The video went up on Twitter Monday, as promised, with Lake Dallas senior Kobee Minor the star.
Shots of the Falcon defensive back running past old haunts in the tight-knit community culminated in a workout inside Falcon Stadium and a shot of the three-star recruit on a horse, brandishing gear from his future home – from among six potential collegiate destinations, Minor had chosen to go west to Lubbock, where he’ll suit up for Texas Tech come the fall of 2020.
“I’m very excited,” Minor said. “I’m just ready to show people what I can do.”
The video marked the end of a lengthy recruiting process that also included a narrowing down of potential landing spots on June 9, conveyed through yet another video – Tech, alongside Iowa State, California, Kansas, Houston and Liberty, had a chance at landing Minor.
In the end, Minor said a welcoming staff drew him to the Red Raiders and first-year head coach Matt Wells, the former boss at Utah State and the replacement for former Tech head coach and current NFL head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
More than any other factor, though, Minor credited the staff’s willingness to let him take the time to make the best decision for him with bringing him to Lubbock.
“I like the coaching staff, and they’re building over there,” he said. “The class of 2020 that’s coming in is going to be really nice, and the coaches just made it feel like home. I’m very excited about it. [Wells] keeps it real with all his players. … I give him all the credit – he was being patient until I committed.”
Now, by taking the field for the town’s biggest attraction, Minor said he’ll be fulfilling a lifelong dream.
“[I’m excited about] just enjoying the college experience,” he said. “I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a little kid, and I just thank God that all my hard work is paying off.”
Prior to that, though, there’s still one more campaign at Lake Dallas to be played and another offseason of preparation to come.
Entering his rookie campaign with the Red Raiders, Minor said Wells and his staff have slotted him in at cornerback until continued efforts in the weight room add weight to the speedy Minor’s 5-foot-11-inch frame.
“[I need to] hit the weight room harder and try to pick up a couple pounds,” Minor said. “My goal is to hit 190 before I leave high school. [To play safety], it’s just a general thing of getting bigger.”
With Minor in tow, the Falcons will look to make the postseason for the third season in a row and advance beyond the first round for the first time since 2017. To do it, the program will have to overcome the loss of many of its key pieces from a year ago.
As for Minor, who had three interceptions, a fumble recovery, a blocked field goal and four break-ups a year ago, the expectations and goals for his final go-around with Lake Dallas are simple ones.
“[My goal] is just to do as much as I can and lead my team to as many wins as we can get,” he said.
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