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It appears now is the time to ride the Red Raider wave with Forney defensive tackle Jaylon Hutchings becoming the latest to commit to Texas Tech on Friday.

A three-star prospect, Hutchings committed to Texas Tech over offers from Kansas State, North Texas, SMU, New Mexico, Connecticut and Arkansas State.

“I’m just happy to be part of the family,” Hutchings told 247Sports. “I saw Cameron Valentine and John Graves who visited with me at Texas Tech earlier this month, commit this week. And I thought, ‘Oh snap,’ I need to join in. … There’s some momentum building and big things are coming.”

Bearing in mind the pledges from Valentine and Graves, Hutchings’ commitment now gives Cliff Kingsbury’s 2018 class it’s fourth addition in the last 48 hours and fifth since Monday.

According to Hutchings, it wasn’t hard to buy into what Kingsbury and Texas Tech are selling.

“Tech has a lot of new things coming up with the locker rooms, the indoor facility,” he said. “They’re trending upward, and I want to be part of something special.”

A 6’1, 270-pound prospect, Hutchings recorded 47 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and four sacks last season for Forney. More notably, though, Hutchings displayed his athleticism by rushing for 719 yards and six touchdowns out of the backfield as a fullback.

Along with a stout defensive tackle, Texas Tech may have found a goal line option.

Hutchings ranks as the nation’s No. 120 defensive tackle and the No. 251 player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite.


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