July 19, 2011

Flannigan firm in his decision

Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall linebacker Ryan Flannigan has been enjoying the calm since his verbal commitment to Texas Tech.

"Everything has been great since my commitment. I told my coach to tell anyone that was still calling that I was good with my decision to go with Tech," he said. "I've gotten it out there that I'll be signing with Texas Tech and it's been pretty nice to not have everyone coming at me. I'm very happy with my decision."

Flannigan mentioned the vibe of Lubbock as one of the reasons he chose the Red Raiders.

"It's a real laid back place and the people were all really nice. When I was there on an unofficial visit the whole community was as good as it gets. Everything was pretty new and it was all really nice. It's a great place," he said. "Everyone was coming up to me and they knew who I was, too. It was crazy. I know how serious the city is about Tech football and it just made me feel really good to be a part of it."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder is making plans to officially visit West Texas after next season.

"The coaches have talked to us about making our official visits in January. The coaches want us all to be there after the season is over so we'll have more time to spend with them," Flannigan said. "I plan on catching two or three games. I'd like to get to a few games in Lubbock, but we'll see. If I don't make it up there this fall, I'll catch Tech when they're playing somewhere else around the state."

Flannigan will likely be joined on his official visit by several of his fellow 2012 classmates, a few of which he's built a relationship with so far.

"I get to talk to Anthony Smith and Dominique Wheeler pretty often. Anthony's school is just right down the way from me, so we've talked quite a few times," he said. "We're all excited to get to Tech. Coach (Tommy) Tuberville and the other coaches put together a great class last year and we're trying to top that one this year. I think we've got a really good group so far."

Flannigan committed to Tech in June over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Boise State, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, Oregon State, San Diego State, West Virginia, and Western Kentucky.

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