Texas Tech Taking a Look at Midland DL

RaiderPower.com caught up with Midland defensive lineman Traver Vliem to discuss his recruitment by Texas Tech.

While West Texas doesn't produce as many D1 football prospects as Dallas-Fort Worth or the Golden Triangle, the area still produces a few athletes each year who garner the interest of major schools.

Midland High defensive lineman Traver Vliem is awaiting his first Power Five offer, but plenty of schools are expressing interest early in the process for the 2016 prospect - Houston, SMU, Colorado State, Cal, Purdue, and Texas Tech are all taking notice. Air Force and Nevada are the two schools who have offered.

With defensive line a top priority for the Tech coaching staff in the 2016 class, and with a promising athletic prospect in Tech's backyard in Midland, it's natural to assume that the Red Raiders are very interested in Vliem.

"I've talked to coach [Eric] Morris, coach [Jason] Reed, and coach [Matt] Brock, mainly just those three."

The relationship is in its beginning stages, with the coaching staff wanting him to gain more weight. He projects as an interior defensive lineman in college.

"Next year I'll be moving inside to three-tech. I'm about 240 or so and would be about 260 or 270 my freshman year."

Texas Tech is playing its spring game in Midland this Saturday, and Vliem will indeed be in attendance. The prospect got the chance to check out Texas Tech firsthand last summer when he attended a camp there.

Vliem is taking his time and likely won't commit anywhere until the end of the summer or early in the season.

The 6-foot-4 prospect totaled over fifty tackles his junior year from the edge in Midland High's 4-2-5 defense, with multiple sacks.

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