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2017 Class: Texas Tech State of the Union

Raider Power takes a detailed look at who is committed, which recruits are being targeted and how many scholarship offers Texas Tech will dole out at every position group in the 2017 class.

OFFENSE

QB: 0-1. One committed. I don't think Mahomes will declare, but it's possible, so this will stay 0-1 until we know for sure. Michael Curtis (no profile, HUDL) out of TVCC says Morris was supposed to come out and watch a game of his, but that hasn't happened yet. Curtis told me the staff is waiting to see what Pat does, and that they'll only take a JUCO QB if he leaves. Another guy that reports interest from Tech is Nick Johns out of NEO, who was at the Broken Arrow satellite camp. 

http://www.scout.com/player/180537-nick-johns

RB: 0. One committed. Tyree Range is the guy here unless he isn't, and in that case the guy is Darrian Hammonds. That's about all I can say.

http://www.scout.com/player/196087-darrian-hammonds

WR: 0-1. One committed. I thought there was still a spot here for an inside guy like Cartrell Thomas, but that no longer appears to be the case. The staff is clearly all-in on Bronson Boyd's sky-high potential. Situations change quickly and Coach Morris has followed a few TE/WR within the past month, so maybe it's a situation where you've got a spot that you can apply backwards for a mid-year guy but none in '17. I've accounted for that here - but don't be surprised if Boyd is the lone take at this position group come signing day. 

http://www.scout.com/player/203219-bronson-boyd

OL: 2-3. Five committed. With the medical retirement of Conner Dyer, yet another spot has been freed up and is clearly urgently needed based on the poor play and extreme lack of depth at OL. Joshua Hall (no profile, HUDL) said the staff told him there are two spots available for JC mid-year prospects, and Hays continues to follow 2017 HS guys on Twitter. I think Hall and one other guy (perhaps Malik Besseck or Robert Valencia?) join the team in January and either a late HS offer is poached just before NSD or a late qualifier is added in June. Lots of options, lots of evaluation going on here from what I can tell. 

http://www.scout.com/player/212564-robert-valencia

http://www.scout.com/player/205276-malik-besseck

 

DEFENSE

DL: 1-2. One committed. Let me make this clear, the only way I see two spots left is if David Anenih commits and Bimage tries to flip to Tech as well. You're not going to turn down Bimage, you'd make room for him from the way it seems to me. Both are set to visit right after the season ends, in early December. If neither commit, I see a JC weakside end taken like Brandon Berry or Markes Scott. But I'm buying stock on David Anenih to Texas Tech based on Mbanasor - who is pretty close to Anenih - pledging to Tech.

http://www.scout.com/player/204384-marqez-bimage

http://www.scout.com/player/208214-david-anenih

http://www.scout.com/player/175554-brandon-berry

LB: 1. One committed. With Dimitri Moore and Devodrick Johnson out of the picture, it's really slim pickings here but I really think you have a spot for an outside backer. Coach Spav hasn't had any new Twitter follows for 2017 linebackers aside from Kevin Ellis since Moore committed to Vanderbilt, so either he has a JC guy under wraps or Ellis is the contingency plan. Rahyme Johnson is an interesting guy that was followed around the same time Riko Jeffers was, but I think he's more of an edge rusher and would be a long shot even if Tech had offered him. A mid-year JC seems possible here, but I'm in the dark on who that would be.

http://www.scout.com/player/207831-kevin-ellis

http://www.scout.com/player/197695-rahyme-johnson

DB: 2. Four committed. You're not in a spot at this position group where you can roll Kamren Curl's spot into 2018; you need help badly and you need it now in the form of some long, physical DBs who can match up on the outside and contribute early. Trey Sterling was evaluated in person and encouraged to visit unofficially which is promising; he's a very bad man who can force turnovers and is used to playing multiple roles (watch his HUDL). If Coach Scott doesn't see it with him, I think you take a pair of JUCOs instead of just one. Lots of good choices there including Memphis commit Nate Jones out of Tyler JC (no profile, HUDL).

http://www.scout.com/player/207225-tre-sterling

http://www.scout.com/player/197241-willie-hobdy

http://www.scout.com/player/206238-elijah-walker

Overall, as you could probably infer from the above, things are really winding down with HS guys in 2017 and the focus is keeping them committed. However, there are clearly some needs on this team that need to get filled pronto, so keep an eye on the JC activity over the next couple months. 


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