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The Morning Stake | 2020.11.12

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To say that yesterday was a big day for all colleges is an understatement. It was signing day for most of the sports from what I can tell. I’ll give links to recap here.

* Stone Unveils Signing Class of 11 New Red Raiders

Head coach Tom Stone announced Wednesday the signing of 11 new members to the Texas Tech soccer program.

Tech’s large class features five defenders, four forwards, one midfielder and a Lubbock-born goalkeeper. The class hails primarily from Texas – eight signees in total from the Lone Star State – with additional pick-ups from Arizona, Kansas and Oklahoma.

“Every year culture walks out the door, and every year new culture walks in,” said Stone. “It’s a big class to manage, but it’s a talented class of great, committed kids who come from great families. We’re looking forward to getting them in here.”

* Gerlich Announces First Lady Raider Signing Class – I knew about two of these signees, Chantae Embry and Lana Wenger (both forwards), but didn’t know about Saga Ukkonen

Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball coach Krista Gerlich has announced the signings of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday afternoon. Chantae Embry, Saga Ukkonen and Lana Wenger will join the program for the 2021-22 season.

“I’m very proud of this signing class we put together and the immediate impact they will have on our program,” Gerlich said. “We were able to add a heady, fundamental point guard, a strong, versatile forward and a lengthy, athletic post player. But what I’m most excited about is their work ethic, winning mindset and love tor the game! Lady Raider Nation will enjoy watching this group play and help take us to the next level!

* Red Raider Basketball Signs Jaylon Tyson

Texas Tech head basketball coach Chris Beard has announced the signing of Jaylon Tyson to his national letter of intent for the 2021-22 academic year.

A 6-foot-7 guard/forward from Allen, Texas, Tyson is a senior at John Paul II High School where he helped lead his team to its first-ever Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) state championship last season. A four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports, he earned TAPPS All-State first-team honors as a junior after averaging 24.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

* Ward Inks Six in Inaugural Signing Class

Newly appointed Texas Tech softball coach Sami Ward announced the additions of six signees to the 2021 signing class on Wednesday.

Erna Carlin, Demi Elder, Breanna Hayward, Karson Jennings, Maddie Kuehl and Kaylee Lyon will join the Red Raider roster for the 2021-22 season.

“I am extremely pleased with the overall athleticism in our 2021 recruiting class,” said Ward. “We are adding quality student-athletes that will continue to help elevate our program. They are a well-rounded group that add tremendous talent and depth to our squad. I can’t wait to see how these young ladies grow over the next four years.”

* Graystone Announces 2021 Signing Class

Texas Tech head volleyball coach Tony Graystone announced Wednesday the additions of two signees to the 2021 signing class.

Texas natives Maddy Gilliland and Maddie Correa are spring 2021 midyear enrollees but will join the Red Raiders for the 2021 fall season.

“It’s a smaller group but we have had some bigger classes in the past so we knew we would have a smaller one eventually,” said Graystone. “We have one ball control player, one middle and they’re two of the best players in Texas so we are really excited about that. We are fired up about this group and can’t wait to get them on campus.”

Texas Tech reinstated linebacker Brandon Bouyer-Randle and released this statement.

The police basically had the wrong guy and now I wonder who pays for the damage done to his car when they tried to hem him in?

This seems like a big deal, right? I honestly said this in the slack chat with the STP staff early in the TCU game, that I thought it might be worth it to put in Bowman, that maybe he would have better luck against the TCU defense. Well, we’re about to find out against Baylor.

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