Riko Jeffers (© Greg Powers)

Texas Tech 2017 Class State of the Union

The following is a look at where the Red Raider stand with their 2017 football recruiting class. How many are committed, how many scholarships remain at every position and who the staff is actively recruiting, including Sachse (Tex.) linebacker Riko Jeffers (pictured above), to fill out the class are all included in the story below.


QB: 0. One committed. Several reasons for this, including how well Shimonek played against Kansas and the fact that you're preserving Jett Duffey's redshirt, but I don't think you're looking to add another scholarship quarterback in the class of 2017 aside from Xavier Martin.


RB: 0. One committed. As I predicted here, Tyree Range committed after being offered by Coach Foster. You're just not happy with the size in that room and want a true workhorse to join the program quickly. I don't think the addition of Range affects the number of spots available in 2018 (2) - particularly with Da'Leon Ward not redshirting his freshman year. Range brings a unique blend of size and speed to this room and has been quite productive at Riverside this season. Absolute steal if you can hang on to him, as many programs will be pulling the trigger after seeing tape on him.


WR: 1-2. One committed. Cartrell Thomas is the target here and I think he'll be on the commit list in early November before the Texas high school football playoffs start, barring something unforeseen. I could see another spot open up late here if a receiver on the roster decides to transfer; you lose seven guys after 2017 and it would be nice to smooth out the curve. It would probably be an inside guy if that were to happen. I know guys like Trevon Bradley and Ronnie Briscoe Jr. have heard from the staff, so they're possibilities.


OL: 1. Five committed. The spot left by Jared Hocker after his flip to A&M will likely be filled by a JUCO or potentially a late qualifier if the right target doesn't emerge. I don't think there's a particular position you're looking for here, just the best prospect you can find. Matthew Tanner is a guy I've talked to before that was hearing from the staff during the spring. 



DL: 2. None committed. Situation hasn't changed here too much as you're still looking for two defensive ends to add to the line, with one of them perhaps being a JUCO. David Anenih and Marqez Bimage are the two high school prospects with offers while I believe Cisco JC DE Micheal Clemons is close to an offer. I followed up with some commits to other schools and Oklahoma State DE Nelson Mbanasor tells me he will take an OV for the OU game on the 22nd. There is also an out-of-state DL prospect committed to a school in a different Power Five conference that should be visiting this month, he is definitely a possibility. Will be interesting to see what happens with these two spots.





LB: 2-3. None committed. Obviously new offer Riko Jeffers and Dimitri Moore are the top targets at inside linebacker and outside linebacker, respectively. You like your chances with both. I'm still of the belief that there's a spot for a JUCO linebacker even if you landed both Jeffers and Moore but I don't know for sure. This is less urgent of a need with Jamile Johnson/Christian Taylor spinning down to linebacker. 



DB: 1-2. Five committed. Rather than split between corner and safety I'm just going to refer to them as DBs, since that's what the staff seems to do from what I've heard from prospects. Devodrick Johnson sounds like he's leaning towards committing to Texas A&M again. You definitely have a spot for a high school defender and are really just trying to look at different guys to make sure you get the best player available. I think another spot you have here is for a JUCO prospect, and Jerrell Jackson told me the staff was in contact with him recently. Darreon Jackson is having a heck of a season and I think he could be close to an offer. 





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