The second and less exciting National Signing Day is upon us, with 11 players actually signed sealed and delivered from the December signing day. Those 11 players are as follows:
- QB Maverick McIvor (6-3/195)
- WR Trey Cleveland (6-4/180)
- WR Cameron Cantrell (6-1/180)
- TE Travis Koontz (6-5/260)
- TE Simon Gonzalez (6-4/220)
- OL Travis Roberson (6-11/345)
- OL Landon Peterson (6-6/265)
- DE Gilbert Ibeneme (6-3/225)
- LB Bryce Robinson (6-0/233)
- LB Tyrique Matthews (5-11/205)
- DB Alex Hogan (5-11/170)
This is obviously a small group of players as most classes are in the 20 to 25 range in terms of players committed. Obviously, I think the staff would like for there to be more numbers, but it’s just not there. I could try to give you explanations or reasons and they would probably not satisfy you. It stinks and I am almost all but certain that the staff is going hard at the 2020 class. I think that athletic director Kirby Hocutt said that 74% of all players signed in the December signing period, so the pool of players available after December is actually quite a bit smaller.
My guess is that Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells thought it would be best to focus on the bigger pond of the 2020 class rather than piece together a 2019 class. Texas Tech does not seem to be extending themselves from the standpoint of not extending offers if they don’t think it is warranted.
These are the players who have verbally committed to Texas Tech and are largely expected to sign with Texas Tech, with the exception of Gardner who may be deciding between Texas Tech and Kansas.
- RB Dadrion Taylor (5-11/180): Committed this weekend and should sign.
- K Jon Garibay (6-1/220): Committed this weekend and should sign.
- K Austin McNamara (6-4/165): Committed earlier in the year and should sign.
- DE Tony Bradford (6-0/240): Has been committed for quite some time and would expect he would sign with Texas Tech.
- K Alan Orona (5-11/165): I honestly have not kept track of Orona and would expect him to sign.
- ATH Velton Gardner (5-9/170): This one is questionable and could commit to Kansas as Gardner was recruited pretty heavily by Emmett Jones.
These are players that are currently uncommitted to any program.
- CB Isaiah Essissima (5-11/175): Previously committed to Houston, and is still predicted to go there, but cornerbacks coach Kerry Cooks.
- LB Gavin Potter (6-1/200): Currently a Kansas State commit, Potter did visit Texas Tech from what I can tell.
- ATH Alante Brown (5-10/180): Brown is from Chicago and he’s being recruited by Florida State, Florida Atlantic, and Iowa State. Brown also visited last week and would most likely play receiver.
- DE Quinton Williams (6-5/220): Williams visited this past weekend, is from Clear Lake, and he isn’t listed to have an offer from anyone. That should raise a red flag and most kids who are remotely talented, but don’t have an offer are either a grade risk or a grade risk. He can play though, terrific looking athlete
- OL Cole Thomas (6-7/265): Thomas is from Seattle and is deciding between Utah State and a walk-on opportunity at Texas Tech, but has a preferred walk-on opportunity at Washington which is close to home. I originally thought that Thomas had a scholarship offer, but ITRR’s Jarrett Johnson wrote that it is just a walk-on opportunity.
Well, these are players that originally committed to Texas Tech, but then ended up committing elsewhere. When preparing this post, I had written on Stewart that TCU was the favorite and for Parker, I thought the writing was on the wall in that Parker would choose where Emmett Jones landed, which was Kansas.
- CB Keeyon Stewart (5-10/180): Stewart picked TCU on Tuesday.
- DE Steven Parker (6-4/225): Parker ended up picking Kansas on Monday