Texas Tech Football Recruiting Notes: 2017.12.06

  • Texas Tech offered 2019 (yes, 2019) running back Deion Hankins (5-11/207) from Parkland in El Paso, TX, on Saturday. Hankins is a 4-star running back with other offers from San Diego State, SMU and Utah.
  • Carlos Silva, Jr. reported that Tyler JC quarterback Nick Gerber is transferring to Texas Tech as a preferred walk-on. Gerber set the state of Texas season record with 5,617 and 77 touchdowns at Levelland his senior year, which would have been the 2016 season. You can check out a short Q&A with InsideTheRedRaiders’ Jarrett Johnson and Gerber.
  • We previously talked about large human and JUCO defensive tackl Charles Cameron and he visited Lubbock this weekend. Cameron is a December graduate and a highly rated JUCO player. This would be a big get for the program and after this weekend, Cameron Tweeted that his top two schools are Texas Tech and Florida Atlantic.
  • I asked this on Saturday evening and I’ll ask it here, I was curious as to what kind of athlete Texas Tech commit QB Alan Bowman is so I started to do some research and noticed some numbers at MileSplitTX and he ran a 23.72 in the 200m and a 59.54 in the 400m. I think the 23 is a decent time, not blazing, but okay, while the 59 isn’t really fast at all. I have no idea as to the conditions of any of these races and I have no idea if he was really running hard (sometimes you get asked to run things in high school and you’re not really putting much into it. The 200m is from 2017, the only time from 2017. The question is if Bowman could be a runner and I think that yeah, he could pass, but he’s not going to outrun anyone.
  • I wonder why no one has Lubbock Coronado QB Qua Gray on their radar. Gray has been unbelievable for Coronado and Coronado is coached by Seth Parr, who is the brother to Scott Parr, a guy that was formerly on Texas Tech’s staff and is currently at Navarro College. Gray has passed for over 4,000 yards in two years had 4,211 yards, 53 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in 2016 and 4,192 yards, 53 touchdowns in 2017. I’m guessing that the staff has done their homework, but that’s a pretty terrific local player and I’d love it if he walked on, but maybe he’ll head the JUCO route. Oh, and typically, if a player that has crazy stats doesn’t have the stats, something is up. Not necessarily something bad, but sometimes it’s a grades things, other times it could just be Gray being in Lubbock and not as well known. Gray has zero offers, to anywhere. That’s strange. Oh, and Coronado put up 80, yes 80 points against Colleyville Heritage. Gray had 450 yards passing and 6 touchdowns.
  • Texas Tech running back commit Garland LaFrance was offered by TCU and there’s a decent chance that LaFrance flips. He’s been all-in with Texas Tech, but kids change their minds. Just something to watch out for and expect to happen rather than be surprised.
  • Speaking of running backs flipping, Jabbar Juluke ended up following a new running back /quarterback on Twitter, New Caney’s Jordan Cooper (6-0/208) who plays quarterback, passing for 174 yards a game with 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, while he also ran for over 110 yards a game with 20 touchdowns (1,253 yards for the year in 11 games). In Cooper’s last game, he completed 13 of 19 for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns while running the ball 20 times for 207 yards and 3 touchdowns. According to 24/7 Sports Cooper has been offered by Navy, Air Force, Louisiana-Lafayette, Army, and Georgetown. You can check out Cooper’s Hudl page and his highlights are really impressive.
  • And if you’re into who Juluke is following on Twitter other than Cooper, look no further than Cinco Ranch’s Brant Kuithe (6-3/212) a running back / receiver who has been offered by Rice, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State and Iowa State. Kuithe was previously committed to Rice and now is looking elsewhere. Kuithe ran for 1,041 yards with 18 touchdowns in just 7 games this year. Hudl highlights are there for your review. I have no idea if Cooper or Kuithe have been offered (I think Cooper has), but there’s probably something happening here pretty soon.
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