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Recruiting Notebook: Derrick Willies and DeQuan Bowman Sign With Texas Tech

We round up the week’s recruiting news as the signing day for early enrollees starts today.

Derrick Willies and DeQuan Bowman Sign with Texas Tech

Both Derrick Willies and DeQuan Bowman made it official today, they’ve officially signed with Texas Tech. Both players add significant value to the team in terms of production and both should contribute immediately:

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JUCO Signing Period Begins Today. Today, JUCO players can sign their letters of intent (which are binding) and financial aid agreements if they intend on arriving in January and starting in the spring semester. Both Derrick Willies and DeQuan Bowman are early enrollees, while Mychealon Thomas would sign on the traditional signing day.

Early Enrollees. I’d also add that the other two early enrollees are Jett Duffey and Johnathan Picone, who have both signed their financial aid agreements (Duffey did that last week) and Picone did that earlier this week.

JUCO All-Americans. Speaking of Willies, he was also named first team JUCO All-American, finishing with 49 catches for 1,155 yards and 14 touchdowns.

DeQuan Bowman was named as a return specialist honorable mention JUCO All-American:

Bowman led the Jayhawk Conference in punt-return average at 10.1 yards per return. His long punt return was an 81-yard return for a touchdown on opening night against the Sterling College junior varsity. Bowman ranked fifth in the Jayhawk in kickoff returns at 22.5 yards per attempt. He returned 20 kickoffs this year and his long was 45 yards. As a receiver, Bowman caught a team-high 50 passes for 770 yards and five touchdowns. Bowman finished his career with 84 career receptions, fourth most in team history and 1,306 yards, and fifth most in a career at HCC.

Smith to Stick With Texas Tech. Drew Kohnle writes that Texas Tech Cb Desmon Smith is sticking with Texas Tech despite having a close relationship with Kevin Curtis:

It was definitely something to adapt to because I had a strong relationship with Coach Curtis, but I didn’t commit to a coach, I committed to a program as a whole.

Picone Ready for New Challenge. RRS’s Drew Kohnle writes that newly signed (see above) linebacker, Johnathan Picone is ready to begin his career at Texas Tech:

“I’m ready to be yelled at by some different guys and get my butt chewed out by some different faces. I’m ready to put some new colors on and make a big change in that Tech defense. I’ve never had a true linebacker coach, so I know that I’m still very raw, but competitively and mentally I am ready.”

Texas Tech Visits Brooks. RRS’s Landon Wright writes that the Texas Tech coaches visited Jordyn Brooks last week:

“It went well. We just went over pretty much what they expect from me coming in, playing as a freshman and talking about the campus and all that good stuff. I still got my eyes open a little bit, but I’m pretty solid to Tech right now.”

Moos to Walk-On. Via WreckEm 24/7’s Carlos Silva, Jr., Northeastern Oklahoma A&M punter will be a preferred walk-on for Texas Tech. If you’d like, you can watch Moos Hudl profile.

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