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Farrar is commit No. 9 for the Red Raiders in 2017

Richmond (TX) Travis OL Will Farrar is commitment No. 9 for the Red Raiders in 2017.
Richmond (TX) Travis OL Will Farrar is commitment No. 9 for the Red Raiders in 2017.
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Texas Tech offensive line coach Lee Hays should probably go buy a Powerball lottery ticket this evening. This week alone, Hays and the Red Raiders have added four (yes four) offensive linemen commitments.

Earlier this evening, Birdville (Texas) offensive tackle Jared Hocker announced his commitment and only an hour later Richmond (Texas) Travis offensive guard Will Farrar announced his commitment to the Red Raiders.

Farrar and his family were on the South Plains for an unofficial visit that started today and the standout prospect felt the time was right.

"I had talked with my parents for a few weeks about committing to Texas Tech, just before the visit and what I was thinking," Farrar said. "I just cannot really see myself around any other coaches or players. They are building a monster at Texas Tech and I really wanted to be a part of it. I don't know how else to describe it, but it feels like home here.

"The opportunity at Texas Tech is great too because I think within the next couple of years we are going to compete for a Big12 championship. I just feel like I fit in perfectly with the coaches and the school."

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman originally committed to UCLA earlier in the year, but decided to reopen his recruitment in late March.

"Well, I have always had a great relationship with Coach Hays since the end of my freshman year, the beginning of my sophomore year," Farrar said. "After I committed to UCLA, we didn't talk as much but I reached back out to him after reopening things and he welcomed me with open arms. Nothing really changed about our relationship, we picked up right where we left off.

"I always had love for Texas Tech, and as this recruiting process developed I really started to see people's true colors and they were the only program that stayed true to me throughout the process."

After spending the day with the Texas Tech coaching staff, Farrar sat in Coach Hays' office for a one on one meeting and that is when he made his commitment.

"I was in the office with Coach Hays this afternoon," Farrar said. "We were talking, laughing, and just cutting up. I told him how I felt and that I couldn't see myself anywhere else. That's when I committed and coach covered his face, it looked like he might cry. He was so excited, then we got Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury and Coach (Eric) Morris on the phone to tell them.

"Both Kingsbury and Morris were pumped up too. We had just spent the whole day together and they both just told me that we're going to have the best offensive line in the nation. The coaches were happy with how much I have grown this off-season and told me that I'm more of a tackle or guard at the next level, really just wherever I can help the team and get on the field the fastest."

Farrar is an early graduate and feels very confident in his commitment to Texas Tech.

"I'm shutting everything down, I will sign with Texas Tech," Farrar said. "I'm graduating early, I have my last final on Wednesday and everything is already setup for an easy fall semester next year. That was another big thing for the coaches, getting me in early and developing me in spring ball."

Rated a 5.7 three-star prospect, Farrar is the No. 21 offensive guard prospect in the nation. He earned District 23-6A All-District First Team Offense honors this past season.

Farrar chose the Red Raiders over 27 other total offers, including offers from conference rivals Texas, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, and several other offer from SEC and Pac12 programs.