MIDWEST CITY—Carl Albert defensive back Tre Porter didn't want to wait until the last minute.
He didn't want drama.
But he also wanted to be deliberate and make sure he made the right decision.
And Porter feels like he made it by signing with Texas Tech on Wednesday morning.
He'd committed to the Red Raiders in July but reopened his recruiting after Mike Leach was fired in late December.
"I always liked the school and Lubbock," Porter said. "I was more concerned with the new coaching staff."
And on his final visit to Texas Tech, Porter became comfortable with new defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson.
"He just told me about the defensive play and I really liked the way things were laid out down there."
At the signing ceremony, Porter was decked out in Texas Tech gear and gave the large crowd at Carl Albert's field house the Red Raiders' "Guns up" hand sign.
Porter signed his official letter of intent just after 7 a.m. and said there was a huge sense of relief.
"I feel like a whole bunch of weight has been lifted off of my shoulders," Porter said.
Porter said he thinks he can contribute quickly in Lubbock.
"They do a lot of the same things defensively there that we do at Carl Albert," he said.
Porter visited Arizona over the weekend—a trip shortened by the icy weather in the area—before coming home Sunday night to talk the decision over with his family.
He wrote down the pros and cons for each school on a piece of paper and in the end Texas Tech won out.
After Porter revisited his recruiting, OU jumped in as the only school to offer him as a wide receiver.
"It was very tempting after my offensive season here at Carl Albert," Porter said. "I wanted to play offense but I decided that I'd be better off at cornerback."