Texas Tech will have plenty of spots to work with along the defensive line in the 2018 class, which coincides with a very deep and talented class in the front seven across the state.
One prospect on the Red Raider coaches' radar in that class is Fort Worth All-Saints Epsicopal High School rush linebacker Grayson Mann, who picked up his first offer from Nebraska a couple weeks ago.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound prospect was followed on Twitter by defensive line coach Kevin Patrick around that time, and was contacted by the coach after September 1st, when college coaches can start initiating contact with 2018 recruits.
"He just told me to look more into Texas Tech and hopefully they'd get me out for a game. I told him I was interested. He gave me his cell phone number in case I had any questions about it or wanted to schedule a game, and that he wanted to come watch me play whenever he could get a chance to. That was about it."
Mann, who is being recruited for the rush linebacker position, will be setting up an unofficial visit to Texas Tech soon.
"I plan on looking more into it after this week, because I'm leaving town for this weekend, but I'm planning on looking deeper into their schedule and looking into October."
The defender has a significant level of interest in Texas Tech and some family connections.
"I'm very interested. It's a Texas school, some of my family is going to Texas Tech and live out there, so I'm pretty interested."
Mann thinks his recruitment is just getting started, as he missed a good portion of the summer camp circuit due to an injury.
"I went to three camps late in July, because I tore my hamstring early in the summer and wasn't able to go to any camps until then. I went to Texas, Houston, and SMU all in the last week of summer."
The Metroplex prospect discussed his school's season so far.
"So far, we've played two teams out-of-conference right out of the chute. We opened up with past state champions Plano Prestonwood, and then we played Trinity Christian Academy. I thought collectively as a defensive line we played very well. [Prestonwood 2018 quarterback MJ Rivers] is a big quarterback, he was hard to take down. We ran our plays and did a good job stopping the run. He has a cannon, he can let it fly and there wasn't really much stopping that. We ended up losing by five points, but it was a dog fight until the very end."
Aside from Texas Tech, who are some other schools showing interest in Mann?
"Definitely Nebraska. TCU, Stanford, Oklahoma, and of course Texas Tech. My coach has actually been in contact with TCU, before September 1st my coach was in very close contact with coach Meachem at TCU. He's been by to see me a couple times this spring. My coach thinks I'm pretty close to getting an offer from TCU."
The junior discussed his plans for his recruitment process and timeline.
"I'm gonna visit Nebraska too this fall, see if I like it. I just believe in finding a place where I fit and go from there. Really there's not a timeline, it's more of just a feeling. Once I feel like I know where I need to be, that's the decision I'm going to make."