Maurice Porter hasn’t been playing football long. He didn’t take up the sport until his sophomore year of high school, when his mother encouraged him to give it a try.
“She made me go out there and play,” Porter said.
Turns out, mother does know best.
Porter, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive tackle out of Fort Bend Marshall, gave Texas Tech an oral commitment on Friday, making him the ninth pledge in the 2013 class and the second offensive lineman.
“It felt like home when I came down here,” Porter said of his visit to Tech. “I like all the coaches, have good relationships with all of them. I really liked the campus and all the sights.”
Porter, who chose Tech over the other finalists on his list, Baylor and Oklahoma State, fills a position of need for the Red Raiders, who are expected to start three seniors along the offensive front in 2012.
Despite his limited experience playing football, Porter said he has picked up the finer points of pass protecting and run blocking quickly.
An ESPN.com scouting report calls Porter a “tough battler who is able to dominate as both a run and pass blocker.”
“This guy is a tough customer who finishes with a nasty effort,” the report said.
Porter, who was recruited by Tech running backs coach Chad Scott, is rated the No. 54 offensive tackle in the country by ESPN.com and No. 36 by Rivals.
Porter said he is aiming to add explosiveness during his senior season at Marshall, the same school Tech sophomore running back DeAndre Washington attended.
“I really want to get better at getting off the ball,” Porter said.
An oral commitment is non-binding until a player signs a national letter on intent.
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