January 26, 2009

Eguae returns from official to Texas Tech

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With getting defensive line help being the top priority for Texas Tech's 2009 class, their fan base was understandably excited about the prospect of a top-ranked defensive tackle and a top flight defensive end coming in on an official visit last weekend. And with the news of four-star DT Myles Wade's commitment Sunday night, all eyes are now on Mansfield native Nosa Eguae, who appears to be the Red Raiders' top defensive end target.

So how did his visit go?

"I'm not going to lie, I'm going to have to say it went real good," he explained. "Tech is a good school and it was a fun place to visit. They showed me a lot this weekend and they gave me a lot to think about. They showed me a lot about why they would be a great program to play for, that's for sure."

And now, having taken all of his planned official visits, Eguae will go about mulling over his final decision this week.

"It gave me some things to think about," he said of his latest official visit. "And I'm thinking that after these in-home visits I have coming up this week, I'll be comfortable with my decision and be good to go."

After visiting Auburn two weekends ago, Eguae raved about the thought of playing for defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, and expressed a desire to get to know Rocker's counterparts at Texas Tech, a mission he feels like he accomplished.

"Well, I got to meet all the coaches on Friday night when we went out to dinner," he said. "I got to talk to Coach Leach, Coach Ruff, and Coach Sadler all pretty in-depth. Coach Sadler is a good coach- he's been doing this for 33 years and really knows what he's talking about. He's been a head coach, he's coached at every level, and he obviously knows his stuff. He seems like he would be a great guy to learn under."

Though he was impressed by Sadler, he was even more impressed by the thought of Sadler working with defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill.

"I think my favorite part was probably sitting down with Coach Sadler and then sitting down with Coach Ruff and watching film and seeing where I would fit in," he said. "Putting both of them together they sure do know an awful lot about defense. They were showing me how I'd be at right end where Brandon Williams played and they told me about everything Brandon did last year, you know, leading the Big 12 in sacks, going to the league as a junior, all those things. That's what they want for me as well, and that's a great feeling to know that."

Eguae then elaborated a little bit more on the bond he formed with McNeill over the weekend.

"He really made an impression on me," laughed the three-star defensive end. "I talked with him the most. He really knows defense, and even though he's the defensive coordinator, he's still a student of the game. The players all say great things about him, and you can tell that when it comes to defense in Texas Tech football, Coach Ruff is it."

Eguae, who was hosted by Detron Lewis and Tramain Swindall, will get to see McNeill one more time before he makes his decision.

"I'll be seeing Coach Chizik, Coach Luper, Coach Rocker, and Coach Roof on Monday, as well as the Minnesota coaches," he explained. "And then on Tuesday night Coach Leach and Coach Ruff and Coach Sadler and I believe Coach Mainord are going to come in. I'm not going to make a decision until after that, because I really want my parents to meet the Tech coaches before I make my decision."

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