It's finally here.
After the bowl win, coaching change, and all of the drama that accompanied both. It's time to look to the future.
The Red Raiders have 19 (20 counting Davis Webb) commits slated to fax in their letters of intent on Wednesday with the hope of several more to round out the class.
As for what to expect, I've seen too many of these to say there is going to be a "secret commit." And even if there is, no one knows about it. (Cooper Washington.) I say this for two reasons. 1) In the day of social media, it's very difficult to keep a secret. 2) Texas Tech is not in a position to wait on kids to make a decision. See this past weekend for example. Kahlee Woods committed to the Red Raiders, while the other LB prospect that we're hearing about, Edward Williams from Louisiana, is wavering between several schools. No offense to Williams, but Tech had to have one of them and weren't going to be left empty handed.
As for how I think signing day pans out. First, I think Texas Tech will sign at least two of the "Georgia 4." I think the two that they will most likely sign are WR DeMarquis Polite-Bray and OLB Jacarthy Mack. I think this for numerous reasons that I have stated before. Jeremy Tyler, the safety did not visit. The icing on the cake would be Joshua Outlaw, the offensive lineman. After losing Maurice Porter and losing out on Dionte Savage, Outlaw would be a fantastic consolation prize, and likely an upgrade.
If the Red Raiders don't end up with the services of Outlaw, I look for at least one additional OL to be signed, probably a JuCo kid. There are several out there that the Red Raiders are looking at. The only other offensive position that's thin after the WR transfers and signees coming in is running back, but it's not a necessity, as Deandre Washington and Quenton White will join the fray with Kenny Williams and Sadale Foster next year.
As for the defense, there are plenty of offers out including Zelt Minor a DT from Houston who is between Texas Tech and SMU and Daeshon Hall, the DE from Lancaster, but he would be a tough one to reel in over Washington, where he grew up. Tyus Bowser from Tyler is another slim possibility. He's been very quiet after his visit to Oklahoma St.
As for a shot in the dark/pipe dream guess: I'll say that Texas Tech uses the influence of former Cibolo Steele head coach Mike Jinks and lures either (or hell, both) safeties Jordan Sterns, a one time Tech commit, away from Oklahoma St., or Eric Huhn away from Texas in a signing day coup.
In all, even if there are no additions to the class on Wednesday, I think it's a win for Kliff Kingsbury and Texas Tech. They had very little time to get on the street and pitch what they are selling and what they're about. This class is important. The kids that stayed on, like Davis Webb, Baylen Brown, and Caleb Woodward will set the foundation for the classes the next few years that will be more talented, and the kids they added are better than what was pledged before.