In recruiting, one of the few sure-fire ways to gain momentum is to land a bunch of commitments at once. It gets attention around the program, and makes other recruits take notice of what you’re trying to do. Texas Tech is the latest school to attempt to gain some momentum by landing a number of targets in a short amount of time, a strategy we saw deployed by Baylor, Kansas, and Oklahoma State already this cycle. Quarterback Alan Bowman, defensive tackle John Graves and athlete Jabari James all committed to Texas Tech in the last 24 hours.
— Alan Bowman (@_alanbowman_) June 14, 2017
THE BOWMAN FILE
Bowman was the first of the three commitments yesterday. He’s the first quarterback in Texas Tech’s 2018 class, and barring any unexpected transfers, he should be the only quarterback in the class.
Bowman picked Texas Tech over offers from Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Northwestern and Vanderbilt, as well as some G5 schools. He was offered by texas Tech just a few days ago, and didn’t waste any time in deciding to be a Red Raider. Texas Tech is his only Big 12 offer as of right now, and for a quarterback that wanted to play in the Big 12, it’s no surprise that he jumped all over a Texas Tech offer. Say what you will about Texas Tech’s program, but it cannot be debated that the system they run in Lubbock is very attractive to most quarterbacks in the country.
On the field, Bowman is a very obvious fit for Texas Tech. He put up fantastic numbers last season, recording 42 touchdowns, 3329 yards, and completing an incredible 70% of his passes. He doesn’t have the cannon of an arm that you might expect from a Tech quarterback, but he can make most throws on the field, and do it very accurately. He’s a good decision maker, and a surprisingly solid runner, and because of that, he should thrive in the hyper-spread offense that Texas Tech loves to run. His ceiling comparison is Teddy Bridgewater.
— John Graves III (@Teamforty7John) June 15, 2017
THE GRAVES FILE
Graves was the second player to commit to Kliff Kingsbury and Texas Tech yesterday. He’s the second defensive lineman in Texas Tech’s class, along with Cameron Valentine, who also committed earlier this week. Graves committed with a pretty cool video, that you can see above.
Graves picked Texas Tech over offers from Memphis, NMSU, UTSA, Minnesota, North Texas and SMU. He picked up his Texas Tech offer back in April, and after a few months of talking with Kliff Kingsbury and his main recruiter, Emmett Jones, Graves decided that he wanted to play his college ball in Lubbock. Texas Tech isn’t exactly know for defense, so the possibility of early playing time is a big thing that the Red Raiders sold to Graves.
On the field, Graves has a lot of potential. He’s not massive for a defensive tackle, only 6-foot-1, but he knows how to take up lots of blockers, opening up holes for his linebackers to make plays against the run. There’s not a ton of film on him, but that will change after his senior season, because he played his first three years at a small school in Missouri. In playing his final year at Lancaster, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if Graves picked up more offers. It’s hard to make a ceiling comparison with so little film, but based on his size and athleticism, I’ll go with Brandon Mebane.
— jabari james🔞 (@jabarithegreat_) June 15, 2017
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Jabari James is the third and final player to pledge to Texas Tech yesterday. Texas Tech recruited him as an athlete, and he’ll likely end up at either slot receiver, or in the defensive backfield. He plays quarterback for his high school, but he will not be a quarterback in Lubbock. He had this to say on his future position to Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:
“They saw me in person, offered me and I just really liked the school,” said James, who has played cornerback, safety, slot and inside receiver with the Buffaloes. “They’re recruiting me as an athlete.”
James picked Texas Tech over Grambling, Lamar and Tulsa. He received an offer from Texas Tech back on June 2nd, and hopes to visit Lubbock in the coming weeks. Jabari is primed for a rankings jump after his senior season, and absolutely deserves to be ranked higher than he is right now.
On the field, it’s kind of hard to project James, because he just so raw. Wherever he plays at Texas Tech, he’ll have some experience, but he’ll need some technical practice, just because he’s been playing quarterback in high school. He put up 1,082 yards and 18 scores on the ground last season, and runs a 40 time in the 4.4s, so athleticism will not be an issue at whatever position he ends up playing. My guess is that he’ll ultimately play cornerback in Lubbock, and if he gets some coaching on footwork and doing the little things at cornerback, he could be a stud in a few years. His ceiling comparison is Janoris Jenkins.