Lubbock residents savor their beef. Texas Tech received a prime package last weekend when Frisco offensive lineman Dawson Deaton pledged his services.
“This decision hasn’t been easy but I am excited to announce I am committed to Texas Tech University,” Deaton posted on Twitter.
The 6-5, 290-pound prospect plays both guard and center for the Raccoons. Rivals ranks the three-star recruit as the No. 15 guard and 74th-overall best player in Texas, while 247Sports pegs at No. 5 guard and the 90th-overall player in Texas. In addition to the Red Raiders, Deaton received offers from Boise State, California, Colorado, Houston, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Utah and Virginia.
Deaton becomes the third offensive lineman and fifth player committed to Texas Tech class of 2017. He joins five-star teammate Jack Anderson (ranked No. 1 at guard and 45th-overall) and Round Rock’s Tyler Castaneda as future Red Raiders. Anderson committed to Tech last October.
Family ties played a role in Deaton’s decision to attend Texas Tech. According to his Twitter account, numerous family members have trekked to the South Plains for their college educations.
“Once a Red Raider, always a Red Raider… Now the 10th Deaton in the family to be going to TTU!!” Deaton posted.
With Tech expected to sign a rather small class (17-19 players) next year, Deaton may be the final offensive lineman offered. But those circumstances could change if another quality big man announces his availability.
Since Frisco’s offense emphasizes the run, Deaton’s pass blocking skills will need refinement when he faces collegiate competition. But his size, strength, and work ethic should shorten the learning curve.