July 30, 2007

Could Whitlock be the best DT from the '07 class?

For those wringing their hands continuously over the dire straits Texas Tech found themselves in at the defensive tackle position heading into the 2007 campaign, a savior was needed. Desperate for help at a position key to stopping the ground assaults that have plagued Tech over the last seven years, the table was set for a recruit to come in right away and make a big impact.

Well, Tech fans found a figure of hope to rally around late in the signing period, as news broke that the Red Raiders had received a verbal from an under-the-radar mammoth defensive tackle who got lost in a relocation shuffle, supposedly causing the big boys to miss on him. So the legend of Bobby Agoucha began. It was small at first, filled mostly with hope and cautious optimism. However, when word got out about his highlight film, it was all downhill from there. All of the sudden, a player with less than a full season of varsity experience was being hailed as the best thing since pockets on pants.

Meanwhile, David Neill and Colby Whitlock, Tech's other DT commits, were overlooked in just about every way possible, as fans and pundits continued to look past their accomplishments throughout the recruiting process. Somehow, throughout all this, it became accepted logic that Agoucha would be head and shoulders above the other two tackles from the get-go. Though no one came out and said it, it became readily apparent that most common fans thought Neill and Whitlock would be OK, but Agoucha was the one with the real talent, the one who was going to come in and set the world on fire and finally give the Red Raiders a defensive tackle who could hang with the Texas' and Oklahoma's of the world.

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