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Texas Tech Lands Four Lineman In A Day

Texas Tech is absolutely on fire right now.

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I’ll admit it, I wasn’t expecting anyone to outdo Kansas and Baylor’s incredible recruiting days. Generally, the teams in the Big 12 that have the ability to land a bunch of recruits at one time prefer not to, choosing to spread them out to make sure they’re getting the best players. Today, Texas Tech proved me wrong. the Red Raiders have been on an absolute tear in the month of June, landing commitments from 10 players since the 7th of the month. Kliff Kingsbury and co. capped off what was an incredible week with a massive bang today, as they secured commitments from three offensive linemen (Weston Wright, Clayton Franks and Bradshaw) and a defensive lineman (John Scott). With these four in the fold, Texas Tech has shot up the Big 12 recruiting rankings, and now holds 13 total commitments.


Name POS Location HT WT Committed Rivals Scout 247Sports
OT New Braunfels
6-6 290 6/18/2017 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
NR ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wright was the first commitment of the day for the Red Raiders. He’s the third offensive lineman in Tech’s 2018 class, along with the other two offensive lineman that committed today. Wright had been a target of Texas Tech for quite a while, after he attended a camp they held around this time last summer. He was considered to be a Texas Tech lean for the last few months, and ultimately decided that if everyone else was committing today, he might as well get in on the fun.

Wright committed to Texas Tech over Air Force, Army, Rice, New Mexico and UTSA. While he may not have any other big offers outside of Texas Tech, his recruitment has been blowing up lately, and he spends more time on the camp circuit this summer, he should continue to generate attention.

On the field, Wright is mostly potential right now. He absolutely has the frame, and strength of a college offensive tackle, but his technique is about as raw as it gets. he beats guys with his sheer size right now, and that won’t slide in the Big 12. Once he gets to Lubbock, he’ll spend a lot of time working on his leverage, footwork, and overall flexibility to fix his posture that he currently plays with. He’s a hard worker, and the framework is there for him to become a great player for Texas Tech, but it’ll take time. His ceiling comparison is Taylor Lewan.


Name POS Location HT WT Committed Rivals Scout 247Sports
OT Mansfield
6-4 270 6/18/2017 ⭐️⭐️
NR ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The second commitment of the day came via Mansfield tackle Clayton Franks. Of the three offensive lineman that committed today, Franks is the most likely to end up at a position other than tackle, but I still wouldn’t expect it. The Red Raiders need depth, and they know that while you can only play two at a time, tackle is one of the most common places for recruits to bust at the next level. The more the merrier.

Franks picked Texas Tech over offers from New Mexico, NMSU and North Texas, though Arkansas, Kansas State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M had all contacted him about coming to their school to showcase his skills. However, despite that interest, Franks knows that Texas Tech is where he wants to be, and when he got the offer to be a Red Raider back in May, it was just a matter of time.

On the field, much like Wright and Bradshaw, Franks is very raw. He doesn’t have the benefit of a massive frame like his counterparts, but he does have the best footwork of the bunch. His best work is done in run blocking, so he’ll have to learn some pass protection techniques at the next level, but in the mold of most Tech recruits in this cycle, Franks has a lot of potential, a high motor, and a great work ethic. His ceiling comparison is Riley Reiff.


Name POS Location HT WT Committed Rivals Scout 247Sports(Non-Composite)
OT Mineral Wells
6-7 272 6/18/2017 NR NR ⭐️⭐️

Troy Bradshaw, the final of the three offensive tackle commitments, and the biggest of the bunch, was a bit of a surprise commitment. He received an offer from Texas Tech just six days ago, his biggest offer to date, and one that he had been coveting for a long time. There was no real reason to delay the inevitable, so Bradshaw decided that he’d join the part and pull the trigger on his commitment.

Bradshaw picked Texas Tech over offers from UL-Monroe, NMSU, Tulsa, Tulane, Liberty, Texas State and Illinois State. The first four schools on that list extended offers in the last month, along with Texas Tech obviously, mainly because of how well Bradshaw has been doing at various camps. he was a relatively unknown, likely D2 bound recruit until pretty recently, and after a few excellent performances, he’s absolutely blown up. Tech thinks he’s a diamond in the rough, and hopes they can hold off bigger Big 12 schools from swooping in and taking him.

On the field, as you would imagine from his ratings, Bradshaw is very raw. He’s probably the least technically refined of the three tackles in this class, though he also has the highest potential, because his frame still hasn’t filled out. At 6-foot-7, 270 pounds, Bradshaw still has a significant amount of growing to do. If he was beating guys with his athleticism in high school, additional growth would be a bad thing, but for the most part, he’s just dominating with size, despite having not yet filled out yet. Once he gets into a college weight program, and starts working on his footwork and leverage skills, Bradshaw could be very good. His ceiling comparison is Michael Oher.


Name POS Location HT WT Committed Rivals Scout 247Sports
DT Hitchcock
6-3 255 6/18/2017 ⭐️⭐️
NR ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The fourth and final commit of the day came from the other side of the trenches, in the form of Hitchcock defensive tackle John Scott. Scott is the third defensive tackle to commit to Texas Tech this week, along with John Graves and Jaylon Hutchings.

Scott picked Texas Tech over Kansas State, UL-Monroe, Texas State, Tulane and Tulsa. He also had been contacted by Arizona State, Houston, Indiana and Iowa State, though none of them had offered. The Red Raiders extended an offer to Scott back in May, and from that point led the way in the race for his commitment. If Kansas State is recruiting a player, he’s usually solid, so Texas Tech should be pretty excited about this one, despite his lack of lofty rankings.

On the field, the first thing that sticks out about John Scott is how athletic he is for a defensive tackle. He plays defensive end and tight end for his high school, and fits perfectly into the mold of what Texas Tech wants in their defensive tackles: a player that can get to the passer in a pass heavy conference like the Big 12. Tech is often willing to sacrifice size for speed in the defensive lineman, and we’re seeing that again here with Scott. His ceiling comparison is Tamba Hall.


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