Former Steele head coach and current Texas Tech associate head coach and running backs coach, Mike Jinks, has helped the Red Raiders reel in several of his former players including running back Justin Stockton in the 2014 class, offensive lineman Terrence Steele in the 2015 group, wide receiver Antoine Cox-Wesley just earlier this week and now Denley.
In a previous interview with RaiderPower.com, Denley described Jinks as a "father figure" and said the following about his relationship with Stockton, "we are really close, he's like an big brother to me and a really good person."
Not only is Denley, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back, the second Steele Knight to commit this week, he's the third skill position player to pledge to the Red Raiders as Mansfield Lake Ridge quarterback Jett Duffey committed on Wednesday.
Denley is rated as a three-star prospect, ranked as the No. 6 running back in Texas and No. 26 in the nation by Scout. He compiled 1,682 yards and 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons in crowded backfields at Steele.
Scout National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers described Denley as a "perfect fit" for Tech's system, while Scout Midlands Recruiting Analyst said Denley is an "all-around back who makes the most out of his touches".
Denley committed to Tech over offers from Baylor, Illinois, Kansas, Oregon State and Tulsa. He is the eighth Red Raider commitment of the 2016 class, seventh on the offensive side of the ball and second running back, joining Da'Leon Ward of Dallas Skyline, who committed back in February.