Texas Tech isn't expected to take a very large class at defensive line this recruiting cycle, but one prospect to keep an eye on is Tyler Carr out of Canadian, Texas. The West Texas mauler tips the scales at 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, but possesses surprising quickness.
"I play tight end and defensive end. We run the spread offense at Canadian, almost just like what Tech runs, we throw the ball a lot.... I'll be a slot receiver."
Carr, a 2017 prospect, competed in Lubbock at the Texas Tech OL/DL camp earlier this week, and he clearly impressed the coaches as he took home the defensive line MVP trophy.
"We did a lot of bag drills, and then we did one-on-ones also. And then we did some competitions towards the end. There were four practices at the camp. I felt like I did pretty good. We didn't time any 40s or anything, but I feel like overall I did pretty good, and I got that award so that made me feel pretty good about it. Talking with Coach (Kevin) Patrick, he said I showed him some good things."
The West Texas prospect spent a lot of time Texas Tech defensive line coach Kevin Patrick during and after the camp.
"Just kind of the stuff we went over. How I did. And then we talked about the guys he has coming in this class, stuff like that. He says he's going to stay in contact with me. He also introduced me to the recruiter that will be recruiting my area, Coach (Joe) Robinson."
This isn't the first Texas Tech camp Carr has attended, either. He built some relationships on the other side of the ball last summer.
"Last summer I had went up there for a camp for tight end and talked with Coach (Eric) Morris a little bit, but their tight end position isn't really a tight end like I was. So then I started talking to coach Hays at the O-line, and whenever I went up to a spring practice, I was talking to coach Hays, he said he was gonna mention me on the d-line. And then I went to this camp and really found my spot on the D-line."
Texas Tech is high up for the soon-to-be senior.
"Yes, it is, for sure. I'd love to play there."
Two other Big 12 programs are aware of Carr as well.
"The only schools that I've really talked to, I haven't picked up any D1 offers yet, but I've only talked to OU and OSU. I camped at OU with Coach (Calvin) Thibodeaux on the defensive line. Then at OSU, I've been talking to Coach (Jason) McAdoo for their Cowboy back, almost like a hybrid back or tight end."
One of those two schools came out to see him this spring.
"At OSU I talked to Coach McAdoo on Twitter and stuff, he actually came to Canadian and watched me. I'd say that one was pretty serious."
Carr plays in a very similar defense to Texas Tech's.
"They kind of change it up, but we run a 3-4. Just three down lineman, and then we've got a rover and a bandit, and three linebackers in. It depends who we're going against, but sometimes I'm out wide like a pass rusher and sometimes I'm down. It changes."
He doesn't have any family ties to Texas Tech, but his former teammate signed last February and is now on campus.
"None of my family has gone there, but I know it's really close to home. When I was living in Amarillo, we would always go up and I really liked it. I had one of my buddies that I played with at Amarillo High, Ivory Jackson, go to Tech. He was on the defensive side and I was playing tight end, but me and him were pretty good friends and he's really liking it up there so that really helps."
Tyler Carr holds no offers, but is hearing from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech among others.