School in Fort Worth, TX in 2013 at the age of 17. According to his old high school coach, Tommy Brakel, Odiase wanted to play big-time college basketball and the offers weren't there after a severe high ankle sprain the summer before his senior season slowed him and his recruitment down.

"I felt like he had some more growth in him," Brakel said. "He had some low-end Division I offers, but he just wanted to play on a bigger stage. So he went out there (Florida), he's taking some college courses, and he went out there as a full graduate, a full qualifier, so he probably already has 12 hours of college credit, or whatever the maximum allowed is without him burning a year of eligibility."

Odiase is a classic big in that he's a space eater, rim protector, rebounder and monster dunker. He has improved each of the past several years and appears to have a very high ceiling. He chose Tech over offers from Georgia and Old Dominion, but he was also being looked at by Georgia Tech, Houston, North Texas, TCU and Washington.

Odiase joins signess Justin Gray (6-foot-5) and Zach Smith (6-7), along with commits Keenan Evans (6-3), Devaugntah Williams (6-3) and Justin Jamison (6-9) in Texas Tech's 2014 class. That puts the Red Raiders at 13 scholarships for 2014; the limit.

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