Texas City linebacker D'Vonta Hinton heard the news already.
“I haven’t even told my parents what happened,” Hinton said in a telephone interview Thursday. “I just got out of practice.”
The pursuit of the Texas Tech commit has ramped up as of late, with TCU and Houston looking to snatch the Houston-area prospect from under the Red Raiders’ noses.
When asked how Wallerstedt’s departure affected his standing with the Red Raiders, Hinton paused for a second.
“Well…he was the linebacker coach and defensive coordinator, so I spoke to him from time to time,” Hinton said.
He added that the next defensive coordinator – at this time, Mike Smith – has to “feel the same way about me as Coach Wally did.” Otherwise, Hinton is listening to offers, noting that while he’s still committed, he is still unsure about the solidity of his status with the Red Raiders.
He may not be alone.
Texas Tech has three defensive commits in its next two classes, and surely they have heard the news by now. It should be interesting to see how all the pieces fall in place in the coming days and weeks.