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Jaylon Hutchings Talks Texas Tech Commitment

Forney (TX) defensive tackle Jaylon Hutchings discusses his commitment to Texas Tech.

Texas Tech notched its fourth commitment of the week on Friday as 6-foot-1, 285-pound defensive tackle Jaylon Hutchings of Forney High School in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex pulled the trigger.

"I called coach Jamison yesterday and let him know about my commitment. He was really excited about it, and I'm excited about joining the family."

Hutchings projects at the nose for Texas Tech.

"He says he sees me playing over the center, at the nose. But he says I can also play three-tech, I'm interchangeable, but mostly a nose technique."

Although Tech has struggled at times on defense in recent years, the defensive tackle is confident he is joining a good situation in Lubbock.

"I feel like I'm walking into a defense that's on the rise, getting better. I was talking with the defensive coordinator, David Gibbs, and he was talking about how their defense is very underrated and is getting better. I already know they have a high-powered offense, so I feel like they're going to be really good this year."

Hutchings committed after visiting Texas Tech a couple weeks ago. 

"I got to see the training room, the weight room, the new locker rooms, the fields, the apartments we're gonna be staying in, the academic center, so I saw pretty much everything. It's all pretty nice. My favorite part was probably the new gear, seeing the locker room and things like that. It was nice getting an exclusive look at what's getting built."

Two other defensive linemen joined Hutchings on his visit, and both are committed at this point.

"Yeah, it was John Graves and Cameron Valentine. I congratulated Cameron after he got an offer after the visit, and I talked to John a little bit. Me and John went to the apartments, to see what they looked like, and traded Twitters and everything."

As a summer commit based in the Metroplex, Hutchings plans on recruiting other talent to Texas Tech.

"I'm for sure going to try to recruit other defensive linemen. All three of us are committed, so we're heading in the right direction for sure."

The soon-to-be senior cited his relationship with Coach Jamison as the factor that sealed the deal for his commitment. 

"Coach Jamison, our relationship is really good. You can tell that he really cares about me, and he just wants the best for me. When I told him I was committed, he was very excited."

With another Power Five offer in Kansas State, and interest from other schools, does Hutchings plan on visiting any other schools during his recruitment?

"No sir, I'm going to be visiting a Texas Tech game for sure and then I'm not visiting anywhere else."

Hutchings was asked about his plans for graduation and signing.

"I graduate in May. I think I'll be signing in December [the new early signing period], I think that's what I'm going to do."

The new commit also has a plan for academics when he arrives on campus.

"I'm thinking about business. Either business marketing, or sports marketing, something in the business school for sure."

Jaylon Hutchings committed to Texas Tech over offers from Kansas State, New Mexico, North Texas, Rice, and SMU, among others. He was receiving interest from Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Memphis, Minnesota, and Oklahoma State, among others. 

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