Texas Tech landed its first defensive line commitment of the class of 2017 on Tuesday night as Pflugerville Hendrickson defensive end Nelson Mbanasor announced his decision on Twitter.
Mbanasor cited his relationship with defensive line coach Kevin Patrick as one of the reasons for his commitment.
"My biggest factor was coach Patrick, what he's done as a coach and as a player in college. I feel like he can get me ready for whatever I want to do in life football-wise."
Academics also played a factor in Mbanasor's commitment, as the senior already has a major in mind.
"It's a great school. I want to major in accounting and they have a great business program. I think they told me it was the biggest campus in the nation, so that's a plus. Things like that contributed to my commitment."
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defender has already been building a relationship with his fellow 2017 commits.
"Yeah, I've been talking with them for a while now."
It sounds as though there is just one more spot left at defensive line in this class, and Mansfield Timberview weakside defensive end David Anenih is one of Tech's top targets left on defense.
"Yeah, I'm still talking to David. Hopefully I can get him to commit to Tech as well."
Though Mbanasor still has some official visits left, he is shutting down his recruitment. He's also on a shorter timeline than other '17 prospects.
"I'm done taking visits. I'll be graduating in December, so enrolling this spring."
What was it that really made Texas Tech stand out to the Central Texas prospect?
"I really feel like it was the people, you know. I could have had a great football career at any of the other schools I chose like Arkansas and Illinois, but I feel like Texas Tech was the best place for me football-wise and academically."
Mbanasor is excited about being the first defensive line commitment in the class.
"Yeah, it's huge. And also being coach Patrick's first commitment as a coach at Texas Tech, this is his first actual recruiting class he'll have, so that's pretty huge."
His senior season hasn't gone as he hoped, but there is an outside chance the Hendrickson Hawks can make the playoffs - and perhaps parlay that into a postseason run.
"We're 2-7 right now, but if we win our last regular season game we can still make the playoffs."
As an early enrollee, Mbanasor doesn't have much time before officially joining the program - and being subject to the media blackout that all freshman Red Raiders undergo. The new commitment had one last message for Tech fans before that happens:
"Thanks for the support, and Guns Up!"
Nelson Mbanasor committed to Texas Tech over offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Duke, Kansas, and Purdue, among others.