In the class of 2006, Texas City, Texas, cornerback Jarell Routt had scholarship offers from Texas Tech, Arkansas State, Iowa State and Ole Miss before he ended up signing with the Red Raiders.
He wasn't able to qualify and ended up at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College and now the 6-foot, 205-pounder looks to be on track to finally make it to Lubbock.
"Jarell is here and he signed with Tech out of high school and he fully intends to go back there when he's done here in December," Coffeyville assistant coach Rico Cherico said. "We've talked to the coaches at Tech and they definitely want him to come back and be part of this year's class."
Routt has grown a lot since he arrived at Coffeyville. When he was coming out of high school, he was around 175 pounds, but now he's a strong 205 pounds, and he's been clocked on average in the 4.4-second range in the 40-yard dash.
"He recently qualified for nationals in the 4X100-meter relay," Cherico said.
"He's really fast. He can go, go, go. Jarell had a really good spring for us, too. We expect him to be a big part of our defensive game plan and special teams effort this fall."
Since he redshirted as a freshman, Routt will have three years to play three seasons for the Red Raiders. If he stays on track academically, he'll be a December graduate and arrive in Lubbock in time for spring practices.
In high school, Routt was ranked as a two-star prospect, but Cherico said he think he's matured enough to be a higher ranked prospect now.
"He'll impress a lot of people this fall," Cherico said.