February 7, 2008

Five Questions: The 2008 Recruiting Class

Q: What was the focus of this class and was it addressed?

A: The focus of this class was undoubtedly the defensive line and yes, it was addressed in a big way. While you hate to count your chickens before they hatch, it is hard to ignore the fact that Tech hasn't had two defensive ends with the pedigree of McKinner Dixon and Brandon Sesay in the Leach era. When you add Joey Fowler and Broderick Marshall to the mix on the interior you have to feel good about that, and Ryan Haliburton gives you a heck of a good prospect at defensive end. Fowler and Haliburton have flown a little under the radar in the same manner as Colby Whitlock did last year as a result of their early commitments, but don't sleep on them. While Haliburton will likely redshirt due to the depth at defensive end, look for Fowler to be in the mix for playing time by the end of spring ball.

Q: One moment that stands out more than any other while covering this 2008 recruiting class?

A: For me it has to be either the weekend of January 11th or the day Brandon Sesay committed. Though snagging a player of Sesay's magnitude was huge for Tech, I'm going to go with the weekend of the 11th. What looked like a ho-hum visit weekend on a Friday turned out to be Tech's biggest recruiting weekend of the year, netting them Oklahomans Cornelius Douglas and Joe King, as well as kicker Donnie Carona. Though King will likely sit next year out as a redshirt, Carona and Douglas will be given every opportunity to make an immediate impact, and all three should make a solid contribution to the Red Raiders' efforts before they leave Lubbock.

Q: Who will make more of an immediate impact: McKinner Dixon or Brandon Sesay?

A: That will be a little easier to answer after we get to watch them both in spring ball, but I'm going to go with Sesay on this one. Dixon is certainly legit and he's seen Big 12 football up close once before, but Sesay is just oozing with talent. Never in the Leach era has there been a defensive lineman with his level of talent, so it will be interesting to see how that translates on the field. Know this though, both of them were brought in to contribute immediately, so they'll both be given the chance to make a big impact.

Q: Just how big was it to land Harrison Jeffers so early in the recruiting process?

A: Absolutely huge. If Jeffers hadn't committed when he did, he would have become an incredibly hot commodity, and who knows who might have come calling for his services. If you'll recall, shortly after he committed to Tech, he received favorable news concerning his ACT score, which had been a source of concern for a few schools who had yet to offer him. Needless to say, Tech got in on the ground floor and will be rewarded for it next season. He's a blue-chip recruit in every sense of the word and should be a true impact player for the Red Raiders.

Q: Two words, Seth Doege. Do people realize how good this player has the chance to be?

A: I can tell you this much- anyone who's seen him play knows there's something special about Mr. Doege. I know there are some doubters who point to the fact that he hasn't played a game since his sophomore year, but I'll tell you that every time I've seen him play in person, be it 7-on-7 or at one of Tech's mini-camps, I've been blown away. The kid can make just about every throw in the book and has a ton of incredible leadership skills as well. He's got everything you want in a big-time QB, including that air of confidence, a certain moxie if you will, that leads me to believe he just will not allow himself or his team to fail. Make no mistake, if Doege hadn't injured his knee before this season, you would be looking at a fourth star next to his name today. In the end though, it just doesn't matter, the coaches know just how good he has a chance to be, even if nobody else does.

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