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Recruiting Recap: Jett Duffey’s commitment to Texas Tech headlines area action

Mansfield Lake Ridge quarterback Jett Duffey committed to Texas Tech on Tuesday, headlining a week of recruiting action across Tarrant County.
Mansfield Lake Ridge quarterback Jett Duffey committed to Texas Tech on Tuesday, headlining a week of recruiting action across Tarrant County. Special to the Star-Telegram

The recruiting scene has been busy, with coaches flocking to high school campuses for spring evaluations and unofficial visits occurring every weekend.

And by June, it'll be camp season, when underclassmen prospects get a chance to learn (and probably more importantly) work out in front of college staffs.

Several local recruits have already positioned themselves well.

Below are highlights from the week. We'll publish an updated version each Friday. The players’ names are linked to their 247 Sports profiles, which include a composite rating of all four major recruiting websites. Also, be sure to check out the interactive map below for a look at each area prospect.

Duffey to Tech

Mansfield Lake Ridge quarterback Jett Duffey committed to Texas Tech on Tuesday morning after receiving an offer from the Red Raiders on Monday night.

Duffey made news last weekend, when he earned an invitation to the Elite 11 finals, a national quarterback competition sponsored by Nike. It's hard to say whether Texas Tech's offer came as a result of Duffey's camp performance, but it certainly capped Duffey's recent surge in popularity.

After returning home Sunday from Charlotte, N.C., where he won the Elite 11 regional MVP award, Duffey received an offer from Nevada, his second from an FBS school. Air Force had previously offered, in addition to Stephen F. Austin and McNeese State.

Duffey's only a low three-star prospect, according to the 247 Sports Composite, but his resume as a dual-threat quarterback has been impressive. In two seasons as Lake Ridge's starter, he's scored 65 touchdowns and totaled more than 6,000 yards of offense.

And his regional MVP award in Charlotte? That was his second -- he won the Elite 11 New Orleans camp after a strong showing in Arlington, too.

Browning rising

Kennedale linebacker Baron Browning missed most of his sophomore season with a shoulder injury. But he was impressive enough to earn early five-star status, according to the 247 Sports Composite.

His 18 offers back up the rating, and they include UCLA, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Arkansas and Stanford, where his brother, Barry Browning, played.

Oklahoma offered this week, and Texas could be next. Browning will unofficially visit the Longhorns this weekend, giving Texas its first chance to impress the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder in person. To this point, Browning has only talked to receivers coach Jay Norvell over the phone.

More for Badejo

Mansfield Timberview linebacker Michael Badejo's rise has been steady, as Indiana added to his list of offers on Wednesday. Utah State and Houston also offered this week.

Badejo, a three-star by Rivals, has 18 offers, the most notable being Washington, Houston and Iowa. Badejo visited Texas Tech earlier this spring, so the Red Raiders are a team that could also end up offering.

Daniels still popular

Euless Trinity defensive tackle Chris Daniels was one of the fastest-rising area recruits in January and February, and the offers are still trickling in. Iowa joined the race last Friday, adding to Daniels' list of 23 offers, according to 247 Sports.

The Composite 4-star is ranked 115th overall in the country and 14th at his position. TCU, Texas A&M, Baylor and Ohio State have offered, among plenty other Power 5 schools.

National invite for Owens

Arlington Lamar offensive lineman Chris Owens received an invitation to the Rivals Five-Star Challenge, an annual national combine held at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium.

Owens committed to Alabama last month, culminating a stretch this spring in which he was one of the most sought-after linemen in the country. Owens holds 29 offers, according to 247 Sports.

Miller visits Tech

Keller defensive lineman Houston Miller visited Texas Tech last weekend. The Red Raiders are one of 13 teams to have offered Miller.

Recruiting map

Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @RyanOsborneFWST

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