Oct 12, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; The Texas Tech Red Raiders enter the field in the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Weekly Recruiting Roundup: (06/11-06/17)

While Tech baseball prepares to take on Ole Miss in the College World Series, lets take a look at the world of recruiting with our weekly recruiting roundup.

Current Commits:

QB- Jarrett Stidham: Although thought to be a Texas Tech lock since verbally committing to the Red Raiders back in March, Stidham still seems to be getting attention from many schools vying for his versatile skills set. This Baylor SBNation blog points out that Art Briles and the Baylor Bears are still showing big time interest in Stidham as they lack an elite quarterback commit in their 2015 recruiting class.

After the secondary, Briles brought up QB, a mention I see as a message aimed squarely at Texas Tech commit Jarrett Stidham, a guy whose recruitment we’ve talked about at length in the monthly threads.  Baylor is making its interest in him clear once again, in case he somehow forgot, and will definitely keep a spot for him as long as it takes.

RB- Corey Dauphine: The running back out of Port Arthur, Texas added an offer from the Arkansas Razorbacks and attended an LSU Tigers camp on June 9th.

OL- Trace Ellison: The 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive lineman out of Frisco, Texas continues to stay solid to the Red Raiders throughout the summer.

OL- Lio Lafaele: Despite receiving an offer from the Oklahoma Sooners earlier in May, Lafaele has stayed committed to the Red Raiders. The 6-foot-4, 300- pound offensive tackle from Corona, California could make an immediate impact on Tech’s offensive line when he shows up next year.

ATH- Jonathan Giles: Giles may very well be the most athletic recruit the Red Raiders have in the 2015 class and is a versatile player who is being recruited as an athlete. With nearly 10 offers from across the nation, Giles is being looked at by several big programs.

LB- D’Vonta Hinton: Hinton hasn’t wavered since being offered by the TCU Horned Frogs late in May. Hinton continues to be a linebacker in this class that will keep improving and stacking up offers.

DT- Breiden Fehoko: The Honolulu, Hawaii product has been loyal to the Red Raiders since committing back in March. The Oklahoma Sooners seem to be recruiting Fehoko hard and are the biggest threat to steal Fehoko away from Kliff and Co., but the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Red Raider legacy seems to be eager to get to Lubbock as soon as possible.

 Five recruits to watch:

1. OT- Madison Akamnonu: The big offensive tackle out of Arlington, Bowie has offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor and many others. OU and UT seem to be the favorite, but Akamnonu has given the Red Raiders a serious look and I wouldn’t count them out.

2. RB/WR Kirk Merritt- The all purpose back out of Destrehan, Louisiana is considered an LSU and Texas A&M lean, but Tech has recruited him hard and offered him way back in January. With a head start and assistant coach and great recruiter Kevin Curtis in contact with him, look for Merrit to give the Red Raiders a real shot at landing him.

3. OL Conner Dyer- The 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive tackle from Mesquite, TX has offers from LSU, A&M, Texas and many more, but has Tech as one of his leaders and the Red Raiders coaching staff has been on Dyer since last summer. If anyone is out in front for Dyer, Tech has got to be that program.

4. WR Tyron Johnson- Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, Johnson has been expected to commit to LSU since his recruitment started heating up, but Johnson has been patient and seems to be looking at wide receiver focused programs like Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Oregon.

5. S Christian Taylor- The safety from Houston, Texas has offers from Louisville, Texas Tech, UCF, Minnesota and several other programs. Louisville and Tech seem to be Taylor’s leaders so far and assistant coach Trey Haverty has been recruiting him hard. Look for the 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety to continue to rack up offers as we close in on the 2014 high school football season.

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