Running backs coach DeShaun Foster has put in some serious work on the recruiting trail for Texas Tech since he was hired from UCLA, building relationships with a host of running backs around the country. One prospect he has been recruiting hard is Tyree Range out of Riverside CC - a familiar school to Red Raider fans.
Range is one of a very few JUCO prospects hearing from Texas Tech, as coach Foster is seemingly looking to bring bigger players into his room. Range grayshirted last season at Riverside after coming off an ACL tear from his senior year of high school back in 2014.
The talented running back has bounced back from that injury, and he expects an offer from Tech very soon.
"They're actually offering me this week or next week. I've been talking to coach Foster today and we're just waiting for the academic people to get back to him on my transcript. They went on some retreat or something, so we should hear back from them probably the beginning of next week."
At just over 6-foot and over 220 pounds, Range looks quite different from the current stable of running backs such as DeMarcus Felton (5-foot-7, 190 pounds), Justin Stockton (5-foot-10, 192 pounds) and Quinton White (5-foot-7, 209 pounds).
"He said right now they're pretty small at running back. They only have like one or two backs over 200, and none over 210. He said he was looking to bring in another back at around 220, and I'm at 224 right now, so..."
While Range is a bigger back, he's also got some serious speed to match.
"Last time I ran it was my senior year, and it was a 4.51."
He also brings more shelf life than other JUCO prospects to his next school.
"I'm going to be a mid-year transfer with a redshirt year still, so I'll be four for three. I grayshirted last season, my clock just started this spring."
Texas Tech is in a very good spot for the dynamic running back prospect. Coach Foster is one reason for that.
"They're definitely gonna be in my top group of schools no matter who offers me. I have a very good relationship with coach. As a running back, I want a coach who has played running back, who can coach me up. He's been there, done that, played in the league for ten years. He's definitely a guy who can get me better as a person."
Range feels that his size would make him stand out more at Texas Tech than other football powers who are hot in pursuit for him.
I just feel like Texas Tech would be a great fit for me. Size-wise, I'd be special there. I've got a bunch of schools after me like LSU, Georgia, Cal and stuff but they've all got like five guys my size. I wouldn't be as unique as I would be at Texas Tech, where I'm a stand-out guy, with my size. I'm a definite power back."
Range talked about some schools besides Texas Tech that are leading his recruitment. LSU and Cal appear to be the Red Raiders' primary competition for landing him.
"Cal, they've offered, they've actually been chasing me pretty hard. I was actually supposed to come visit them but it got rescheduled to later this month. LSU, they haven't offered me yet because coach Miles wants to see me in person. I tore my ACL my senior year of high school, I haven't played since then, so he wants to make sure I can still cut and whatnot. I was gonna go up there, attend one of their camps and they're probably going to offer me once I go out there. I'll be out there the first week in July. Besides that I'm not really considering any other schools at the moment."
A visit to Texas Tech is in the works for the Riverside Tiger.
"I was supposed to go out there in April for the spring game but you guys canceled because of the weather. I haven't planned anything yet, I'm sure I'll have a visit done before the season. So sometime this season, like mid-July or late July."
A December transfer, Range is operating on a fairly short timeline.
"I'm probably going to make a decision before the season starts, make a soft commitment and then for sure sign after the season's over."
Range holds offers from California, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Wyoming, and UAB. He reports interest from Arizona, Georgia, LSU, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, and UCF, among others.
Note: Video footage from Prep Pigskin Report was used in this story