In an offense you can only be as successful as your offensive line allows. Considering the prolific nature of Texas Tech’s offense, it’s safe to assume offensive line coach Lee Hays’ group is a strength of the team.
The future of the position group became significantly brighter Saturday night with the commitment of Frisco (Tex.) offensive lineman Dawson Deaton.
“I talked to coach Kliff and then coach Hays,” Deaton said. “They were both very excited and said they can’t wait for me to get down to the LBK.”
Despite being a hot name on the recruiting trail and collecting nearly 20 offers over the past two months or so, Deaton’s heart has always been with the school that offered him first and that won’t change.
“My whole family went to Texas Tech and every time I have visited it has felt like home,” Deaton said. “My parents were obviously very excited and knew that it was the place for me. They both are Red Raiders and it is just a great time for all of us. I am 100% committed to Tech. It’s not going to matter who else offers me. I take pride in my commitment and won’t turn my back on it. Coach Hays and Kliff are excited to have Jack and I playing in the interior and dominating the line of scrimmage.”
Although newly committed, Deaton has been considering his inclusion into the Texas Tech program for some time and already has a plan and expectations for his career there.
“I will be enrolling early and will play spring ball,” Deaton stated. “The coaches will evaluate me based off how I do that spring and see if I need to redshirt or not. Either way, the potential is off the charts for the offense. Our 2017 offensive line class is already one of the best in the country and it all starts up front! Offensive line play for Tech will be great for years to come.”
Now that he’s a part of the #GunsUpGang17, the popular hashtag used for Tech’s 2017 recruiting class, Deaton is already teaming up with best friend, high school teammate, and future college teammate Jack Anderson to add more pieces to the gang.
“I will do all that I can do to make sure we get the best 2017 class possible,” Deaton said. “We have a number of guys we are going to go after, but Jack told me to help hit up Adam Beck so that is our first target.”