Bruffy to Visit Texas Tech Soon has the latest on Ridge Point offensive lineman Travis Bruffy's recruitment by Texas Tech, his visit plans and his decision timetable.

Offensive line remains a big need for Texas Tech's 2016 class, and Ridge Point (Missouri City, TX) offensive tackle Travis Bruffy is seeing the full-court press from the Texas Tech coaching staff as unofficial visit season begins to draw to a close.

The 6-foot-7, 270-pound offensive lineman's lone power five offer is from Texas Tech, but he's still hearing from other schools.

"Right now all of the bigger schools have me as kind of number two on their recruiting board behind their big-timers. One I can name off is Jean Delance, a lot of schools are waiting to see where he'll go and then I'm kind of next on the recruiting board behind him. Schools like A&M, Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma, I'm number two on their recruiting board. I'm getting a lot of attention, but I'm not their priority."

Bruffy is definitely taking notice of which schools have him where.

"I'm definitely paying attention to it. Coach Curtis from Texas Tech always tells me, 'go where you're celebrated, not tolerated', and I really took that to heart. They're looking at a lot of the more physically developed tackles. I'm more of a technically sound tackle, not quite matured yet, never shaved a day in my life. They're going after the big strong brutes that don't have to work 'till they get to college. It's not something that they tell me, but it's something I recognize."

Schools that have offered the big Houston-area tackle to this point hold an edge over the ones that haven't.

"I've picked up on that and I've realized, well, they're thinking that they're gonna have to settle for me rather than they actually want me. That's what really appeals to me about the top five schools that have already offered me, they're willing to take a chance on me."

Bruffy, who currently holds offers from Texas Tech, Rice, New Mexico, ULL, and Louisiana Tech, has had a very busy offseason.

"We made it pretty deep into the baseball playoffs so I only got one week of spring football. I missed out of a lot of recruiting there. I've taken an Oklahoma visit, I loved it up in Norman, it's an amazing place. And then I've been to some camps - the Baylor camp, the TCU camp, the Oklahoma State camp, I did really well at all three of those. They told me that they'd be in touch with me by the end of summer, so that could get me some more offers this summer, I'm not sure yet. Nothing was guaranteed, but I definitely feel that I performed well enough to deserve one."

He also made a stop at one of the Houston-area Texas Tech satellite camps last month and got to hang out with the coaches.

"Got around coach K, coach Curtis. Coach Hays couldn't make it because he had back surgery. Coach Haverty was working the offensive lineman and he was a great guy. They just told me that they really liked me, they love the technique that I have, love how I play and all that kind of stuff. They're really recruiting me hard, and I really love that. All they have is great things to say about the school, about me, and I really can't wait to get up there on a visit."

Brayden Stringer, one of Texas Tech's more recent commitments at linebacker, made the trip to the satellite camp and was seen talking to Bruffy there. Stringer didn't actively recruit Bruffy but still left a good impression.

"He wasn't necessarily recruiting me; I had a lot of questions for him. I approached him and I asked him what made him fall in love with Lubbock and the football program. He had nothing but great things to say about it. He said it might not seem like much if you haven't been there, but once you go there you're gonna fall in love with it. So I'm looking forward to going up there and hopefully falling in love with it."

A visit is imminent for the District 23-5A 2nd-team selection, as he plans on taking his unofficial visit to Texas Tech over the weekend of July 30.

"My mom and my sister are gonna go up there along with my best friend. We're actually gonna go on a family vacation after that. My family and my best friend are gonna be up there with me and we're gonna be up there for two days."

Coach Curtis has taken over from coach Hays (who is still recovering from his back surgery) as Bruffy's primary recruiter.

"Usually our conversations start off every day with some motivational quote. For instance, the background on my phone is, 'If it's important you'll find a way, if not you'll find an excuse.' A lot of our conversations aren't necessarily, 'Hey, come to Texas Tech,' and all that stuff. He's like, 'Hey, what can I do to better you as a person, as a student, as a Christian', all those kinds of things. Kind of like a mentorship. It's definitely a really good relationship that I have with him."

Bruffy is unlikely to visit any other schools aside from Texas Tech this summer.

"As of now, I just really want to visit Texas Tech because I've already visited the other schools I'm interested in. I'm sure I'll have my decision on Texas Tech after my trip on the 30th."

The offensive lineman's timeline is fairly short, as he'd like to have things wrapped up before his high school's fall camp begins.

"I don't have anything set in stone, but I really want to try to get it done before my summer practices start, which would be around mid-August or early August. I really don't want to go into the season with that weight on my back. I want to try to get it done before the season starts, but nothing is official."

Of the schools that have offered him, Bruffy lists Texas Tech and Rice as the schools which are standing out.

"I'm getting a lot of attention from Oklahoma, TCU, and Baylor, mostly Oklahoma and TCU. I think that I could get an offer from either of them by the end of the summer, but as of right now, I really like what I'm seeing between Rice and Texas Tech."

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