February 18, 2007

Frenship's finest enjoyed Saturday

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Four of Frenship's finest had a great time in Lubbock on Saturday as part of Texas Tech's Junior Day. While quarterback Seth Doege has already made a commitment to the Red Raiders his teammates are still very early in the process and used Saturday as a step toward earning an offer from Tech. How did the quartet like it? Find out in this update.


One thing that Texas Tech has the benefit of now that Seth Doege has committed to them for the 2008 class is his help in recruiting. Prospects love to know they'll be playing with a really good quarterback and Doege can assure any receiver that that will indeed be the case.

"Junior day was fun. I met some good guys, talked to all the coaches you know and caught up with them," said Doege. "I talked to Omarius Hines and we had a good conversation about Tech and what we could be in the future. I had some guys from Frenship there and had fun with them too."

Doege knows someone like Hines can help Tech get that elusive first Big 12 title and he's certainly trying to do his part.

"What I've heard of him (Hines), he's amazing and one of the best receivers in the state. We talked about how the coaches and I want him at Tech. I told him that we'd get him the ball and I told him what attracted me to Tech - the offense, the coaches, and everything is going good with Tech being a rising program. They're just a little bit away from being Big 12 championship contenders. I told him, 'Jump on board, let's go do this thing.' He told me he's leaning this way. I got his number and I'm going to keep building a relationship with him so that if he does commit, we already have that started."

Doege also had a sense of comfort knowing he's already on board and what his situation is compared to a prospect that doesn't hold an offer or is in the process of trying to earn one.

"Yeah, it's fun and it's really not like I'm nervous anymore because I feel so comfortable with them because they're already my coaches and that's the good thing about committing so early because I feel like I know them already and I can talk to them about whatever. I don't have to just talk football with them; we can talk about anything in life."

"It's all about just being real comfortable."


Defensive end Ryan Haliburton learned from this weekend more than anything. He's just now in the process of sending film out to various college coaching staffs and took this weekend in Lubbock as a learning experience to get to know what Texas Tech has to offer.

"It was pretty cool. I didn't know that if you go to Tech that you get to room in those apartments across from the practice fields. I thought that was pretty cool," Haliburton said. "My mom really liked the graduation rate that they had."

As per the usual the facilities are always something the Tech likes to show off and something that prospects want to see.

"Yeah, I've seen those before - but they're still pretty cool. That Bennie Wylie is a hoss."


Running back Michael Connor is certainly a target the Red Raiders fans want to be pursued. How did he enjoy last Saturday?

"It was good. I enjoyed everything, especially the weight room," said Connor. "They have a really nice weight room. I learned about all the academic stuff and how they set up and everything. They're looking at running backs who can maintain the skills they have on the field and just keep up a relationship with the coaches and everything."

While Connor still doesn't hold his first offer yet he's certainly on the radar of Texas Tech as well as Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.


Frenship senior Nick Hanslik also attended on Saturday. Hanslik could be recruited as an athlete at some point by Tech. He attended their mini-camp last summer and filled in for the injured Doege at quarterback for Frenship last year while playing defense as well.


These four players have two goals right now and they have discussed both goals a lot lately.

Winning a title and wearing a Double-T.

"We talk about it all the time about how awesome it would be for all four us to sit at the same table and all have Texas Tech caps in front of us and sign with Tech. But we've talked right now that all of our goals are to win a state championship and then sign with Tech. Hopefully all the guys will have breakout years and will get offers from Tech and sign with them," Doege said.

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