Texas Tech continued to add to a stockpile of future defensive backs on Thursday, as the Red Raiders received an oral commitment from Bastrop cornerback Aneas Henricks.
Henricks becomes the 15th member of Tech’s 2013 recruiting class and its seventh defensive back.
The 6-foot, 170-pound Henricks hasn’t been playing the position long, according to his coach at Bastrop, Gerald Perry.
Last season, Henricks was playing quarterback for Del Valle, but he made the move to cornerback when he arrived at Bastrop. His technique at the position was raw at first, Perry said, but his athleticism jumped out from the start.
“He is a tremendous athlete,” Perry said. “He’s played quarterback, so he is a kid with a bright mind, and that has helped him translate to corner.”
Henricks said Tech coaches John Lovett and Tommy Mainord first saw him running track and were impressed with his speed.
“They liked they way I ran and told me they’d be back to watch me during spring practice,” Henricks said.
By May, the Red Raiders had offered, but Henricks wanted to take his time with the decision after receiving other offers from Texas State, Rice and Wake Forest. He recently took an official visit to Wake Forest, but once he got back, he knew he was ready to pledge his services to Tech.
“I knew it was about time for me to make a decision,” he Henricks said, “to have something secure for the future in case anything happened. I talked with my grandma, my parents and my coaches, and they all just felt like this was a good fit for me.”
Perry has been impressed with the way Henricks — who he said has been clocked at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash — has performed in his first few games with the Bears. He had an 80-yard punt return last week and has 13 tackles through two games, as well as a fumble recovery.
Henricks, who plays in the same defensive backfield as Texas commit Antwuan Davis, said he has enjoyed the transition to the defensive side of the ball.
“You get to be physical at the line,” Henricks said of playing cornerback, “keep someone there and dominate them. You get to show your athleticism there.”
Henricks has also appreciated being healthy after being bothered by ankle problems during much of his junior season. And with a college decision out of the way, Perry is looking forward to seeing how much the senior can improve as the season goes on.
“He’s a great kid,” Perry said, “with a lot of potential and lot of upside. Texas Tech got a good one.”
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