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Sunday, November 3, 2013
TTU-OSU reax: Teams focusing on 2015s

By Damon Sayles

With their 2014 classes almost full, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are focusing on landing a couple of key 2015 targets. Texas Tech hosted several 2015 players who both schools are keeping an eye on.

One of those players is ESPN Junior 300 running back Chris Warren (Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall). Ranked No. 122 in the ESPN Junior 300 -- and the No. 10 running back nationally -- Warren made the trip to Lubbock, Texas, and said he will continue to monitor both programs.

“In all actuality, both teams played real good,” said Warren, who was one of the 61,836 in attendance to make up a new Jones AT&T Stadium record as Oklahoma State topped Texas Tech, 52-34. “Oklahoma State just made more plays throughout the game. It was actually a pretty good game, even though the score doesn’t show that.

“I really liked the atmosphere. It was nice to be around the fans there.”

Warren, who is rehabbing a torn ACL, has offers from both Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, but he also has offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Texas, Baylor and Oklahoma, among other programs. Warren said Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are two schools high on his list, and while neither stand out, he said both are battling in a “pretty close race.”

“I like both coaching staffs,” Warren said. “I really like what both schools are doing, but the main thing is that I haven’t seen how Oklahoma State does things with their academic support. That will be the only thing to change my outlook on them, but we plan on seeing it soon.”

Also at the game were quarterback Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas/Allen), defensive end James Lockhart (Ennis, Texas/Ennis), offensive tackle Conner Dyer (Mesquite, Texas/Horn) and running back Ja'Mycal Hasty (Longview, Texas/Longview), four members of the ESPN Junior 300. Murray is No. 97, Lockhart is No. 98, Dyer is No. 134, and Hasty is No. 188.

Lubbock is something else man

— James Lockhart IV (@KingJeezy_9) November 3, 2013
Red Raiders pick up a juco CB commit

Texas Tech might not have won its game Saturday night, but it picked up a quality consolation prize Sunday afternoon.

The Red Raiders scored its 23rd commitment of the 2014 class in junior college prospect Jamarcus Howard (Coffeyville, Kan./Colleyville Community College). A 5-foot-11, 190-pound sophomore cornerback, Howard chose Texas Tech over offers from West Virginia, Cincinnati, Southern Mississippi and Middle Tennessee.

Leaving Lubbock w/ my guns up! .
S/o to Texas Tech!

— Jamarcus Howard (@JHoward_21) November 3, 2013

What does this do for Texas Tech? It gives the Red Raiders size in the secondary. Howard is Texas Tech’s fourth defensive back commit -- and the first cornerback -- of the class. Two of the Red Raiders’ three committed safeties are under 6 foot and 200 pounds.

Howard has 52 tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two interceptions for the season.

Baylor commit takes in Lubbock on an official

K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) is still committed to Baylor, but the ESPN 300 wide receiver decided to make the trip to Lubbock for an official visit.

In Lubbock

— #November5th (@IAmTheOne_9) November 2, 2013

Cannon, Baylor’s top-ranked commitment, committed to the Bears on Aug. 10, but he’s always had a high interest in Texas Tech. While he didn’t get to see the Red Raiders earn a win, he did get a chance to take in the game atmosphere, something he remembered when he visited Texas Tech in April for the team’s spring game.

Cannon had a chance to visit with coaches and check out the campus, and he also interacted during the game with several Texas Tech commits, including three-star wide receiver Cameron Batson (Oklahoma City/Millwood).

@IAmTheOne_9 and I yesterday at the Tech game

— Cameron Batson (@Cameron_Batson) November 3, 2013