Junior Day a Success

The Red Raiders held their Junior Day last Saturday, and recruits from all over the state were in attendance to try to impress the Texas Tech coaches and get an offer. RaiderPower.com talks with recruits about how the day went.

Although he's visited Texas Tech more times than he can count, defensive lineman commit Jackson Richards' visit to Lubbock for Junior Day was productive. Richards was hoping to meet some more potential commits and build relationships with the coaching staff, and he was able to both this past weekend.

"It was really good," Jackson said. "I've already seen the facilities quite a few times because I've been to Tech so many times, but it was good to talk to all the coaches and hang out with some of the other recruits."

Jackson was especially excited to have the chance to sit down and talk with head coach Mike Leach.

"I was able to talk to Coach Leach for a while, that was really good because it was the first time I'd been able to talk to him a lot. I liked Coach Leach a lot. He didn't do any magic tricks or anything; we just went into his office and talked for a while."

Richards, who committed to Texas Tech last April, scouted out the talent present on Saturday and was impressed with what he was.

"There were quite a few really good athletes there. Hopefully we can get some of them to commit. There were a lot of guys there that I would really like to play with."

Because of his early commitment, Jackson's trip to the South Plains was significantly more laid back than many of the other recruits in attendance, who were hoping to impress the Texas Tech coaches enough to get an offer.

"There were recruits everywhere. There were probably 50 kids out there. It was very relaxed for me; I didn't get nervous around any of those guys. I'm not trying to get an offer or anything; I've already committed. Mainly it was just good to hang out with everybody and get to know some of my potential future teammates and develop relationships with the coaches."

Richards' focus on establishing good relationships is already paying dividends, as he has made friends with many of Tech's recruits as well as some of the current players.

"A lot of the recruits seemed like guys I could be friends with, and it was just good to talk to those guys. I hung out with Seth Doege and some of his friends Friday night. They're all really good guys, and I am pretty good friends with them. On Saturday, Brandon Carter, Taylor Potts, Lyle Leong, and some of the offensive linemen were there just to answer questions and tell us about the program."

As for coaches, he is especially close with a few of the defensive coaches, including safeties coach Carlos Mainord, defensive ends coach Charlie Sadler, and defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill. Strength and conditioning coach Bennie Wylie is also one of the coaches that has made a big impression on Richards.

"I've actually known Coach Wylie since about seventh grade. That guy is pretty intense. He actually gets out there quite a bit and works out with the players. It's hard to complain about what he's having the players do when he's out there with them doing the same thing."

As one of the most talented defensive linemen in Texas, Richards will be getting significant attention as the recruiting season heats up and throughout his senior season. However, this kid is as solid as they come and he will be a great addition to the Red Raiders when he signs next February.

RaiderPower.com will have more updates from recruits who attended Junior Day throughout the week, so stay tuned for all of the lastest info.

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