|TRAVIS BRUFFY||OFFENSIVE TACKLE|
|HT/WT: 6-8/268||FORTY: 5.53|
|HIGH SCHOOL: Ridge Point (Missouri City, TX)|
|OFFERS: Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, New Mexico, Rice and Texas Tech|
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|CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.7893|
|PROFILE DATE: July 30, 2015|
The Player Speaks: RaiderPower’s Zach Tanner has some extensive quotes from Bruffy, who sounds like he absolutely loves Texas Tech and Lubbock:
“I can’t put a pinpoint on it. It’s just, you go up to Lubbock and you’re gonna fall in love with it. If you look at Lubbock from the outside in, it looks like some ghost town. But if you look at Lubbock from the inside out, you’re gonna fall in love with it. Once I saw it from that perspective, it was just amazing. There’s no place I’d rather be.”
There’s also a quote from Bruffy in there about how he went about announcing his commitment, which is that he talked to his family, then called all of the coaches who had offered and told them his decision, called Kevin Curtis, then called head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was asleep, and then called Lee Hays and then Duffy announced it on Twitter. There’s more there, so go check it out.
Scouting Report: When you see Bruffy’s height and weight, the first thing that I thought of was Justin Murphy and he does look like that sort of player. Very tall and lean. Let’s check off the boxes here. Bruffy has the requisite size and if he can add weight, which you assume he can, then he’s got the frame. Definitely needs to work on his strength, but that will come with time. In comparison to Murphy’s footwork and Bruffy’s, I think Bruffy does have a bit of a way to go, but I’m remembering Murphy’s senior year of film, so I’m comfortable waiting to see how Bruffy has improved. Bruffy will need to do a better job of using those long arms to keep defenders off of him, but he’s got to build up that strength in order to do that.
Thus far, it seems (and I think this is true with Zach Adams as well) that these guys are all pretty raw and under the radar type of offensive linemen whereas last year there were a bunch of headliners. I’ll be interested to see if and how these guys can move up the rankings this fall, although, even if they don’t, I’m pretty comfortable with Hays doing what he does.
Make sure and check out Staking The Plains’ Recruiting Table for a map of where all the commits are located and links on every commit.