With National Signing Day a month away and the UnderArmour All-American game in the books, most of the top recruits around the country have made their decisions on where they want to attend school and pickings have become slim this late in the game for many schools. Texas Tech did most of their damage early in the class of 2016, picking up a slew of early commitments over the summer and wrapping up most of their class before the season even began.
A few spots may still remain for this recruiting class, however, and some needs became ever more apparent as the season progressed. Here are four uncommitted prospects who still could end up Red Raiders and round out the football class of 2016.
WR Zach Farrar, Southlake Carroll (Tex.)
Farrar would be just what the doctor ordered for Texas Tech in the wake of their outside receiving struggles in 2015. While superstar JUCO signee Derrick Willies is expected to seize the starting role at one of the two outside spots this spring, there is still a need there and the 6-foot-4 Farrar oozes athleticism and potential. Farrar was extremely productive for Carroll this season, racking up 1,114 receiving yards on a nearly 20 YPC average, with 19 touchdowns. With other Power Five programs sniffing around, Tech would do well to get Farrar on campus for an official as soon as possible.
Competitors: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Washington
OL Yasir Durant, Imhotep (Pa.)
The offensive line looked thinner than ever in Tech's bowl loss to LSU as the unit was absolutely bossed around by LSU's defensive front. Le'Raven Clark, Emeka Okafor, Jared Kaster, and Alfredo Morales will all depart from Tech after this season. With a plethora of new faces bound to see the field for the Red Raiders next season and only four offensive linemen committed in 2016, the mauling offensive lineman would be a great, versatile pickup that could help provide depth early. Durant is still trying to set an official visit to Texas Tech, and there appears to be some smoke here.
Competitors: Rutgers, Arizona State, San Diego State
DT Marcel Southall, Duncanville (Tex.)
While Texas Tech already has a boatload of defensive line help coming in this recruiting class, they still lose a lot from this season and will also lose senior transfer Ondre Pipkins after the 2016 season. Southall, a mauler at 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, has been the rock of Duncanville's defense this season and has attracted attention from the likes of Texas, OU, and Alabama. He would be a great addition to this recruiting class and would help shore up the interior of Tech's defensive front. While Southall visited Texas Tech unofficially prior to the start of the season, it doesn't sound like he's high on Texas Tech and it would be surprising if he ended up a member of the class.
Competitors: Ole Miss, Miami, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State
WR Clyde Leflore-Chriss, Warren Easton (La.)
Another year, another Warren Easton superstar wide receiver with interest in Texas Tech. Leflore's first offer was from Texas Tech and the school made it into the Top 6 he released back in August, though he has never visited. The staggering numbers Texas Tech put up through the air and the dire need at outside receiver should work in Tech's favor. However, the departures of both Leflore's primary recruiter (coach Curtis) and his would-be position coach (coach Chiaverini) will likely hurt Tech's chances with the Bayou State prospect.
Competitors: LSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska