Texas Tech Football Recruiting Battles To Keep An Eye On

LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 21: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury (far right) of the Texas Tech Red Raiders watches play during the game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Iowa State Cyclones on October 21, 2017 at Jones AT
LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 21: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury (far right) of the Texas Tech Red Raiders watches play during the game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Iowa State Cyclones on October 21, 2017 at Jones AT /
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LUBBOCK, TX – SEPTEMBER 17: Texas Tech Red Raiders defensive coordinator David Gibbs reacts to play on the field during the game Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on September 17, 2016 at AT
LUBBOCK, TX – SEPTEMBER 17: Texas Tech Red Raiders defensive coordinator David Gibbs reacts to play on the field during the game Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on September 17, 2016 at AT /

Otito Ogbonnia-Defensive End, Katy, Texas

One of the most important recruiting battles left for the Texas Tech football program involves Katy, Texas defensive end Otto Ogbonnia.  The current recruiting class has only two commits on the defensive line and the pickings have grown slim at the position due to the December signing period.

That is why Ogbonnia has become one of the most popular recruits in Texas over the past two months.  He took an official visit to Tennessee last weekend and is set for an official visit to Nebraska this weekend.

Ogbonnia has not taken an official visit to Texas Tech but he has been on campus numerous times due to the fact that two of his siblings currently attend Tech.  Plus, Kingsbury has made more than one trip to see the coveted recruit in Katy.

On the field, Ogbonnia is a unique prospect because of his size.  At 6-foot-4, 285-pouds, he could be versatile enough and big enough to play defensive end or defensive tackle at the next level.  It would be easy to envision him playing on the strong side of the defensive line on early downs and moving inside to provide a pass rush on passing downs.  Those types of players are valuable and highly coveted.

To land this three-star prospect, Texas Tech is going to have to beat out some stiff competition.  Aside from Tennessee and Nebraska, Ogbonnia has been heavily recruited by UCLA, Ole Miss and Notre Dame.

At first glance, it would seem a bit of a reach to think that Tech could beat out those programs in a recruiting battle.  However, the Red Raiders may have an ace up their sleeve.  Wes Kittley.

Ogbonnia is one of the top high school shot put and discus throwers in the nation and has made it clear that he will not attend any school that will not let him be part of the track program.  Fortunately for Texas Tech football, the Texas Tech track program is one of the top programs in the nation and head coach Wes Kittley is one of the best recruiters in the nation regardless of the sport.

It is hard to know how this recruiting battle will play out.  The competition is as fierce as possible but having the help of Kittley gives the Red Raiders a definite shot.