Mexia QB Talks Texas Tech Offer

RaiderPower.com caught up with 2017 Mexia quarterback Jaylen Gipson about receiving an offer from Texas Tech, his first offer, and his overall recruitment. Get the details inside.

With a quarterback already committed to the Red Raiders in 2016 Mansfield Lake Ridge prospect Jett Duffey, the Red Raiders have turned their eyes to the class of 2017 for a signal caller. Mexia (TX) prospect Jaylen Gipson received his first offer from Texas Tech back in May.

"Oh man, it felt great. I couldn't believe it at first. It's like a dream come true."

Offensive coordinator Eric Morris was the coach who extended the offer.

"Coach Morris had come down to watch me practice, and the next day he had called my head coach. He told him he wanted to talk to my dad, and he told my dad he wanted to offer me. I was at school, so my dad told me when I got home."

The coaching staff has been in constant contact with the 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect since.

"I stay in contact with them. I try to contact them every two weeks, I call them and talk to coach Morris. He asks me how my offseason's going, how everything's going out here. I just tell him we're down here working hard. I'll call him and tell him how I'm doing, and he'll just ask me how everything's going. It's a pretty good relationship."

Mexia runs a read-option spread similar to Auburn's offense, and that explains why Gipson only passed for 1,025 yards and rushed for 1,011 (17 combined touchdowns) as a sophomore.

Texas Tech is the only school that has offered so far, with plenty of time left until National Signing Day 2017. Arkansas and SMU are also showing interest, with A&M and Baylor possibly in the mix for him as well.

"I have not taken any visits yet this summer. I was gonna take one this week, down to A&M. Me and my parents will take an unofficial visit to A&M, go there and see how everything is. Just want to go up there and see how everything is."

Gipson's father originally went to Baylor, but with a 2017 quarterback prospect already committed to them in San Antonio Reagan High School's Kellen Mond, Gipson will let his recruitment play out before making a decision.

Gipson hasn't visited Lubbock yet, but got to hang out with coach Kingsbury at one of Texas Tech's satellite camps last month.

"Not about the offer, I went to one of the camps they had in Dallas and I got to meet him and talk to him. It was at Lancaster."

It's been a busy summer for Gipson despite not taking any unofficial campus visits - he has attended SMU, Baylor, Texas, Michigan, Texas Tech, and TCU's camps so far, in addition to playing on his 7-on-7 team.

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