Red Raiders land BIG Defensive Tackle

The Red Raiders' 2009 recruiting class is shaping up quite nicely, especially on the defensive side. Ruffin McNeill received great news last night, when he got a call that he had just landed his 6th defensive commitment. Come inside to find out who this impressive defensive tackle is and why the Red Raiders were so excited to get a verbal commitment from him.

Houston Westbury DT DeAnthony Sims was so impressed on his visit to Lubbock for the annual Red & Black spring game that he has decided to pull the trigger and commit to Texas Tech. RaiderPower.com caught up with Westbury Head Coach Keeath Magee to get the inside scoop on Sims.

Sims had a very impressive junior season, garnering 1st team all district honors, and making 78 tackles and 4 sacks. He was also invited to participate in the Army All-American and National High School All-Star combine in San Antonio last winter, where he recorded 10 tackles.

What made him decide to go ahead and commit to Texas Tech?

"I think he really loved the campus and coaching staff; he just loved everything about his visit. He's got a real good friend that is there, [offensive lineman] Mickey Okafor, who is also from Westbury. They have a great relationship and are very good friends, and I think that influenced him to commit as well. He just really liked everything he saw in Lubbock."

As far as playing early, Coach Magee explained that he Sims will likely need some time to make the transition to the collegiate level, but that with his competitive drive he could very well see the field early in his career at Tech.

"It'll probably take him a year with Coach McNeill just to get everything down, but he's definitely going to go in with the idea that he's going to work for a spot immediately. He just has that kind of work ethic, and with his versatility, he might be able to play early.

"I think that's one of the reasons Texas Tech reaaly likes him. Coach McNeill saw that he is a versatile kid big kid who plays inside but is also fast enough to play on the edge. With his speed, he's a guy that you can line up [at defensive end]."

At 6'3", 307 pounds, Sims definitely has the size to be effective at the next level. And with 5.2-40 speed, and a max of 280 lbs. on bench, 485 lbs. on squat, and a 265 lbs. power clean, he has turned some heads in the recruiting world.

Sims has been hearing from numerous programs, including Baylor, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Texas A&M. In addition to his offer from Texas Tech, he holds an offer from the University of Houston.

Coach Magee noted, "A lot of Big 12 schools were looking at him because he's a big d tackle, and they're not easy to find. He's got size that you definitely don't come across every day."

Sims has not yet taken the ACT, but he is signed up for the June 14th exam.



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