Texas Tech's 2017 offensive line class will almost certainly go down in the books as one of their most-heralded, and one reason why is Richmond (Tex.) Travis High School lineman Will Farrar.
Farrar capped a string of commitments where four offensive linemen committed in the span of three days.
"I was there at Tech, and I was in Coach (Lee) Hays' office. You know, when I first got there, there were four offensive linemen committed. And when I was about to leave, there were five committed, because (Jared) Hocker had committed. I stepped aside with my parents, talked with them for a little bit, then went back into coach Hays's office and told him I was going to be a Red Raider."
With the offensive line class presumed full after his commitment, was the one remaining spot at the time he committed the deciding factor?
"No, that wasn't the deciding factor at all. I think that I was going to commit to Texas Tech anyways, but I wasn't going to do it that early. You know, Texas Tech is where I'm going to sign, that's where I'm going to play college football. The fact that there was only spot left, it had something to do with my decision, but I wasn't in panic mode or anything like that. I love that place, and that's where I want to sign."
Farrar, a Scout three-star prospect ranked as the No. 6 tackle in Texas and No. 38 in the nation, was asked what the deciding factor really was.
"The people there. I can really see myself being around those people. I don't really see myself wanting to be around any other people or players or coaches. The energy that Coach Kingsbury and his staff brings to the table, I want to play in a high-powered offense like that, with them being one of the top offenses in the country. We're gonna go and we're gonna win a Big 12 championship."
While on his visit, Farrar got to spend a lot of time with his future teammates.
"I met with a lot of them, actually. There's too many to name. I stayed one night with Gio (Pancotti) and Bailey (Smith) and Travis Bruffy and all them. I hung out with a whole bunch of players. Jett Duffey, Baylen Brown, pretty much the whole offensive line."
Farrar was also at the Houston satellite camp held at Bellaire Episcopal High School a couple weeks back.
"It was cool. The whole staff was out there. Whole bunch of people running around and stuff. I got to hang out with Adam and Quincy."
He discussed his friendship with Adam Beck, dating back to the Little League football days.
"Me and Adam grew up together. We went to elementary school together, played little league football, middle school football, high school football. He's one of my good friends. I've grown up with him since forever, I've known him since we were little kids. He was actually planning on committing for a while, even before I was. When I did it he finally made it official."
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman described his recruiting journey from start to finish.
"I started my sophomore year and got my first offer from Arizona State, fourth game into the season. I was pretty pumped about that. Texas Tech was my fifth offer. Played through my junior year, committed to UCLA. Then I decommitted. And committed to Texas Tech here recently. I've been building a relationship with coach Hays and the rest of the staff since the end of my freshman year. I have a very good relationship with those guys."
Several blue-blood programs were making a push late to win his commitment.
"UCLA, Ole Miss, Texas, Michigan State, LSU, Michigan. Honestly, that's really it."
With a decommit in the past and several schools hot on his trail, is Farrar considering interest from other schools?
"No, I'm shutting down my recruitment. I'm one hundred percent Texas Tech."
Tech won't have to wait until National Signing Day to get the talented prospect on campus.
"Yes, I've already taken all my classes and I'm done. I have to go to school next semester to play football and then I'm enrolling early. I'll be at Tech in January."
Farrar believes he will be able to pick up the offense and get on the field very quickly.
"It's very similar to the Texas Tech offense. We run a spread offense, we average fifty points a game. I don't want to say it's identical, but it's pretty similar to the offense that Texas Tech runs. [Coach Hays] told me that he's going to get me on the field as fast as possible. Whether that's at guard or tackle or even center, that's where I'm gonna go."
In an Air Raid offense like Texas Tech's, the center has several important responsibilities such as calling out protections. Would Farrar be comfortable in that role early on?
"For sure. In my high school career I've probably started four or five games at center, and probably have a total of a hundred snaps. I'm comfortable at any position."
He discussed his visit plans this fall.
"I'm going to the Texas game for sure, but I'm going to try to make it to every Tech game that I can. It just all depends on my high school schedule."
Will Farrar committed to Texas Tech over offers from Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, LSU, Michigan State, Missouri, Texas, UCLA, and Utah, among others. He reported interest from Michigan, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State, among others.