Texas Tech made a lasting first impression on Lake Dallas’ Kobee Minor.
Along with being one of the first schools to offer him a scholarship, the Red Raiders also told Minor he had a legitimate chance of playing immediately as a freshman. For the Falcons’ defensive back, the combination was too good to pass up.
“Whenever Tech offered me, I was like, ‘This is someone that believes in me. I’m going to ride with them,’” Minor said. “When I took my unofficial [visit] there, the coaches just made it feel like it was home. They told me that I’d have a great chance of playing my freshman year. That was my main focus. I wanted to go somewhere that I could come in and play.”
Despite offers from several other FBS Division I schools, Minor chose the Red Raiders, announcing his commitment to Texas Tech on Twitter on Monday afternoon.
The Red Raider pledge said his final decision was between Tech, Cal, Iowa State and Kansas.
“It’s a blessing,” Minor said. “All my hard work paid off. This has been a dream of mine since I was little. Since my youth league days, I’ve always been trying to get to the next level. It’s finally paying off, and I just thank God to say I can go to Texas Tech University.”
A three-star prospect according to 247Sports, Minor held additional offers from Abilene Christian, Illinois State, New Mexico, Texas State and Tulsa, among others.
The 2018 District 7-5A (Division II) first-team selection led Lake Dallas in interceptions (3) and tied for the team lead with 70 tackles. He also recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal.
“He’s got great instincts and goes and makes plays on the ball,” Lake Dallas coach Michael Young said. “It makes a big difference when you have a ball hawk that can make plays and force fumbles. If something does go wrong up front, he’s able to come up and make the tackle. Those guys are important in the back.”
Young said because of Minor’s size at 5-11, 175 pounds, it would not surprise him if Minor eventually switches from cornerback to safety in college.
“I think he’ll probably go there first as a corner, but I think he has the size to eventually be a safety,” Young said. “He’s physical, plays downhill and will tackle. [Tech] is getting someone who is versatile.
“He’s a great competitor. He loves to compete. It takes a lot of work to do this. He’s worked hard at it. His family has been behind him and helped him. It’s a great opportunity not just in football, but to go get a great education and graduate college. That’s the most important thing.”
As for his career at Lake Dallas, Minor said getting his college commitment out of the way will allow him to better focus on his senior season. He’ll be back in August to help lead a Falcons team that went 7-4 last year before falling to Corsicana in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
“I can perfect my craft more now,” Minor said. “All the weight is off my shoulders.”