Texas Tech’s Junior Day allowed some high school junior prospects who are interested in the Red Raiders to be able to visit the campus, see some of the athletic facilities, see the film room and watch some spring practice.
Some of the recruits that visited Texas Tech on Junior Day include Coppell High School offensive guard Trevor Strange, Klein Collins cornerback Kevric Wiggins, Tascosa running back King Doerue, Sunnyvale High School offensive guard Marcus Alexander, Heritage wide receiver Langston Anderson, Parkland wide receiver Khatib Lyles, Parkland running back Deion Hankins and Gilmer defensive back Tra Fluellen.
Tra Fluellen told Armchair that his favorite part about the visit was being able to watch the practice; coaches told him that they were going to watch him in the spring and said he had a lot of talent.
“My visit was great. I got to see a lot of the things that Tech players do throughout their day,” Fluellen said. “They are physical at every position. I liked how competitive they were throughout the practice. I also got a chance to watch the corners and safeties do drills. I watched the corners work on their press ball and I watched the safeties work on their flat foot reads. Then we took the pictures. I got to see the indoor practice field and the indoor track. I felt good putting on that Texas Tech jersey. I liked talking to (safeties) coach (Brett) Dewhurst.”
Fluellen had 71 tackles, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and three interceptions in the 2017 season, according to 247 Sports. Fluellen also tweeted out that he visited the Texas Longhorns on their own Junior Day in February and he also visited SMU.
Klein Collins’ Kevric Wiggins told Armchair that his favorite part of the visit was the practice as well. He got to see what he would potentially be doing in the next year, if given the chance. Wiggins has also visited Texas State, Texas, LSU, Texas A&M and Alabama. He has received offers from Seton Hall and the University of Louisiana Monroe.
In the 2017 season, Wiggins had a total of 29 tackles, two interceptions, five pass deflections and forced one fumble, according to MaxPreps.
“The visit was great,” Wiggins said. “Loved the coaches and the people. Got to see all the new facilities and caught some of the practice.”
Parkland receiver Khatib Lyles had 44 receptions for 719 yards and eight touchdowns during the 2017 season. In 2016, he had 36 receptions for 545 yards and six touchdowns, according to MaxPreps. As a junior he averaged 71.9 yards per game.
When Lyles entered Jones AT&T Stadium, he realized he was standing on the same ground that a plethora of renowned Red Raider wide receivers had before — from current stars like Miami’s Jakeem Grant and Oakland’s Michael Crabtree to future draft pick Keke Coutee and former NFL greats Wes Welker, Eric Ward and Dave Parks.
“It gave me goosebumps walking onto the field,” Lyles said. “It was such a beautiful and amazing sight, something that will be unforgettable. I’m extremely blessed and grateful for that opportunity I received.”
Lyles has received offers from McNeese State, Yale, Columbia, Incarnate Ward and Kansas.
However, Lyles told Armchair that the Texas Tech campus was stunning. He toured the academics center and watched some of the spring practice, then checked out the locker room, the position coach’s office and the film room.
“I really enjoyed my interactions with the players and soaking up all the valuable knowledge they gave me,” Lyles said. “Along with having meaningful conversations with the coaches and beginning to create that special bond I was aiming for. Being able to showcase and wear the uniforms was really an honor, an unforgettable moment.”
Lyles was also able to speak with the coaches, who gave him tips on how to be a better wide receiver, he told Armchair.
“[It] was awesome because, in a couple years, I plan to be in their shoes,” Lyles said.