December 17, 2011
Texas Tech got its second commitment of Saturday when Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College offensive tackle Rashad Fortenberry committed to the Red Raider coaching staff during his official visit.
Fortenberry is a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive tackle that believes the Red Raider football program has a lot to offer him, especially considering he will arrive in January and go through spring football just like fellow Saturday commit Sadale Foster.
"I got to spend some time around the program and the people around it and I really liked it there," Fortenberry said. "I also liked the other guys (Tech brought in for the visit) and that brought me in to a commitment with Texas Tech."
Prior to Fortenberry's commitment, the past three commitments Tech received were from Riverside Community College teammates defensive end Lee Adams, linebacker Will Smith and Foster.
Fortenberry seemed optimistic he also will be part of a three-teammate group with Gulf Coast receiver Javon Bell and Gulf Coast safety Chris Payne.
"It's going to be nice to play with a guy who brings a lot of experience at receiver," Fortenberry said. "It'll be easier knowing a guy that I've played with before on a winning team. I think Javon is a good fit."
The Fortenberry revealed Payne actually ended his recruitment with Tech as well.
"Chris Payne, he committed too," Fortenberry said. "He loved it thee (at Tech) so he committed. That's all I've got to say. He loved it."
Fortenberry said he will most likely remain at the tackle position on Tech's offensive line.
Of course, a new offensive line coach will probably have more say on the final decision once Tech hires one. The coaching staff indicated to Fortenberry that they're getting closer to an offensive line coach hiring to complete their 2012 staff.
"They didn't tell me anything except they should have one in a couple of days," Fortenberry said. "They showed me a guy who was most likely going to be their offensive line coach. I forgot what his name was and I have no idea where he was from."
But even without an offensive line coach, Fortenberry felt comfortable enough to attend Tech.
"I feel like I fit in well," he said. "I like the coaches and showed me they care about me as more than just a football player. I felt it in my heart so I came."
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