After a JUCO-rich 2017, Texas Tech has very few spots left at linebacker in 2018 and is narrowing down its recruitment to a few select players. One prospect who picked up an early offer when the spring started is Fort Bend Ridge Point linebacker Chad Bailey. He was offered after being evaluated in-person by linebackers coach Zac Spavital.
"He came and saw me during my football period yesterday and he gave my coach his number and told me to call him after the football period. I called him, and he said he needs guys to come in and play right off the bat. Help the team out, rebuild Texas Tech. He said he was offering me a scholarship."
This isn't the first time Tech has hit up Ridge Point for players. Starting left tackle Travis Bruffy came from the school, and sophomore defensive end Nelson Ceaser was one of the first offers on defense in the 2019 class for Texas Tech.
"Nelson Ceaser is like my brother. I'm with him almost every weekend, we go on visits together all the time. Travis Bruffy, that's my dog right there. He kind of helped me when I first got on varsity. He's a cool friend but I hate going up against him on the field. He's been texting me even more now since I got offered."
Bruffy has already started recruiting the Scout300 backer to Tech.
"He just said he likes it up there, that it's a family-oriented team and that I would fit right in and stuff like that."
Bailey, who at 6-foot, 238 pounds is rated the No. 2 outside linebacker in the state, was asked about his thoughts on Texas Tech.
"I really don't know yet. When I take my visit up there I'll tell you then, but I really don't have anything on them right now."
When does the defender expect to visit?
"I don't know about soon, it will probably be summer or the end of the year. Nelson wanted to go visit this spring, but with the timing, we had already scheduled a visit for Ole Miss so we took that visit instead. I told him we would go visit another time."
Bailey discussed Ceaser's recruitment by Tech after he was offered back in November.
"Yeah, he was real happy. He was super happy that was his first offer. He still keeps in contact with them. I guess the coaches can't talk to him right now since he's a sophomore, so he really doesn't talk to them as much now, but he's trying to contact them."
Does Bailey have a timeline or a process for making a decision?
"No, not right now. I'm gonna take my time right now and see what other offers come in. I'll start putting something together after that and see who sticks out."
What is the junior looking for at the next level?
"I've got to make sure it's a school that my family can get to, where they can come see me play. How the coaches and players get along, how the coaches work with the players and how the players feel about the coaches. Whether it feels like home on campus. Just stuff like that."