Three of those pledges are four-star recruits, including the top-rated quarterback in Texas in Stephenville's Jarrett Stidham and a top 10 defensive tackle in Honolulu (HI) Farrington's Breiden Fehoko.
Despite these victories on the recruiting trail Tech is behind Texas (10), West Virginia (10), Baylor (8) and TCU (9) in terms of quantity.
That is one way to look at it. Another is to compare where this class is to Tech's 2014 group this time last year.
By Apr. 21 (a day after the spring game in 2013) the Red Raiders held seven commitments; six on offense and one on defense. Receiver Jakari Dillard and running back Justin Stockton both committed very early, followed by running back Demarcus Felton. Following the spring game receiver Cameron Batson, receiver Ian Sadler, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and cornerback Tevin Madison committed.
While Stockton, Sadler and Mahomes would all eventually be bumped up to four-star prospects by Scout.com, they were only considered three stars at the time. Also, Tech didn't land its first three-star or higher defensive player last recruiting cycle until mid-June.
So in many ways the 2015 class at least measures up and in some areas (defense) it far exceeds it at this point.
Of course the 2015 class will be judged on the remaining recruits as much as the headliners already committed and in my opinion, there are signs Tech is on the verge of landing some more targets.
|ON THE VERGE OF COMMITTING?|
|Zach Abercrumbia||DT||HS||Dallas (Skyline HS)||6-3||255|
|Madison Akamnonu||OT||HS||Arlington (Bowie HS)||6-5||270|
|Jaelan Austin||WR||HS||Grand Prairie (South GP HS)||6-2||190|
|Tyron Johnson||WR||HS||New Orleans, LA (Easton Charter)||6-2||190|
|Brandon Scott||S||HS||Destrehan, LA||6-1||180|
Zach Abercrumbia: The defensive tackle visited Tech for junior day back in February and has had Tech high on his list from the beginning. TCU, who has offered and Oklahoma State, who has yet to, appear to be Tech's biggest competition.
Madison Akmanonu: The offensive tackle was "amazed" by Tech during a visit in March and said after a visit and offer from Missouri that Tech was still in his top three.
Jaelan Austin: The receiver, who visited Lubbock in February, has said for weeks that Tech is his top school, but his offer list continues to grow.
Aaron Garza: The massive guard and one-time Texas commit, visited Tech earlier this month, was visted by Tech last week and recently stated he will visit Lubbock again.
Tyron Johnson: The receiver told Scout.com last week that Tech is his top choice despite holding offers from in-state LSU and several top programs around the nation.
Brandon Scott: The hard-hitting safety stated recently that Tech is on top of his list. He was scheduled to visit Tech during spring ball, but had to cancel last-second.
Charles West: The running back visited Tech for the spring game and was visited by the coaching staff at his school last week. His only other offer is from Arkansas State so Tech is on him early.