Texas Tech 2017 National Signing Day

Everything you need to know and how to consume Texas Tech’s 2017 National Signing Day.

Here we go.

How To Watch

You can follow the official site’s twitter feed and that’s probably the best way to follow online is to follow the football program’s Twitter and Facebook. Also, from every indication, the recruiting show will start at 8:00 a.m. and be on the official site’s Facebook Live and on TexasTech.TV. Additionally, if you are a Red Raider Club Member, you can go watch the whole production at the United Supermarkets Arena. If we have any Staking The Plains operatives that are there at the USA, please let us know via Twitter (@stakingtheplain).

Also, please don’t forget to follow our very own @DanSwany as he readies for his tour of the NASA facilities. This has nothing to do with National Signing Day, but it would mean a ton to us and Dan to keep track and re-tweet his tour. We’ll also be posting a ton of stuff to our Staking The Plains Facebook page, so if you’d like to follow along there, that would be terrific as well. Plus, he’s going to be able to talk to two NASA astronauts who are currently aboard the International Space Station. Yes, they’re actually in space!

News, News, News, News

Two players that were considering Texas Tech chose other programs, Samuel Barnes chose UTSA and David Anenih chose Houston last night. If you scroll all the way down, there are three players that I still have on Texas Tech’s radar heading into the final day. However, this staff has surprised me when it comes to recruiting, especially in December. I had no idea that Jones, Lane, Morgan and Dorsey were even seriously considering Texas Tech, but they committed and signed in December.

If you need something to read before the commits start rolling in, the LAJ has two articles, one about the surprises and disappointments from past National Signing Days and another general article about how the class has filled out and other options. You can also read all of the recruiting coverage under the “Recruiting” category here at Staking The Plains.

Signed and Attending Classes

Position Player Height / Weight Hometown / School Composite Commitment Date
Quarterback Xavier Martin 6-0/180 Steele (Cibolo, TX) 0.8589 July 28, 2015
Quarterback McLane Carter 6-3/220 Tyler J.C. (Tyler, TX) 0.8395 December 5, 2016
Center Jack Anderson 6-4/285 Frisco (Frisco, TX) 0.9620 October 6, 2016
Guard Dawson Deaton 6-5/280 Frisco (Frisco, TX) 0.8600 February 14, 2016
Guard Will Farrar 6-5/300 Travis (Richmond, TX) 0.8600 June 21, 2016
Guard Jacob Hines 6-4/325 Long Beach C.C. (Long Beach, CA) 0.8076 December 14, 2016
Defensive End Nelson Mbanasor 6-3/270 Hendrickson (Pflugerville, TX) 0.8524 November 2, 2017
Linebacker Tony Jones 6-3/225 Butler C.C. (El Dorado, KS) 0.8367 December 11, 2016
Safety Vaughnte Dorsey 5-11/205 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. (Perkingston, MS) 0.8420 December 6, 2016
Cornerback Octavious Morgan 6-0/205 Butler C.C. (El Dorado, KS) 0.8698 December 14, 2016
Cornerback Jaylon Lane 6-1/177 Independence C.C. (Independence, KS) 0.8520 December 14, 2016

Committed and Expected to Sign

Position Player Height / Weight Hometown / School Composite Commitment Date
Running Back Desmond Nisby 6-2/240 Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, CA) 0.8222 December 12, 2016
Tackle Casey Verhulst 6-6/265 Plano East (Plano, TX) 0.8415 June 8, 2016
Linebacker Riko Jeffers 6-1/225 Sachse (Sachse, TX) 0.8527 October 28, 2016
Linebacker Dakota Allen 6-3/225 East Mississippi C.C. (Scooba, MS) 0.8530 December 18, 2016
Safety Zaquincius Addison 6-1/180 Angleton (Angleton, TX) 0.8386 May 15, 2016
Cornerback Adrian Frye 6-1/170 Aldine Eisenhower (Houston, TX) 0.8203 June 30, 2016
Cornerback John Davis 6-1/170 Trinity (Euless, TX) 0.8412 August 7, 2016
Punter Dominic Panazzolo 6-5/205 Snow College (Ephraim, UT) 0.7826 October 25, 2016

Where They At?

Deciding Today

Since I don’t subscribe to any services, I’m always in the dark about who is still really considering Texas Tech and where Texas Tech is in regards to those players actually choosing Texas Tech. That’s insider information that I just don’t have. But from what I can tell, Texas Tech does have a shot at each of these players in varying degrees. I think Anenih is the best shot, followed by Walker, Green and then Taylor (think there’s almost zero shot with Taylor).

S Elijah Walker: Walker recently de-committed from Kansas State and I think it’s safe to say that Walker is down to either TCU or Texas Tech. I’d say that it’s 50/50 for either program

Height: 6’2″
Weight: 195
School: Cerritos College (Long Beach, CA)
Class: 2017
Offers: TCU, Kansas State, California, Louisiana Tech, San Jose State, Texas Tech
Recruiting Services: Rivals | 24/7 Sports | Scout | ESPN
Cumulative Ranking: 0.8668

WR Chabastin Taylor: A current Kansas State commit that I expect to continue his commitment to the Wildcats. Texas Tech apparently came in somewhat late, but I think Taylor is solid to K-State.

Height: 6’4″
Weight: 208
School: Giddings (Giddings, TX)
Class: 2017
Offers: Kansas State, Baylor, Louisiana-Lafayette
Recruiting Services: Rivals | 24/7 Sports | Scout | ESPN
Cumulative Ranking: 0.8200

OL Dezmond Green: As soon as Brandon Jones was hired Green was offered. A big body and most likely a guard, but I think he could eventually swing at tackle. I like his film. Green looks athletic and not too stiff to me and he looks like he has some strength to him as well.

Height: 6’8″
Weight: 315
School: Golden West College (Huntington Beach, CA)
Class: 2017
Offers: Nevada, New Mexico State, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech
Recruiting Services: Rivals | 24/7 Sports | Scout | ESPN
Cumulative Ranking: N/A


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