March 14, 2012

OL attending spring game

Mark down Maurice Porter as another prospect that will be visiting Texas Tech during the pivotal spring game weekend.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive tackle from Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall high school is one of at least eight recruits that will attend the Red Raiders' spring game on March 24.

I'm going to their spring game on the 24," Porter said." I don't have an offer yet, but I want one. I'm talking to coach Chad Scott and I do expect to get an offer. He said I'll probably get an offer when I come down for the spring game but he doesn't know for sure."

Porter currently has offers from Baylor, West Virginia, Houston and Colorado. And as we've heard so many times before with Texans in the Class of 2013, Baylor is making a big push for Porter's services.

"Baylor is the only school I've visited so far," Porter said. "I really liked their campus and their facilities are nice. I got to meet some of their coaches and they seem like guys that care about you and want to have a real friendship with you. So that was a good visit." Class of 2013 rankings have not reached down to include Porter yet, but he should earn some serious national respect.

Firstly, Porter is a versatile offensive lineman. At Fort Bend Marshall, he can play both offensive tackle or guard in the school's pro-styled offense. He might even work out as a center on the next level.

Secondly, Porter has a lot of power and strength. He's very quick off his three-point stance and like collisions. If there's no one to hit at the first level, Porter will move up and try to take out a linebacker. Because of Porter's large high school size, most defenders he hits bounce off of him and fall to the field.

Finally, Porter has speed uncanny for an offensive lineman. For about the first five to seven yards Porter can keep up with the running back he is lead blocking for.

Porter said he's going to wait a while before committing somewhere and he will attend camps this summer to see if there are any other schools that might be interested in his services before he commits to a school.

The Red Raiders normally have success immediately following their annual spring game. Tech already has four Class of 2013 commitments, but in past years the spring game is what really gets the ball moving. Last year, Tech signees Keenon Ward and Clayton Nicholas committed after attending the annual tradition.

"I think when I go visit Tech they're going to see my athleticism and my will to win," Porter said. "Just my personality, I try to bring as much as I can. I hope to bring a powerful presence on the o-line. Tech is a school I like and I'll find out more about them when I visit."

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