The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.06.07

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Weekend Here. I hope you’ve survived the week because the weekend is almost here. And remember, “If you want the ultimate you’ve got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It’s not tragic to die doing what you love.”

–Bodhi

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You Ready? It’s here. Time for the Lubbock Regional and it’s down to three games (maybe just two) to get to Omaha. Let’s do this. Regional thread goes up no later than noon, maybe earlier.

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Game On.

ESPN’s Top 25. ESPN’s Jeff Borzello has his updated Top 25 and the Red Raiders are #10, up from #16:

We should have learned from the last two seasons that a rebuild isn’t that imposing of a task for Chris Beard and the Red Raiders. He’s done it before, and he’ll likely do it again this season. Top-10 pick Jarrett Culver leads an exodus of four starters and sixth man Brandone Francis from last season’s national runner-up. Beard brought in reinforcements in the spring, though. Graduate transfers Chris Clarke (Virginia Tech) and TJ Holyfield (Stephen F. Austin) could start right away, and freshman Tyreek Smith fits Tech’s mold. Davide Moretti is the lone returning starter, and he should team up with talented guard Kyler Edwards and incoming freshman Jahmius Ramsey.

Top Target. Rivals’ Eric Bossi has top targets for each program and Duncanville’s 6’6″ forward Micah Peavy is the top target for the Red Raiders:

Why he’s a must get: There’s a lot going in Tech’s favor here. Peavy is a great fit for the Red Raiders with his blue-collar style, he has a teammate he won a state title with (Jahmius Ramsey) in Lubbock and he’s very familiar with Chris Beard and the Red Raiders. It makes a lot of sense. At least that’s what the Texas Tech message is.

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Injury Updates. A-J Media’s Don Williams was part of the media scrum yesterday with Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells about the updates with some injured players:

Among them are wide receiver Seth Collins, who had surgery for a broken collarbone he suffered early in spring; offensive linemen Jack Anderson and Dawson Deaton, who had shoulder surgeries before spring drills; wide receiver T.J. Vasher, limited the second half of spring by an injured hamstring; and inside receiver McLane Mannix, who missed time in spring with an ankle injury.

“Seth’s still rehabbing,” Wells said. “He’s limited right now in the summer, but he’ll be full go by August 1.

“Dawson Deaton and Jack Anderson, who were out all spring, they’re full go right now. T.J. was really limited late in spring with the hammy. He’s full go. McLane’s fine.”

Wells also wished the three players who have decided to transfer, DT Joe Wallace, RB Da’Leon Ward, and WR Corey Fulcher, the best on their way. Additionally, Wells said that not all of the signees are on campus yet, Alante Brown will arrive a bit later due to the late end of Chicago schools, but all other players are on campups. Wells is also asked about recruiting and where he hopes to be by the end of June and doesn’t give any predictions (which I would not expect predictions).

Make Offers Public. SI’s Andy Staples makes the argument that offers should be made public and I think that’s something to think about. I’m trying to think of the downside of this and I can’t think of one. This doesn’t benefit one program or the other and it doesn’t level the playing fields, so that’s where I’m going. It would just be information and it would maybe benefit those kids who get told that they have an offer and they really don’t have one (because some programs play some dirty tricks). Interesting thought.

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