Red Raiders grab commit number 11
Texas Tech picked up commit number 11 on Friday when Aldine (TX) Eisenhower defensive back Adrian Frye committed to the Red Raiders. Frye was offered by, and committed to, the Red Raiders in a matter of a few minutes.
The Houston defensive back started hearing from the Red Raiders back when they started scouting him in April and from that point on, he knew he wanted to be a Red Raider if the coaches were to ever extend an offer.
“Well when they started showing me interest during the spring, I realized that they would be my number one,” he said. “A lot of other schools stopped by to see me in the spring, but they weren’t showing me the interest that Coach Scott and Coach Gibbs were. They were showing me the same amount of interest that I was showing them, and I realized that that would be a good fit if they were to give me the chance.”
From mid-April till now, Frye, defensive backs coach Karl Scott and defensive coordinator David Gibbs, had been in contact with each other with Coach Scott constantly talking to the cornerback and making sure he was coming to their satellite camp in Houston last Tuesday. The decision to go to the camp paid off in a big way for Frye as it was at the camp that he cemented his status on the coaches’ board and earned an offer soon after.
“At the camp during the position specific drills, I was getting out of my cuts quick. I had great ball skills and during one-on-ones they could see that I have a good press off the line.
“I think that they like that I’m smart, I get my grades done in the classroom. On the field, they like my size and my height specifically. I have long arms. I’m the size they are looking for.”
With the camp circuit just kicking off and with the potential to earn more offers on the horizon, why did Frye decide to shut things down and commit when he did?
“I thought about all my options, and I did my research,” he said. “I looked up Texas Tech and saw that they had all three of the majors that I potentially want to major in, which was a huge bonus for me with their academics. In the past I saw that they were putting out kids on the professional level and they had a high graduation rate, too. Their teachers and professors weren’t just anybody, they were actually graduating kids. My grandparents are from Lubbock, too. They could come to all my games.”
Along with the academic and family side of things, the strong relationship he has with Coach Scott also had an impact on his commitment to Tech. On the field, the 6-foot, 165-pound corner thinks he can do big things as well.
“I’m long, tall, and I am fast. I can cover a lot of ground in zone coverage. In man coverage, I can set up shop on one half of the field and go one-on-one with anybody. In both aspects of coverages, I can help a lot.”
Every Friday night, Frye has gone toe-to-toe with some of the best Houston talent at the 6A level; however, his play on the field has only resulted in various small-school offers such as Texas Southern, Grambling State, Louisiana Monroe, and Colgate just to name a few. Frye cautions against holding his small-school offer list against him, though, as he has no doubt in his mind that he will be able to compete at a high level against other Big 12 schools.
“Since I was younger, I have always been playing with older kids. I have always had that mindset that I am coming to win, I am coming to show out. I have that chip on my shoulder that I have something to prove. My brother always taught me that it is not always the physical part, but it is the mental part, too. If you’re mentally prepared, you can play with anyone. I’ve got plenty of work to do, but when the time comes I’ll be ready to play among the nation’s best at that level. I have the dedication and the work ethic to improve my speed, strength, and body size and everything I need to. As far as the mental aspect, I’ll be ready to play.”
Along with football, Frye also participates in the 300-meter hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay. He advanced to Regionals in both events last season.
He is 100 percent committed to the Red Raiders.