Texas Tech extended an offer to City College of San Francisco offensive tackle Robert Valencia on Tuesday. The tackle, who joins fellow Ram Elliot Baker in holding a Tech offer, is being recruited by offensive line coach Lee Hays.
"Coach Hays had me call him and had me talk to coach Kingsbury, and he extended the offer to me today. He said that they're really interested in me and excited about me and that they're really looking forward to getting me out there and meeting me."
Hays has been in contact with Valencia for several weeks.
"He's really explained what kind of school Texas Tech is and what makes it great. He's been really straightforward with me, just telling me about everything. He's really guided me through the process. He was giving me updates on how my transcripts were going, what they were looking through and all that. I think he's a great coach and knows a lot about football."
The offer came as a surprise to Valencia, who is from San Francisco.
"Yes, it was [unexpected]. Coach Hays just hit me up on Twitter and it was kind of unexpected. I wasn't sure how they found out about me, but I'm really excited that they decided to offer me. I wasn't sure what the timetable was going to be, I knew that they were interested in me and checking out my transcripts and talking about me, but I didn't think the timetable would be this fast."
Coach Kingsbury left a good impression with the 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle.
"I think he's a really nice guy. He's pretty straightforward and I'm really looking forward to meeting him in person."
The JUCO prospect, who graduates in December and will be able to join a program immediately with two years left to play and no redshirt, discussed his thoughts on Texas Tech.
"Well, I think they're a really great school and have a really great program. They've gone in a good direction this year, and from what I've heard they have a few people returning so it should be a great season next year. I know that they have a really explosive offense, so it's exciting to have an opportunity to be able to be a part of it."
With not much time left until Valencia has to make a decision and sign financial aid paperwork somewhere, he does not have a firm timetable for making a commitment. He is focusing on his season at CCSF before he can begin visits, like many other junior college prospects.
"I honestly don't know. I may commit right away, I'm not sure, it really depends on how everything goes and what comes up. Like I said, my season is really guiding when I will be taking my visits, so I think that really plays into when I will be committing."
Would the lineman consider committing to Texas Tech sight-unseen?
"I might, but I honestly want to go out there and see the school and meet the coaches, possibly meet the players, and see what I'll be committing to for the next two years before I actually commit."
Lubbock is quite a ways away from California's Bay Area, but geography won't be a factor in where the lineman signs.
"No, that distance factor isn't in play. The biggest factors for where I'm going to endup are first of all academics, because I want to go to a school that has really good academics, and a team that I'm going to be really comfortable playing for and being able to compete for the next two years. How I feel being there and wanting to compete."
Robert Valencia holds offers from Eastern Michigan, Hawaii, Nevada, San Jose State, Texas Tech, Weber State, and Western Illinois. He is receiving interest from Kansas, Miami, Utah State, and Washington State, among others.