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The Morning Stake: WBB Loses to Washington; Baseball has #23 Class; Kingsbury Visits Duffey

Lots of news this morning, including a bit on the Lady Raiders’ loss to Washington, Tim Tadlock had the #23 recruiting class and Kliff Kingsbury and Eric Morris visit Jett Duffey.

Lady Raiders Drop Game to Washington. Via the offiial site, Texas Tech lost their first game of the year to Washington in Las Vegas on Saturday night, 77-73. Rayven Brooks led all scorers with 26 points, going 8 for 12 from the field including 4 of 7 from the three-point line and Ivonne CookTaylor scored 25 points on the night. Huge advantage for the Huskies at the charity stripe where they made 20 of 26 while Texas Tech only made 7 of 9.

Top 25 Class. Texas Tech has yet another to 25 class, his third in a row for Texas Tech, coming in at #23 as ranked by Perfect Game. Head coach Tim Tadlock said that this class helps lay a good foundation:

“Our 2016 signing class really came together nicely in the summer and fall of 2015,” Tadlock said. “We really appreciate the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association as well as all the individuals involved with summer baseball. Everyone involved with our program should be commended for this class as they helped us land a great group of young men. This group has some outstanding arms and position players that should lay the foundation for our program into the next decade.”

I’m always a bit slow on how to rank these sorts of classes and I tend to look at the JUCO guys for immediate impact and Texas Tech has signed Quinton Forrester (6-9/250) — yes, that’s correct, and Devin Smeltzer (6-4/190). Lots of high school players. Forrester is the #4 left handed pitcher in the country for the JUCO ranks and Smeltzer is the #6 JUCO player in the country and #1 left handed JUCO pitcher.

Big Impact. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes that IR Jakeem Grant who has been making a huge impact despite his size:

He wasn’t 6-foot-tall and he would never make it in Division I football.

Heck, he wasn’t even 5-8. And the recruiters fell off one after one. A three-star recruit, he wanted to stay in Texas, but the only other Big 12 school looking at him was Iowa State.

The school closet to home that recruited him besides Texas Tech was Tulsa and New Mexico.

Duffey’s Pretty Good. Via the DMN Texas Tech 2016 commit, QB Jett Duffey, was named the offensive player of the week for the DMN as he had 452 yards passing, with 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 147 yards adn 2 touchdowns. Duffey was also visited by head coach Kliff Kingsbury and offensive coordinator Eric Morris last night:

Report: Meacham to North Texas. Denton Record Chronicle’s Brett Vito is reporting that TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham is the likely candidate to beat out North Carolina offensive coordinator, Seth Littrell (former Sooner and student of Mike Leach at Texas Tech where Littrell was a running backs coach). This would mean that Sonny Cumbie would be the play caller for TCU and maybe Meacham is leaving at the right time given the fact that Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson won’t be in Ft. Worth next year.

Miscellaneous. SAEN’s Tim Griffin and the DMN rank the Texas teams and each have Texas Tech at #5 . . .

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