While the Red Raiders took a big defensive line class last recruiting cycle, they're looking to bolster depth with the class of 2017 and one prospect they've been in contact with is Toby Ndukwe out of Richmond (Tex.) George Ranch.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive line prospect competed at the Texas Tech satellite camp at Bellaire Episcopal on Tuesday evening and feels he performed well.
"It was good, I know I did good. When we broke off into groups, I was with coach Patrick, he was teaching us pass-rushing drills, how to use your hands, how to flip your hips. I did those pretty good."
Ndukwe went into detail about getting coached up by defensive line coach Kevin Patrick.
"With the drills, as he was going through them with me, he taught me me that I needed to flip my hips more when I get past the tackle. As soon as I put my second move on him, flip my hips around the tackle and that way I'll have a better angle to the quarterback."
After a productive period battling against offensive linemen, he spent some time with coach Patrick when the camp was over.
"Yeah, when we did one-on-ones, I got in twice or three times, but I did really good at that. He even kept me after, and he talked to me after the camp. He was telling me how much he loved me and stuff, and how he wanted me to give him a call later on tonight. Mostly I call him around nine. We've been staying in contact with each other."
Ndukwe, who is committed to SMU, thinks highly of Texas Tech - in part because of his teammate's decision to commit there.
"I think it's a good school, football-wise and academically. Being that Adam Beck, out of all the offers that he had, he chose Texas Tech, that says something. With Adam being the great player that he is and choosing Texas Tech, that actually says a lot to me and it will be one of the schools that I'll be considering."
Despite his commitment to the Mustangs, Ndukwe is still receiving heavy interest and offers from other schools. He has not decommitted, however.
"Yeah, I could see myself there, but I still have a lot of time to evaluate myself. I haven't really thought about it as of now, but I think I do see myself reopening my recruitment. Possibly not. And I'm still committed to SMU."
The prospect listed out some of the schools that have entered the fray for his services...
"Kansas State was my most recent offer. Before that, I had Tulane, Indiana, Colorado, Tulsa, Fresno State, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, North Texas, Louisiana-Monroe, and Colorado State."
...But he admits that three programs are standing out the most to him right now.
"At the top of my list would be SMU, Texas Tech, and Kansas State."
Ndukwe is being recruited at the rush linebacker spot.
"He's recruiting me for d-end, like a rush linebacker, on the weak side. We run a 3-4, [the coaches at George Ranch] have me at the four-technique and the five-technique, kind of both. The four-technique is lined up over the tackle, and the five-technique is outside the tackle. They've got me playing both."
The Houston-area prospect is expecting an offer to be issued very soon from coach Patrick.
"We discussed a timeline, it was supposed to be later on tonight."
Ideally, if an offer from Texas Tech was extended, Ndukwe would be given time to finish out the recruiting process before making a final decision.
"I'm still wanting to take my time, because I want to talk about it more with my parents, and take my visits too."
Ndukwe discussed his performance in the televised state title game, where George Ranch routed Mansfield Lake Ridge (and Red Raider quarterback Jett Duffey) 56-0.
"Actually, it was a dream come true. We had been working hard for that moment. At that game, everything just went our way. I'd say offensively they really played their part. With the defense, right after the two back-to-back sacks, I think that really set it off for me."
He credits the leadership of the veterans next to him for helping him develop his game.
"With me playing next to Tessylim [Anifowoshe] and DJ [Thomas], former D-linemen, it was a great experience playing next to them and learning from them. That state game, we all played our role, we did our part, we did our jobs, and everything kind of worked out."
Ndukwe, who recorded two sacks against Duffey in that game, joked around when asked what he'd do if he ran into the Tech player now.
"Nah, I've never talked to him before. I heard he left for Tech right after the season. I'm pretty sure he might not even know me, but I'll holler if I see him on a visit or whatever. Probably give him some flashbacks, but...."
Toby Ndukwe, who committed to SMU back in early May, currently holds offers from Colorado, Kansas State, Fresno State, Indiana, and Tulsa, among others.