Set for a visit to Lubbock over the weekend for the Texas Tech-Rice game, Townsend went ahead and committed on Sept. 8, a few days before even setting foot in the Hub City.
The first day a player in the Class of 2010 can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 3.
The 6 foot 4, 297-pound earth mover is one of Dallas Madison's best players, and has made a habit of opening holes for Trojan running back Reggie Pegram, who is also a Division I prospect with interest from programs such as Texas A&M and TCU.
Recruiting Web site Rivals.com lists Townsend as the No. 57 offensive tackle in the country.
It continues a string of successful recruiting by Texas Tech coach Mike Leach & Co. as of late. The Red Raiders have made a living over the past couple of years of competing with powerhouses such as Texas and Oklahoma in regards to the top DFW talent.
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