Thursday, April 25, 2013
Texas Tech is first to offer 2015 RB
By Damon Sayles
East Texas has been a hotbed of talent for quite some time, and Texas Tech has made the area a direct target this spring. Several high-caliber athletes east of the Dallas area are on the Red Raiders’ radar, and a handful of players are pulling scholarship offers.
On Wednesday, Class of 2015 running back Ja’Mycal Hasty (Longview, Texas/Longview) became the latest to land a Texas Tech offer -- the first offer for the 5-foot-8, 184-pound speedster.
“It feels good just to be wanted by a university,” he said. “Whenever I think about it, I get butterflies. It’s really just starting to sink in.”
Hasty is just getting started in his recruiting process, but he made quite an impression with college scouts during the 2012 season and during the spring schedule. He rushed for 338 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore, but he was Longview’s go-to back during the postseason after an injury to Lamar signee Tory White.
On April 14, Hasty participated in the Next Level Athlete South DFW Video Showcase in DeSoto, Texas, and left the event with the running backs MVP award. The week before, he recorded a SPARQ score of 107.2, running the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds and recording a vertical jump of 35.3 inches.
His athleticism is one of the things that has attracted Texas Tech, but Hasty also has interest from schools such as Texas A&M and Oklahoma. He was unable to attend Texas Tech’s spring game last week, but he said he’d like to take a trip to Lubbock and visit with the coaches and check out the campus.
“From what I’ve seen and heard just through videos and the coaches, it seems like a cool place, from the fans to the coaches and players,” Hasty said. “With Coach [Kliff] Kingsbury now being the head man, I know the offense is going to be fantastic. I’ve never been there, but I’m sure it’s a great place.”
Recruited by Red Raiders safeties coach Trey Haverty among others, Hasty said he will continue improving in the spring, looking to get bigger and faster and to become an even more explosive player. He added that he will play 7-on-7 ball with Longview’s team and will attend a few summer camps, but no camp destinations have been set in stone at this time.