Rundown on Recruiting

With National Signing Day less than a month away, the Red Raider coaching staff is working hard to finish off their 2009 recruiting class. has the latest on how the coaches plan to fill the class and who their top targets are.

The 2009 recruiting class for Texas Tech is a solid one, and Mike Leach's staff is hard at work on the road to ensure the 18 verbal commits they have received remain solid to the Red Raiders. In addition, they are working to fill a few spots to round out the 2009 recruiting class.

At this point, the Red Raiders have three or four scholarships remaining. The primary positions that Texas Tech is focused on filling are defensive end and linebacker.

Defensive Ends

1. Bennie Logan - Logan would be a solid pickup and has plan to visit Lubbock sometime this month.

"I would say Nebraska, Michigan and Texas Tech are recruiting me the hardest right now.

"They are saying that they like me as a defensive end. I have good speed and power and I like to rush the quarterback and apply pressure."

Logan, a 3 star prospect on, has the size and speed to be a very effective defensive end in the Big 12.

2. Pearlie Graves - Graves is currently committed to Michigan, but is considered a soft verbal because he has shown the propensity to look around. Mike Leach and his staff continue to remain in contact with him, but he's a long shot for the Red Raiders at this point.

3. Tevin Mims - The Stony Point High School defensive end is another option Tech is looking at. Earlier in the recruiting period, he had Tech high on his list, but lately he looks to be leaning towards Texas A&M and TCU.

4. Colton Nash - The Red Raiders offered Nash late in December, and he hoping to take an official visit this month.

At this point, Nash is fairly open, although he says that he has his heart set on playing in the Big 12. "[I'm looking at] basically the whole Big 12. I want to go against top quality players."

Colton says that he wants to make a decision should be within the next few weeks. "Probably before [signing day], but not too much before."

Nash has taken one official visit so far to Colorado.


1. Greg King - King is the number one guy on Texas Tech's list of potential linebackers. He has a top 4 of Texas Tech, Tennessee, Alabama, and Miami.

King took his first official visit to Texas Tech on Dec. 19 and came away impressed with the Red Raiders.

"I really like the defensive schemes they run," he said. "I think I'd fit in well with them." King was especially intrigued by the Red Raiders because he would have a chance to compete for playing time immediately.

"They only have like seven linebackers on scholarship right now," King explained. "[The Texas Tech coaches] said there's a good chance that I'd be able to rotate in and play."

2. Jonathan Stewart - At 6'4", 225 lbs., Stewart has the potential to be a very special defensive back. He is especially effective in defending against the pass, and his combination of size and speed would definitely give him an edge to play early if he were to come to Texas Tech.

Although he is currently committed to Texas A&M, he is still open to other options.

"I'm still a solid commit to Texas A&M," Stewart said. "But I just want to make sure and explore my options before I sign."

Early playing time is a major draw for Jonathan as well, who reports, "They told me I could play early at outside linebacker."

Stewart plans to take an official visit to Lubbock on January 21.

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