"I just felt like I should make it official and close it down," Dauphine said.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound running back was the Red Raiders first commitment of the class way back on Feb. 2 when he was then a relative unknown prospect with only one other offer, from Houston.
Word got out about Dauphine following his commitment and his film started to circulate. Then he absolutely exploded on the recruiting scene after winning the Class 5A state title in the 200 meter dash with a time of 20.76 seconds in Austin last spring.
Dauphine chose to stick with Tech over offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette, Maryland, Memphis, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UAB, Utah and Washington State.
Why did he choose the Red Raiders over all of those other schools?
"The coaching staff and the relationship that I have with the other commits," Dauphine said.
When asked which commits he spoke with the most Dauphine replied, "all of them".
His rating on the Scout network also skyrocketed as he went from being an unrated prospect who didn't even have a profile at the time of his commitment, to a three-star prospect to a four-star guy ranked No. 34 at his position and 261st overall nationally in his class.
Dauphine has been very open in his interest in visiting several other schools and exploring his options, which had many questioning the level of his commitment to Tech throughout his recruitment. In fact, after he visited Baylor and received a lot of attention from Texas A&M last summer, Dauphine admitted to RaiderPower.com he was interested in both.
Then in July he reaffirmed his commitment in this interview with RaiderPower.com.
But the offers kept pouring in and Dauphine would eventually make official trips to Washington State and then Tennessee this past weekend before shutting everything down. Dauphine said Tuesday the whole recruiting experience "really helped me see what I really wanted in a college" and said it felt good to have the decision behind him.
Dauphine, who rushed for 1,215 yards and 17 TDs in 10 games his final season at Memorial, plans on visiting Texas Tech again "sometime in January".