After being destroyed by decommitments thus far in the 2018 recruiting cycle, Texas Tech’s 2018 class has nowhere to go but up. They took a big step towards recruiting at a Big 12 level again late last night, when they secured a commitment from Mesquite safety Mehki Garner. Garner is the first defensive commitment in Texas Tech’s class, and the fifth commitment overall. Everyone else in the class right now projects to be a wide receiver, so it’s a good sign that Texas Tech still plans on fielding a defense in the future, instead of implementing a wonderful “all wide receiver” team.
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Garner is a big get for Texas Tech, and not just because he’s the first defensive commitment. He’s a big win on the recruiting trail for a program that desperately needs some positive momentum. It’s important to have leaders in a recruiting class, and Garner is just that. He should help in bringing in more of Tech’s defensive targets, and that help is certainly welcome right now.
Garner picked Texas Tech over a number of other offers, though Tech was certainly his biggest. He turned down Navy, Air Force, North Texas and UTSA, as well as some FCS and D2 schools. He’s a very raw prospect, so it’s not surprising to see a less than stellar offer sheet. that doesn’t mean he can’t contribute in Lubbock, it just means it’ll take some work to get him prepared.
On the field, as I said, Garner is very raw. He has pretty good size for a safety, though he’s not particularly fast. He has very good instincts, and fluid hips, both of which help him play as a center fielder type in the defensive backfield. His man coverage is certainly going to need developed, but he’ll work as a zone safety as soon as he steps on campus. He’s a willing hitter, though he’s not a huge hitter, and he’ll need to work on his pursuit angles. This is certainly a project, but I think he has the raw tools to develop into a solid player at the next level. His ceiling comparison is Eric Reid.