|2015 TEXAS TECH COMMITS|
|Corey Dauphine||RB||HS||Port Arthur (Memorial HS)||6-1||180|
|Conner Dyer||OT||HS||Mesquite (Horn HS)||6-5||275|
|Trace Ellison||OT||HS||Frisco (Centennial HS)||6-6||285|
|Breiden Fehoko||DT||HS||Honolulu, HI (Farrington HS)||6-3||280|
|Jonathan Giles||WR||HS||Fort Bend (Elkins HS)||6-0||170|
|D'Vonta Hinton||LB||HS||Texas City||5-10||210|
|Lio Lafaele||OT||JUCO So||Corona, CA (Riverside CC)||6-4||300|
Conner Dyer's commitment to Texas Tech earlier this week broke approximately a two and a half month drought for the 2015 recruiting cycle.
Dyer's pledge also gave the Red Raiders their fifth four-star or higher rated commit according to Scout.com. To put Tech's start into context, the 2014 class featured four four-star recruits, 2013 had two, 2012 finished with five and the vaunted 2011 group consisted of eight four-star recruits and a five-star (Delvon Simmons).
What's more, coach Kliff Kingsbury and Co. still have over six months to fill out the class.
"I think it is coming together as a very solid class," said Greg Powers, a national recruiting analyst and the head of recruiting for the Midlands region with Scout.com. "Obviously you want to see what that bottom line number is at the end of the day on National Signing Day. But I think starting off with commitments from five-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham and a four-star running back with Corey Dauphine and then adding guys like Breiden Fehoko, especially on the defensive side of the ball, and then up front in the trenches with a guy like Dyer is telling you all you need to know about the direction the staff is heading in."
So how does the Red Raiders' 2015 class of commits compare with their chief rivals in the Big 12?
As the screenshot above (click on it to go to the webpage) points out, Tech's 2015 class of commits currently ranks No. 26 in the nation and fourth in the Big 12 behind Texas (14), West Virginia (22) and TCU (24). What all three currently hold over the Red Raiders is simply numbers; they all already have significantly more pledges than the Red Raiders.
The good news is the Red Raiders are currently ahead of current conference heavies Oklahoma (29), Baylor (36) and Oklahoma State (39).
Actually, a closer glance at Tech's class compared to the rest of the Big 12 lends a lot of positive facts:
- Of the five Scout Top 100 national players committed to Big 12 schools, two are committed to Tech in Stidham (19) and Fehoko (35). Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor each have one.
- Texas Tech holds the lone five-star commit in the conference in Stidham, who is rated by Scout as the No. 2 quarterback in the nation and the top dual-threat.
- Tech holds the highest average ranking per commit in the conference at 3.63. Texas ranks second at 3.50 and Oklahoma is third at 3.44.
- The Red Raiders are tied for second in the conference with Oklahoma in terms of the most Scout Top 300 commits with four. Texas has the most at seven.
- Dyer and Fehoko represent the first four-star or better OL/DL tandem in a class for Texas Tech since 2011 (Simmons and Le'Raven Clark).
- Stidham, Dauphine, Dyer and Fehoko represent the first four-star or better high school QB/RB/OL/DL quartet in a class for Tech since 2006 (Taylor Potts, Baron Batch, Buddy Brumit and Rajon Henley).
Of course, none of Texas Tech's commits have signed yet, but then again the Red Raiders have made the final lists of several elite recruits who have yet to commit. It will be interesting to see where this group ranks at the end of the cycle and how the Red Raiders measure up against perennial powers Oklahoma and Texas as well as with the likes of Baylor and Oklahoma State.
"Comparing Texas Tech's 2014 class to where this one is now at this time, I think it is night and day as far as recruiting goes," Powers said. "There's just a buzz around the program, there's a young energy that I think recruits are excited about being a part of. I think recruits were very impressed by the offensive aptitude of the team last year and you are starting to see that carry over into this season. As they win games on the field this year I expect that momentum will only increase."
Another factor to consider with this group is the addition via transfer of 2013 five-star linebacker Mike Mitchell, who will be available, and will have three years of eligibility remaining, in 2015 after sitting out this upcoming season.
"Anytime you get a former five-star defensive player, especially if you're Tech who has had trouble on the defensive side of the ball, then you're basically dancing in the streets," Powers said. "If you can get a 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker who can run a 4.4 40, I mean, it goes without saying he is a huge addition to this class. He was a bona fide, no doubt, five-star guy to me coming out of high school and one of the best defensive players I have ever covered, so it is a huge addition for Texas Tech and on the flip side it was a huge loss for Ohio State to not be able to retain him."