Red Raiders snag one from SEC country

Number 18 is in the books. Texas Tech landed their 18th commitment for the Class of 2010 with Memphis, TN linebacker Fred Harvey. The 3 star prospect had narrowed his list down to Texas Tech and SEC power Alabama back in August, but decided Lubbock is where he wanted to go. RaiderPower caught up Fred to get the scoop on his commitment.

Fred Harvey, the 6'0, 230 pound outside linebacker out of White Station High School in Memphis, TN decided to end his recruitment today.

"I committed to Texas Tech today," said Harvey. " I did a lot of thinking and praying and I felt that was the direction God was pushing me, so I went ahead and pulled the trigger.

"Texas Tech had been recruiting me since I was in 10th grade. I always thought distance would be an issue, but after thinking it over I decided Tech is where I wanted to play. I told my Dad and he was all for it."

Although Fred hasn't taken an official tour of the Texas Tech campus yet, he will be making the trek to West Texas for the Texas A&M game in October.

"I have been in the [Lubbock] area before, but I will officially visit on the weekend of October 23rd."

When Tech wide receiver coach and Tennessee native Dennis Simmons came calling on the 3 star prospect, it peaked the interest of Harvey.

"Coach Simmons recruited me. He's from Memphis and he's real down to earth. What really sealed the deal though was Coach Ruff. He's just a true defensive coach and he's real fun to talk to."

Harvey turned down offers from Alabama and Stanford to become a Red Raider. He caught several games on television last year and came away impressed with the intensity he saw.

"My strengths are getting to the football and making things happen. I play with a lot of energy and I really pursue the ball. Wherever the ball is, that's where I'll be. I have seen Tech on TV before and I think I will fit in well."

As Mike Leach always says, he wants players that are excited to play. Harvey fits that description to a T.

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