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Heralded QB recruit Murray impressed by Tech staff

Skyline's Avery interesed in staying close to home

Posted: June 11, 2013 - 8:17pm  |  Updated: June 12, 2013 - 12:45am
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LANCASTER — Texas Tech received a visit from big-time quarterback talent Kyler Murray out of Allen at Tuesday’s satellite camp at Lancaster High School.

“It’s what I expected,” Murray said of the camp. “I’ve seen videos on YouTube and Twitter. You got the music blasting. It’s hyped up. It’s good stuff.”

Murray, a son of former Texas A&M quarterback Kevin Murray, is 247Sports’ top-rated dual-threat quarterback in the nation in the 2015 class and the 24th best player overall. As a sophomore, he ran for 1,370 yards and 25 touchdowns and threw for 2,004 yards and 17 TDs.

“I haven’t really got to know everybody from all the other colleges, but everybody is young, hyped up, and ready to go,” Murray said.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Murray, who has offers from Texas Tech, Clemson, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Arizona State, was the first 2015 quarterback to pick up an offer from the Red Raiders.

“Coach (Trey) Haverty stressed to me that I’m the guy,” Murray said. “I love everything about Tech right now. That means a lot, especially with everything Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury did at A&M with Johnny (Manziel), and me and Johnny play somewhat alike. If something happens then something happens.”

Tech in top four

Dallas Carter athlete Corey Avery holds scholarship offers from the likes of Ohio State, LSU, Nebraska, and several others, but it looks like he wants to stay somewhat close to home. Avery said Texas Tech, Baylor, LSU and Texas are his top four choices.

“I hope to make a decision probably by the end of July,” he said. “I’m still looking.”

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Avery was co-most valuable player of District 11-4A last season after he rushed 131 times for 839 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 25 passes for 395 yards and six TDS.

He has taken unofficial visits to Texas, Baylor and LSU, and a trip to Lubbock looks to be in the works.

“I’m going to get down to visit Tech probably sometime by the end of this month,” Avery said. “That will probably be it until I take official visits.”

Avery’s skill set could lead to him being an impact player in the spread offense.

“They are talking about using me as a running back and a slot receiver, so I can get out in space and move,” Avery said. “ ... I like the coaches, how hyped they are. I like today, how fast paced it was.”

Leaning to Tech

Dallas South Oak Cliff’s Silvester Hayes has come a long way despite playing just one season since he was 8 years old.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound defensive end holds scholarship offers from Texas Tech, Colorado State, Houston, Iowa, Iowa State and several others. But one school stands out to him.

“Texas Tech,” Hayes said. “I’m leaning towards them because they have a great coaching staff. I need someone to coach me hard, but at the end of the day you kind of need them to be family and it feels like family up there.

“I feel like that I could see myself being with them for the next three years. (The) coaching staff is very friendly and I could see myself up there.”

Hayes made eight sacks last season and picked up second-team all-District 11-4A recognition.

Despite having a clear favorite, Hayes is in no hurry to close down his recruitment.

“Right now I’m just keeping my options open until my senior year, the middle of the season,” Hayes said. “ ... My top five right now (are) Texas Tech, Iowa State, Iowa, Utah and Baylor.

On the radar

Three-star outside linebacker Everett Williams from Mansfield Legacy could be a player to keep an eye on after a good showing at the Red Raiders’ camp on Tuesday.

“I got a great feeling today,” Williams said. “I enjoyed the coaches. (Outside linebackers) coach (Mike) Smith said he would keep in touch with me.”

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Williams was credited last season with 98 tackles, three for loss, with a sack and four pass breakups. He has offers from Minnesota, Navy and Louisiana-Monroe and could add offers from Texas State and Kansas in the near future, he said.

“I’ll be going to Texas State this Thursday, then TCU and Kansas,” Williams said. “I might be going to Baylor, too.”

Hendrix impresses coaching staff

Dallas Bishop Dunne Catholic safety Payton Hendrix has more than a dozen offers from BCS conference schools and is a high priority for the Red Raiders. Following the camp on Tuesday, Hendrix spoke with Texas Tech cornerbacks coach Kevin Curtis for a solid 20 minutes.

“He said they really want me,” Hendrix said. “I’m their top guy. They want me to get down to Lubbock as soon as possible. They showed me a lot of love.”

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Hendrix last season was credited with 86 tackles, four interceptions, a forced fumble and two recoveries. He is rated 85 overall and three stars by 247Sports. With a good senior season, that rating could increase.

“I really like it out here,” Hendrix said. “I like the coaches. There was a lot of intensity out here today. The coaches are young and they can relate to the players better.

“I haven’t looked at the recruiting process too much. I’ve just been focused on playing football. I’ll take my official visits and go in and get some early playing time hopefully”

Hendrix plans to take a trip to Lubbock this summer and make a decision after the season.

WR still solid

Princeton wide receiver Jakari Dillard was the first player to give a commitment to Texas Tech for the 2014 class and has been committed longer than the majority of 2013 prospects.

Even with an abundance of wide receivers committed to the Red Raiders in this class, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Dillard said he is 100 percent solid in his commitment.

“They’re mostly slot guys and I play on the outside,” Dillard said. “I’m excited about everything. It picks up every time I’m around the team.”

As a junior last season, Dillard caught 45 passes for 557 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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