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Recruiting on the Plains: 2018 RB Garland LaFrance Commits to Texas Tech

Texas Tech gets a second running back for the 2018 class.

Garland LaFrance Running Back
HT/WT: 5’10″/170
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Augustine (New Orleans, LA)
OFFERS: Texas Tech, Tulane, Arkansas state, Army, Howard, Jackson State, Louisiana-Monroe, Nicholls State, South Alabama, Stephen F. Austin, Toledo, Troy
RECRUITING SERVICE: RANKING: POSITION RANK: STATE RANK:
Rivals 55 N/R 44
Scout 140 76
24/7 Sports 85 51 45
ESPN N/R N/R N/R
VIDEO: Hudl
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8166
PROFILE DATE: August 6, 2017

Have any questions about whether or not Jabbar Juluke can recruit kids? Me neither. LaFrance is the prototypical air-raid running back and considering how top-heavy the running back position is currently, this makes a ton of sense, to take two running backs in the 2018 class. RedRaiderSports’ Matt Clare spoke with LaFrance about his commitment:

“The whole town and especially the campus were all impressive. It was really more than I expected, the player’s are really close to campus and we can just walk over to classes or the football facilities.”

LaFrance also credits his relationship with Texas Tech running backs coach Jabbar Juluke as a reason he announced to the Red Raiders.

“I knew Coach Juluke from his time as a coach in New Orleans and the state of Louisiana, various camps and events,” LaFrance said. “He is not worried about my weight or my size, and he knows what I can do with the ball. He talked about using me on sweeps and even in the slot to help the pass game.”

LaFrance is obviously on the smaller side of running backs, but he’s got a nice burst (he better, because that’s going to be his bread and butter) and he simply makes people miss. As the quote above already states, Texas Tech plans on using LaFrance in the slot as well. He’s essentially the size of Cameron Batson if his height and weight are correct. Get him in space and he’ll do some damage. LaFrance does get up the field quickly and can stop pretty quickly to make that turn. That’s a nice feature when the team is zone blocking. The biggest problem for LaFrance is the same problem for DeMarcus Felton, which is staying healthy. Being that small can sometimes lead to injuries because of his stature. There’s nothing you can do about that.

Garland, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

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