Flipping the Script

A look at which prospects currently committed to other programs are most likely to sign with Texas Tech and which Red Raider pledges are most likely to end up somewhere else.

The word "flip" has become a common term in the recruiting world to describe when a previously committed prospect changes his mind and pledges to another school.

Recruits flip to and away from most programs almost every year. In fact, both scenarios have already played out at Texas Tech during the current recruiting cycle.

With that said the following is a look at who is most likely to flip to Texas Tech and which Red Raider recruits have wandering eyes.

Most Likely to Flip to Texas Tech

Tyrell Thompson: The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Copperas Cove defensive end has long-been a Houston commit, but has stated a desire to follow former Cougars defensive coordinator David Gibbs to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders have been slow playing him a bit while the new staff at Houston has been aggressively seeking to retain him. You can see the entire saga in the RP Insider.

Gibbs visited him at school last week and Tech defensive line coach Mike Smith visited him Wednesday for about an hour. Thompson, rated as a three-star prospect by Scout, told RaiderPower.com he expects to make an official visit to Texas Tech next weekend (Jan. 31).

Prediction: Texas Tech

Arico Evans: The Dallas Hillcrest athlete can play defensive back or receiver at the next level and Tech likes him at both spots. Evans, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, is currently committed to Kansas, but visited Tech last weekend and still plans on seeing TCU and Arkansas before signing day.

Evans told RaiderPower.com reporter Alyssa Chrisope in this story he "loved everything" about the visit to Lubbock and the Red Raiders greatly improved their chances of landing him.

Prediction: TCU

Already flipped to Texas Tech: Allen offensive lineman Cody Wheeler (6-4, 305) flipped from North Texas to Texas Tech earlier this week immediately after receiving the offer from offensive lineman coach Lee Hays. Wheeler told RaiderPower.com he "has been a Tech fan his entire life."

Tech Commits Most Likely to Sign Somewhere Else

Tony Brown: The four-star receiver from La Mirada (CA) committed to the Red Raiders in December, but many thought a January trip to UCLA would change his mind. Brown checked out the Bruins last week and told Scout he's still a solid Tech commit, but UCLA gave him a lot to think about.

Texas Tech coaches Kliff Kingsbury, Darrin Chiaverini (Brown's led recruiter), David Gibbs and Mike Smith flew to California Thursday in large part to visit the 6-foot-1, 170-pound receiver.

Prediction: Texas Tech

Corey Dauphine: He is Texas Tech's first commit of the class. In fact, when he committed back in February, Scout didn't even have a profile on him. Now he's a four-star prospect with 16 Division I offers from some of the top programs in the nation.

The 6-foot-0, 185-pound running back, who runs a 4.38-second 40-yard dash, has stated several times to RaiderPower.com that he is 100 percent a Red Raider and even plans on visiting Lubbock this week with at least 10 other recruits. It's just if there was one recruit a national power would try and sweep in and steal in the middle of the night, it would likely be Dauphine.

Prediction: Texas Tech

Already flipped from Tech somewhere else: Stephenville quarterback Jarrett Stidham flipped from Texas Tech to Baylor back in December. The five-star prospect had long been a Red Raider commit and had in fact signed a financial aid agreement before changing his mind and pledging to Baylor.






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