The Houston satellite camp was a tremendous success for Texas Tech, as the Red Raider coaches identified many talented prospects and got to coach them up in person.
One talented defender who was noticed by the staff was Erick Hallett, out of Cypress Fair High School in Cypress, Texas. The 5-foot-10, 172-pound prospect clocked a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and impressed in the one-on-ones.
"It went really well. I got a lot of reps and there was a lot of good competition out there, actually. I did pretty well. I locked down, got a couple of knock-downs."
Hallett got to spend some valuable time with defensive backs coach Karl Scott after practice, and he was greatly impressed by the Tech assistant.
"I spent a little bit of time with coach Scott, the DB coach. I really liked some of the drills he put us through, they really helped. Making sure you get your head turned around fast, and making sure your hips and your balance are in check. Coach Scott told me to keep in contact with him, even though he can't really talk to me yet, he told me to keep in contact with him and follow him back on Twitter. Coach Foster told me I can give him a call when I get the chance."
Overall, the coaches left a favorable impression on the soon-to-be junior.
"I thought they were some really good coaches. I mean, they knew what they were talking about. They knew the technique and what to do, when to do it. I think the information they were giving me was really valuable, and I can take back and use that at school."
Hallett usually covers the top opposing receiver for Cy-Fair - no small task for a sophomore in 6A Houston football.
"We run like a 4-2-5, where we have 5 DBs, 2 linebackers and four down linemen. It's like a prevent defense, we don't really play a lot of man, we mostly play zone concepts. I mainly lock down the top half of the field, I'm usually on the number one receiver on the team."
Asked about an offer and potential timeline for making a decision, Hallett was noncommittal - but he does like Texas Tech.
"No sir, keeping everything open. I think [Texas Tech] is a great program. It's on the rise, great coaching staff, I love it. I would just be very excited if they extended me an offer, and very privileged. I'm just really focused on grinding right now, making sure I take care of what I need to get done. I'll decide that later."
The distance from the Greater Houston Area to Lubbock can be a daunting obstacle for some prospects, but Hallett isn't one of them.
"I mean, it's not local, but it's not too far. It's a manageable distance from home, and I'm open to it."
Hallett holds an offer from Stephen F. Austin, and reports interest from SMU, TCU, and Texas Tech.