With 16 players committed so far, look for the Red Raiders to sign 9-10 more.
RaiderPower.com has confirmed at least seven recruits will visit the South Plains this weekend. The highest rated prospect is Honolulu (HI) Punahou offensive lineman Semisi Uluave. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound four-star prospect has listed a top three of Tech, UCLA and Oregon, though the Bruins are thought to be his leader.
Fellow Honolulu native Breiden Fehoko, a fellow blue chipper and close friend who recently enrolled at Tech will serve as his host this weekend.
Anoher aspect to Uluave's recruitment is that he told Scout national recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman in this recent story he's "still set on leaving to serve his LDS mission as soon as possible."
Another intriguing visiting offensive lineman is Ringling (OK) monster Riley Daniel (6-5, 290). The one-time Houston commit now holds offers from Tech, Baylor and Kansas State. RaiderPower.com caught up with him for a quick interview about what he wants to check out this weekend in Lubbock and what he's looking for overall. You can see what he said here.
Dallas Hillcrest athlete Arico Evans (6-2, 190) is a classic case of a guy who is seeing his stock rise, perhaps unexpectedly even by him, after several higher rated guys have come off the board. The Kansas commit, who now holds two more Big 12 offers (Tech, TCU) will visit Lubbock this weekend and the Red Raiders are making a big push.
New defensive assistant Zac Spavital dropped by Hillcrest on Thursday to talk with Evans, who could play receiver or safety at the next level, but best bet is safety. Arkansas also visited Evans on Thursday.
Speaking of defensive backs committed elsewhere but visiting Texas Tech this weekend, how about Mississippi State pledge Maurice Smitherman (5-9, 172). The three-star corner from Adamson (AL) Minor has a five-star offer list.
Another defensive back expected to make an official visit to the Hub this weekend is Shreveport (LA) Woodlawn corner Henry Black. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound three-star prospect picked up offers from both Tech and Baylor last week.
Black is expected to visit Waco the following weekend.
Last but not least, RaiderPower.com confirmed two Tech commits are expected to visit this weekend. Spring defensive end Lonzell Gilmore (6-3, 220) and Derby (KS) safety Darreon Jackson (6-2, 185), who committed within a day of eachother in mid-December, continue to be recruited by several others, but a good visit this weekend could solidify the Red Raiders' relationship with each.
New Tech defensive coordinator David Gibbs got a head start by stopping by Spring High School on Thursday to meet with Gilmore.
RaiderPower.com has already set up interviews with several of the visitors and will attempt to get recaps from most of if not all.
*In the meantime check here for updates and to discuss with Texas Tech fans*
Staff On the Run
Coaching staffs around the country took to the road to visit recruits at schools and in their homes Thursday and Texas Tech was no different.
The following is a list of tweets showing some of the places and recruits coach Kliff Kingsbury and his staff visited:
Recruiting visit from @TTU_WreckEm today.— John Tyler Football (@JTUFootball) January 15, 2015
Shoutout to TAMU, Texas Tech, AriZona, and Oklahoma coach for stopping by!— It's HULK?? (@amg_arthur) January 15, 2015
Home visit tonight. Thanks for the love! pic.twitter.com/3PuoeIVoSo— Conner Dyer (@Dyer_Football) January 16, 2015