The Red Raiders added their 16th commit of the 2014 class at a major position of need on Thursday night when Lawton (Okla.) defensive tackle Ivan Thomas made a pledge following his unofficial visit to Texas Tech.
Thomas is the first defensive tackle in the Red Raiders 2014 class.
“I like the campus and the coaching staff,” Thomas said. “Everybody was just so nice to me. It felt like a big family – the coaches, the players, the campus, and they had my major, agribusiness. It’s like the number one major they have there.
“They treat me like I’m one of their own. They’re loving and caring and they smiled and said they really want me there.”
When WreckEm247 caught up with Thomas last week, he had a top two of Oklahoma State and Tech. The home-state Cowboys have yet to offer the 6-foot-1, 293-pounder, but it appears it is now too late to try to sway him.
“Yeah I would say it’s too late,” Thomas said.”
Lawton assistant coach Ryan Breeze, who drove both Thomas and 2015 five-star offensive lineman Jalin Barnett to Lubbock, believes Texas Tech is a great fit for his two-way star.
“(Thomas) has got incredible strength and he’s extremely athletic for 280 pounds and they feel like they can put him at the nose guard spot and he can be a disruption,” Breeze said. “He benches over 400 pounds. Offensively, he plays running back. That shows the athleticism he has, being able to play running back for us. He’s a nose guard, a natural. They wanted him really really bad. He had a great visit and the staff did a great job of really selling the university and making a heck of a presentation. I think it’ll be a great fit.”
In 2012, Thomas had around 500 yards rushing as part of the rotation in the backfield and over 20 tackles on the defensive line.
“It’s kind of fun to watch him get in the open field and watch the DBs run in the other direction,” Breeze said. “He’s going to come in strong enough to play right away. He’ll have to pick up the system and get a grasp for what they want out of the nose guard. From a strength point, he’s ready to go. He’s athletic enough to come in and play. They feel like he’ll have the opportunity to come in as a freshman and complete for some playing time right away.”
Thomas, who chose Texas Tech over an offer from Kansas State, plans to take his official visit to Tech sometime in the fall.