The Morning Stake | 2024.07.05

Lubbock Cooper receiver Michael Dever (6-2/175) decided that the 4th of the July would be the day to announced his flip from Colorado State to Texas Tech. Dever is not rated by any of the services (Rivals | 24/7 Sports | On3). Dever had offers from Colorado State, Fordham, Memphis, North Texas, Old Dominion, Texas State, and Wyoming. The film is good, kind of what you want from high school video. He out-runs and out-plays his opponents on every level. He’s got speed and the ability to catch in traffic. At Cooper he’s high-jumped 6’8″ so he’s got really terrific athletic ability.

Last week top-100 linebacker Kaleb Burns committed to Texas Tech and I didn’t post this article from Red Raider Sports’ Ben Golan who spoke to Burns’ trainer about what to expect from Burns:

“Yeah man, one he’s sideline-to-sideline. He flies everywhere and makes plays. He’s super instinctive. He’s got great position flex, where like he can play MIKE, he can play WILL. He’s big enough to play a MIKE but at the same time he’s got the athleticism and the speed and the ability to play in space to play a weakside linebacker or a ‘backer that plays more in space. So from that standpoint his skillset as a ‘backer is perfect.”

On3’s Justin Rudolph spoke with (possibly) commentator Greg McElroy, who thinks that Texas Tech will rebound in 2024:

“While they do have some expectations, they’re not nearly as lofty as they were a year ago… there is some optimism surrounding this team. The good news is Behren Morton is taking the reins at the quarterback spot, OK? If you look at the quarterback dynamic last year, it was Tyler Shough and Behren Morton. Shough has now transferred to Louisville, and Morton is the guy moving forward. So that will be beneficial… I’m optimistic about him being in the driver’s seat at that position.”


“They also have a top wide receiver, Micah Hudson, who’s a consensus All-American high school player; that’s significant,” said McElroy. “[He] should be one of the best wide receivers on their roster [from] day one. You also look at Joey McGuire’s ability to recruit… Remember, Joey McGuire [is] very tapped in as a [former] high school coach in the state of Texas. So, he is about as tied into the high school recruiting world as he can get. But he also, has done a pretty good job in the portal market as well. And we already know that they are a team that’s going to be able to run the football. So, I’m really optimistic about Texas Tech this upcoming year; kind of flying under the radar.”

Via the official site, Texas Tech running back Tahj Brooks was named part of the 2nd team of the Walter Camp Preseason All-American team

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello ($) has winners and losers from the transfer portal. There are a bunch of teams from the Big 12 here and I’ll add this to my Big 12 Basketball Snapshot previews. Here’s the bit on Texas Tech:

Texas Tech Red Raiders: Grant McCasland landed Mountain West Freshman of the Year JT Toppin from New Mexico and second-team All-Big Ten point guard Elijah Hawkins from Minnesota to make up for the loss of Pop Isaacs. Throw in Drake transfer Kevin Overton and former Pitt big man Federiko Federiko, and the Red Raiders have reloaded well.

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