The spring evaluation period has begun, and 2017 linebacker Marqez Bimage has received an offer from Texas Tech.
Defensive line coach Kevin Patrick visited Brenham High School on Tuesday to see Bimage work out in person and liked what he saw in the 6-foot-3, 228-pound outside linebacker enough to extend an offer the next day.
“I was very excited about it,” Bimage said. “It isn’t something that just happens everyday, so every offer I receive I am very grateful for it.”
Coach Patrick has been in contact with Bimage for almost half a year now and they have developed a “pretty good relationship” according to Bimage, who added he likes what Patrick brings to the table as a coach.
“I like his energy and his style as a coach. He seems like he gets pretty fired up,” Bimage said.
Despite committing to the first school that offered, Houston, back in December, Bimage has not closed his recruitment. The Scout three-star prospect, rated as the No. 9 outside linebacker in the Lone Star State, said Texas Tech stands even with all the other offers he has right now which includes Cal, Kansas State, and SMU.
“I’m committed to U of H so it’s hard to say [where Texas Tech stands], but throughout this process different variables change and you never know who the lead runner is,” he said.
Although, the success under coach Kliff Kingsbury is what makes Texas Tech stand out.
“How much they have accomplished since coach Kingsbury has gotten there things have really took a turn for the better,” Bimage said.
The defensive line coach who is building his first recruiting class from bottom up since joining the Texas Tech staff sees Bimage developing into the defensive end role for the Red Raiders. His junior year Bimage totaled 4.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.
A visit to Lubbock is a possibility for Bimage, who said it would likely happen this summer. As of now, he does not have any visits planned for the spring planned and is just enjoying the recruiting process.
“I’m just having fun with it all,” he said, “but as of now I am focused with my teammates and my senior season.”