Stringer Talks Texas Tech Commitment

RaiderPower.com caught up with Cypress Ranch linebacker Brayden Stringer, who announced his commitment to Texas Tech on Friday, adding he has shut down his recruitment. Get the details inside.

Texas Tech landed a highly-sought-after defensive recruit on Friday as Cypress Ranch (Cypress, TX) inside linebacker Brayden Stringer committed to Texas Tech.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker actually committed on Tuesday, but wanted to keep things quiet until he could tell his teammates and coaches in the right setting.

"I called the coaches on Tuesday night, I verbally committed to them, kind of told them to keep it on the down-low for a little bit, I was gonna tell my teammates and the fanbase at one of our spring scrimmages. I just didn't make it public until today."

The unofficial visit he took on the weekend of May 9, along with his relationship with the coaching staff, was what ultimately decided it for him.

"When I went up on my unofficial visit, I don't know. You get that feeling sometimes where you really like something, and I was just like, 'Dang, I could see myself here for a while,' and I had never been to Lubbock before. I kind of got that feeling a little bit, which was kinda weird, because I hadn't gotten that from any other school. I really liked all the coaches, I didn't just like one coach, I liked everybody there. The people in Lubbock were super nice. I'm not worried about facilities, some schools' are better than others, but that's not what you should be worried about. I think you should be worried about the coaches. The coaches fit me perfectly there, and that's what really attracted me to Texas Tech."

While Texas Tech has had something of a stigma around its defense for years, defensive coordinator David Gibbs has a strategy laid out to remake the school's defensive identity. Stringer voiced excitement to become a part of that.

"The defense hasn't been real strong, they just got David Gibbs the new DC, and we've talked a lot, before this whole thing even started. His plan that he explained to me that they plan on doing there is really intriguing. They're starting a new slate. They're trying to get known for defense. Everybody knows Tech can score a [lot] of points, but if they have a defense, that makes them an amazing team. I can see myself there helping that out a lot, me just being in that first full class of recruits, it really interested me."

The newest Texas Tech commitment still plans on attending one of the two Houston-area satellite camps to hang out with the coaches and may even take another unofficial to Tech this summer, along with an official during the season.

Those who are wondering about his level of commitment in light of his numerous Power Five offers (and the prospect of more to come) can put that doubt to rest, as the Houston-area defender currently has no plans to visit other schools either over the summer or during the season.

"I'm locked down. I'm not into the whole decommitting thing, I think it screws everything up in general. I don't like when kids do that. I'm committed to Tech and I'll be committed to Tech until Signing Day."

The prospect of early playing time was another factor in Stringer's decision.

"They want me to come play early. It's college football, you never know what's gonna happen, but they have a plan for me to play early. They're not planning on me sitting around for a long time. I don't like sitting around, I don't think any athlete does really, so that pulled me in more."

Recent quarterback commitment Jett Duffey has already reached out to the linebacker, and Stringer is looking forward to developing bonds with the other commitments in the class of 2016. Stringer's family accompanied him on his visit to Texas Tech, and though they were initially fans of Oklahoma State (where Stringer had taken a visit prior to his Wisconsin and Texas Tech visits), their experience in Lubbock swayed them to the Red Raiders' side.

"My parents loved OSU. That was their their top school at the time, and they ended up offering me. Then we took a trip to Tech and my parents fell in love with it, more than OSU. Everything about Tech. Coaching staff, area, everything. That didn't play a major part - it's my choice, I'm gonna go where I feel comfortable - but, knowing that on top of how much I already liked Tech, that helps out a lot too for me."

The coaching staff pulled out all the stops as coaching legend Marsha Sharp, who leads the Fearless Champions Leadership Academy at Texas Tech, personally sat down with Stringer and other recruits to lay out a plan for their academic success.

"She sat us down, there were me and three other recruits there, and we had a good talk. I really enjoyed talking to her, she was like another mom. Academics there are very important for me, I'm getting a degree no matter what. She sounded like she had a plan for us when we came in."

The Cy-Ranch ILB committed to Tech over offers from Arizona, Boston College, Cal, Fresno State, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma State, SMU, Tulsa, and Wisconsin, among others.

