Tag:Tommy Tuberville
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:41 pm
 

Duo becomes Texas Tech's first 2013 commits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville received an early Valentine on Monday night as Texas Tech's class of 2013 received its first two commitments in Manvel (Texas) defensive back Tavares Garner and Houston (Texas) wide receiver Devin Lauderdale.

"Texas Tech is always been where I wanted to go," Lauderdale told RedRaiderSports.com. "That's what I would play on video games and stuff like that. I knew I was going to make my decision today because I told my friend -- he's like a cousin to me -- Tavares Gardner. We've known each other since second grade, he told me, 'Whatever college you go to, I'm going to go to.' And I told him the same thing.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound wide out also held offers from Baylor, Notre Dame and TCU among others. His close friend Gardner only had an offer from Tech but the 5-foot-11 corner enjoyed his unofficial visit so much he quickly committed.

"The reason I committed is because I like the campus and the coaching staff was great, especially coach Chad Scott," Garner said. "Coach Scott made me like I was at home. It was just a great trip. All the coaches showed a lot of love and made it feel like home so that's why I committed."

Texas Tech signed 26 players in their class of 2012, including six defensive backs and four wide receivers. Garner had three interceptions and nearly 50 tackles last season as a junior.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:32 pm
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: Big 12



Posted by Tom Fornelli


Breaking down who won and who lost in the Big 12 on National Signing Day

WINNER: Mack Brown

Nothing new for Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns on signing day this year, as the Longhorns put together a class of 28 players. Players that were good enough to earn the Longhorns the second spot in our CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. The Longhorns already had a strong class coming into the Wednesday, but flipping players like Torshiro Davis, Bryce Cottrell, and Daje Johnson in the last few days helped put it over the top.

LOSER: Mack Brown

How can you win and lose at the same time? Well, it's not that hard if you're Mack Brown. After all, Brown has long been considered one of the best coaches on the recruiting trail since taking over at Texas. However, the great classes that he's signed haven't done much to help the Longhorns when it comes to picking up victories the last few years. Now with another top class, the expectations that Texas compete for the Big 12 title will only grow that much larger, and considering that Connor Brewer is the only "top" quarterback in his latest class, Brown will really need the rest of his newest class to start contributing right away. If they don't we can't be sure how many more signing days Brown will have, contract extension or not.

WINNER: Boomer Sooner

While Oklahoma's class may not be as highly regarded as Texas, it's still good enough to finish at #8 in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. It has its share of studs in wide receivers Trey Metoyer and Durron Neal, along with lineman Will Latu and quarterback Trevor Knight, but more than anything Bob Stoops and his staff focused on the areas of need in Norman. Of the 25 players in Oklahoma's class, 12 are either receivers, tight ends or defensive lineman. If the Sooners had been able to add another running back or two -- and this isn't a knock on Alex Ross, David Smith, or Damien Williams -- this class would have been ranked even higher.

LOSER: Oklahoma State

It doesn't seem like the Cowboys and Mike Gundy were truly able to capitalize on their first Big 12 title and win in the Fiesta Bowl. While their 2012 class certainly isn't terrible -- I consider it pretty solid to be honest -- it's not exactly the type of class that will wow anybody either. Still, Gundy and company focused on need, and while a class full of three-star recruits isn't going to knock anybody off their feet, it's those same types of recruiting classes that Oklahoma State rode to the Fiesta Bowl last season. So while I have the Cowboys marked a as "loser" here, it's in the context of the National Signing Day. Besides, if four-star quarterback Wes Lunt and receiver C.J. Curry go on to become the next Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, well, then this class will be magnificent won't it?

WINNER: Tommy Tuberville

Texas Tech went out and, quietly, pulled in one of the better classes in the Big 12. In fact, depending on which recruiting service you fancy, the Red Raiders trailed only Texas and Oklahoma in overall quality this season. While four-star receivers Reginald Davis and Dominique Wheeler are the flashier commits, I feel the best sign for Tech's future is the fact that at least 15 of its 26 commits will play on the defensive side of the ball. We already know Texas Tech can light up a scoreboard, but until it starts playing better on defense, it won't be able to win consistently. Recruiting classes like this one will go a long way to making that happen.

LOSER: Iowa State

Again, like I said in the Oklahoma State entry, don't take this "loser" personally. The fact is that Iowa State just isn't the type of program that is going to pull in a lot of 5- and 4-star recruits. Instead Paul Rhoads pulled in a class of 21 players comprised mostly of 3-star players. So while this class may not have a lot of "sex appeal" it could help Iowa State continue to make bowl appearances under Rhoads, and that's all you can ask of Iowa State right now.

WINNER: Fax machine distributors of the United States

Hope you made enough money this year to tide you over until next signing day.

