The Red Raiders were able to land their second defensive commitment of the 2015 recruiting class on Monday, and it came in the form of Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington Rivals250 and four-star defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko. The big DT has been in Lubbock for over a week now, as his family has been in town to see his brothers V.J., who recently transferred from Utah and is a senior linebacker for the Red Raider, and Sam, who played linebacker for Tech a half-decade ago.
Fehoko had made it known that he was planning to announce a top five in August and make his decision live at the Under Armour All-American game in January. After his time out at Texas Tech, however, the defensive tackle decided that he knew exactly where he wanted to go.
"Before I came up here, I had plans to make a top five and announce at the Under Armour game, but when I got here, it was a different feeling. I felt the goodness, the sincerity with not just the coaches and players here, but the people, the people here I'll be surrounding myself with," he said. "Committing, it was a big stepping stone and a big decision, but at this time in the recruiting process, I felt in my heart that I needed to do it, that I was meant to commit here, and I've just had a blast here."
Among the first people that knew about Fehoko's commitment on Monday were his family and outside linebackers coach and co-DC Mike Smith. Smith, a family friend of the Fehoko's since his days as the linebackers coach at Hawaii, played a big role in Breiden's commitment, but a moment with DC Matt Wallerstedt was really the final push that the Hawaiian needed.
"He (Coach Smith) was fired up. He was one of the very first people to know," he said. "The first person I initially told was my brother V.J. One day we came home from the meetings, and I just remember Coach Wally chewing out one of the players, and I really just knew in my heart that I needed to be there. I looked at how real he was with the players, and he wasn't going to cut corners and BS them. That's one thing I liked about it, and I said, 'Man, this is the place where I need to be.' It was so awesome, and that's when I knew in my heart that I needed to be here."
While having two brothers that have played for the Red Raiders certainly helped Tech land the big defensive tackle, he also wanted to make sure that everyone knew it was a decision he came to on his own.
"My brothers, they had a big impact in my recruiting process, don't get me wrong about that, but they had nothing to do with me deciding. It was all me, and that was one thing that I wanted, their support. Come the fall, I may take a trip if I need to here or there, just to know that deep down in my heart that this is where I want to be, and the people here in Lubbock are just awesome, " said the DT. "I'm not sure which schools I'll be taking a visit to, but as for right now, I'm 100 percent Tech."
Fehoko is unsure of where he'll take official visits to this fall, but he knows that he'll make back out to Lubbock for a game this fall for sure. Overall it's a big day for Breiden Fehoko, and it's likely an even bigger day for Texas Tech.
"As of now man, I'm 100 percent Tech, guns up, wreck 'em all the way in, and I'm happy where I'm at right now," he said. "I'm super excited. I'm super excited about it, and the whole coaching staff is fired up. The whole city of Lubbock is fired up, and I'm happy to be coming here and doing something great here."
Fehoko committed to Texas Tech over offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, USC, Clemson, Ole Miss, Oregon, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Stanford, and Arizona State among others.