August 1, 2011
Kaster set to graduate early
Altair (Texas) Rice Consolidated center Jared Kaster is preparing top open up two-a-days at his high school, but he's also preparing for an early graduation after the fall semester.
"Yes, sir. I will be graduating early and I'm looking forward to it," Kaster said. "It was just something that I've wanted to do for a while. I figure that I'm going to need every advantage possible and I think getting started next spring will give me a little bit of a leg up in some ways. It's going to be a lot of work this fall, but I'm looking forward to getting up to Tech a little bit earlier than I would have otherwise."
Since Kaster's commitment to Texas Tech in June he's cut off communication with any other potential suitors.
"My recruitment has basically stopped, and it's been kind of nice," he said. "I told my head coach that I was done with all of the visits and phone calls, and that I was set in my decision. I'm happy to be a Red Raider for life."
The 6-foot-4, 268-pounder has kept in frequent contact with Texas Tech assistant coach Chad Scott.
"I still talk with Coach Scott the most. He was the one who recruited me and we still talk about once a week. My relationship with him was one of the biggest reasons why I committed to Tech. He's a great guy," Kaster said. "We talk about everything, whether it's football or beyond, that's what I think is cool about our relationship. We've gotten to know each other pretty well and he's an easy guy to get along with. I'm looking forward to playing under Coach Scott and the rest of the staff."
Kaster has also spent some time in conversation with a few of his fellow 2012 commits.
"I've gotten with just about all of the other commits on Facebook, and then there are some that I talk to quite a bit elsewhere. I've gotten to know J.J. Bynum, Chirstian Okafor, and Trey Keenan pretty well. I've really talked with all of the lineman quite a bit," he said. "We're trying to get to know each other and just kind of build that chemistry we'll need down the line. I think Coach Tommy Tuberville and his staff have put together some really great classes since they've been at Tech. The future is extremely bright for us."
Kaster plans to officially visit Texas Tech the weekend of October 8th, when the Red Raiders take on Texas A&M.
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