Fort Bend Ridge Point offensive lineman Travis Bruffy is one of several class of 2016 Texas Tech commits who journeyed to Lubbock last Saturday to watch Tech in action against TCU in their Big 12 opener.
The 6-foot-7.5, 275-pound left tackle mentioned last week he wanted to experience the Jones on game day, and the atmosphere did not disappoint.
"Most of my family, they're huge Aggies, so I've been to a lot of Texas A&M games, a lot of important games. Everybody always says that Kyle Field is the loudest in Texas-and I promise you that Jones AT&T Stadium is WAY louder than Kyle Field. I've never been in a place that loud. It was crazy."
Bruffy, who committed to Texas Tech back in July, was hoarse from all the yelling he was doing from the stands.
"I was getting so into it, I didn't sit down the whole game. Even when it was raining, I was drenched, but I was still jumping up and down."
When asked if he participated in the big Raider Power chant: "Of course I did."
The loss was a tough one for Red Raider fans, but the recruit was impressed by Tech's play, particularly on offense.
"Like I said before, no one can stop them on offense. When you have DeAndre Washington running the ball like that, he can make plays out of nothing. When you get the ball to Jakeem Grant, it's pretty much a guaranteed first down. The offensive linemen as well, I don't think Mahomes got sacked once. They hardly had much pressure at all throughout the game. On the defensive side of the ball, I feel like they locked down Boykin pretty well."
The game day atmosphere in Lubbock also made an impression on Bruffy.
"I stayed with a friend who went to high school with me. We went to his family tailgate. Tech has a great alumni base, so I got to see that. They'll come from as far as Nebraska to come down and see every single home game. It was cool to see how passionate they are about their school."
The visit was a good opportunity for the commit to spend time with his future teammates and coaches.
"To see how coach Hays was in the game was pretty cool. I got some 1-on-1 time with coach Hays and each of the commits."
Bruffy went into more detail about his interactions with the other recruits.
"I didn't expect T.J. Vasher to be so tall. He's crazy tall. He says he's 6'5, but he can almost look me eye to eye. He's huge. Giovanni Pancotti's a really cool guy, he and I chopped it up a lot. Jack Anderson was up there as well, not quite a commit but a recruit, I've known him previously so we hung out for a long time and talked about Tech and stuff. I got to meet Zach Adams, he's originally from the Fort Bend area as well. He's a nice guy."
In addition, Bruffy got to spend time with his future signal-caller, Jett Duffey. Despite still playing for Mansfield Lake Ridge, Duffey has already built a reputation among the Lubbock community.
"He's a celebrity, man. Everybody knows him. Everybody wanted to take a picture with him, they'd throw up the Guns Up to him. But through it all, he was really humble and wasn't really boastful about anything. He's a really cool guy, I liked him a lot. We talked for a long time. Everybody in Lubbock knows who he is and wants to take a picture with him, and he hasn't even played a down."
The Houston-area prospect was receiving some recruiting interest from schools like Baylor, Oklahoma, and TCU prior to making his commitment to Texas Tech, but any doubts about his commitment level can be laid to rest.
"The place is amazing. There's no place I'd rather play. Lubbock is an amazing place, Texas Tech is an amazing place, and Jones AT&T Stadium, it's like heaven. It's amazing."
Bruffy committed to Texas Tech in July over offers from Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, New Mexico, and Rice.