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:32 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 10:05 am
 

Big 12 Signing Day Overview



Posted by Bryan Fischer


National Signing Day is almost here and recruits across the country are gearing up for plenty of last-minute pitches and school visits as head coaches look to shape their program for years to come. The Big 12 is once again led by traditional powers Texas and Oklahoma but after that, it's not the drop off that other conferences have with a solid effort by just about every other school. Drawing on the talent-rich state of Texas makes recruiting easier than most but it's interesting to note how schools are developing other pipelines (such as the Sooners and California). The make up and look of the league is different and that makes this Signing Day particularly interesting down in the Big 12.

MaxPreps.com Top 25 Team Rankings, Big 12
College Commits Top 100 Moving
2. Texas 24 5
7. Oklahoma 16 4
24. TCU 20 0

Top storylines

1. Does Texas finish number one?

Mack Brown doesn't have the nickname of Mr. February for nothing, as the long-time head coach can certainly recruit. 2012 might be one of the most talented classes he' brought in during his time on the 40 acres, reeling in the state's top running back for the second year in a row, the top wide receiver, some talented front seven athletes and several offensive lineman who might be playing sooner rather than later. The Longhorns are in the running for a handful of national prospects as Signing Day rolls around so it's possible the current group of 24 picks up another top 100 player to give them an impressive six. If so they have a chance to take the top spot from Alabama and/or hold off Michigan, Florida or Ohio State. It's not a big chance but the Horns have a chance nevertheless.

2. Can Oklahoma move into the top five?

This was supposed to be one of Bob Stoops' smaller classes and for a time it looked like he was taking his time building it up. But things have started to pick up and while it's not as flashy as the school's Red River rival to the South, it brings in several quality pieces along the line and at receiver. In the running for the overall number one recruit and a handful of other top 300 players means the Sooners have nowhere to go but up and might be able to crack the top five depending on who they land. If that happens, it would be a major coup for Stoops considering he lost a talented recruiter in Brent Venables and had to help brother Mike readjust to recruiting players back to Norman.

3. How much better is TCU's class with the Big 12 draw?

From the looks of it, Gary Patterson is bringing in one of his most talented recruiting classes during his tenure in Fort Worth. If the Horned Frogs can't compete in the Big 12, it won't be for lack of resources - brand new facilities should be open by the season - or lack of talent. The team was young last season but still wound up taking the Mountain West conference title and upsetting Boise State and they'll add several players with top-end speed to help fill-out the depth chart. There's more skill position talent for TCU than lineman this year so that will be interesting to note going forward but in landing players like tight end Griffin Gilbert or Elite 11 quarterback Tyler Matthews, Patterson has shown that the conference realignment shuffling has paid off for the school on the recruiting trail.

4. Why is everybody Juco crazy?

One sign that this is something to keep an eye on in the conference this year is the mere fact that Brown is bringing a pair of Jucos to Austin for the first time in a decade. Charlie Weis is hoping for a quick talent influx at Kansas by taking on a host of Jucos and at least two transfers at quarterback. Tommy Tuberville has an impressive eight guys from the junior college ranks headed to Lubbock and, of course, Bill Snyder is going to have plenty lining his recruiting class. As things stand right now, all but one school - TCU - will be bringing in two Jucos come Signing Day which is a bit unusual for the Big 12 as a whole and something to keep an eye out for. It will be interesting to hear the coaches give their press conferences to discuss recruits and give the reason why they dipped into the Juco ranks more than usual this year.

Most impressive class: Texas

Most underrated class: TCU

Work left to do: Kansas

Top Players to Watch
Name Pos Committed
1. Dorial Green-Beckham WR Uncommitted
9. Johnathan Gray RB Texas
15. Cayleb Jones WR Texas
33. Malcom Brown DT Texas
48. Durron Neal WR Oklahoma
79. Taylor McNamara TE Oklahoma
84. Thomas Johnson WR Uncommitted
86. Kennedy Estelle OL Texas
88. Wes Lunt QB Oklahoma State
114. Connor Brewer QB Texas
 

Assistant recruiters of note:

Chris Chuff and Jim Gush , Baylor
Kenneth Pope, Iowa State
Ron Powlus, Rob Ianello and Buddy Wyatt, Kansas
Michael Smith, Kansas State
Josh Heupel, Mike Stoops and Jay Norvell, Oklahoma
Todd Monken and Glenn Spencer, Oklahoma State
Rusty Burns and Jarrett Anderson, TCU
Major Applewhite, Bruce Chambers, Stacy Searles and Duane Akina, Texas
Neal Brown and Robert Prunty, Texas Tech

Head coach under pressure: Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech

