With the news of Texas Tech's head coach Tommy Tuberville's resignation, the question obviously arises on what happens with this year's recruiting class?
While it's probably not the most important item on Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt's agenda, it will definitely play factor in the early success of the new coach. Hocutt said on Saturday, Texas Tech will honor all verbal commitments that are currently pledged to the 2013 class.
Raiderpower.com has reached out to every commit on the board and the feedback has varied.
Davis Webb, the quarterback of the class and an Elite 11 Camp participant said via text message, "I'm keeping my options open. I expected movement from Coach Brown, but not Coach Tuberville."
Davis has been credited as one of the leaders of the recruiting class, as most quarterbacks are, and it will be interesting to see if any of the receivers that are committed to Texas Tech waiver on their commitment.
Dylan Cantrell, the four star receiver from Whitehouse was candidly honest.
"I'm really not sure what to think. The offense and coaching staff were big reasons why I committed. I was looking forward to being coached by Coach Brown and Coach Cumbie. If they leave, I might have to reevaluate my options, but I am still committed to Texas Tech."
One player who I don't know will remain committed is LB Dakorey Johnson from Trinity Valley CC and North Mesquite High School.
I spoke to him Thursday night (before the resignation) and Johnson was excited about being coached by Art Kaufman.
"He has a great track record of putting guys into the NFL. He's one of the big reasons I chose Texas Tech."
There are some players who will remain committed regardless, such as WR/DB Justis Nelson from Dallas Christian.
"I'm still committed, no doubt."
Neslon is one of the more intriguing prospects in the class, averaging over 21 yards per catch on offense, but also could develop physically into a nickel defensive back at 6'2''.
Caleb Woodward, the athlete from Leander also voiced concern, but is taking a very practical approach.
"I was very shocked with Coach Tuberville resigned and took the Cincinatti job. But West Texas is home to me and I have always dreamed of playing football for the Red Raiders. I'm going to see who they bring in as a head coach and then sit down with my family and see if they are the right fit. I'm still committed, and I would be very disappointed if I did not end up playing football at Texas Tech."
Personally, I would think the Junior College commitments are more of a risk to go elsewhere than the high school commits for two reasons.
1) Junior College signing day is December 19th. I do not know if a head coach will or can be in place by then.
2) JuCo guys generally don't want to be a part of a rebuilding process. They want to come in, play and try to win and have a shot at the NFL.
That said, I think if the new staff was able to hang on to some of the JuCo commitments on defense, especially Terrell Hartsfield, Jerrell Jordan and Darren Dotson, then there is hope that this team could improve at positions that need improvement.