Class of 2017 offensive guard Xavier Newman out of DeSoto (Tex.) High School is the latest prospect to receive an offer from Texas Tech.
The 6-foot-3, 272-pound junior, who racked up offensive lineman MVP at The Opening's Dallas Regional a couple weeks ago, spoke a little bit with RaiderPower.com about the offer.
"[Offensive line coach Lee Hays] was talking about how he really liked me and stuff, and how he had a spot open and that he was offering me."
The spot that Newman alludes to is, unfortunately, open due to the decommitment of Round Rock offensive guard Tyler Castaneda. The coaching staff moved quickly, with Coach Hays extending the offer shortly before Castaneda made his decommitment known on Twitter.
"He actually offered me last night, I just didn't want to post until this morning."
However, Newman is anything but an emergency backup plan for the coaches - they have been in contact with the prospect for months.
"We were talking previously, before they offered me. Coach Jones and me and coach Hays. We built a relationship before the offer."
Coach Emmett Jones' relationships seem to be paying off again for Texas Tech.
"He coached my brother in high school when he coached at South Oak Cliff. We talk often."
With offers from several different schools, Tech has forced their way into the discussion for landing Newman's commitment.
"I was just thankful and grateful because Texas Tech is my dream school. I just love that school. Texas Tech is up there, definitely."
The prospect discussed his thoughts on Kliff Kingsbury's offensive scheme.
"It's just like our school, a spread, fast-paced tempo. I think I would fit in great there."
So what is Newman looking for at the next level?
"How the coaches are, how the facilities are, whether it's a great fit for me."
He will certainly get the opportunity to experience those factors as he plans on taking an unofficial to Lubbock in a couple of weeks.
"I'll be going to Texas Tech on April 16th for the spring game."
Newman revealed that he plans on making his commitment prior to the start of spring football at DeSoto, whose first practice is April 25th. It seems that Tech fans would do well to pay attention to him in the coming weeks.
Newman holds offers from Arizona, Colorado, Mississippi State, Missouri, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Kansas State, among others.null