The Red Raiders beef up their interior line with the hard commit of Cooper Laake. Laake is three-star commit and ranks as the 109th defensive tackle in the nation according to 247Sports. He chose Texas Tech over Oregon, Colorado State, and Purdue.
Listed at 6-feet-2, 270-pounds, Laake is a little slight for a traditional nose guard. The signing of Laake could be an indicator that the Red Raiders want to get more athletic in the trenches. Laake has great quickness and explosion and has also shown good overall strength as he’s been consistently doubled throughout high school.
2019 will be a blueshirt year for the Austin native. Laake recently suffered a season-ending injury, so the Red Raiders will take his commitment as blueshirt. Laake is expected to make a full recovery and will begin rehabbing with the program in the summer.
Laake comes to a defensive unit that is struggling down the stretch. Texas Tech’s rush defense is middle of the road. The Red Raiders currently surrender 160.3 yards per game which ranks 6th in the Big 12. In losses against Ole Miss and Oklahoma, the Red Raiders allowed over 200 yards on the ground.
Laake’s athleticism could be a key component for the Red Raider defense in the upcoming years. Laake could also be the first of many athletic interior linemen the Red Raider’s pursue in the next few years.