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Josh Landry Previews Texas Tech Visit

Raider Power caught up with Houston Lamar four-star defensive tackle Joshua Landry for an update on his recruitment and preview of his visit to Texas Tech this weekend.

It's shaping up to be a big visit weekend for Texas Tech's Senior Day showdown with Texas on Saturday morning, and recruits all over the state in multiple classes from the junior college ranks to private school preps will be in Lubbock to watch the game. One junior Scout300 target who plans on making the trip is Houston Lamar defensive tackle Joshua Landry

"The D-line coach, Kevin Patrick. We talked the other day, he just was saying he couldn't wait to get me up there and he was excited to get me up there. He asked me about my season and how stuff was going, and that we would talk more on Saturday."

Texas Tech is standing out to the 6-foot-3, 255-pound lineman, ranked No. 242 in the 2018 Scout300 and as the No. 5 DT in the state for that class.

"Yes, sir. I look at them and I see the brotherhood and fight of the team. Just not to lay down and take a loss. They fight to the end and they play together."

Landry has had an eye on the Red Raiders this season, including their double-overtime win over TCU last Saturday.

"I like how they play along the line. They don't get drove back off the line, they stay in their gaps. Good gap control." 

The versatile defender is primarily being recruited for defensive tackle, but is capable of playing anywhere on the line. 

"Yes sir, at 3-tech and I think [coach Patrick] was looking to move me around and getting me at all four positions."

The Red Raider coaching staff aren't the only ones recruiting Landry hard, as several Power Five schools are showing interest. A few are showing more than others.

"Arkansas, a little from LSU, I'm hearing from Texas, and I've been getting mail from the rest."

With offers or interest from seemingly the entire Big 12, has Landry taken any visits elsewhere this fall?

"No sir. Texas Tech will be my first."

The prospect will get a good dose of Lubbock this weekend on his unofficial visit.

"I'm going to drive up the night before. We play on Thursday, so Friday night I'm going to leave [for Lubbock]. I'll stay there Saturday night too."

What is the main thing he's hoping to experience on gameday at Texas Tech?

"Just the atmosphere. I want to see how the atmosphere is, up close and personal, since I've never been."

Landry cited a few factors that will be considered when he makes his decision, including the school feeling like home.

"First, my major. And again, just the atmosphere. I just want to make the right choice and make sure it's a good fit for me."

Landry isn't the only Houston Lamar junior to hold offers from Tech - Scout300 prospects Anthony Cook and Al'Vonte Woodard were also offered during the spring evaluation period. Will they be coming along this weekend?

"You know, I asked both of them but they had stuff to do with their families. I haven't really talked to a lot of other people about it."

With a long time until National Signing Day 2018, Landry doesn't have a timeline in place for making a decision.

"Not right now. I was thinking sometime before my senior season."

The Houston Lamar Texans are 8-1 this season and 5-0 District 18-6A, with their sole loss coming at the hands of Klein Collins in a 14-9 slugfest. Lamar finishes their season against Houston Westbury on Thursday night before opening the playoffs against Cypress Fair on Nov. 11.

Landry holds offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Nebraska, Toledo, and Texas Tech, among others. He reports interest from Arkansas, Houston, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, and Texas, among others. 

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