2016 Texas Tech National Signing Day: Open Thread

This is the one-stop place to track everything with the 2016 Texas Tech National Signing Day class.

How to Watch

The official site has the schedule for the day, including the television schedule.

8 a.m.-11 a.m. CT—Texas Tech National Signing Day Show (live free event at TexasTech.TV)

Noon-12:30 p.m. CT—Texas Tech National Signing Day Special, broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest

1 p.m. CT—Signing Day Press Conference with Kliff Kingsbury (live on TexasTech.TV)

How to Track

The best way to keep track of the action is on Twitter. It’s the fastest and most free-flowing way to see what’s happening. This is the Texas Tech Twitter list that I’ve curated and hand-crafted. I’m also going to be posting the heck out of things on the Staking The Plains Facebook page. So, if you are into Facebook, I would so appreciate it if you shared our posts and Tweets. Spread the word about this class.

This is the official Twitter accounts if you’d like to follow them.

  • @TTU_WreckEm is the official page for the football team.
  • @TechAthletics is the official Twitter page for the athletics department.


  • LB Kolin Hill (6-2/235): Hill is a transfer from Notre Dame, originally from Schertz. Hill played some as a freshman, but ended up transferring to Texas Tech after his freshman year. He’s sat out the year and will be a sophomore in 2016 with 3 years of eligibility remaining.
  • DT Ondre Pipkins (6-3/330): Pipkins is a graduate transfer from Michigan, where he was essentially let go as a result of injuries or simply a scholarship drop. Pipkins will have one year of eligibility remaining.
  • DE Eli Howard (6-4/247): Howard is a transfer from North Texas, where he redshirted his freshman year and was recruited by current defensive line coach Kevin Patrick, who had the same role with UNT. Howard will walk-on at Texas Tech and sit out the 2016 season, where he should be a sophomore when he can step on the field in 2017.
  • LB Luke Stice (6-0/230): Stice is a walk-on fullback from Houston, who didn’t play at all in 2015 and is transferring as a graduate transfer. Stice played fullback for Houston, but is supposed to play linebacker and special teams for Texas Tech. Stice is originally from Midland.

Preferred Walk-Ons

  • K Jackson Smith (5-11/165 | Waco, TX): You can check out Smith’s Hudl highlights where Smith helped lead Midway to back-to-back state championships. Smith handled both kicker and punting duties for Midway where he made 16 of 21 field goals, 63 of 65 extra points, and averaged nearly 40 yards a punt.
  • DS IV Seacat (5-10/190 | Southlake, TX): Seacat is a long-snapper from Southlake Carroll who was given a preferred walk-on spot by Darrin Chiaverini. There is only one other deep snapper on the team, Kyle Heffron, who should be a junior next year. Long-time deep snapper David Brenner graduates.
  • DS Connor Killian (6-3/230 | Keller, TX): Killian committed on Sunday and did some deep-snapping, tight end, h-back and even some linebacker while at Keller. Killian played at the same high school as Houston Miller.

Possible Offensive Targets

  • None? As of this point, I don’t know of any that are seriously considering Texas Tech.

Possible Defensive Targets

These are the two that have been mentioned by RRS multiple times.

  • Ka’Darian Smith (6-0/172 | Cornerback | Spring, TX): Smith is currently committed to Houston, a 3-star cornerback from the Houston area. I don’t know much about Smith and would be surprised if he flipped to Texas Tech. I don’t even know if Smith has visited.
  • Marvin Terry (6-2/230 | Defensive End | Dallas, TX): Terry is a defensive end for South Oak Cliff, Emmett Jones former high school. Jones and Terry have a close relationship, but Terry chose Missouri over Texas Tech and I also don’t believe he visited Texas Tech. The one other thing that Texas Tech has going for them is that Missouri lost their defensive line coach to the Philadelphia Eagles after being hired earlier this year.

Texas Tech Commitment Table

This table will be updated as the commits roll in. The checkmarks should hopefully all turn green by the end of the day.

= Signed Letter of Intent with Texas Tech.
= Did not sign Letter of Intent with Texas Tech.
= Committed to Texas Tech, but has not signed Letter of Intent.
= Offered by Texas Tech, but not committed to Texas Tech.

2016 Texas Tech Recruiting Class
Player Ht/Wt. STP Profile &
Commitment Date
High School or JUCO Status
QB Jett Duffey 6-1/175 May 14, 2015 Lake Ridge (Mansfield, TX)
RB Da’Leon Ward 5-11/180 April 27, 2015 Skyline (Dallas, TX)
WR Antoine Cox-Wesley 6-4/180 May 13, 2015 Steele (Cibolo, TX)
IR Bryson Denley 5-10/175 May 16, 2015 Steele (Cibolo, TX)
IR De’Quan Bowman 5-11/180 May 21, 2015 Hutchinson C.C. (Hutchinson, KS)
Derrick Willies 6-4/210 May 21, 2015 Trinity Valley C.C. (Athens, TX)
T.J. Vasher 6-5/185 June 8, 2015 Rider (Wichita Falls, TX)
OL Giovanni Pancotti 6-6/273 May 15, 2015 Episcopal (Bellaire, TX)
OL Travis Bruffy 6-8/268 July 30, 2015 Ridge Point (Missouri City, TX)
OL Zach Adams 6-7/310 July 31, 2015 Riverbend (Fredericksburg, VA)
OL Bailey Smith 6-5/300 November 19, 2015 Loveyjoy (Lucas, TX)
DT Mychealon Thomas 6-2/324 May 25, 2015 Butler County C.C. (El Dorado, KS)
DT Ivory Jackson 6-4/275 June 7, 2015 Amarillo (Amarillo, TX)
DE Houston Miller 6-4/227 June 15, 2015 Keller (Keller, TX)
DE Noah Jones 6-5/255 June 16, 2015 Southmoore (Moore, OK)
DT Nick McCann 6-2/290 July 22, 2015 Arkansas (Texarkana, AR)
DT Joe Wallace 6-1/315 August 10, 2015 Skyline (Dallas, TX)
DE Clarence Henderson 6-1/234 August 10, 2015 Skyline (Dallas, TX)
LB Brayden Stringer 6-3/200 May 30, 2015 Cypress Ranch (Cypress, TX)
LB Johnathan Picone 6-2/212 June 14, 2015 Mandeville (Mandeville, LA)
LB Jordyn Brooks 6-1/232 June 19, 2015 Stratford (Houston, TX)
LB Kevin Moore 6-0/188 October 30, 2015 Acadiana (Lafayette, Louisiana)
CB DeMarcus Fields 6-1/180 June 13, 2015 Taylor (Taylor, TX)
CB Desmon Smith 6-2/191 November 18, 2015 Permian (Odessa, TX)
WR/S Douglas Coleman 6-1/175 February 1, 2016 Zachary (Zachary, LA)
CB Ka’Darian Smith 6-0/172 Not applicable Spring (Spring, TX)
DE Marvin Terry 6-2/230 Not applicable South Oak Cliff (Dallas, TX)

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