Missouri City (Tex.) Ridge Point offensive tackle and class of 2016 Red Raider pledge Travis Bruffy committed to Texas Tech in July after a great unofficial visit to Lubbock.
The Houston-area offensive lineman never got the chance to check out a packed Jones AT&T Stadium on gameday, though, and will get that opportunity this weekend when the Red Raiders kick off Big 12 play against TCU 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.
The 6-foot-7, 275-pound prospect got the chance to watch Tech's win over Arkansas last Saturday, and was impressed at how the offensive line held up against the Razorbacks.
"Tech did really well, especially guard-center-guard. I mean, towards the end, Arkansas only rushes three, they're kind of conservative, every now and again they bring somebody off the edge, but there really wasn't much pressure. Also, Mahomes gets out of the pocket in less than two seconds, so as long as you get in the way of any defenders, they're not gonna touch Mahomes. I feel like the offensive line really did well, especially when Mahomes would scramble. They'd have a strong post foot, they'd hold their ground, it was really nice. I thought they played really well."
Bruffy looks up to one player on the offensive line in particular - Le'Raven Clark, who has been a Red Raider staple for four straight seasons now.
"When I watch Tech, I watch Le'Raven Clark. He's phenomenal in almost everything he does. His pass sets are amazing, his footwork, his hand placement, it's just amazing. I love watching him because he's wearing the same colors I'm going to be wearing next year, so it's just kind of a good thing. I really look up to him and try to play like him. I love watching him every week because he's so great at what he does."
Bruffy is looking forward to watching the game in person, and had some thoughts on how Texas Tech will fare against the Horned Frogs.
"I have watched a lot of TCU and I think Tech's offense is gonna get the job done against their defense. I think Tech's offense can get the job done against any defense in the country. It's gonna be a matter of how Tech can contain TCU's offense. [TCU has] a very solid offensive line as well. But coach Kingsbury is an offensive genius, no defensive coach can neutralize his factor. It's gonna be a matter of how well the defense can contain their star power."
While he has visited before, the standout offensive lineman is ready to take an unofficial visit to catch a game at the Jones. He's saving his official visit for after the season, a similar plan to fellow Houston-area commit Brayden Stringer.
"I want to see how loud that stadium gets. I've heard so many people in Texas say that Kyle Field can't be matched, and then I've heard people who graduated from Texas Tech saying that Jones AT&T stadium can definitely surpass Kyle Field, and that the crowd definitely gets into the game. So I can't wait to hear that and experience that firsthand. I can't wait to see the offense move in person. I'm just looking forward to seeing where I'm gonna spend the next five years of my life."
Bruffy committed to Texas Tech over offers from Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, New Mexico, and Rice. He also reported interest from Baylor, Oklahoma, and TCU prior to making his commitment.