Cedar Hill High School, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, is a hotbed of recruiting talent. Four class of 2017 four-stars from Cedar Hill, all ranked in the 2017 Scout300, made the trek to Lubbock, Texas to catch Texas Tech's season opener against Sam Houston State.
Texas Tech's offense was explosive against the Bearkats, as the Red Raiders scored 59 points with big plays from Patrick Mahomes, Jakeem Grant, Devin Lauderdale and Ian Sadler. That offensive performance impressed the recruits.
"They came out throwing the ball deep, right away. I like that. They threw the ball a lot. I like the way they use their players - they just put them in good positions to make plays," Jackson recalled.
"The first play they came out throwing. That really surprised me, the first two plays off the bat were throwing plays. I looked at Jaylon and said, 'they just threw it for the first two plays of the opening drive,' I liked that," Buckley said. "Their quarterback ventures outside the pocket. Their receivers are very talented, they're quick, great route-runners, and I just like how they can get open."
"They throw the ball a lot, and they can hand it off sometimes... I could be useful in that program," Forman said.
The gameday environment exceeded their expectations.
"It was just a crazy environment. The fans were crazy, everything," said Buckley (pictured above). "That student section was the most loyal fans I've ever seen."
"I liked the fanbase. The student section was really loud. They were there two hours before the game even started, and that's what I really liked," Forman said.
The recruits got to check out the facilities on the visit as well. Texas Tech's facilities definitely stood out to the prospects.
"My favorite part about the facilities, they had a nice weight room. The weight room was really nice," Jackson said.
"The stadium was just gorgeous. I loved the screen," Forman said.
"The stadium was huge, I liked the speaker system," Buckley mentioned.
Lubbock itself was also a pleasant surprise for the Metroplex prospects.
"The people out here are pretty nice. They're not stuck up or anything. They're very open," Jackson said.
"Everything was really nice, I really like the community. I thought it was real nice and I enjoyed myself," said Forman (pictured above).
"It's surrounded by a great atmosphere. It's not abandoned, but it's not congested either. It's just right, in the perfect city. I loved it," Buckley said.
Cedar Hill looks to take on Dallas Skyline this weekend in a clash of Texas high school football powers.
"I think if we just go out there with our head right, perform how we always perform, we should go out with a victory," Forman said.
It's still early for all the Cedar Hill prospects who visited, but Texas Tech did make a big impression.
"They fit in real good. I will be paying attention to them. I talked to the coaches after the game and told them I most definitely will stay in touch and I will see them again. I plan on making it up to a lot more games and making a couple more visits," Buckley said.
"I've got them high on my list, I love that offense," Jackson said.