6-foot-7 offensive tackle and Red Raider commit Travis Bruffy is not done with his senior year of high school football yet as Fort Bend Ridge Point celebrated a 35-27 Regional win over A&M Consolidated last weekend.
Ridge Point will face Angleton in the Class 5A Division II Region III championship noon (CT) Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The 280-pound offensive lineman is happy to be moving on to the state quarterfinals, but noted the team knows they need to be more consistent if they're going to turn a deep playoff run into a state championship trophy.
"We physically dominated that football game. The score ended up being a lot closer than the gameplay shows because we had a lot of mental errors,” Bruffy said. “They had a blocked extra point, a blocked punt that went for a touchdown. They had a 90-something yard screen pass that they threw for a touchdown in the last seconds of the game. We weren't really too happy after the win, because yeah we're going to the next round and everything, but that's not how we play football."
As far as his recruitment goes, Bruffy is continuing to hear from the Red Raider coaching staff months after making his commitment back in July, and this has made him even more secure in his commitment.
"I just love everything that's happening right now between me and Texas Tech,” Bruffy said. “I expected that once I committed there the interest and the love would kind of stop because they got me, but it's actually picked up even more and it's amazing."
He got to watch his future team beat Texas and potentially ruin the bowl eligibility hopes this season in Austin.
"I watched every second of it. I'm just happy we beat those boys in orange. It's always a great thing to beat the Longhorns. During the game, I got really scared sometimes because that running back Texas has, [Chris Warren], he's a monster. He's a man among boys out there. I loved watching him. But Mahomes, he came together and was composed when he needed to. DeAndre Washington, he has ice in his veins. He was coming through in the clutch whenever we needed him."
The Houston-area prospect was especially impressed by Tech all-time receiving leader Jakeem Grant.
"That kid's a monster, but he's a little monster. So much fun to watch, he's a little ball of electricity. Anytime he has the ball, he can make a huge play. I think he's so underrated because anytime Tech needed a 3rd and long or a touchdown to win the game, you know the ball's going to number eleven. He was probably the most alive wide receiver through the regular season, him or Lauderdale. Jakeem the Dream."
The game gave Bruffy a good chance to make his Longhorn family members eat a serving of crow along with their Thanksgiving dinner.
"There's about eight or ten family members at my Thanksgiving celebration that went to UT. I was the only one in the house with my mom sporting Red Raider gear, and they were all in burnt orange, that ugly color. We were watching that game together and every time Tech scored I would give them the guns up and chant "Raider Power!" The game ended up being a little bit too close for my comfort, but it was great getting to leave the house with a win."
With Tech's regular season concluded, Bruffy doesn't care about where or who the Red Raiders play in the bowl game, but wants them to have the opportunity to prove themselves on a big stage and admitted that an SEC matchup would be fun to watch.
"I want Texas Tech to go to the most prestigious bowl and play the best competition they can,” Bruffy said. “Everybody always hypes up the SEC as the best conference, but they've never seen a Big 12 offense, they don't have one in their conference. Yeah they might have better defense than we do, but when you're going up against the elite of the elite offenses in the country, I think that it's gonna be fun to see how they match up against Texas Tech."