Recruiting

Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update – 2/19/2018

We take a look at a few 2019 recruits and a couple major basketball targets plan their visit with Texas Tech

Trevor Roberson – Offensive Tackle (Wellington HS, Wellington, TX)

Height Weight
6’11” 345 lbs

Ratings: 86 by 247 / NR by ESPN / 5.7 by Rivals / 86.89 by 247composite

Interest: TCU (Warm), Texas A&M (Warm), Texas Tech (Warm)

Roberson perhaps may be the most intriguing recruit in the 2019 class for various reasons. First of all, he’s 6’11” 345-pounds, which is just ridiculous. In comparison, the tallest NFL lineman last season, Alejandro Villanueva, is 6’9″. You just don’t see that size with high school tackles. Secondly, he’s a West Texas kid. Compared to areas like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and East Texas, there just aren’t a whole lot of D-1 talent in this part of the state. So when someone like Roberson appears, Tech has to jump on him. And they did, with an offer last March. 247sports has Tech ahead with TCU or Texas A&M, but they must have some paywall info to put them there. The Red Raiders need to get him with the location and skill. Let’s take a look at what Roberson can do on the football field. There is no junior tape yet, so we’ll just have to go with his sophomore film. First off, I love how they highlight him, like you can’t just tell right away. He gets him arms inside and drive players backwards. Even if he’s not in great position, his body and arms are big enough to get in the way of defenders. He does have a lot of pancakes, but a lot of it is playing in a small school and being able to take advantage of his size. Hopefully Roberson will eventually commit to the Red Raiders.

Taurean Carter – Strong Side Defensive End (Legacy HS, Mansfield, TX)

Height Weight
6’3″ 250 lbs

Ratings: 88 by 247 / NR by ESPN / 5.5 by Rivals / 85.67 by 247composite

Interest: Florida (Cool), Michigan State (Cool), Oklahoma State (Cool), Texas Tech (Cool)

The Red Raiders maybe jumped on Carter a little later than some schools (his first offer was Michigan State in December), but Texas Tech did extend an offer to him a couple weeks ago. However, outside of the Spartans, every other offer was within three weeks of Tech’s offer. So far Carter has been to one Junior Day, which was with Oklahoma State (where he earned an offer). Last season at Mansfield Legacy, he recorded 65 tackles, 16 for loss and eight sacks. Most of the defensive ends Tech is looking at are weak side ends, so this is a little different from that position. Now let’s take a look at his film. The thing I noticed is that he played more of a defensive tackle position in high school. That could be crucial because Tech could maybe move him inside on long yardage situations. He also is a hard hitter, with several hits of him leveling a player. Carter is effective on all four downs, as he affected a few field goals on fourth down. Finally, Carter gets his hands up, which leads to tipped balls and interceptions. Carter would be a good addition to the recruiting class.

Deondre Dansby – Cornerback (South Oak Cliff, Dallas, TX)

Height Weight 40 Yard Dash Shuttle Vertical
5’11” 180 lbs 4.49 3.98 37″

Ratings: 83 by 247 / NR by ESPN / 5.6 by Rivals / 84.27 by 247composite

Interest: Arizona State (Cool), Colorado (Cool), SMU (Cool), Texas Tech* (Cool)

This one is a little different from the other recruits we’ve covered for the 2019 class because Dansby does not have an offer yet from Tech. Emmett Jones, a former South Oak Cliff coach, and Clay Jennings, Tech’s new defensive backs coach, both visited South Oak Cliff, so there is likely interest there. Dansby isn’t quite as tall as we’re used to in recent years, but with two new secondary coaches, perhaps there’s a change in thinking at that position. Right now Dansby has six offers, which includes the three listed above along with Houston, Jackson State and Navy. Maybe one reason wht he doesn’t have quite as many offers if because he has played for three teams in three years (also played at Abilene Cooper and Denton Guyer). Dansby recorded 117 tackles, 15 pass break-ups and eight turnovers for a monster defensive that featured Tech commit Steven Parker as well. Now let’s take a look at what Dansby can do. First off, he can play multiple positions. He’s listed as corner, but he plays a lot of safety as well in his tape. Dansby is also a good tackler, whether it’s hitting a player behind the line of scrimmage or in the open field. Perhaps we’ll see an offer for Dansby in the near future.

Now let’s take a look at some recruiting updates, starting with the 2019 class:

Football 2018:

Football 2019:

  • Jayden Jernigan, 87 rated DT, visited UT this past weekend and will Texas Tech soon according to Lars Hanson. He also has high interest in Washington.

Football 2020+:

  • Preston Stone, NR 2021 Pro-QB, received his third offer from Texas Tech on Wednesday. Tech is Stone’s first Power 5 offer. He also has offers Nevada and Texas State.

Basketball 2018:

  • Khavon Moore, 93 rated SF, will visit Texas Tech for the Kansas game according to TTUHoopsFans. Moore also spoke to Rivals about his official visits and who is still in contention for him.

Basketball 2019+:

  • Kevin McCullar, 87 rated 2019 SG, is visiting Texas Tech for the Kansas game. 247sports reported a 4-star 2019 SG who was a Tech legacy was attending the game, and McCullar (son of father Kevin, who was a linebacker at Texas Tech) was the only one who made sense. According to 247composite, he is the 121st ranked player in the nation. Rivals talked to him last August.

 

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