Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update – 4/9/2018

Thomas Grayson – Running Back (Booker T. Washington, Tulsa, OK)

Height Weight 40 Yard Dash Shuttle Vertical Bench 100 m dash
6’0″ 190 lbs 4.45 4.46 39.2 245 lbs 10.82

Ratings: 85 by 247 / NR by ESPN / 5.4 by Rivals / 84.99 by 247composite

Interest: Nebraska (Warm), Tennessee (Warm), Texas Tech (Warm), Tulsa (Warm)

Grayson is little bit of an under the radar prospect, who recently is catching the eyes of Division I programs. Syracuse was the first Power 5 school to offer Grayson, but the Red Raiders followed shortly after. He received the offer from Texas Tech after he attended their junior day in early March. Those were his lone two Power 5 offers form a while until Tennessee and Nebraska offered a couple weeks ago. In addition to Texas Tech, Grayson has also visited Oklahoma State for their junior day and Nebraska this past weekend. The Red Raiders have targeted a lot of running backs this recruiting class, which includes guys such as King Doerue and Deion Hankins. Texas Tech will lose players such as Tre King, Demarcus Felton and Desmond Nisby. That’s three, four if you include Mason Reed as a running back. The Red Raiders added two running backs last class (late due to the departure of their running back coach) and will likely add more this class due to the amount of running backs leaving. Now let’s take a look at what Grayson can do on the field. Grayson does a good job finding the hole created by the offensive line. He hits the hole hard which allows him to find open space. He’s a pretty good size for a running back, but has pretty good speed for that size. Grayson has plays out of shotgun and in a pro style type offense, so he can run plays in both. Finally, Grayson keeps his legs turning, which makes him a little more difficult to bring down. Grayson is someone Tech fans should keep an eye on.

Langston Anderson РWide Receiver (Heritage, Midlothian, TX)

Height Weight 40 Yard Dash Vertical Bench 100 m dash 400 m dash
6’2″ 188 lbs 4.48 38″ 285 lbs 10.8 48.94

Ratings: 85 by 247 / NR by ESPN / 5.5 by Rivals / 84.16 by 247composite

Interest: Houston (Warm), Missouri (Warm), Ole Miss (Warm), Texas Tech (Warm)

Anderson has several Division I offers so far with 15 offers from schools like Baylor, Indiana, Minnesota and Nebraska. The Red Raiders are apart of this group, who were the fourth Power 5 school to offer. In fact, they offered on National Signing Day, which you don’t see too often. A month later, he visited Texas Tech for their junior day, followed a week later to a junior day visit to Illinois. The 247sports crystal ball prediction currently has him going to Ole Miss, but those aren’t always accurate. The Red Raiders, like always, will try to add a few wide receivers to their roster. There are four wide receivers graduating, and I know three for sure have scholarships (Ja’Deion High, Zach Austin and De’Quan Bowman) and I’m sure if JoJo Robinson does. Therefore, we may not see as many wide receivers this class as in the past. Let’s take a look at what Anderson can do. Anderson has decent size for the wide receiver and can do multiple routes. He can go deep, run a screen play or do a simple cut. He can locate the ball high and can burn defenders if given the chance. Anderson doesn’t have the quickest moves when trying to shake a defender, but he is dangerous in open space.

Now let’s take a look at our recruiting updates from the past week:

Football 2019:

  • Grant Tisdale, 89 rated DT-QB, committed to Ole Miss on Friday. The Red Raiders had a descent shot of landing Tisdale, who visited during Junior Day. However, he visited Ole Miss the previous weekend and committed shortly after. Jacob Zeno is likely Tech’s top target.

Basketball 2018:

  • Tariq Owens, Graduate Transfer from St. Johns, visited Texas Tech over the weekend and commit to a college this week. We have learned from the past that when a recruit decides he’s going to commit after a visit, it’s usually good news for the school he just visited.
  • Matt Mooney, Graduate Transfer from South Dakota, has heard from Texas Tech about a possible transfer and visited Chris Beard yesterday. The guard averaged 18.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season for the Coyotes. He was at Air Force before South Dakota.
  • Zach Johnson, Graduate Transfer from Florida Gulf Coast, has received interest from Texas Tech, along with South Carolina and Arizona. Johnson averaged 16.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. The team previously had former Texas Tech player CJ Williamson before he was arrested and kicked off the team.
  • Zach Hankins, Graduate Transfer from Zach Hankins, committed to Xavier last week. We had not talked about him previously, but learned that Texas Tech was one team attempting to get his services.
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