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\r\n\r\nTexas Tech landed a highly-sought-after defensive recruit on Friday as Cypress Ranch (Cypress, TX) inside linebacker Brayden Stringer committed to Texas Tech. \r\n

\r\nThe 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker actually committed on Tuesday, but wanted to keep things quiet until he could tell his teammates and coaches in the right setting.\r\n

\r\n\"I called the coaches on Tuesday night, I verbally committed to them, kind of told them to keep it on the down-low for a little bit, I was gonna tell my teammates and the fanbase at one of our spring scrimmages. I just didn't make it public until today.\"\r\n

\r\nThe unofficial visit he took on the weekend of May 9, along with his relationship with the coaching staff, was what ultimately decided it for him.\r\n

\r\n\"When I went up on my unofficial visit, I don't know. You get that feeling sometimes where you really like something, and I was just like, 'Dang, I could see myself here for a while,' and I had never been to Lubbock before. I kind of got that feeling a little bit, which was kinda weird, because I hadn't gotten that from any other school. I really liked all the coaches, I didn't just like one coach, I liked everybody there. The people in Lubbock were super nice. I'm not worried about facilities, some schools' are better than others, but that's not what you should be worried about. I think you should be worried about the coaches. The coaches fit me perfectly there, and that's what really attracted me to Texas Tech.\"\r\n

\r\nWhile Texas Tech has had something of a stigma around its defense for years, defensive coordinator David Gibbs has a strategy laid out to remake the school's defensive identity. Stringer voiced excitement to become a part of that.\r\n

\r\n\"The defense hasn't been real strong, they just got David Gibbs the new DC, and we've talked a lot, before this whole thing even started. His plan that he explained to me that they plan on doing there is really intriguing. They're starting a new slate. They're trying to get known for defense. Everybody knows Tech can score a [lot] of points, but if they have a defense, that makes them an amazing team. I can see myself there helping that out a lot, me just being in that first full class of recruits, it really interested me.\"\r\n

\r\nThe newest Texas Tech commitment still plans on attending one of the two Houston-area satellite camps to hang out with the coaches and may even take another unofficial to Tech this summer, along with an official during the season. \r\n

\r\nThose who are wondering about his level of commitment in light of his numerous Power Five offers (and the prospect of more to come) can put that doubt to rest, as the Houston-area defender currently has no plans to visit other schools either over the summer or during the season.\r\n\r\n
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\"I'm locked down. I'm not into the whole decommitting thing, I think it screws everything up in general. I don't like when kids do that. I'm committed to Tech and I'll be committed to Tech until Signing Day.\"

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\r\n\r\nThe prospect of early playing time was another factor in Stringer's decision.\r\n

\r\n\"They want me to come play early. It's college football, you never know what's gonna happen, but they have a plan for me to play early. They're not planning on me sitting around for a long time. I don't like sitting around, I don't think any athlete does really, so that pulled me in more.\"\r\n

\r\nRecent quarterback commitment Jett Duffey has already reached out to the linebacker, and Stringer is looking forward to developing bonds with the other commitments in the class of 2016. \r\n

@braydenk0328 Welcome to the family???????? #WreckEm #GunsUp

— TheHUNGRY (@Jett8Duffey) May 30, 2015
\r\n\r\nStringer's family accompanied him on his visit to Texas Tech, and though they were initially fans of Oklahoma State (where Stringer had taken a visit prior to his Wisconsin and Texas Tech visits), their experience in Lubbock swayed them to the Red Raiders' side.\r\n

\r\n\"My parents loved OSU. That was their their top school at the time, and they ended up offering me. Then we took a trip to Tech and my parents fell in love with it, more than OSU. Everything about Tech. Coaching staff, area, everything. That didn't play a major part - it's my choice, I'm gonna go where I feel comfortable - but, knowing that on top of how much I already liked Tech, that helps out a lot too for me.\"\r\n

\r\nThe coaching staff pulled out all the stops as coaching legend Marsha Sharp, who leads the Fearless Champions Leadership Academy at Texas Tech, personally sat down with Stringer and other recruits to lay out a plan for their academic success.\r\n

\r\n\"She sat us down, there were me and three other recruits there, and we had a good talk. I really enjoyed talking to her, she was like another mom. Academics there are very important for me, I'm getting a degree no matter what. She sounded like she had a plan for us when we came in.\"\r\n

\r\nThe Cy-Ranch ILB committed to Tech over offers from Arizona, Boston College, Cal, Fresno State, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma State, SMU, Tulsa, and Wisconsin, among others.\r\n
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Thankful to say I have committed to Texas Tech University #Wreck'em?????? pic.twitter.com/46lJWXr5LW

— Brayden Stringer (@braydenk0328) May 30, 2015
Texas Tech landed a highly-sought-after defensive recruit on Friday as Cypress Ranch (Cypress, TX) inside linebacker Brayden Stringer committed to Texas Tech.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker actually committed on Tuesday, but wanted to keep things quiet until he could tell his teammates and coaches in the right setting.

