The hires of defensive coordinator David Gibbs and inside linebackers coach Zac Spavital have paid dividends for Texas Tech's recruiting efforts in the Greater Houston Area, with class of 2016 prospects such as Brayden Stringer and Giovanni Pancotti committed so far. Class of 2017 and Scout 300 offensive tackle Grayson Reed out of Cypress Creek High School in Cypress, Texas could become another one of those dividends.
The four-star prospect described how the offer from Texas Tech back in late August came about.
"I was just in the locker room, my head coach came in and told me to take down coach Spavital's number and give him a call. I called him a little later on and he just told me he's been watching me since my freshman year. He's been watching me develop as a player, and he thinks I'd fit in to the Texas Tech program perfectly, so they wanted to offer."
Reed had good things to say about the offer from the Red Raider coaching staff.
"It felt pretty good because that's a really nice football program and school. To have that offer means a lot. If a school's watching you that means that you're doing something right, so it made me feel pretty good. It gave me a lot of confidence."
Texas Tech's reputation on offense has definitely been noticed by the big left tackle. He's also noticed the hard work the staff has put in trying to land his commitment.
"I don't know much about the school right now, I'm going to take a visit up there and learn more about it, but so far from what I know, I really like Texas Tech. I like the offense they run, I like the spread offense. I like the coaches too, they show so much love. I mean, I get a message from them every single day. They tell me, 'good luck at practice today, work hard, do everything right,' I come home and check my mailbox and it's nothing but Texas Tech mail. So they show a lot of love, and I really like that."
Coach Kevin Curtis is leading the charge for the Red Raider coaching staff in pursuing Reed's services.
"I usually talk to coach Curtis, the defensive backs coach. That's the coach I usually talk to. He'll send me all these motivational messages and stuff. It's not always about football, it's about life too. It's pretty nice because it shows you that they don't just care about you as a football player. They care about you as a person, they want to see you do good in life."
While the Houston-area offensive lineman has plenty of time to make a decision, he is operating on a bit of a shorter timeline than other prospects in his class.
"I want to commit before my senior season, so I can just go through senior season with no stress and just play football."
Reed definitely intends on making it to Lubbock this season for a game, but doesn't yet have any plans finalized.
"I'm going up there for a game this year. I haven't gotten a chance to look at their schedule - I have to make sure that I don't have games on those Saturdays - but I'm definitely gonna go up there for a game and take a visit up there."
Overall, Texas Tech is standing out to the offensive lineman.
"I don't really have a list right now. But they're definitely up there at the top. They're one of my favorites."
Reed holds offers from Texas Tech, Colorado State, Oklahoma State, Boise State, Tulsa, North Texas, and Houston. He is also receiving interest from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, and Washington, among others.