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Red Raiders add California cornerback

Posted: March 30, 2011 - 12:01am
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Texas Tech has added a late signee, California high school cornerback Thierry Nguema, to its 2011 football recruiting class, a Tech spokesman said Tuesday.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Nguema plays at Santiago High School in Carona, Calif., east of Los Angeles. As a senior last season, he was credited with 41 tackles, made two interceptions and caused a fumble. He returned 12 kickoffs for a 30.8-yard average. The team finished 4-6.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Los Angeles Times reported that Nguema took a late visit to Tech.

Even more firm

Houston Westbury offensive tackle Christian Okafor, who orally committed to Tech in January, said his visit to Lubbock for Saturday’s spring game made his pledge more solid.

“When I went there this past weekend, that helped me even more with my decision, made me feel better about the decision I made,” Okafor said. “Seeing all those people out there supporting the football team, that helped me with my choice.”

The 6-6, 310-pound Okafor is one of five players who have pledged to Tech for the 2012 class, which signs in February. He has other scholarship offers from Baylor, Houston and Mississippi State.

“I wouldn’t have considered any other places. I think Texas Tech is the best school for me academically and athletically,” said Okafor, who has a 3.4 grade-point average and plans to study chemistry and pre-med.

Christian Okafor is a younger brother of Mickey Okafor, the Red Raiders’ returning starter at right tackle.

“We’re similar,” Okafor said. “I watch him play and I say that. He run blocks a little better than I do, but I can work on that.”

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