Texas Tech landed its second commitment of 2018 in future blue-chip running back prospect Stanley Hackett of Pasadena Rayburn. Hackett, who stands at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, has rushed for back-to-back thousand-yard seasons on varsity despite the fact that he is just now starting his junior year.
The prospect was offered late in July by running backs coach DeShaun Foster. Hackett discussed making the decision to commit to Texas Tech.
"I called coach Foster, we talked on the phone and that's how he got the news about me wanting to commit. Coach Foster and I have a good relationship, we talk all the time. Knowing that he played in the NFL and the Super Bowl, it just shows that he knows what he's doing. He just had a running back go to the NFL, plays for the Raiders now."
The prospect discussed his relationship with coach Foster some more.
"Me and coach Foster, we talk about football, how practice was, and then just little stuff. It's a good relationship."
While Texas Tech has been known for its passing attacks in the Air Raid offense, the rush offense under coach Kingsbury has been revitalized as the past two seasons have each yielded a thousand-yard rusher in the form of DeAndre Washington.
"I love Texas Tech, they have a good running game. They love to run the ball. Like I told you last time, it's that running game."
Hackett was congratulated by fellow 2018 commit Treveon Johnson. Though the two hadn't been in contact before, Hackett knows they'll be working together now to bring more prospects onto the Texas Tech train.
"Nobody I know has an offer from Texas Tech, but once they get it, I'm gonna try to bring them along."
Hackett committed sight-unseen to Texas Tech, and is anxious to get to Lubbock to check out his future home.
"Yeah, I want to visit. I want to go to a game this fall."
With Pasadena Rayburn going winless last season despite Hackett's best efforts, the junior knows he has to grow as a leader if Rayburn is going to improve.
"My plan is to just do what I do. I work hard, I practice hard. I just got to get my teammates flowing with me. I got to get them rolling. If we're gonna win, I've got to get them rolling and be a leader."
A host of schools around the country are showing interest in Hackett.
"U of H, Michigan. That was really it. Some other schools came and talked to me like TCU, Iowa, a whole bunch of D-1s to be honest."
With Power Five programs sniffing around, the talented running back will definitely end up receiving more offers between now and National Signing Day 2018. But while he plans on taking visits to other schools before signing, he is a solid verbal to Tech.
"I mean, I'm still gonna take visits just to go around, look and see how things are going. But I feel like this is the best decision for me."
Stanley Hackett committed to Texas Tech over an offer from Tulsa. He reports interest from Houston, Iowa, Michigan, Texas, Texas A&M, and TCU, among others.