Texas Tech emerged from a crowded field of contenders to claim a commitment from Breiden Fehoko on Monday. The 4-star defensive tackle from Hawaii announced his decision on Twitter:
OFFICIALLY COMMITTED TO TEXAS TECH! Ŧ pic.twitter.com/vhkp0StHho— !PrimetimeFehoko! Ŧ (@Bfehoko1) April 14, 2014
Fehoko is the first defensive lineman to join the 2015 Red Raiders recruiting class, which now features six players. His decision follows a Sunday pledge from 3-star Texas linebacker D'Vonta Hinton.
The 6'3", 290-pound prospect hails from Farrington High School in Honolulu. The school has produced several collegiate linemen in the past, including eventual NFL draft picks Vince Manuwai (Jacksonville Jaguars), Mario Fatafehi (Arizona Cardinals) and Jesse Sapolu (San Francisco 49ers).
Fehoko fielded offers from several schools, including many from beyond the West Coast. Alabama, Clemson and Ole Miss extended scholarships, while Pac-12 possibilities include Oregon State, California and Arizona State.
He ultimately settled on Texas Tech, providing a big boost to head coach Kliff Kingsbury's recruiting efforts. The Red Raiders reel in an explosive defender who can line up anywhere along the interior and sustain effectiveness.
Fehoko was an absolute force during his junior season at Farrington. He recorded 103 tackles, including 20 for loss, and 24.5 sacks.
His ability to create turnover opportunities was staggering last fall. Fehoko forced 12 fumbles while obliterating plays in the backfield.
He is the country's No. 9 defensive tackle recruit and No. 61 overall prospect in 247Sports' composite ranking.
Texas Tech now holds commitments from three players who rank among the top 10 at their respective position in the 2015 class. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham is the nation's No. 2 dual-threat passer, while offensive lineman Lio Lafaele is rated eighth nationally among junior college tackles.
The Red Raiders rate 22nd nationally and sixth among Big 12 Conference members in 247Sports' composite team rankings. Fehoko ensures the defensive front will feature a ferocious element for years to come.