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Texas Tech Football Notebook: Imari Jones at State Track Meet; New Vegas Odds

Let’s get to some football news.

We’re going to roll through a few links in this notebook.

24/7 Sports’ Gabe Brooks rounds up all of the football signees and recruits at the Texas State track meet. The only player that I noticed was signee defensive back Imari Jones:

Lubbock Coronado 2021 three-star cornerback Imari Jones, who signed in February with Texas Tech, placed in the top eight in two different events at the 5A state meet. Jones finished in sixth place in the triple jump with a distance of 45 feet, 3 1/4 inches, while also securing eighth place in the 110-meter hurdles, which he ran in 14.67 seconds (3.6 wind aid).

Jones ran a personal record of 14.45 in the 110 hurdles at regionals, where he won the 5A Region I title. He competed in a total of three events at state as he ran the first leg of Coronado’s 5A seventh-place 4×100 relay team. The 247Sports Composite ranked Jones as a top 280 prospect in Texas for the 2021 class.

I remember when Jones committed and I was quite concerned as to whether or not the athleticism would translate. Finishing so well at the triple jump and 110m hurdles is impressive. I’m cheering for him for sure.

RedRaiderSports’ Ben Golan continues his Q&A series with the incoming freshmen and up next is running back Cam’Ron Valdez:

What was the biggest reason you picked Texas Tech?
“Coach (DeAndre) Smith and I came up with a plan to turn this thing around.”

Golan also talked to signee Isaac Smith:

What was the biggest reason you picked Texas Tech?
“When I got to go up to the West Virginia game I got to meet some commits who were also there and they were great, the city of Lubbock is great, and Texas Tech is the best fit for me!”

Vegas has come out with their initial odds to win the Big 12 and Texas Tech is tied at 8th with Baylor.

I’m still pretty confident in this team punching up rather than continuing that downward spiral, but I’m eternally optimistic.

Dallas Morning News’ Brandon Nash has five breakout star candidates and I think the most likely breakout star is Marquis Waters, the probably offensive lineman and TCU transfer TJ Storment (who is not listed) and then probably safety and Wisconsin transfer Reggie Person. I’d maybe also add receivers Loic Fouonji and Myles Price as being some guys that could really shine. Nash is choosing Dalton Rigdon, Xavier White, Eric Monroe, and Jerand Bradley. Here’s the bit on White:

Xavier White, RB
The transition from wideout to running back was smooth for White. Even though he missed two games with an injury, the Lubbock native finished with a unit-best 7.0 yards per carry. The former walk-on of the year candidate will be a crucial part of a three-headed running back group.

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