Red Raider Recruiting on the Rise

The commitments of four-star defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko and all-state linebacker D'Vonta Hinton has Texas Tech's 2015 class moving up the national recruiting rankings. The Red Raiders are targeting and starting to land high-profile prospects. Get the details inside.

Corey DauphineRBHSPort Arthur (Memorial HS)6-1180
Trace EllisonOTHSFrisco (Centennial HS)6-6285
Breiden FehokoDTHSHonolulu, HI (Farrington HS) 6-3280
D'Vonta HintonLBHSTexas City5-10210Unranked
Lio LafaeleOTJUCO SoCorona, CA (Riverside CC)6-4300
Jarrett StidhamQBHSStephenville6-4190

By now it is likely every serious Texas Tech football fan is aware the Red Raiders picked up a pair of defensive recruits in the days following the 2014 spring game.

First, Texas City linebacker D'Vonta Hinton pledged on Sunday and then Honolulu (HI) Farrington defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko announced his commitment on Monday.

Fehoko, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound four-star prospect, was huge for several reasons. The first, obvious reason being Tech needs big bodies in a bad way, not to mention a guy of Fehoko's caliber, ranked No. 10 nationally at his position by

Landing Fehoko was also big because of the program's ties to his family. With older brothers Sam (2008-10) and V.J. (just transferred in) already Red Raiders, coupled with linebackers coach Mike Smith's close relationship with the family, it would have been a big disappointment to lose out on the younger Fehoko.

Hinton was huge simply because he got the Red Raiders on the board with their first defensive prospect of the class.

What's scary-good about Tech's class is Hinton is the lowest rated commit and he was a first team all-state performer. As his highlights indicate, he is a viscous tackler. Tech needs all those it can get.

Hinton and Fehoko were the Red Raiders' fifth and sixth commitments of the 2015 class and pushed the group up to No. 20 in's national rankings.

Tech also passed TCU for fourth in the Big 12 rankings, which is currently rated as the second best recruiting conference in 2015 behind the SEC.

Perhaps the most impressive facet to this class is the caliber of prospects the Red Raiders are targeting and now landing.

Fehoko is just the fifth Top 100 prospect to commit to a Big 12 school this cycle and Texas Tech is the only school in the conference with two. Of course, Stephenville quarterback Jarrett Stidham, considered the top quarterback in Texas, is the other. Both are on schedule to graduate in December which means they would be able to participate in spring ball next year.

Tech's other four-star prospect, Lio Lafaele, is a 6-foot-4, 300-pound athletic, junior college all-american offensive tackle, who should push for playing time immediately.

Tech also picked up a commitment a couple weeks ago from monster 6-foot-6, 285-pound three-star offensive lineman Trace Ellsion out of Frisco Centennial. The guy has long arms and a huge frame. Once again, Tech can use all of the quality big bodies it can get.

One of the most intriguing Texas Tech commits isn't even a four-star prospect. What Port Arthur Memorial running back Cory Dauphine is is a big (6-foot-1) and fast (recently ran a 21.2-second 200 at a track meet) runner who finishes runs with physicality and effort.

The only Red Raider commit unrated by, Hinton, is a Class 4A first team all-state performer and that is a beautiful thing.

*Coming soon: a story on recruits on the verge of committing to Texas Tech*

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