After the loss of Waxahachie standout and Scout300 prospect Jalen Reagor from Texas Tech's commitment list, there is a vacancy at outside receiver. 6-foot-3 Calvin Clater out of Fort Worth South Hills High School might be one prospect who could fill that role.
The athletic prospect competes in many track and field events, and runs a 10.95-second 100-yard dash. He also ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash at The Opening's Dallas Regional combine.
Coach Emmett Jones is leading the way in Texas Tech's recruitment of Clater, who plays in a hurry-up no-huddle spread offense at South Hills.
"Things are going pretty good, still hearing from [Tech]. I talk to coach Emmett Jones, I talk to him a lot. He talks about how he really likes me, and he can't wait to see me and meet me in person. He wanted me to come up to visit [Lubbock] sometime soon, then he's gonna come watch me in spring ball and hopefully offer me."
Coach Jones's efforts with Clater have paid off - the Fort Worth prospect has Texas Tech high on his list.
"He seems like he's really cool. He says that he really wants me, really paying attention to me or whatever. He wants me there. That's big. Makes me feel wanted. He wants me to come and play for Texas Tech, wear red and white and black. Tech's gonna be in my top five."
Texas Tech's offense and reputation for putting receivers into the NFL is a big reason why they're standing out to him.
"I love [Tech's] receivers, how good their receivers are and how their quarterback always gets all their receivers involved. They always have a great quarterback, too. They're sending a lot of guys to the NFL, there's a reason for that. They're well-coached and just getting better. With what Texas Tech is doing, that's huge. Everybody's dream is to play in the NFL."
Clater also confirmed that he plans on visiting Texas Tech unofficially for their Red and Black Scrimmage on April 16th.
"I'm gonna go on a visit and see how I like it, how the coaches are. I know how coach Emmett is, and the head coach. It seems like the players like them, and the coaches take care of their players. They compete hard. Anything that's gonna help me compete and help me get to the next level, that's what I'm looking for."
A variety of schools are in contact with Clater this offseason, representing conferences from the Sun Belt to the SEC.
"It's kind of early, but I'm talking to a lot of schools like North Texas, Louisiana-Monroe, Oklahoma, TCU, UH, LSU, Colorado, I'm talking to a bunch of schools."
Texas Tech is among a few other Big 12 schools that are showing interest in the Metroplex prospect. He spoke about the allure of playing in the conference.
"I think it would be a lot of competition. I think I would really be able to show my skills and ability and it's really gonna help me get a lot better because of the level of competition. It's a very big conference. Games are crowded, it's intense, it's fast. That's the type of football I'd like to play, that's what I like. And I know nothing is gonna be given to me, I'm gonna have to work for everything, so that's a great conference."
Clater already has a few college majors in mind at this point. He also spoke about how distance will factor in to his recruitment.
"I want to major in art or architecture or engineering. I'm not sure if it's gonna change or not, sometimes majors change. I look at how everything is. [Location] really doesn't matter, where I'm at. But you know, I'd love to be in Texas. We'll see how it goes."
Another factor in the standout receiver's recruitment will be his parents; they will accompany him to the Red and Black game and will help him make a decision on where he will commit to play at the next level.
"They're gonna play a pretty big role. They've always supported me and they're gonna help me choose the right school. It's all really about where I want to go, but they're gonna help me and make sure it's a good fit for me."
With his recruitment still shaping up, does Clater have any idea of a timeline for making a commitment?
"I'm really planning on making my commitment sometime after football season next year. Soon after the season, like in December. I'm planning on committing soon to a school that I really like. That's why I'm going on a lot of visits."
Clater currently holds an offer from Nevada and reports interest from Colorado, Houston, Louisiana-Monroe, LSU, Oklahoma, TCU, and Texas Tech, among others.