Class of 2016 Missouri City (Tex.) Ridge Point offensive tackle and Red Raider commit Travis Bruffy committed to Texas Tech almost six months ago, and has never wavered in his commitment--despite some schools continuing to try and recruit him.
"I'm pretty much 100 percent committed to Texas Tech. There are some schools that are trying to impose their will on Texas Tech, if that makes any sense. 'This is our record against Texas Tech, you should come visit us.' But I'm not really for that. Tech isn't just a football team, it's a family that I've become a part of and you never turn your back on family. I'm definitely still 100 percent committed to Tech."
Bruffy committed to Texas Tech in July over offers from Rice, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, and New Mexico.
He made his way to Lubbock the weekend of Jan.22-24 for the 2016 commit visit extravaganza for hs official.
It was his third time visiting Texas Tech, and he had a great time getting to bond with the other commits face-to-face.
"It was really fun. It was really good to see all of those guys, because I hadn't met a lot of them in person, I had met a lot of them them through Twitter, social media, stuff like that. It was good meeting them in person, putting a face to a Twitter handle, so to speak. It was good to spend time with Gio and Zach Adams and them, and then getting to know other people like Brayden Stringer and the Skyline kids like Da'Leon Ward and Joe Wallace, just hanging out with them."
Bruffy's favorite part about Tech's campus?
"The artwork, the sculptures, the vibe you get walking around the buildings. There are some really unique pieces of art all around the campus and it adds a personality to Texas Tech and to Lubbock. It's really cool seeing that."
The visit was jam-packed with activities, including visits to all the Red Raider facilities and a presentation of the new Indoor Practice Facility which will begin construction soon.
"We toured the stadium, toured the Marsha Sharp Center, toured the weight room, we saw the indoor facility plans, the Fearless Champions campaign, we saw that whole presentation. We got to meet with coach Kingsbury a lot, managed to hang out with the coaching staff. We also got to watch the basketball game."
The recruits got to experience an exciting Red Raider basketball game as Texas Tech hosted West Virginia at United Supermarkets Arena.
"It was crazy. At tip-off I was kind of disappointed because only about a third of the stadium was full, and then I look up like 10 minutes in and it's sold out. Everybody's there. It was so loud. Me and Houston Miller and T.J. Vasher were going crazy. And Nicholas McCann, he was just screaming the entire game. The coaching staff was getting into it too."
With most of the class assembled in one spot, did any of his fellow commits stand out to him physically?
"TJ Vasher, they have him listed at 6-foot-5, but I think he's 6-foot-6 honestly. His arms, he has the biggest wingspan out of all of us. Eighty-three inch wingspan, which is crazy. His athletic ability, you can tell he's fast, you can tell he can jump high, just by how he moves when he walks."
The commits also got to spend some quality time with head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
"I've never really seen that side of coach Kingsbury. He's usually there but by himself, talks strictly business, it was kind of nice seeing him open up and see him for who he really is. He really is human and not just a football genius."
Bruffy in particular also got to talk extensively to offensive line coach Lee Hays.
"He just made me more excited to go up there. He said his plan is to keep me at tackle, but if I'm playing good enough to be on the field, then he'll put me wherever he can. But he said he wants to do everything possible to keep me at tackle."
He also spent some time with his future teammates who were in his shoes a year ago.