Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard and his staff have landed one big junior college recruit or transfer after another since taking over the program in the spring but have yet to garner a commit from a high school scholarship player.
Though the Red Raiders continue to be aggressive with transfers and the current roster, the staff has also been active on the trail with the 2017 class. One of the prospects Tech has recruited hard recently is a silky smooth 6-foot-3 guard out of Alexandria, Louisiana named Cedric Russell.
The Scout three-star point guard is a knock down shooter who averaged 23 points a game and shot over 50% from the field last season as a junior at Peabody High School.
Russell, who was committed to LSU for a long time before decommitting in April said over the weekend that Texas Tech is "most definitely" in the mix for his services and added the Red Raiders are in his top group of six schools.
"I had a top 10, but I'm working on narrowing it down to a top six," Russell said. "I have six in mind right now and that's VCU, Murray State, Texas Tech, Houston, UL (Louisiana-Lafayette) and SMU."
Russell said Texas Tech offered him in July, that assistant coach Al Pinkins, who joined the Red Raiders after coaching at LSU last season, is leading his recruitment and that they communicate almost every other day.
"He's a cool coach, man," Russell said. "In our text messages and when we talk, we have good conversations. He can talk about ball and still joke around or whatever, but he's a nice coach."
Russell said he's definitely interested in visiting Texas Tech, but is taking the recruiting process one step at a time. He added he looks forward to some home visits in September, when the NCAA mandated quiet period ends, with teams who have offered and will then take his officials based off how those go.
Though listed as a point guard, Russell said Tech and several other schools are looking at him as a combo guard.
"Because I can shoot the ball well they can see me working off the ball which will open up the floor for the offense," Russell said. "It's not a designated position, but whichever one that's more comfortable with me and the team, that's what I'm gonna roll with."
Russell did say he has been working all spring and summer working on becoming a better floor general and distributor with his Under Armour Association team Louisiana Elite after being mostly a scorer for his high school team.
"Now I'm actually focused in on what it takes to be a high competing level point guard," Russell said. "And I think as I keep getting these reps I'll keep getting better and better and then coaches will trust me at that guard position. I mean if I'm open I'm still going to take it, but now I see the whole floor more and trying to be a distributor."
Russell said he plans on taking his officials following the home visits and will then pick a school either this current semester which is just starting or early in the spring.