Scouting Report: RB Aaron Spikes

RB Aaron Spikes committed to Texas Tech Wednesday evening, bringing the Red Raiders' 2010 commitment list up to five. Aaron, an explosive runner, out of Dallas, has all of the tools to be extremely effective in Tech's offense. RaiderPower.com spoke with his coach, James Argenti, about what makes Spikes such a special athlete.

As a junior, Dallas Pinkston RB Aaron Spikes had a stellar season, rushing for 1620 yards and 16 touchdowns on 169 carries. He was also one of the leading rushers in the Dallas Metroplex last year and was named to District 11-4A's all-district team.

So what is it about Spikes that sets him apart from the competition? According to Pinkston's head coach James Argenti, it all starts with his character.

"He's a very hard worker," Argenti explained. "He's a great leader. He's not too vocal, but he leads by example. He's just a great kid."

Argenti says that he is a perfect fit for Texas Tech's high-octane offense, where running backs are often used as make-shift receivers.

"Aaron is Tech's running back prototype. He's very explosive and can run inside and outside tackles. He can also catch the ball coming out of the backfield, and he has very good hands."

Which explains why Spikes jumped on the Red Raiders' offer as soon as it was extended, despite also holding offers from TCU and Kansas State.

"Texas Tech was his top school," Argenti said, "So when he was offered yesterday, he accepted on the spot."

Coach Argenti also believes that Spikes will be ready to for Big 12 play after his senior season and should push for immediate playing time once he gets to Lubbock.

"I think he'll definitely be able to compete right off the bat. He's mature enough mentally and physically to play collegiate ball. The big thing with Aaron is just staying healthy. If he can do that, I definitely think he'll compete for early playing time."

For now, though, Spikes and Argenti are focused on preparing for next season.

"I try to have kids improve as student every day, athlete every day, and a personal every day. We work on those three areas and really focus on how they can improve each and every day."



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