Top Big 12 class prediction: Texas

Top Big 12 signee: Johnathan Gray

Big 12 school-by-school
Program Commits Top Players Notes
- Team page
- Commitment list
22 WR Kiante Griffin
RB Rashodrick Linwood
DE Javonte Magee
LB Brian Nance
It definitely looks like the Bears experienced a little bounce from their remarkable season and back-to-back years of going to a bowl game. There's some very quick players in this group and Magee and Nance are absolute steals.
- Team page
- Commitment list
23 QB Grant Rohach
WR Quan West
OL Duaron Williams
West and Rohach might be hooking up in the passing game a lot down the road as each are very good gets for the Cyclones. After that, there's a lot of 'we'll see.'
- Team page
- Commitment list
13 DB Greg Allen
TE Charles Brooks
Not included but it'd be remiss to not point out is the fact that Weis landed two solid quarterbacks in Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps this year. After that it remains to be see what kind of impact this group can have.
- Team page
- Commitment list
15 WR Marquez Clark
LB Will Davis
Clark and Davis might be able to play early but as usual for Kansas State, it might take a few games or years to assess what the 2012 group can do.
- Team page
- Commitment list
18 OL John Michael McGee
TE Taylor McNamara
WR Durron Neal
WR Derrick Woods
The offense reloads at receiver quite well and Neal has a chance to be a special playmaker with his talent. The offensive line also gets a nice boost with McGee and Ty Darlington in the interior.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 WR C.J. Curry
QB Wes Lunt
OL Michael Wilson
Curry could see plenty of early playing and looks like he's the latest in a long line of talented Cowboys receivers. The defensive players are all very solid with LB/DE Jeremiah Tshimanda a very intriguing player who can pass rush early on.
- Team page
- Commitment list
20 DE Devonte Fields
ATH Daje Johnson
QB Tyler Matthews
Very few teams in the country are bringing in as fast, collectively, a group as the Horned Frogs are. Johnson is a special talent and Matthews can take his time to develop into a nice signal-caller.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 DT Malcom Brown
RB Johnathan Gray
WR Cayleb Jones
OL Curtis Riser
Just another ho-hum group of stars for the Longhorns. The class is highlighted by Gray, who set just about every record imaginable in high school and should be a factor early on in running the ball.
- Team page
- Commitment list
24 QB Clayton Nicholas
OL Michael Starts
WR Dominique Wheeler
Nichols is still a bit raw but is tough and has the tools to be a good quarterback in the Tech offense. Wheeler is a dynamic talent who easily has a chance to start early.

Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:20 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Texas Tech reaches into A&M territory for commit

Posted by Bryan Fischer

To say Texas Tech does not like Texas A&M is an understatement. There is a statue in Lubbock, where Tech is located, where the rear end of a horse is pointed at College Station, where A&M is located. While you won't catch many - if any - Red Raiders fans in the city, there will be at least one family proudly wearing the red and black after College Station (Texas) running back Quinton White committed to Texas Tech Wednesday.

“I was nervous, because I didn’t know if Tech was going to offer me,” White told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “I’m a smaller running back. I’m not that fast. I originally committed to Tulsa and was pretty solid there. Then I got the offer today and was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. It’s for real.’"

The 5-foot-8, 190-pound back was not recruited by A&M and held offers from the service academies, UTEP and Louisiana Tech among others before committing to Tulsa. The offer from a Big 12 school was his first from a BCS school but White had plenty of reasons to commit to the Red Raiders.

“I like their offense,” White said, “and (receiver) Detron Lewis went there who was a graduate from A&M Consolidated. I like what they did with him. It’s a good program to be in, and Tommy Tuberville’s a great head coach.”

White is the 19th commitment for Texas Tech's class of 2012 and only running back. He has rushed for 714 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:27 am
 

Ranking the Big 12 Recruiting Classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer
1. Texas (Ranked #2 overall by MaxPreps)

It's no surprise to see the Longhorns occupy the top spot in the conference recruiting rankings and this year they have a particularly strong class. Mack Brown has collected five top 100 recruits, including the top running back and a wide receiver who happens to be the number three overall prospect.

2. Texas A&M (#6)

The Aggies have taken advantage of the turn around in College Station on the field with success on the recruiting trail. Quarterback Matt Davis and running back Trey Williams impressed over the summer and there are several explosive players on defense headed to Aggieland.

3. Oklahoma (#15)

A smaller class than normal when all is said and done, Bob Stoops has searched far and wide for some great talent. They managed to grab two top 100 players and several others who certainly could be in the final rankings.

4. Missouri (#16)

This class is a little under the radar with the top-heavy Big 12 rankings but it's a very solid class with some good players to build around. Running back Jonathan Williams is ranked in the top 100 and quarterback Maty Mauk is one of the most prolific high school passers in the country.

5. Texas Tech

Pretty impressive haul for Tommy Tuberville and company. Stealing offensive lineman Michael Starts out of Waco from several other teams was a coup and both lines will be restocked with this group.

