Texas Tech has hit the recruiting trail hard this open contact period and defensive line coach Kevin Patrick in particular has been busy, issuing out several offers over the past few days. One of those offers went to an under-the-radar sophomore, as 6-foot-4, 210-pound defensive end Nelson Ceaser of Fort Bend Ridge Point picked up his first ever from a college football program on Thursday.
"I was in third period, watching a documentary for class, and my coach called me outside. He was like, 'congratulations, you just received your first offer.' That offer was the best experience I've ever had."
A Power Five school moving on Ceaser so early opened his eyes.
"It means a lot, especially with Tech being the first school that was willing to take a chance on me. It really means a lot."
As a sophomore, Ceaser did not get to meet with coach Patrick but instead found out about the offer through his head coach.
"No sir, my coach was actually the one that told me about it. He just congratulated me for the offer, that was about it."
Ceaser doesn't know very much about Texas Tech, but has a connection to a former Ridge Point Panther who plays in the Red and Black.
"No sir, but I do know that we had one of our players from last year go there, he's a tackle that plays at Tech now [Travis Bruffy]".
The sophomore's parents were ecstatic when they learned he had been offered a full ride to Texas Tech.
"Yes sir. As soon as I found out about the offer, I let them know. They were excited, they were probably on the same level of excitement as me. Really excited."
No other schools are showing significant interest in Ceaser at this point early in his recruitment.
"Not at the moment, Texas Tech is really the only one. I've spoken with some coaches before, but not about anything like an offer."
Obviously, National Signing Day 2019 is a long way from now, and the sophomore hasn't given much thought to a timeline for making a commitment.
"No sir, not really. I really haven't thought about it just yet. I've just been playing football, I haven't really thought about making that decision yet."
Ceaser talked about his role on the team.
"I play weakside defensive end. I'm more of a pass-rush type of defensive end, going after the quarterback on third-down situations. When it's third or fourth down and five plus yards, when they go for it, that's usually where I step up."
Regardless of whether they're showing interest, does Ceaser have a favorite school or group of schools standing out to him?
"I wouldn't say my favorite school, but I have a lot of family in Louisiana so LSU kind of stands out to me along with a lot of schools in Louisiana like Lafayette. Just because of family down there."
The pass rusher racked up the stats this season in his first year on varsity.
"I know I had 55 tackles and 7.5 sacks. I don't remember how many TFLs I had. I also had a fumble recovery, a fumble return, and a blocked punt."
Ceaser discussed his plans for researching the university.
"I want to learn more about Tech. Watch some of their games online, pay attention to their games this season and see if they would be the kind of school I want to sign with on Signing Day."
What's next for the defensive end this offseason?
"I recently got invited to The Opening Regionals in Houston on February 4th, and I'm going to the Rivals camp too."