Defensive back is obviously a position of need for the 2017 class, and one corner who really stood out at the Houston satellite camp was Adrian Frye out of Eisenhower. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound corner ran a 4.5 40-yard dash in tough conditions, and has run a 4.4 for his coaches at Eisenhower.
At the camp, Frye dazzled the coaches with his playmaking ability, securing a pair of interceptions with coach Gibbs observing him. He even made a play on Kalon Barnes, the receiver from Silsbee who was offered by Tech later that day.
That performance led to an offer from the Red Raiders which Frye turned around and accepted making him the 11th overall pledge of Tech's 2017 class and the third Houston area defensive back commit joining Quincy Addison and Adam Beck.
"I performed pretty well. The position drills, the coaches really liked my footwork and my explosiveness through my cuts. When we went through one-on-ones, my first rep was on my own, but after that coach Scott and coach Gibbs were having me go against the number one receiver of whoever was coming up. Throughout the entire one-on-ones I didn't allow them to catch it. I don't know his name, but the receiver from Silsbee they offered after the camp [Kalon Barnes], I pressed him up, he ran a fade on me, but I broke that up. Then, I caught two picks."
The corner prospect attracted the notice of coach Scott early on, and it sounds like the Tech coaches want another opportunity to evaluate Frye in-person.
"I talked to coach Scott, he talked to my mom after the camp. When I was playing in one-on-ones, that I had a chance to earn a scholarship, and that I could just ball out. He believed that I performed pretty well, and told my mom that if I can, they're having another camp in July, and if I can't make that, then I should just come up to the campus whenever I can."
When asked about his interest level in Texas Tech after the camp but before the offer, Frye kept it simple.
"If they give me a chance to play, I'm going. That's a no-brainer."
The Houston-area defender actually grew up watching Tech, following the team through the years.
"I've been watching Texas Tech play since I was younger. I know how the program has changed throughout the years. I think I would be a good fit."
Frye spoke a bit about his role on the defense at Eisenhower.
"I'm considered the lockdown corner, so I go over the number one on whatever team we play. My position is called is the field safety, so I go on the field side, the far side of the field. But other than that I'm pretty much the strong corner. And I return punts and kicks."
He was able to get in-depth about the defensive scheme the Eagles run in Houston, and thinks it translates to what Gibbs has installed at Tech.
"We run a 3-4. It's a mix. More man coverage, but we implement the zone into it. We'll be in an overall zone, but we'll have our corners and safeties kind of mix it up depending on how the receivers are lined up. We might have a switch call, where the corner stays outside and the safety takes the inside man. We run [cover] three, a four man, and if it's an empty set we'll check to a 44, but that's more of a true 4-technique, how you get to the quarters. If it's a five-receiver set with no running back in the backfield, we'll check that and get in our quarters."
Overall, Frye had an enjoyable experience at the camp and left with a favorable impression of the Red Raider coaching staff.
"I've never experienced one, but it kind of felt like I was in a college football practice. The coaches were fired up, the players were fired up, everybody was ready to go, playing a hundred percent. I really love how coach Scott and coach Gibbs get into their coaching. They're very enthusiastic, very hands-on, and they're great coaches."
Adrian Frye currently holds offers from Colgate, Texas Southern, Grambling State, Louisiana-Monroe, and McNeese State, all offering within the past month. Stephen F. Austin, Southeastern Louisiana, and Texas Tech are showing interest so far.