\"I called the coaches on Tuesday night, I verbally committed to them, kind of told them to keep it on the down-low for a little bit, I was gonna tell my teammates and the fanbase at one of our spring scrimmages. I just didn't make it public until today.\"

The unofficial visit he took on the weekend of May 9, along with his relationship with the coaching staff, was what ultimately decided it for him.

\"When I went up on my unofficial visit, I don't know. You get that feeling sometimes where you really like something, and I was just like, 'Dang, I could see myself here for a while,' and I had never been to Lubbock before. I kind of got that feeling a little bit, which was kinda weird, because I hadn't gotten that from any other school. I really liked all the coaches, I didn't just like one coach, I liked everybody there. The people in Lubbock were super nice. I'm not worried about facilities, some schools' are better than others, but that's not what you should be worried about. I think you should be worried about the coaches. The coaches fit me perfectly there, and that's what really attracted me to Texas Tech.\"

While Texas Tech has had something of a stigma around its defense for years, defensive coordinator David Gibbs has a strategy laid out to remake the school's defensive identity. Stringer voiced excitement to become a part of that.

\"The defense hasn't been real strong, they just got David Gibbs the new DC, and we've talked a lot, before this whole thing even started. His plan that he explained to me that they plan on doing there is really intriguing. They're starting a new slate. They're trying to get known for defense. Everybody knows Tech can score a [lot] of points, but if they have a defense, that makes them an amazing team. I can see myself there helping that out a lot, me just being in that first full class of recruits, it really interested me.\"

The newest Texas Tech commitment still plans on attending one of the two Houston-area satellite camps to hang out with the coaches and may even take another unofficial to Tech this summer, along with an official during the season.

Those who are wondering about his level of commitment in light of his numerous Power Five offers (and the prospect of more to come) can put that doubt to rest, as the Houston-area defender currently has no plans to visit other schools either over the summer or during the season.

\"I'm locked down. I'm not into the whole decommitting thing, I think it screws everything up in general. I don't like when kids do that. I'm committed to Tech and I'll be committed to Tech until Signing Day.\"

The prospect of early playing time was another factor in Stringer's decision.

\"They want me to come play early. It's college football, you never know what's gonna happen, but they have a plan for me to play early. They're not planning on me sitting around for a long time. I don't like sitting around, I don't think any athlete does really, so that pulled me in more.\"

Recent quarterback commitment Jett Duffey has already reached out to the linebacker, and Stringer is looking forward to developing bonds with the other commitments in the class of 2016.

@braydenk0328 Welcome to the family???????? #WreckEm #GunsUp

— TheHUNGRY (@Jett8Duffey) May 30, 2015
Stringer's family accompanied him on his visit to Texas Tech, and though they were initially fans of Oklahoma State (where Stringer had taken a visit prior to his Wisconsin and Texas Tech visits), their experience in Lubbock swayed them to the Red Raiders' side.

\"My parents loved OSU. That was their their top school at the time, and they ended up offering me. Then we took a trip to Tech and my parents fell in love with it, more than OSU. Everything about Tech. Coaching staff, area, everything. That didn't play a major part - it's my choice, I'm gonna go where I feel comfortable - but, knowing that on top of how much I already liked Tech, that helps out a lot too for me.\"

The coaching staff pulled out all the stops as coaching legend Marsha Sharp, who leads the Fearless Champions Leadership Academy at Texas Tech, personally sat down with Stringer and other recruits to lay out a plan for their academic success.

\"She sat us down, there were me and three other recruits there, and we had a good talk. I really enjoyed talking to her, she was like another mom. Academics there are very important for me, I'm getting a degree no matter what. She sounded like she had a plan for us when we came in.\"

The Cy-Ranch ILB committed to Tech over offers from Arizona, Boston College, Cal, Fresno State, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma State, SMU, Tulsa, and Wisconsin, among others.

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