LB Picks Tech; 2009 Arrival Due To Mission

After hearing word that we might want to reach Trevor Reilly of Escondido, CA (Valley Center HS), RaiderPower.com tracked him down to discuss his recent commitment to the Scarlet and Black.

Escondido, California (suburb of San Diego) is not the typical recruiting spot for Texas Tech but don't tell that to Dana Holgorsen and Co. While they have enjoyed recent success in garnering commitments from Cali, Escondido has not been a city/town on its agenda. But that's where they went to grab Trevor Reilly a projected LB/DE on the D-I level.

"It took an unofficial (visit) to Lubbock, that's it, and I fell in love with the school," Reilly told RP. "Yeah I met Taurance Rawls, the running back out of Houston that will be a sophomore. We talked for like 15-20 minutes." Reilly makes #13 in the class of 2005, the second out-of-state commit, and the one that will make the furthest drive out to West Texas.

When people look at Reilly, the comparisons to Brock Stratton are similar, both run around 4.8 forties and both are inside linebackers. Wait, there's more.

"I am Mormon," said the defender from California. "I'm going on a mission in January of 2007, like your current middle linebacker (did before he arrived)."

So, while this kid might count in this year's class, does it really? Reilly is free to go through the recruiting process again after he returns from his Mission. This means Reilly, if he sticks with his current commitment, will not step foot on the Red Raider campus until 2009.

Reilly heard from the likes of BYU, Georgia Tech, and Utah. But Tech extended an official offer.

"I am an inside linebacker, but they just told me [they were recruiting me for] linebacker."

Some may wonder about Reilly's weight. "Well, my weight is down because I also play basketball and volleyball for my school, so I couldn't focus on football."

Last season, Reilly totaled 130 tackles, 9 sacks, 1 INT, and 7 fumbles forced. On offense, he totaled 20 catches for 200 yards and 2 TDs.


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