6. Baylor

The Bears have a surprisingly big class at this point in the year with 18 commitments. Kiante Griffin is a terrific athlete who can play either wide receiver or defensive back and Thaddeus LaGrone is an athletic and rangy linebacker.

7. Oklahoma State

This class has seen some defections and Mike Gundy has finished bridesmaid to several prospects but this is still a solid, if small, group. There's plenty of time for this class to move up, especially if they can land legacy running back Barry Sanders Jr.

8. Iowa State

It's surprising to see such a diverse group headed to Ames with players from Florida to California to Texas. Grant Rohach could compete for the starting quarterback job early.

9. Kansas State

As one would expect, this class will eventually be made up of several junior college transfers so it's hard to figure out just how well the Wildcats are doing on the recruiting trail. Linebacker Will Davis is a good pick up though.

10. Kansas

One of the smallest classes in the country, the Jayhawks have work left to do. There's two quarterbacks so it looks like that need is filled and it's time to move on to others.

Posted on: April 15, 2011 2:52 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Gator four-star signee McRoy transfers to Tx Tech

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

For Tommy Tuberville and Texas Tech, an impressive Signing Day haul has turning into an impressive Signing Spring haul as prospects around in the country have turned towards Lubbock after electing to leave their original destinations.

Per Red Raider Sports, Lakeland (Fla.) wide receiver Javares McRoy has asked for his release from Florida (one the Gators have granted) with the intent of transferring to Tech. A consensus four-star prospect who Maxpreps' Tom Lemming ranked the No. 24 wide receiver in the class of 2011 , McRoy is the second major catch for the Red Raiders in two days; just yesterday, Pennsylvania top-10 defensive tackle Delvon Simmons (who asked for a release from North Carolina after his defensive line coach left the Tar Heels) announced he would also be attending Texas Tech.

As for McRoy, he originally committed to Tech back in early 2010, following in the footsteps of his brother Ben McRoy, a sophomore running back for the Red Raiders. But he later switched his commitment to the Gators, stuck with it even after the hire of Will Muschamp, and enrolled early in Gainesville to go through spring drills.

But apparently those spring workouts under Muschamp and Charlie Weis didn't go smoothly, and with his brother already there and his preexisting familiarity with the Red Raider coaching staff, Lubbock was a natural landing spot.

And so at week's end, what was already one of the best 2011 classes in the Big 12 has gotten much, much better. (And what was already a somewhat underwhelming first effort for Muschamp -- by Gator standards, anyway -- has gotten a little bit more underwhelming.)



Posted on: March 28, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Texas Tech adds in-state wide receiver

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's not often you can say the phrase 'when it rains it pours' about West Texas but it's appropriate when talking about Texas Tech recruiting the past two days. On Sunday, the Red Raiders added two commitments in the class of 2012 and they added another Monday afternoon in Tenaha (Texas) wide receiver Reginald Davis.

"It just felt comfortable," Davis told RedRaiderSports.com. "I got a chance to get really close with Coach (Tommy) Tuberville, Coach (Neal) Brown, Coach (Sonny) Cumbie and Coach (Sam) McElroy."

The 6-foot-1, 185 pound receiver familiarized himself with campus during an unofficial visit over the weekend and enjoyed things so much, he made his verbal commitment to the coaching staff less than 24 hours later.

"Everything is just right there together," Davis told the website. "Their campus is great because everything is so close by. I even had a chance to talk to the Chancellor (Kent Hance) and the new basketball coach (Billy Gillispie)."

Davis held scholarship offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas A&M. He will play wide receiver for the Red Raiders but will also be featured in other ways on offense, such as a wildcat quarterback.

Davis is the fourth commitment for Texas Tech in the class of 2012.

Posted on: March 27, 2011 8:53 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Texas Tech adds two commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

You figured Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville would continue to go back to the fertile South Florida recruiting ground where he once made his name as a Miami assistant coach. The Red Raiders signed two players in the class of 2011 from the Miami area and added their first for the class of 2012 on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) linebacker Erick Hallmon.

It's no surprise the 6-foot-1, 190 pound Hallmon wanted to play for Tuberville after he coached his father several years ago. Former Cardinal Gibbons high school teammate Shawn Corker is currently a freshman for Tuberville and an assistant on Hallmon's high school team is a Texas Tech alum.

Hallmon could play at either safety or linebacker once he gets to Lubbock

The staff wasn't done with Hallmon's commitment however, as Snyder (Texas) athlete Kennon Ward verbally pledged to attend Texas Tech Sunday evening.

"I like the location and the coaches, they're real understandable," Ward told RedRaiderSports.com. "They're real cool."

Ward and Hallmon did not hold any other scholarship offers outside of one from Texas Tech. They are the second and third commitments for Tuberville's class of 2012.

 
 
 
 
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