Texas Tech Football Notebook: Linking Up 2022 NSD

A day off . . . sorta.

I was a bit busy last night, so I didn’t get to write as much as I’d like. Fitsum had his first concert for band last night, a Christmas Concert and it was great. All the kids were great and of course I was incredibly proud of Fitsum. So, I’m sort of taking a day off.

Don’t forget that tomorrow Texas Tech plays Gonzaga so we’ll have a full preview and game day thread first thing tomorrow morning and I’ll start catching up on the 3 new commits from Wednesday with player profiles.

Dallas Morning News’ Ryan Mainville writes about the 2022 Texas Tech recruiting class:

Best current signee: S Landon Hullaby

Maurion Horn might be the highest rated signee in the class for Texas Tech, but the flip of Hullaby is a pivotal win for McGuire. Hullaby was previously committed to Oregon, giving him preexisting relationships with Tim DeRuyter and Marcel Yates who are now on the Texas Tech coaching staff. The three-star safety from Mansfield can play any role necessary at safety. He’s athletic, versatile and lengthy; a common theme among this defensive signing class. Expect Hullaby to have a role in the secondary from the second he steps on campus.

Red Raider Sports’ Mark Moore transcribed (actually transcribed, not the half-ass stuff I do) head coach Joey McGuire’s quotes on each of the signees. I’m picking Tavares Elston, Jr., but all of the others are at the link:

Tavares Elston Jr. 6-0|205 – Linebacker – Gulf Shores High School – Gulf Shores, AL

“I tell every single person, put on his highlight film and in three plays you’ll know exactly who he is,” McGuire noted. “He is one of the most violent linebackers I have ever seen at the high school level. Just an incredible kid. What I like about him is that he can play Will linebacker, but he can also play strong safety if we need him to. We watched game tape after game tape of him but after the first three plays of his highlight I was like, James (Blanchard) this guy is violent. I’m really excited about him.”

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s Greg Powers writes about the class and I’m also just taking one part with players written about:

Super Sleeper
We pick one prospect on the commit list and break down how he might outplay his ranking in college.

WR Tyler King (5’10, 160) – Alief Taylor: With King, speed is one the best skills he brings to the table, running a 20.74 200-meter dash. Has the ability to stretch the field. King can also be a great asset in the kick return game; he can score if he gets just a tiny crease.

Midland Reporter-Telegram’s Oscar LeRoy writes about NSD:

McGuire also credited the work of the previous staff, who had recruited seven of the signees and the work of his staff, especially director of player of player personnel James Blanchard and director of scouting Cody Bellaire.

“Whenever I get here in the morning, they’re watching video. When I leave here at night, they’re watching video,” McGuire said. “One thing they do is when they bring (potential recruits) to coaches, when they bring them to me is that they have verified height, verified weight, arm length, (40-yard dash) times. If they don’t have those things out there, we contact the coaches and tell them that’s what we need to evaluate and could you please send them to us. When James and Cody come to me or the coaches and they tell us why they love this guy, they have a lot of things backing it.”


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