Seven of the Big 12 schools have a class in the top 40 right now. The three that don’t (Texas Tech, West Virginia, and Kansas State) all have different reasons for their recruiting struggles. Kansas State likes to spend the majority of their time scouting, and doesn’t really follow the same schedule that most teams adhere to. West Virginia has a similar approach, and prefers to get guys late in the process that the Big 10 missed. Texas Tech, on the other hand, is the only school in the Big 12 that doesn’t really have an excuse. They’ve had four decommitments, and if Kliff Kingsbury wants to keep his job, he needs to bring some good news to Lubbock. The Red Raiders took another step in the right direction earlier today, as they landed a commitment from Richmond defensive end Cameron Valentine.
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— Cameron Valentine¹¹ (@cameronval31) June 12, 2017
THE VALENTINE FILE
Valentine is a big get for a program that is in desperate need of big gets, and any kind of recruiting wins. He’s the fifth player to join Texas Tech’s 2018 class, and the second defensive player, along with Mekhi Garner. This commitment comes just 10 days after Texas Tech extended an offer, and while it’s certainly not a surprise, it’s still very welcome good news for the Red Raiders.
Valentine picked Texas Tech over offers from Army, Navy, Tulsa, UNLV and a few other G5 and FCS schools. Texas Tech was his only major offer, but that doesn’t lessen the importance of this commitment for Kliff Kingsbury and company. Valentine isn’t the kind of guy who will make an impact on the field in his freshman year, but he has a great work ethic, and wants to be a leader for Texas Tech on and off the field.
On the field, as I said, Valentine is still very raw. He’s very quick off the edge, but simply isn’t developed enough in technical skills to make an impact without some coaching first. He has the athleticism, and power to be a very good edge rusher after he learns the nuances of the position. He spent a lot of time at defensive tackle last season, meaning that he should be able to stop and run and rush the quarterback at the next level. He put up impressive numbers last year, recording 66 tackles and five sacks, despite missing four games. Those numbers show that the potential is there, and if they give him time, Cameron could be very good. His ceiling comparison is Everson Griffen.