Class of 2017 offensive lineman Dawson Deaton out of Frisco High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is one of Texas Tech's latest offers. The prospect received his offer over the phone from offensive line coach Lee Hays this past weekend.
"I got on the phone with coach Hays. We were just talking for a while about my season and his season and going to a bowl game, all that. Then he just started asking me about my weight and my speed and how all that stuff's good. Then he asked me how many offers I had, I said 'none right now,' he's like, 'no, you have one,' I'm like, 'no, I don't have any...' and then he was like, 'you have one from Texas Tech'. It was a special feeling, it was awesome."
While the offer took Deaton by surprise, it wasn't a complete shock as coach Hays complimented his ability when he took an unofficial visit for the Oklahoma State game.
"I was kind of expecting it, not much though. Whenever I visited for the Oklahoma State game, we were talking a lot before the game and he said he didn't know how my recruiting hasn't blown up yet, I had the size, the film, and everything. He said he didn't see how I didn't have a lot of offers right now, stuff like that."
Frisco blue chip offensive lineman and Red Raider commit Jack Anderson is very close to Deaton, and is already working on recruiting him to Texas Tech.
"He was actually with me while I was on the phone with coach Hays. I had him on speaker, and Jack was really excited when I got the offer. He was like, 'come on, we're going to Lubbock now,' it was pretty funny. Today at school, he was just saying 'we need you in Lubbock man, come on, commit.' He wants me to go there," Deaton said. "We're really good friends. We hang out every weekend, we're just really close. We really encourage each other in the weight room and on the field to get each other better, it's just a really cool relationship to have. He told me a lot about the recruiting process and all that type of stuff."
In addition to his friendship with Anderson, the Red Raider legacy has strong family ties to Texas Tech.
"They're really excited. They're all Red Raiders, pretty much my whole family has gone to Tech, and they were definitely excited."
Hays is Deaton's primary recruiter and the Metroplex lineman has been familiar with him for several years now.
"[I mostly talk to] coach Hays. I talked to the rest of the coaches while I visited, but it was mainly coach Hays that I talked to. I've known a lot about him before even talking to him because my cousin played at Houston under coach Hays, before he moved to Tech, so I've always known he's a cool guy. Then once I started talking to him, he's just a really nice guy to talk to. He's just straight-up with you."
Frisco was unfortunately knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by Lovejoy High School near Allen, but Deaton believes the team had a good season.
"Overall I think it was pretty good. We were projected to finish sixth in the district. We ended up going 8-2 and we were third in the district. A lot of people thought we weren't gonna have a good season, and we just showed them what we're about at Frisco. We put another running back over 2,000 yards for the second-straight season, so it was definitely a good season."
He went into detail about what he brings to the table as a prospect.
"I think my strength for sure is run-blocking. We run the Wing-T at my school so we don't really pass much. I have a mean streak, I like to pancake people, just put my hand in the ground and fire off, and I feel I can use some work on my pass-blocking."
With Tech being his only offer, is there a particular Red Raider that has stood out to him this season?
"Le'Raven Clark for sure. I've watched probably three or four Tech games, he's just a monster. It's really fun watching him play."
While the offer was a pleasant surprise to the offensive lineman, he plans on waiting until next summer to make a decision and wrap up his recruitment.
"Ideally I just want to wait until around summertime right before my senior season starts up. Right now probably Texas and TCU are ones I want to receive offers from, but talking to me the most are probably Kansas and Houston - other than Texas Tech. No favorites so far."
The junior also plans on taking another unofficial visit to Texas Tech this month.
"Jack and I were talking about going up on Christmas Break, going up and watching them practice and prepare for the bowl game, visit with the coaches and all that."