Visits Solidify Commitments for '09 Recruits

When the Red Raiders extended offers, 2009 commits Aaron Fisher and Dion Chidozie knew enough about Texas Tech and the football program to give their verbal commitments despite never having set foot on campus. Both made trips to Lubbock recently, and RaiderPower.com caught up with them to get updates on their summers and see what kind of impression their visits made.

Bishop Lynch linebacker Dion Chidozie has had a busy summer. In addition to visiting Lubbock to see where he will be attending school and playing football for the next five years, he has also been participating in AAU 7-on-7 football with his teammates.

"We just finished 7-on-7's," Chidozie said. "We got first. This week we're finishing workouts and then we have our high school summer camp."

The talented linebacker has also been focusing being in top shape for football season.

"I am working on getting up in weight while still maintaining my speed."

Dion's combination of size and speed is what has the Red Raider coaching staff so excited to have landed this under-the-radar defender. At 6'1", 190 pounds, he can run a 4.45 40 yard dash. During his visit to Lubbock, the coaching staff took time to talk with him about how he will fit in to the defense.

"My visit went great. Everything was so nice, and everyone was very welcoming. I met with all of the coaches except Coach Leach because he was on vacation. I mainly talked to Coach McNeill.

"The facilities were amazing, and the workout equipment was very nice. I definitely felt comfortable there."

Although his great speed, Dion feels that his intangibles are what will allow him to succeed at the next level.

"My greatest strength is that I have a lot of hustle. I know I have to work hard to get to where I want to be."

Since giving his verbal commitment to the Red Raiders, Dion has received offers from Iowa State and Northwestern, but as far as he is concerned, he is done with his recruitment.

"Other schools call, but I don't call back," Dion noted.

Chidozie is planning on making it out to Lubbock again to take in the Texas game.

As soon as Texas Tech extended an offer, Fossil Ridge WR Aaron Fisher jumped on the opportunity and pledged to become a Red Raider. After visiting Lubbock, he feels even more confident that he made the right decision.

"During my visit I toured the campus and saw the football facilities. The facilities were great, and the field is amazing," Aaron enthused.

With 4.44-40 speed and standing 6'3" tall, Aaron could fit into a number or different slots in the Air Raid offense. During his time in Lubbock, Aaron sat down with the coaching staff to get a better idea of the position he would be playing as a Red Raider.

"I talked a lot with Coach Mainord and Coach Riley. We mostly talked football. They were telling me that I could play inside or outside receiver at Tech. I would rather play outside because that's what I'm playing in high school, but I would be fine with playing at either position."

And Aaron tells us that his first trip to Lubbock definitely will not be his last for the year.

"We are planning on coming to Lubbock for a lot of games next season."

The Red Raiders seem to have found a gem in Fisher, who in addition to his unbelievable abilities as a wide receiver is already 100% Red Raider.

"I'm definitely very solid to Tech. I am still getting letters from other schools, mainly Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa, but I am confident in my decision."



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