Texas Tech loses five scholarship wide receivers after this season, and has lost a couple starters already this year in Ian Sadler [to injury] and Jonathan Giles [to transfer]. Wide receivers coach Emmett Jones has his work cut out for him lining up pass-catchers to play ball at Texas Tech, and one elite prospect he is building a relationship with is Lawrence Keys III of McDonogh 35 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Jones went to visit the Scout300 receiver at practice last week.
"He came down to one of my practices last Monday, our Monday practice. He came by to watch. I didn't get to talk to him, but it was good seeing him. I still talk to him on Twitter and stuff though, he hit me up."
Keys, who is rated as the No. 3 receiver in Louisiana, No. 30 receiver in the country and No. 169 overall prospect in the 2018 class, heard from Jones after the visit.
"After my practice he said he was excited, he really liked me out there. He enjoyed himself and I appreciated him coming out there. He hits me up on a daily basis to see how everything is going, and we're just building up a strong relationship."
Several Power Five schools have thrown their hats in the ring for the four-star receiver, but Texas Tech stands out to him due to their aerial attack, which racked up nearly 100 yards per game more through the air than any other school in the country last season.
"One thing I like about Texas Tech is the offense. I like the way they run it, I like the tempo, I like how they rotate their receivers and spread them out. The coaches there see me as more of a slot guy because of my speed and quickness."
The 5-foot-11, 160-pound slot receiver thinks very highly of the Red Raiders.
"Yeah, they're in my top schools. They are high on my list."
Keys was asked which schools are also on his list.
"Nebraska, Houston, Texas Tech and a couple other schools."
What is Keys' process for making a decision?
"I'm going to take my time, take more visits, try to get to know all the coaches and meet with every single coach. I'd like a great academic system. That's basically it."
The 4-star prospect has a timeline in place for his recruitment as well.
"I'm actually planning on committing next year, on Signing Day. Not the new one they have in December, but the original one in February. I want to be smart with my decision, and I actually want to travel and visit every school, build a relationship, see what it's like being on campus."
Lawrence Keys III holds offers from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Vanderbilt, among others.