After months of dragging their feet for some reason, the Texas Tech football program has finally offered a scholarship to OT Ty Buchanan.
Sometimes recruiting is a bit like flirting as there is often a cat and mouse game that takes place between programs and prospects. That has appeared to be the case with the Texas Tech football program and offensive tackle Ty Buchanan, as the two have been in regular contact for quite some time but with no scholarship offer officially on the table…until Wednesday.
The 6-foo-5, 280-pound Corpus Christi native reported on Twitter that he has finally picked up an offer from the Red Raiders, who are thought by many to be amongst the leaders in this battle. But this offer only came after the 3-star prospect started to pick up serious momentum on the recruiting trail.
In recent weeks, the once unheralded recruit has started to build an impressive collection of Power 5 offers. Already this month, he’s been offered by Colorado and USC as well as Oklahoma State, which also extended its offer on Wednesday.
But though Buchanan only recently picked up an offer from Texas Tech this week, that doesn’t mean he’s only starting to hear from the Red Raiders. Rather, he’s been building a relationship with offensive line coach Steve Farmer for almost the entirety of this recruiting cycle.
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"“I’ve been talking to Coach Farmer, Coach Cannova and Coach Tommerdahl a lot,” Buchanan told Jarrett Johnson of Inside the Red Raiders. “I’ve been talking to them since February. We talk every week.”"
Red Raider fans need to keep a close eye on this recruiting battle. That’s because Buchanan is one of the better uncommitted OL in the state of Texas and that’s a position group that remains to be addressed in the current cycle.
So far, Wells’ program has just one lineman committed for 2021. That is Jack Tucker, a 3-star tackle from Argyle, Texas.
Therefore, adding Buchanan would be a huge development. Rated as the No. 103 guard in the nation and the No. 289 player in Texas, he is a solid prospect who will likely see his ranking increase as his senior year progresses.
He also plays a position at which Tech will almost assuredly lose its top player, Jack Anderson, after this year as the redshirt junior is expected to head to the NFL next offseason. Therefore, bringing in a player of Buchanan’s talent is essential as the Red Raiders continue to try to rebuild their offensive line depth after failing to sign a full class at that position group for several years running.
Currently, Tech’s recruiting class is unimpressive as it is just No. 78 in the country and No. 9 in the Big 12. But if Wells and Farmer can bring Buchanan into the fold, it will make quite a few Red Raider fans feel better about the future of the offensive line.