Texas Tech landed their first defensive commit of the 2018 class Wednesday in 6-foot-1, 188-pound defensive back Mekhi Garner of Mesquite Poteet. The Metroplex-area defender was offered by defensive backs coach Karl Scott after an in-person evaluation last month, and made an unofficial visit this week to check out the campus.
"Coach Scott and my mom got it set up, I was there yesterday and today. I toured the whole campus and saw a lot of stuff. Housing, the dorms, the football facilities, all of it."
The staff made a great impression on Garner.
"I liked how the main focus was on the campus, instead of just recruiting me. It was just about what Texas Tech has to offer for student-athletes."
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury, recently returned from a trip to New England to observe the Patriots' OTAs, was there on campus and helped to recruit the defender.
"I talked to him, too. Yesterday and today, before I left. The first day, he said he was intrigued by my major, and this morning he said he was excited by me committing."
What was Garner's favorite part of the visit?
"Meeting the staff, the players, and seeing where I'd stay as a freshman. Those three were my favorite parts."
The visit included some personal time with the defensive back's future position coach and primary recruiter, Karl Scott.
"I had a one-on-one film session with coach Scott, he critiqued me and I learned a lot from the little session we had. I learned not to open the gate too early, and that the receiver has to run around my whole length. I'm very long, so it should take a receiver a long time to run around my length. It was just eye-opening."
What position does coach Scott see Garner playing at Tech?
"Primarily corner, but I will rotate between corner and safety."
Garner was asked what ultimately led him to commit to Texas Tech.
"I was just impressed by the campus, the staff, and the warm welcome that they gave me there."
Other Power Five schools are in pursuit, such as Baylor and Kansas, but the new Red Raider commit has no interest in other programs at this point.
"Yeah, I'm shutting it down. I'm 100 percent to Texas Tech. I'm going to Texas Tech regardless of who offers."
Garner committed to Texas Tech over offers from Air Force, Navy, North Texas, and UTSA, among others. He is receiving interest from Baylor, Kansas, Texas State, and Southern Miss, among others.