EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Parkland High School star wide receiver Demarion “DJ” Crest committed to play for Texas Tech on Monday, he announced on his Twitter page.
Crest, one of the top El Paso football players in the Class of 2023, moved quickly in committing to the Red Raiders. New Tech head coach Joey McGuire and his staff offered Crest on April 8, the first Division I program to extend an offer to Crest.
New Mexico State was next on April 9, but no other school took a bite on him. Then, Crest took a visit to Lubbock on April 23 during Texas Tech’s spring game, then committed two days later.
He told KTSM that he was one of a few players that Texas Tech had offered at wide receiver in the Class of 2023. In order to make sure he got a scholarship, Crest committed early.
I really wanted to reserve my spot over there, it was like family over there. Texas Tech really fits me, the offense and everything,” said Crest in an interview with KTSM on Monday afternoon. “Their offense is really fast so I need to adapt to it. I talked to them this morning and they said to just keep what I’m doing and I could contribute to the offense really well.”
Crest has starred for the Matadors since he was a sophomore in 2020. As a junior last fall, he caught 46 passes for 850 yards and 11 touchdowns, while averaging 18.4 yards per reception.
He could have a huge senior season in 2022, so the fact that Texas Tech got in early on him no doubt made an impact on Crest’s early commitment. He said that he patterns his game after Julio Jones, who starred for the Atlanta Falcons for years. Watching Crest attack the ball when it’s in the air, it’s easy to understand the comparison.
The newest Red Raider is one of two Division I recruits on the Matadors’ roster for 2022. Left tackle Tyrone McDuffie III has received offers from the likes of Colorado, New Mexico, UTEP and UTSA and could commit soon himself.
Those two are joined by Canutillo’s LJ Martin, Franklin’s Shay Smith, Austin’s Jayden Wilson and Andress’ Malcolm Anderson as El Paso football players in the Class of 2023 who currently hold D-I FBS football offers.