Akamnonu originally set his commit date for Aug. 24, but felt compelled to commit earlier.
“I thought it was about time for me to commit and I didn’t feel like there was a need for me to drag it out.”
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound blocker emphasized the people around the program as his deciding factor.
“It was really, like, a lot of the connections I had with the coaches and players. Because I mean Tech, it’s a great school education wise and my family, they liked it. That was a plus, but I had more of a connection with coach (Eric) Morris and coach (Kevin) Curtis and some of the players that committed there like Jarrett and Breiden, because I talk with them like every other day or something.”
One of Texas Tech’s top phrases this season is “building a monster”. Right now, the recruiting monster includes four offensive lineman in the class of 2015, all of whom are at least 6-foot-4 in height and 270 pounds in weight. Three of the four offensive lineman are rated as four-star prospects.
Akamnonu’s final top three included two major programs who won national championships during the Bowl Championship Series era, yet Texas Tech was able to gain Akamnonu’s commitment over Texas and Oklahoma. A big reason the Arlington Bowie prospect kept Texas Tech and Oklahoma in the running for a consistent amount of time was the major he plans to pursue. Akamanonu currently plans to major in petroleum engineering.
The four-star prospect does have plans for at least one official visit.
“Yeah, I do plan on taking an official visit to Tech. I’m not sure about any other school right now.”
With the commitment, comes a bit of relief. Akamnonu looks forward to getting on the field again.
“Now I can just put my head up to the football and worry about the game, because I don’t have to worry about colleges pulling offers from me anymore. Now I just get to play the game that I love the way that I want to.”