Texas Tech's conference opener against TCU at home was a fantastic opportunity for recruits to visit, and Duncanville (Tex.) 2017 prospect Jaylin Nelson was one of many who made the trip to Lubbock to catch the game.
"I really do like it. It was really electric up there. They have great fan support, there was a lot of things I liked about it."
The speedster was ruled ineligible to play this fall for Duncanville after transferring in from DeSoto, where he shined at quarterback after former Texas Tech commit Tristan Wallace went down for the 2014 season with an injury. His transfer was ruled as being for "athletic purposes" by the District 8-6A Executive Committee, and he is playing on JV for the Panthers this season with close friend and fellow DeSoto transfer Tre Siggers, who was also ruled ineligible. Both juniors hold offers from Texas Tech.
Nelson thinks highly of the Red Raiders after what he saw on Saturday.
"Even though they lost by a couple of points, they lost by three points to the number three team in the country. I look at it as, they almost beat them, so that's really a plus to me. They had it in the last seconds, so I commend them for that. I really did like Tech, and what they did with their offense. Their defense was coming along with it, too.
The athlete thinks Tech earned some respect with their performance.
"If the quarterback didn't get hurt, I think that was a guaranteed win right there. People know that Texas Tech is nothing to play with. They're trying to get back on the map, they're real good now."
Nelson was also impressed by watching coach Kliff Kingsbury operate in person.
"He was really into the game. You could tell that Coach has played the game before, you could tell he's been in that situation before. You could tell he knew what he was trying to do, and what he was trying work with what the TCU defense was giving him. He had a great plan in mind."
The city of Lubbock was a surprise for Nelson when he visited for the first time before the season, but Lubbock on gameday was an entirely different experience.
"You've got the streets crowded, you've got the fans everywhere, tailgating, everything shut down for the game. It was a really good boost. You can tell it was a college football town, and everybody came just for that game. I liked it. It was a packed crowd, you could tell everybody loves football in Lubbock. Everybody came out to support them."
The 5-foot-8, 188-pound prospect, whose sole offer is from Texas Tech, plans on holding off from making a decision until his senior year. Nelson admits that the school is high on his list.
"They'll always be high up there for me because they were my first offer. I really do love Texas Tech. They will always be up there, top-ranked for me."