Recruiting Tidbits: Look Ahead to 2018

Raider Power reporter Zach Tanner posted notes and tidbits from several interviews with 2018 Texas Tech recruits, including Scout300 defensive tackle Joshua Landry from Houston Lamar (pictured above).

  • While I don't necessarily see OL as a position of need in 2018, you will take your fair share of guys and a West Texas kid the staff is looking at is Seminole tackle Reese Moore. Moore attended one of Tech's spring camp practices and spoke to coaches Eric Morris and Joe Robinson while he was there. Moore received an offer from Tulane last week and was followed on Twitter by Eric Morris shortly thereafter. I'm set to talk to Moore later this week to find out the latest about his recruitment. 
  • One interesting 2018 guy out of Cuero is Bralen Taylor, who at 6-foot-7 216 pounds plays quarterback for Cuero, has been in contact with the Texas Tech coaches and is supposed to attend a game this fall. He tells me he "really loves Texas Tech." Tech will have some major spots for receivers and is still looking for a QB commit in 2018, so Taylor is one to keep an eye on this fall.
  • Speaking of Cuero prospects, a video interview I did way back in June on 2019 WR Jordan Whittington should be posted sometime this week (sorry, life got in the way). Whittington has since been offered by TCU, A&M, Mizzou, and Houston. At the time, Whittington was very high on Texas Tech and was excited about the offer at wide receiver. One of your top targets on offense in that class. 
  • A 2018 kid who I've been in contact with is 6-foot-3 240-pound TE Christian Trahan out of Sulphur, Louisiana and was recently followed by Coach Emmett Jones on Twitter. Trahan has some incredible film, shedding tackles with ease and demonstrating some deceptive speed with his long strides. The Tech coaches haven't been in contact yet (they're not allowed to initiate contact until September 1st), but with plenty of wide receiver spots in 2018 I'm betting Trahan will be hearing from the coaches.
  • 2018 OL Jack York was another prospect (along with Carson Schleker) offered by UNT shortly after the Duncanville satellite camp. He also holds an offer from Bowling Green. With a solid season for Waxahachie, York could emerge as a serious target for Texas Tech. Remember, York told me in my Duncanville Satellite Camp Report that he would commit on the spot if offered by Texas Tech. 
  • The offensive lineman you're after the most in 2018 outside of perhaps Owen Condon is Franklin OT Casey Phillips (no profile, HUDL). The 6-foot-5, 270-pound tackle was offered immediately following the Euless Trinity satellite camp and is hearing from a lot of schools this summer. Texas A&M, Houston, LSU, SMU, Oklahoma State, and Kansas are showing interest. The first-team all-district selection as a sophomore also has offers from Bowling Green and Rice. 
  • You love where you're at with Phillips. When last we spoke, Phillips didn't have an exact timeline for making a decision, but he says "Texas Tech is very high on my list."  
  • Phillips on the Tech coaches: "I really like how they're high-energy. Whenever it's work time, coach Hays gets down to business, but off the field he's a people person."

  • A prospect who played against Phillips at the Trinity camp and was also offered shortly after is Jarell Cherry out of Dallas Carter. Cherry made the trip from Austin to Duncanville the day after the Under the Lights camp to watch Coach Patrick in action at the satellite camp in July. Cherry was offered by Alabama on Friday after he competed at their Dallas-area satellite camp and had an impressive showing. The fact that he hasn't committed while these offers are coming in is very encouraging, imo, and Texas Tech did well to offer him so early. I think they'll be in it until the end for him and have a good shot at landing him.

  • Your top RB target in the class of 2018 with Stanley Hackett committed? AJ Carter. ICYMI, check out his film to see why the coaches are so high on Carter.
  • Despite Carter being the top guy at RB, don't sleep on "Squirrel" Craig Williams of Crosby. Williams tells me he plans on visiting Texas Tech this fall and with Williams having the potential to play inside receiver at the next level you would likely take all three guys.
  • Two 2018 DL to keep an eye on along the interior are Marquise Conchola and Arian Bhat.
  • Conchola has been on radar for a while but wasn't able to make it to a camp this summer after tearing his labrum. He is receiving letters, however. On Tech: "I would love to get to know them better." He described his interest level in Tech as an 8 out of 10. 
  • Bhat moved to Denton from Miami, Florida (where, as we all know, Coach Patrick played). He is a guy I think will make some serious noise for Guyer on the gridiron. Bhat on Tech: "I hope Texas Tech contacts me, that's actually one of the top schools that I want to go to!"
  • Smithson Valley DB Trevon Moehrig-Woodard, who may emerge as a Texas Tech target during the next spring evaluation period, is attracting some notice around the country as he is receiving some interest from Texas, TCU, Alabama, and Houston along with offers from SMU and Tulsa. I've posted it here before, but his film is really fun to watch. Rumor has it the policy on defense is to not extend offers until evaluations are done in person, with very few exceptions, so I doubt Moehrig-Woodard is offered before next spring.
  • I know y'all love the DL and 2018 will certainly be a rich defensive line class, so I'll leave you with an update on Scout300 DT and Tech offer Josh Landry. Landry is being recruited by Coach Zac Spavital, who told him that he thought he could play anywhere along the line. 
  • Landry on a possible visit to Tech: "I like Texas Tech. I haven't been up there, but I'm looking forward to going up there and checking it out." He did not mention a timeline for the visit, or making a decision. I think you're in pretty good shape with him. 

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