Four-star cornerback Octavious Morgan Octavious Morgan was one of six mid-year junior college prospects who signed with the Red Raiders on Wednesday. Morgan was also one of a handful who committed and signed after an enjoyable official visit weekend to Texas Tech which included teammate and fellow Red Raider signee Tony Jones.
The coaching staff at Texas Tech ultimately made the difference with the corner, ranked No.15 overall in Scout's 2017 JUCO Top 100.
"It's really good. I fell in love with the coaching staff, they showed me a lot of love through the whole process, so I just thought that was the best place for me. Coach Scott, he was telling me there was a great opportunity at Tech. Him and coach Spavital, they said they've got a lot of young guys there."
Fellow Butler Grizzly Tony Jones accompanied Morgan on his official visit and committed that Sunday.
"We talked about it, how much we liked it. He wasn't recruiting me or anything, but we both liked how the coaches were treating us, the nice facilities, and all that stuff."
Was there one part of the visit that stood out to the blue-chip defender?
"How the coaches were the same. They weren't different in person from how they were on the phone when I was talking to them. I was asking around, asked people about the coaches and everybody was saying the same thing, that the coaches were the same and would always be on your side no matter what."
Another part of the visit that stood out was the environment.
"The campus was really nice. I wasn't expecting Lubbock to be that big, it's actually a nice city. It's really nice out there."
Morgan, who will be majoring in Sports Management at Texas Tech and will have three years to play two, was asked what he thinks about the situation on defense there in Lubbock.
"I'm walking into a situation where we've got great coaches bringing the program up in coach Gibbs and coach Scott. We're just missing some pieces on our defense that we can fit, and hopefully everything will be fixed this year."
The new Red Raider signee doesn't have a position in mind yet, but is ready to get on campus and get to work.
"The coaches told me I've just got to come in and compete. There's a great opportunity out there, like I said. I never asked where I would play, I'm just ready to go in and compete, regardless."
Texas Tech's defense in 2016 under David Gibbs evolved as the season wore on, with the Red Raiders showing more aggressive, blitzing looks as the defense put it together against teams like Baylor. Morgan was asked about the coverage schemes he played in at Butler CC.
"We run a mix. We run just about everything at Butler, it just depends on the team we're playing whether we run zone or man."
Morgan chose Texas Tech over offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Louisville, West Virginia, Missouri, Kansas State, and Arizona State, among others.