2009 RB Recruit Headed to Lubbock

As the Red Raiders prepare for their homecoming game against Nebraska, they are also looking forward to having some big time recruits in town. RaiderPower.com talks with one of this weekend's visitors about his upcoming trip and how he would fit into the team if he decides to commit to Texas Tech.

Despite committing to Minnesota over the summer, Mansfield Timberview running back Eric Stephens has a high interest in Texas Tech. The talented all-purpose back has decided to take an official visit to Lubbock to get a feel of what the Red Raiders have to offer.

"I'm coming up there this weekend," Eric explained. "I'm pretty much committed to Minnesota, but I want to make sure I did the right thing by committing. I want to check out Texas Tech, and if things go well on the visit, who knows what could happen?

"I don't have all of the details worked out yet, but Coach Littrell told me I need to be there by noon on Saturday. Besides going to the Nebraska game, I'm going to just try to see what I'd be getting into [if I changed my commitment.] I'm going to try to talk to some of the other players there and just check things out."

What is it about the Red Raiders that has Stephens so intrigued?

"Texas Tech is just a great situation for a running back, especially for me with the timing of the other backs [who are there now] and when they would be graduating. It's a great school, and they really recruit hard too."

And with Stephens' combination of speed and athleticism, he could be an outstanding addition to the Red Raiders' 2009 recruiting class, which is still short a running back.

Eric's running style resembles that of current Texas Tech running back Shannon Woods, who excels at getting around defenders and spinning away from pressure.

"I'm a good blocker and a shifty back," Eric said. "I'd rather run around you than through you, but I can lower my shoulder and run into defenders if I need to."

If Stephens did switch his commitment, he feels confident that he would be a great fit for the Air Raid offense.

"Their offense fits perfect with me. I've basically been running the same offense [as Texas Tech] since I was a freshman, so I would be very comfortable with it."

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