It's safe to say Texarkana Arkansas defensive lineman Nicholas McCann is excited for this week's official visit to Texas Tech.
In fact, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound Red Raider commit said he and his mother are getting to town a day early on Thursday to make sure to be on time for what is expected to be a HUGE recruiting event this weekend for Texas Tech (CLICK HERE for full visitor list). McCann said what he's looking forward to most is checking out Lubbock and being around the other players.
"I want to see what I'm going to be around for the next 4-5 years," McCann said.
There have been a lot of recent changes on Texas Tech's defense with a large number of players exhausting their eligibility and three coaches being let go. McCann said he and his family hosted new defensive line coach Kevin Patrick along with assistant coaches Zac Spavital and Emmett Jones in their home Sunday night and it went well.
"I really like him (Patrick)... I like how he is like my high school d-line coach with just his style and how he handles his players," McCann said. "It seems to me that he is the type of coach who doesn't yell very often and he's laid back, but hands on at the same time. He is a player's coach, is about the team and it seems that he is a man who gives as much as he expects."
McCann added he's not especially tight with one fellow Tech commit, but that they all keep up with each other via their Twitter group message. He also said he knows he'll be rooming with fellow defensive lineman commits Clarence Henderson and Joe Wallace in the fall.
A Scout three-star prospect ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in Arkansas, No. 29 in the South region and No. 70 at his position nationally, McCann chose Tech over reported offers from Baylor, Central Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana-Monroe, SMU, Stephen F. Austin and Texas State.