Big 12 fans should really start getting used to referring to Louisiana as a key pipeline state for much of the conference, because if the 2018 class has told us anything, it’s that the Bayou is becoming extremely important to the Big 12, and may help usher in a new era of football in the conference we all love to know. Texas Tech is the latest team to get on board of the quickly growing trend as late last night the Red Raiders landed a commitment from Covington running back Devin Brumfield after a lengthy recruitment.
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Brumfield is the 18th commitment in Texas Tech’s 2018 recruiting class, and first running back. As a workhorse style back, he will likely be the only back, though they may look to add an H-back to change-up the pace and contribute in the passing game. He’s only the second recruit in Texas Tech’s class that isn’t from Texas, and he’s the first Louisianan. Texas Tech is targeting a number of fellow Louisiana products in the 2018 class, but as of right now I’d expect Brumfield to be the only one to land in the class.
Brumfield picked Texas Tech over Mississippi State, Missouri, Utah and West Virginia, among a number of Group of Five schools. Some considered him to be a Missouri lean after they offered back in MAy, but depending on who you ask, Texas Tech may have always had the inside track because of running backs coach Jabbar Juluke. Juluke is one of Tech’s best recruiters, and has strong ties to Louisiana, as he spent two years at Louisiana Tech, one at LSU, and attended college at Southern University, near Baton Rouge.
On the field, Brumfield is a bit of an interesting fit for Texas Tech’s offensive scheme. Tech usually likes to play all-purpose backs full-time, to use them in the short passing game, and to get speed out of the backfield, but Brumfield doesn’t fit that mold, he’s much more of a traditional running back, like you’d see at a school like Ohio State or Alabama that runs a power spread. His running style is reminiscent of a bowling ball, and while he isn’t a traditional Kliff Kingsbury back, he’s extremely skilled, and could really change how Tech runs the football. His ceiling comparison is Bilal Powell.