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Forney DT verbally commits to Texas Tech

Posted: June 16, 2017 - 12:56pm

The Texas Tech football team is seeing the commitment train his full speed.

Forney’s Jaylon Hutchings verbally committed Friday to play for the Red Raiders.

Hutchings, a 6-foot, 285-pound defensive end in the Class of 2018, announced his decision on Twitter.

“I’m just happy to be part of the family,” Hutchings said by phone. “I saw Cameron Valentine and John Graves, who visited with me at Texas Tech earlier this month, commit this week. And I thought, ‘Oh snap,’ I need to join in. … There’s some momentum building and big things are coming.”

Hutchings certainly fits the build of an athlete, playing both defensive tackle and running back for the Jackrabbits last season. As a junior, he ran for 719 yards and six touchdowns while making 47 tackles (11 for loss) and four sacks on defense.

During spring ball, Hutchings said his quickness — and winning one-on-one drills — was what impressed defensive line coach Terence Jamison. He did so well, he earned an offer the same day: April 26.

“Coach (Terence) Jamison dropped by during spring ball and told my coach that I earned an offer,” Hutchings said. “He told me that I would fit in very well at Texas Tech, and I was really happy to earn my first Power 5 offer.”

Even with that said, Hutchings held seven total offers including Kansas State, SMU and North Texas.

“I had a lot to think about, but I’ve always liked Texas Tech,” he said. “Everyone else liked Texas and, honestly, I liked being different and took to the Red Raiders.”

A few months after his offer, Hutchings took a visit along with Valentine and Graves - who both committed earlier this week - and fell in love with the football staff, including defensive coordinator David Gibbs, and he town of Lubbock.

Hutchings, Valentine and Graves bonded and became good friends on the visit and kept in close contact afterward.

“My visit was just a confirmation of what I knew: Texas Tech is awesome,” he said. “Walking around the campus and being around the coaches confirmed everything I had thought before.”

Hutchings admitted he had a visit to Kansas State possibly planned, but nixed that after his Texas Tech trek.

“Tech has a lot of new things coming up with the locker rooms, the indoor facility,” he said. “They’re trending upward, and I want to be part of something special.”

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