Texas Tech's first offer of the spring evaluation period was issued to a 2018 defensive end after being checked out in-person by defensive line coach Terrance Jamison. Dorian Gerald, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound pass rusher originally out of South Carolina but now playing for College of the Canyons, discussed his offer from Texas Tech.
"Coach Jamison had come by the office while I was on my way to class, so I couldn't say hi, but I went back to the office after class and my coach said he offered me. We talked on the phone afterwards. He said he liked me, that they needed a pass rusher and told me what I could do for them."
Though several Power Five programs have offered the standout defender, Texas Tech is the first Big 12 program to throw their hat in the ring for Gerald.
"The Big 12 is a prestigious conference. You get an offer from someone in the Big 12, that means something."
Gerald was extremely disruptive for College of the Canyons' defense last season, racking up a dozen sacks and 24 tackles for loss in only 11 games. This has led him to attract a lot of early attention from programs around the country, as he's added offers from all five major conferences.
So what is the defensive lineman looking for at the next level?
"I'm looking for relationships, that's the key part of everything with recruiting. I want to find the right coach to play for for the next two or three years. And then playing time, I want to go to a program that needs me, that will give me the best opportunity to play. You don't have a lot of time to play as a JUCO, you've got to get in and get out, so somewhere with opportunities to play right away."
Gerald plans on majoring in Education and becoming a teacher, citing his grandmother's influence as an educator on his academic career. He is also interested in coaching after football.
This spring has been a busy one for Gerald, and he plans on narrowing things down soon.
"I'd want to probably start narrowing things down this spring. I feel like the spring is a very hot time for JUCOs to get offers. I feel like if I haven't received an offer from a program in the spring, then I'd have to question how much the program wants me. So really after this spring I'll start narrowing things down."
Despite his readiness to begin evaluating schools, no program has emerged as a favorite for him yet.
"Nobody's standing out at the moment, I'm just looking forward to learning more about the different schools offering me."
Gerald holds offers from Arizona State, Colorado State, Marshall, Memphis, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas Tech, UTSA, and Washington State, among others. He is also receiving interest from Ole Miss, NC State, Louisville, Kentucky, and USC, among others.