1.) Adam Beck, CB, George Ranch HS (Richmond, Tx.)
Paul Banks. Justis Nelson. DJ Polite-Bray. Keenon Ward. Thierry Nguema. All of these are defensive backs who have logged some minutes for Texas Tech and will no longer be on the roster by the time 2017 rolls around. In addition, corners Tevin Madison and Nigel Bethel III will be seniors that season. Defensive back is a huge need position for the next class and Adam Beck would provide length, size, and speed at that spot. The elite defender, ranked as the No. 2 CB in the state, remains high on Texas Tech despite the departure of primary recruiter Kevin Curtis. His commitment would go a long way in addressing perhaps the class's biggest need.
2.) Charleston Rambo, WR, Cedar Hill HS (Cedar Hill, Tx.)
Despite Texas Tech signing a bevy of receiver prospects in 2016, the roster remains dangerously thin at outside receiver. The additions of Vasher, Willies, and Cox-Wesley will counterbalance the imminent departure of receivers Reginald Davis and Devin Lauderdale. In 2017, Willies will be playing his last season alongside Dylan Cantrell (who will be a RS SR in 2017). Rambo views Texas Tech, particularly the offense, in a very positive light and locking him down would add some needed depth at outside receiver. While not quite as tall as Willies, the 6-foot-1 Cedar Hill Longhorn has blazing speed reminiscent of former Red Raider Javon Bell. Charleston Rambo also has experience in a spread offense. The No. 4 receiver in the state definitely merits his spot on this list.
3.) Jaylon Jackson, IR, Cedar Hill HS (Cedar Hill, Tx.)
Depth at inside receiver isn't looking great for 2017 either. New addition Bowman and veterans Zach Austin, Cameron Batson and Ian Sadler will all be seniors that year, so the shifty Jaylon Jackson will definitely be a priority for the coaching staff this recruiting cycle. Jackson has unofficially visited Texas Tech twice already and plans to make another visit this offseason. With plenty of potential playing time available at H- and Y-receiver after the departures of the four Red Raiders mentioned above, one would be wise to pay close attention to Jackson's recruitment.
4.) Terrel Bernard, OLB, La Porte HS (La Porte, Tx.)
While the coaching staff clearly filled up at linebacker in 2016, Bernard is simply too good to have ranked any lower on this list. His film reminds of a taller D'Vonta Hinton, as the ultra-productive linebacker consistently makes plays and delivers hard hits. He was a first-team All-District selection for the second straight year as a junior, and has racked up offers from Washington and Baylor in the last two weeks. With TCU and Houston also in play for the linebacker, Terrel Bernard is such a high priority because it's likely that if he doesn't commit to Texas Tech they will be seeing him light them up for a team they're playing against in 2017.
5.) Will Farrar, OT, Travis HS (Richmond, Tx.)
While it seems like offensive line is short on numbers every year, the commitment of Jack Anderson and the recruits that were able to redshirt in 2015 make this not as dire of a need for 2017. Will Farrar, the No. 3 offensive tackle in the state, lists medium interest in Texas Tech. Tech is also his only in-state Power Five offer. Landing Farrar would go a long way in alleviating any existing concern at offensive line.
6.) Camron Buckley, WR/IR, Cedar Hill HS (Cedar Hill, Tx.)
Another spot on the list, another Cedar Hill receiver. Camron Buckley is very close to teammate Jackson and there is a chance the two could play for the same school. He is a versatile, dynamic playmaker with the ability to play inside or outside receiver, which adds flexibility to Coach Kingsbury's playcalling capabilities and reduces the need for substitutions while he is on the field. The number six-ranked receiver in the state was impressed by what he saw out of the Red Raider offense in Tech's blowout win over Sam Houston State back in September, and Texas Tech seems to be heavily in play for his services.
7.) Sam Miller, DT, Stratford HS (Houston, Tx.)
The addition of so many defensive line prospects pushes that position group way down the list as far as need goes, but defensive coordinator David Gibbs has repeatedly said he likes to rotate out his defensive linemen a lot to keep them fresh. It would make sense, then, that defensive lineman Sam Miller would be a priority for Texas Tech as they continue to add depth to the trenches on the defensive side of the ball. We don't know much about Miller's recruitment to this point, but he is the highest-rated defensive lineman that holds a Texas Tech offer in the state of Texas, and his profile lists medium interest in the Red Raiders.
8.) Mike Lee, S, Landry-Walker HS (New Orleans, La.)
Can Texas Tech keep up its Bayou State momentum? That question will heavily involve Mike Lee, who was one of the first defensive back prospects in the class of 2017 to receive an offer from Texas Tech. Safety should be a point of emphasis for the next recruiting class, and it will be interesting to see if Texas Tech can snag another defender from the neighboring state.
9.) Earnest Brown IV, DE, Denton Ryan HS (Denton, Tx.)
Earnest Brown IV is an extremely active player off the edge for Ryan and played a big role in their deep playoff run this season, as they knocked off the likes of Plano East and South Grand Prairie before losing in the quarterfinals to Allen. Adding some depth behind this most recent crop of defensive linemen, especially considering that DeShay wasn't a part of the class, would be a smart move for the coaching staff.
10.) Dawson Deaton, OG, Frisco HS (Frisco, Tx.)
Another mauling run-blocker to bolster the depth at inside OL, Dawson Deaton is very close to commit Jack Anderson and his commitment would help solidify Anderson's commitment even more. Deaton is very high on Texas Tech, though he seemingly would like to let his recruitment play out some more - for good reason, as his recruitment has started to blow up. Locking down Deaton should be a priority for the coaches in the next recruiting cycle.null