March 1, 2011

Feldt 'comfortable' at Tech

Buda (Texas) Hays offensive lineman Boone Feldt was in Lubbock over the weekend for Texas Tech's junior day. The 2012 prospect arrived a day early and described the trip as a "big step in the right direction."

"I got there the day before the junior day on Friday. We just watched them practice a little and I had a chance to talk with Coach Matt Moore. I talked with Sonny Cumbie also, he's been my recruiter up to now, and just basically got to visit a little with all of the coaches," Feldt said. "The next morning I sat in with the offensive line during their meeting and that was awesome. Other than that we just had kind of the usual junior day tours of all the facilities, which were really impressive. After that I got to go watch them scrimmage and I had a pretty lengthy conversation with Coach Moore again before we went home. It was a good trip overall and I enjoyed getting to know Coach Moore. He seemed like a really good guy and I think Tech is pretty interested in me. So it was a great experience all the way around."

Feldt came away impressed with the direction of the program, and that thought was spurred on by a coach on the opposite side of the ball.

"They're definitely headed in the right direction program-wise. Their new defensive coordinator is just awesome," he said. "He's going non-stop while he's out there and I like that. I like a coach that will let you know how important it all is to him. I'm an offensive lineman, but you've got to have a defense and I think Tech made a really good choice in picking their new defensive coordinator. He coaches extremely hard and I like that."

Feldt has so far been to junior days at Tech, Kansas, and A&M. With the Feldt family in the midst of a move it's unlikely that he'll be attending any others soon. He's also been on an unofficial visit to TCU.

The 6-foot-3, 276-pounder indicated that he's hearing the most from Texas Tech, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, UCLA, TCU, and Texas A&M. Feldt would like to make a decision during the summer, but is also not set on any particular timeline.

"In a perfect world I'd like to commit before my senior season, but if it feels like there are others who are thinking about offering then I'll probably wait. You never know what a good senior season can do for you so I don't want to leave any doors unopened. We'll see, though. If I find a place that I'm comfortable then it probably won't take long to make a decision."

And with regard to an offer from Tech?

"From what Coach Moore told me, they're limited on their interior guys," he said. "I'm being recruited as a center and they're kind of being picky with their offers right now. I understand it, though. They've got to look out for their interests just like I have to look out for mine. I'm hoping to get an offer from them soon, though."

With an older brother playing at Arkansas and a father who played at Tech, Feldt has plenty of advice available on playing college football.

"My family has given me input, but it's not anything that would be considered pressure to go to one place or another. My dad and I talked about the Tech junior day and it was kind of a no-brainer. That's just a place that is comfortable to us, so we went. But neither my dad or brother has really pressured me to do anything."

Feldt came into Tech's junior day with a positive perception of the program, and it sounds like that was only reinforced during the visit.

"Our relationship is good. Coach Moore and I have started to get to know each other a little better through this process, same thing with Coach Cumbie. He's come to my school, and I'm always glad to see him," Feldt said. "They just have a comfortable environment up there. My dad played for Tech so he can show me the ropes. He took me around Lubbock and I just feel comfortable there. It seems like a great place to be."

"It was already a good relationship before the visit, but the trip just made it that much better. Getting up to Lubbock and watching them practice, driving around the city, and imagining being a part of the program just kind of took the relationship a step further. It was a positive experience for sure."

Aside from Texas Tech, Feldt has been shown interest by Arkansas, Baylor, Mississippi State, Kansas, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, and UCLA.

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