March 11, 2009

Metroplex Star Commits to the Red Raiders

The phrase, "when it rains, it pours," couldn't be a more cheesy cliché, but the truth of the matter is that when it comes to recruiting in the world of college football, there is a lot of merit to that cheesy cliché.

Take Texas Tech's month of March for example. First, three days ago, the Red Raiders landed their quarterback for the 2010 class, Scotty Young. Then, yesterday, they picked up their fourth commitment in the class and their second in as many days when linebacker Zac Winbush jumped onboard. Well, today the deluge of good fortune continued for Mike Leach's staff with the addition of Dallas Pinkston RB Aaron Spikes.

"I just committed to Coach Riley," exclaimed Spikes. "I'm gonna be a Red Raider baby! I'm just so excited, I can't even explain it. My dad and my family is just going crazy right now and we're just so happy."

But the 1st Team All-District selection isn't some Johnny-come-lately, he's been waiting on the Red Raiders for some time now.

"Well, first of all, I had been waiting for them to offer me just since the beginning," he explained. "They've always, always been my favorite school. So my coach called me in this morning and told me that Texas Tech was going to offer, and he asked me if I was ready for that, if I was still planning on committing and all that, and I looked him straight in the eye and told him, 'Yes sir, I will. That's my school, that's my dream come true Coach,' and he knew it too, so he told me to go call Coach Riley."

And after calling Lincoln Riley, Spikes heard the words he'd been waiting for.

"Coach Riley started off all cool, acting like nothing was up," he laughed. "Then he busted out and told me that Texas Tech wanted to offer me a full scholarship. And that's when it hit me, it was like, 'Man, this is what you've been waiting for man, this is it,' and I didn't even need a second to think about it. I said, 'Coach, I would love to be a Red Raider, so count me in, I'm committed,' and he got all excited. He was pumped up and so was I."

The explosive runner, who also holds offers from TCU and Kansas State, says he can't quite put a finger on just why he likes Tech so much, but he's 100% on board.

"Oh, I'm a Red Raider all the way, I'm 100% committed," said the 5-foot-9, 185-pound back. "I've wanted to be a Red Raider all my life. Just growing up, I always loved Tech, and I'm not even sure how it started. They've been my favorite for a while and when Coach Riley came and talked to me a while back about my film and stuff, that sealed it for me. I love their offense, I love the coaches, I love the environment, and I love that I'm going to be representing my state. I'm a Texas boy, so going to Texas Tech is perfect for me."

For now, Spikes will focus on track, running the 100m, where he's been clocked as fast as 10.7, and the 4x200 relay. After that, he's eager to get stronger and hopes to improve on the maxes he set this week in the bench press (300) and squat (505).

Spikes is a two-year starter and has run for over 2,900 yards and 26 touchdowns on just 349 carries over the last two seasons.


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