Recruiting

Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update – 4/16/2018

We take a look at a couple of football targets and an update on graduate transfers looking into the basketball program.

Trevor Stange – Offensive Guard (Coppell HS, Coppell, TX)

Height Weight
6’3″ 272 lbs

Ratings: 80 by 247 / NR by ESPN / 5.5 by Rivals / 81.65 by 247composite

Interest: Houston (Warm), Kansas State (Warm), Texas Tech (Warm)

Stange is an interesting prospect for the Red Raiders. He’s not very highly rated, but he has 12 offers so far, and half of them from private schools or armed forces academies. These include Air Force, Cornell, Harvard and Penn. So he’s smart and has discipline enough to attract attention from the Air Force. Stange was offered by Texas Tech over a year ago in March 2017, so they have liked this kid for a while. The Kansas State legacy received an offer from his dad’s alma mater about a month later. So far, Stange has visited Texas Tech for their junior day in early March, along with Houston in late February prior and Kansas State at the end of March. The Wildcats rightly so are the prediction for him right now, but Texas Tech doesn’t seem that far behind.

Now let’s see what he can do on film. Now with his size, he projects at a guard at the next level, and there are some things I like for him at guard. First off is his mobility. Guard pull a lot of certain running and passing plays, so you need a guard that can move well. Stange shows this ability early and often in his tape. Secondly is his ability to find the blocker. Even when no one’s in front of him, he gets his hands on a guy coming from behind or at the side and puts him out of the picture.

Sean Simms – Athlete (South Oak Cliff, Dallas, TX)

Height Weight
6’1″ 220 lbs

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

Interest:

Texas Tech has had a history of offering multiple recruits from the same high school, and in some cases, getting both of them to commit to the Red Raiders. The latest example comes from Dawson Deaton and Jack Anderson, both of whom went to Frisco and joined the Tech football team. Their situation is a little different because they are both Tech legacies, but we could see a similar thing with Steven Parker (already committed) and Sean Simms. Simms only had three offers thus far, one of them being the school from Lubbock. Airzona and Jackson State offered in May, with the Red Raiders doing so in June. He also visited Texas Tech during their junior day in early March with Parker.

Let’s see what Simms can do. At South Oak Cliff, Simms was a quarterback (named a pro-style quarterback by Rivals), but there some things he can bring to other positions. Simms likely would move to wide receiver if I had to guess, and he has a pretty good frame at 6’1″, 220 pounds. Simms is shifty, hard nose runner when he is forced to run. He doesn’t seem like a guy who will juke and make you miss, but has subtle moves to evade defenders. He also is a little hard to bring down due to his running style and frame.

Now time for our recruiting updates:

Football 2018:

  • Tre Watson, Graduate Transfer from Cal, visited Texas Tech for the spring game last weekend. Tech has three open scholarships and one could go to Watson. He told Will McKay it was “the best trip of my life”.

Football 2019:

  • Jonathan McGill, 88 rated S/WR, received an offer from Texas Tech after their spring game on Saturday. He currently has 17 offers.
  • Jacob Zeno, 87 rated Pro-QB, visited Texas Tech for the spring game on Saturday. Zeno has been very interested in the Red Raiders as of late.
  • Thomas Grayson, 85 rated RB, committed to Nebraska several hours after the Possible Red Raiders post went up last week. Talk about bad timing.
  • Taylor Miterko, 85 rated OT, received an offer from Texas Tech on Saturday after the spring game. Miterko is from Carlsbad (NM) and has 11 offers currently.

Basketball 2018:

  • Tariq Owens, Graduate Transfer from St. Johns, committed to Texas Tech last Monday. Here is something from our own Seth C, a story from 247sports and one from the Dallas Morning News. There are several other stories on his commitment.
  • Matt Mooney, Graduate Transfer from South Dakota, is going to chose between Texas Tech and seven others. Evan Daniels spoke with him about who visited him and where he plans to visit.
  • Ehab Amin, Graduate Transfer from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, is receiving interest from Texas Tech. Amin is a 6’4″ guard didn’t play last season due to injury, but averaged 17 point and 6.6 rebounds per game the season prior. He was a mid-major All-American and led the nation in steals.
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