Texas Tech defensive coordinator and safeties coach David Gibbs has not been reserved about his displeasure with the play of Tech's secondary this fall, and the veteran secondary coach is clearly on the lookout for talented prospects who can play early for the Red Raiders.
Class of 2017 Scout300 cornerback Adam Beck out of Richmond George Ranch High School in the Houston area, is a prospect the Tech coaches have had their eye on for a while. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect has run a verified 4.60-second 40-yard dash and has an elite combination of size and speed.
RaiderPower.com last talked to Beck shortly after he received his offer from the Red Raider coaches back in June, and his recruitment has continued to ramp up since then.
"I've been talking to Arizona State, they're about to offer me. I've been talking to their running backs coach. OU is still talking to me. I'm really strong on A&M. Notre Dame, too."
With so many football powers entering the fray, who are some schools that are standing out early in the process?
"Texas Tech will always be high on my list. I talk to coach Curtis every day. We have the best relationship out of all the other coaches. He's coming to my game tomorrow, I look forward to talking to him and seeing what he has to say. He's just a great coach."
Beck discussed how his relationship with coach Curtis has grown.
"We talk about everything. School, life, football, it really doesn't even have to be about football. We just talk like he's my big brother or something."
That bond between recruit and recruiter culminated in a visit from coach Curtis to Beck's district game against rival school Foster - the night before Tech had their 2:30 p.m.game against Iowa State. Beck understands and appreciates coach Curtis making time to travel all the way from Lubbock to Houston just to watch him play.
"It hit me real hard. I feel like our relationship is real good, that's why I'm one of the players he's looking for. It's really strong, stuff like that is what makes you want to commit to a school, just the love from a coach."
Texas Tech ranks 110th in the nation in passing yards allowed through six games this season. While some prospects may not be sold on Tech's defense, Beck only sees one thing on the field for the Red Raiders - an opportunity for early playing time.
"It's definitely an opportunity for me, because I see that that's going on. They're looking for other guys and I could be there to step up. Coach Curtis told me I could play early if I was to go there, he told me that before. He wants me to come up there. It's definitely an opportunity because you see things that you know you could do, when you get there."
The conference Tech plays in has done them no favors defensively, as the vaunted Big 12 offenses have lived up to their billing resulting in some very high-scoring games. Beck is excited by the opportunity to play against those offenses.
"I just look at it as an opportunity for me to get more action, play my game. Allow my stats to get better. If the offense is high-powered, I know that they're going to try to test me. I'll get to just make plays from there."
It's still early for the class of 2017 prospect - he has a year and a half until he has to sign with a school. With that in mind, he is enjoying the recruitment process and has no time frame in place yet.
"I don't really know yet. I'm still taking it slow. I don't know exactly when I'm going to commit, I'm still visiting schools and still seeing what I can do. Seeing what's out there."
With his recruitment on the rise, Beck will likely continue to receive interest and offers from Power Five schools. One conference where he'd like to get more scholarship offers from is the SEC.
"Yes sir, I am trying to get offers from the SEC, I want that. Like I said, I've been talking to A&M a lot. Coach McKinney told me he was going to work on an offer soon. I got a couple other schools that are sending me letters and stuff, Arkansas is sending me letters, so I'm still open to those schools."
Fit is important to the high school defensive back when evaluating schools to play at.
"Just looking for a school that fits me. I want to get a good education. I want to be somewhere new, away from home. Not that far, but I really want to find the right fit."
While a visit to Tech did not materialize this past weekend, Beck is adamant on taking a visit to Texas Tech this fall. He was asked whether a visit to Tech will happen this fall.
"Yes, for sure. Of course. I definitely want to see them play before their season's over, check out a home game."
The prospect does not currently have visits finalized to any other schools.
Beck holds offers from Colorado, Texas Tech, Houston, Kansas, and SMU. He reports heavy interest from Texas A&M and Arizona State, with additional interest coming in from Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, and Arkansas, among others.