Texas Tech added yet another offensive weapon in Riverside CC running back Tyree Range, originally out of San Diego, California. The 6-foot, 225-pound tailback committed on the spot Tuesday after receiving an offer from Texas Tech.
Range discussed how the offer - and subsequent commitment - went down.
"About two weeks ago, coach Foster told me he was coming out to one of our practice tomorrow and that the offer would be official then. My birthday is today, so I asked him if it would be all right for me to commit on my birthday, and he gave me the okay, so I did it."
Range, who was hearing from Georgia, Tennessee, USC, and UCLA among others before making his commitment, discussed his decision to pledge to the Red Raiders. He will have four years to play three seasons, plus will be able to join the program in January as an early enrollee and participate in the spring.
"It just felt right. Coach Foster is just an amazing coach, I've talked with players from Texas Tech that have nothing but good things to say about him. You know, we've got an amazing offense in the spread at Texas Tech, similar to what we run at my school now, it gives me a lot of five- and six-man boxes, which would be a running back's dream. Then we've got an amazing recruiting class coming in in the class of 2017, and I just feel like I can come in and have an impact immediately."
Range was an intriguing high school prospect in the class of 2015 for Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) High School, but an ACL tear his senior year and subsequent surgery found him grayshirting at Riverside. The new commit discussed his recovery from the devastating injury.
"I'm beyond 100%. I've been rehabbing for about a year and a half since I had surgery, and I feel better than ever. I'm faster and stronger than ever. It was a long process, very stressful, not being able to play last season and having to grayshirt. I'm definitely glad I was patient and waited, and everything healed properly, and I'm coming back better than ever. I'm looking forward to see what this season has in store for me and what my future at Texas Tech has in store for me."
DeShaun Foster, who first knew Range as the Director of Player Development at UCLA, never forgot about him after taking the running backs coach job at Texas Tech and began recruiting the prospect as soon as he arrived in Lubbock. Range discussed their relationship.
"It's definitely strengthened since he got to Texas Tech. He started recruiting me during the summer going into my senior year. He started talking to me and whatnot. He started giving me goals to aim for, giving me a lot of advice. I never grew up around anybody who played in the NFL, so talking to somebody who played running back in the NFL was a big deal to me as a senior in high school. I'm glad he stayed in touch with me after UCLA decided not to offer me due to the knee injury. We re-kindled that connection the fall semester of my freshman year, and it's grown ever since."
Range, who ran a laser-timed 4.51-second 40-yard dash prior to his knee injury, is happy to join the offensive juggernaut in Lubbock.
"I've been keeping up with all of [Tech's] games so far, and I saw one of the most explosive offenses in the country. I'm extremely excited to be a part of that."
The new commit will take his official during the week Tech travels to Manhattan to take on Kansas State, and hopes to catch a practice while he's in town.
"Right now I plan on visiting during the week during our bye week, our bye week is on October 8th and Texas Tech plays away, so I was talking to coach about coming out during the week and that's the plan right now."
Tyree Range committed to Texas Tech over offers from Cal, Louisiana Tech, and Wyoming, among others. He reported interest from Arizona, LSU, Georgia, Kansas State, Oregon, Tennessee, USC, and UCLA, among others.