Texas Tech an Option for Grandstaff. Our friend Michael LaBarre re-tweeted via TxHoops, that Austin Grandstaff, the 6’5″ shooting guard who just left Ohio State, may have Texas Tech, along with SMU, Baylor and TCU as a possible landing spot.
SMU, TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech–all potential destinations closer to home for Ohio State transfer Austin Grandstaff. pic.twitter.com/BrNsPC1qJw
— TxHoops (@TxHoops) December 22, 2015
Grandstaff was a 4-star player from Rockwall who was just a true freshman and essentially left after playing a semester at Ohio State. We have later learned that Grandstaff has a new son and lives in Rockwall, so he’s looking to take the entire year off and pick the right school for him. Grandstaff was one of the better players in the country (just last year) and he’ll have his pick of places to go.
Local Talent. RRS’s Drew Kohnle writes about 2017 Lubbock Coronado shooting guard Jarrett Culver (6-5), who has unofficially visited and has talked with Pooh Williamson and Tubby Smith. I’d love to sign all of the local talent and watching his Hudl video, he can play. I wonder about his competition, but he’s got nice size and leaping ability.
De’Quan Bowman Can Jump.
Still Looking for Offensive Linemen. About two weeks ago, the guys at WreckEm 24/7 wrote about Philadelphia’s Yasir Durant, a 6-6/330 offensive lineman with offers from Rutgers, Arizona State, North Carolina, San Diego State and Texas Tech. Currently, via the Crystal Ball, Durant is favored to go to Rutgers, but he does apparently have Texas Tech in his top three.
Adams Solid to Texas Tech and Takes in Texas Bowl. This story is a bit dated, but wanted to get to it the day after the bowl game, which is that via RRS’s Matt Clare, Virginia offensive lineman and Texas Tech commit, Zach Adams, is very much committed to Texas Tech and was supposed to be in town for the Texas Bowl game and there was supposedly a handful of them all going together:
“I’m going to try and meet up with Travis Bruffy while I’m down here,” Adams said. “I will be in town for about a week and we are going to the Texas Bowl to watch Tech play LSU. There is a group of commitments all going to the game together. We cannot really meet up with the coaches or spend time with the team, but we all have a group text message and I believe there should be quite of a few of us at the game.”
Picone to Visit for Bowl Game. Also in town for the bowl game is Johnathan Picone, via RRS’s Will McKay, who thinks the defense isn’t that far off and is coming in to compete for a Big 12 Championship:
“I was really impressed with the offense this season, and believe it or not I was impressed with the ability to create turnovers on defense,” Picone said. “They did give up a lot of big plays and I know it kind of became a broken record, giving up a lot of big plays. But, to be honest, I think they are just a few players away from being a great defense.”
Picone, who logged more than 120 tackles and more than 10 sacks this season, plans to help Texas Tech add some hardware to its trophy case in the football training facility over the next few years.
“That’s really why I’m coming here,” Picone said. “If I’m not coming to compete for a Big 12 Championship and big-time bowl games, then I don’t know why I’m coming here or why they’d want a football player if he’s not coming to be part of the best.”
“When we bring these guys in, the guys coach Gibbs and coach Spav have recruited, we are going to have a lot of success starting next year for the next few years to come.”
McCann Ready. RRS’s Will McKay writes that Texarkana defensive tackle Nick McCann is getting ready to sign with Texas Tech in February and looking to try to start as a true freshman:
“Coach Gibbs wants me to come in and start as a true freshman which is something that I am working hard to get ready for,” he said. “I talked to Breiden Fehoko and the one thing he said was getting mentally prepared for it.”
McCann is my favorite of the four defensive tackles signed and think he’s the most ready to play next year.
Farrar to Visit January 22nd. Via RRS’s Drew Kohnle, Southlake WR Zach Farrar is set to visit Texas Tech on January 22nd. Farrar is apparently taking a bit of a tour as he will visit Oklahoma State on January 2th, visited Washington on December 12th and will take in Nebraska at some point as well.
Jackson All About Texas Tech. RRS’s Michael DuPont, defensive tackle commit Ivory Jackson is ready for Texas Tech and doesn’t have any other visits planned:
“I’m coming down with the defense and we’re all doing our visit at the same time, I think it’s on the 22nd or that weekend,” Jackson said. “I’m excited, I can’t wait. It’s really cool hanging out with the defense. We’ve kind of already got our roommates and stuff like that, just kind of planned it before we got down there.”
Miscellaneous. RRS’s Matt Clare notes that 2017 player-man, Mike Lee, a cornerback from Louisiana, is holding off on his commitment, which included Texas Tech, Georgia and Texas A&M all in his top three, the reasoning is that his primary recruiting for all three schools was fired, so he’s taking a step back . . .