Rumph is #20 for the Red Raiders

After visiting Lubbock for the Texas Tech/Rice game over the weekend, 4-star Navarro Junior College defensive tackle Lawrence Rumph committed to the Red Raiders. talked with Coach Wade Griffin about his talented prospect and how he sees him fitting in at the D-I level.

4-star DT Lawrence Rumph is one of the best defensive linemen in junior college football, and his play at Navarro Junior College has been a big part of the interest he's receiving from D-I programs across the country.

The 6'4", 275 tackle has offers from programs including Oklahoma State, Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas, but it was Texas Tech that impressed him over the weekend. After visiting for the Rice game, Rumph pulled the trigger and became the 20th commit for the Red Raiders class of 2010.

Navarro JC recruiting coordinator and assistant coach Wade Griffin committed spoke with about Lawrence's commitment.

"Lawrence decided to commit because he has a history with Tech," Coach Griffin explained. "He has friends there, and his sister played basketball at Texas Tech.

"I know he liked Tech out of high school and he was just comfortable out there, so that's why he decided to commit."

Coach Griffin sung Rumph's praises, explaining that he will be a huge asset for the Red Raiders' defensive line.

"You're not going to find a more talented defensive tackle at the junior college level anywhere. He's a big, athletic guy and moves really well. He moves more like an end than a tackle. I definitely think he'll be able to come in and compete for playing time right off the bat."

Griffin also explained that Rumph's leadership style, while understated, brings a lot of enthusiasm to the team.

"He's very quiet, but he always plays full speed, and when he has a good day, the whole team responds."

As far as his commitment to Tech, Griffin said that Lawrence is solid.

"I know that he really likes Missouri, OU- who he doesn't have an offer from, and Oklahoma State. But I think he's pretty set on Tech. He's liked Tech from the beginning."

There's another upside for the Red Raiders, who historically have had some problems with junior college commits actually getting on the field. Griffin says that Rumph is set to graduate and should suit up in the Red and Black soon.

"As far as academics, he should be set. I think he'll be there in January because there's a good chance he can graduated in December. If not, he'll definitely be there in May. But he'll definitely be there."

Rumph, who is in his second year at Navarro, will have two years left to play once he officially becomes a Red Raider.

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