With high school football fall camps wrapping up around the country, many Red Raider fans are turning their eyes to Texas Tech's current commitments and their upcoming seasons. 6-foot-2, 290-pound Nicholas McCann out of Arkansas High School in Texarkana is one commit with high expectations for 2015.
"It's been going good. Our team is getting better. We've been doing a lot of one-on-ones, we just had our Red and White game this past week. We'll be good. Last season we finished with a winning record but got knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. This season I think we could go all the way."
McCann, who benches 335 and squats 525, was extremely productive last season as he put up over 80 tackles last season with 15 sacks. The big defensive tackle believes he has made some serious progress as a player over the offseason.
"Yes sir. My position coach said that I'm getting better with my hands, my pad level's getting better. Now I just need to keep on working on that, and get more conditioned."
McCann stars at nosetackle in Arkansas's three-man front, but can certainly be moved around along the front.
"I'd rather play defensive end."
While Tech fans probably won't see McCann come in and seize hold of Pete Robertson's rush defensive end spot, the big prospect's versatility will certainly complement his physical skillset and enable him to serve in a variety of roles for Texas Tech defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith. Speaking of Mike Smith, the soon-to-be senior remains in constant contact with his future position coach.
"I was just on the phone with him night before last. We talk whenever we get a chance to, maybe every other day. [We talk] mainly about football, really."
Coach Trey Haverty remains McCann's primary recruiter.
"[The relationship] is really good, it's really strong. I really like him. We talk about everything. Football, school, how it is down there, how he's ready for me to come down. Stuff like that."
The prospect has also remained in contact with some other commitments in Texas Tech's class of 2016.
McCann, who committed to Texas Tech over offers from Baylor, Kansas, and SMU and interest from Arkansas among others, remains solid in his commitment.
"Other schools have been trying to keep in contact, but I haven't really been saying anything back. I've just been focused on school and football, really. Kansas a little bit, they were on me real hard but not much any more. Oklahoma State [and Kansas] are the two main ones."
Texas Tech also begins their season soon, which heralds the approach of official visit season. Where is McCann planning on taking his visits?
"Just to Texas Tech right now. September 26th, the TCU game."