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Friday, November 1, 2013
Red Raiders hope to impress recruits

By William Wilkerson

The biggest game in the Big 12 this weekend will take place in Lubbock, Texas, where Texas Tech will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season against an Oklahoma State team looking to make it four wins in a row.

The Red Raiders (4-1 in Big 12 play) will host a couple key recruits during the game, including two defensive linemen who could really help fill some needs.

Here’s a look at those recruits.

2014 DT Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview)
The former TCU commitment is said to be really high on Texas, Oklahoma and Ole Miss right now so it’s a good sign for the Red Raiders that he’ll take an official visit there this weekend. Henderson was supposed to be on hand for Tech’s game at Oklahoma last week but forgot to ask his mother if it was OK. By the time he got around to it she told him he couldn’t go. Henderson is one of the top remaining DTs in the state and Tech needs DTs.

2014 OT Sylvester Townes (Clarksdale, Miss./Coahoma Community College)
Townes has been committed to West Virginia since Sept. 30 but he is scheduled to take an official visit to Tech this weekend. He is also planning on visiting Kentucky and South Florida in the future so it doesn’t appear like his commitment to the Mountaineers is all that strong right now. Tech isn’t in dire need of offensive linemen as it already has commitments from five in 2014. But you can never have too many linemen and Townes, who has several other offers, is one of the best at the junior-college level.

2014 DE Randy Anyanwu (Lovejoy, Ga./Lovejoy)
The Red Raiders are still trying to bolster their defensive line commitments in 2014 and hope to do so with Anyanwu, who will be making his first trip to Lubbock this weekend. He’s built a strong relationship with defensive line coach John Scott Jr. and defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt, which could go a long way in Tech being able to make him its second DE commitment in 2014. He also has offers from Duke, Georgia State, Marshall, Ole Dominion, UAB, West Virginia and Western Kentucky.