Texas Tech has a couple linebacker spots open in the class of 2017, and one intriguing prospect at inside linebacker was extended an offer in Sachse senior Riko Jeffers. The 6-foot-1, 236-pound prospect detailed the timeline of his recruitment and how the Texas Tech offer went down.
"It started earlier last year, it wasn't very hot or anything, but during the summer me and coach Jones picked it up and we started talking more. I got coach Spavital's number and started texting him. We had some pretty good conversations, and it just picked up from there. Coach Spavital told me he was coming out to the game last week to check me out. He came out to the game and left early, but told me he'd hit me up. I called him and he told me I had an offer."
Jeffers believes he could contribute early at Texas Tech if he joined the program.
"I feel like it's a program that I could get in and make an impact on. The defense hasn't been too hot, so if we get some defensive players there, we could change that around. They have a very high-powered offense so all we need is a defense and we could run the Big 12."
Lubbock's location plays in Tech's favor with the defender.
"I'm interested, a lot. It's not too far away from home, but it's not too close. That's really a good thing. I really don't know too much about the actual school, but [the location] is something that's good about it to me."
Jeffers has not been out to Lubbock before, but plans to change that within the next couple of weeks. A large Sachse contingent, including a 2018 Scout300 member, will join him.
"I haven't visited yet, but I plan on coming out for the West Virginia game. Actually, a lot of us [at Sachse] are. My other linebacker [Cedric Johnson] is coming out there, Drue Jackson is coming out, our running back Christian Cole, my friend Nick [Alexander], and I think our slot/running back Kelon Wilson is coming up there too. It's not our bye week, but everybody wanted to get up there for that game, we've been talking about it for a long time."
Does the talented prospect have a timeline for making a decision?
"Honestly, I'm not trying to hold it back. I'm trying to make a decision pretty soon. But I have a few visits I need to go on so I can check out some schools before I do make my final decision. If I can decide before playoff time that would be great, if I have to wait a little bit then I understand because I still have games and visits so I kind of have to focus on my senior season."
Any schools standing out at the moment?
"No sir, I'm pretty much open to everyone right now. But I'm definitely trying to check out Tech."
Jeffers went into his visit plans for this fall and it appears as though other Power Five schools will have the prospect on campus for official visits.
"Indiana, Mississippi State, Colorado, and Tech for sure. Probably Washington State if I can get up there. I already took one official, so it depends, I'm pretty sure that I'm going to take an official to Tech, Indiana, and Mississippi State. I don't know about the fourth one yet."
Sachse is still undefeated at this point in the season, and has had to battle back out of some tough situations to maintain that perfect record through this point in the season.
"We've had some really tough games this year. Our first game of the season was tough. We went into halftime down by 14, but we came back and went into overtime and pulled it through, we won 47-41. Then we had another big game against Mesquite, we actually went into halftime that game 28-7, down 21 points, but we ended up coming back and winning the game. We've had some resilient players who don't take losing as an answer, so we've had a big season so far."
Riko Jeffers holds offers from Boise State, Colorado, Houston, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Washington State, and Texas Tech, among others.