With college football’s 2022 spring season in the rear-view mirror, recruiting is again the focus in Lubbock as the Red Raiders prepare for the first campaign under Joey McGuire.
The noted Lone Star State legend hit the ground running in recruiting in the fall and has carried over the momentum towards the recruiting class of 2023 in putting together the biggest class in the country to date.
Under McGuire, the Red Raider recruiting momentum is hitting full force, and as a result, the program is in the mix for some of the top names around the state of Texas and beyond. Stick with Red Raider Review for all of the latest updates in recruiting below:
July 4, 1 p.m. UPDATE:
Class of 2023 wideout Kelby Valsin has committed to Texas Tech. The 6-2, 175-pound dual-sport Bowie High School (Arlington, Texas) product had offers from more than 30 schools including Boston College, Colorado, Minnesota, Pitt, SMU, TCU, Vanderbilt, and Washington.
JULY 1, 9:00 p.m. UPDATE:
Premier offensive tackle target for the class of 2023, Nick Fattig, has committed to Texas Tech.
The 6-4, 275-pounder from Clear Springs High School (League City, TX) chose Tech over other offers from schools like Air Force, Navy, Army, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, North Texas, Pennsylvania, and Tulane.
JUNE 27, 12:30 p.m. UPDATE:
Talented 2023 WR Macho Stevenson has announced his commitment to Texas Tech. The 6-0, 170-pound two-sport athlete will play football and run track for the Red Raiders.
Stevenson, from Captain Shreve (LA) High School, had also received offers from Indiana, Mississippi State, New Mexico State, and Sam Houston.
JUNE 23, 12 p.m. UPDATE:
Arch Manning has committed to the Texas Longhorns.
“There’s a LeBron-like feeling about Arch Manning. LBJ’s high school games got national television exposure in the early 2000s,” Sports Illustrated’s, Chris Mannix tweeted following one of Manning’s 2021 games. “Betting ESPN will give Manning — a sophomore — a lot of run on its networks, too. He looks like a special QB.”
More than that, however, the impact on the Longhorns, will almost instantly turn that program into the nation’s premier destination for top-level recruits.
With the nephew of Super Bowl winners Peyton and Eli, comes star power, publicity, and excitement; an excitement that has not been seen around the 40 acres since the signing of Chris Simms in 1999. – LonghornsCountry.com
JUNE 21, 1:15 p.m. UPDATE:
Red Raiders 2023 OT commit Kaden Carr will have an official visit to Lubbock this weekend, June 24-26.
The 6-6, 310-pounder from Amarillo (TX) High School committed to Texas Tech back in November and will visit campus this weekend.
JUNE 18, 9:30 a.m. UPDATE:
A top Red Raider target is on campus for an official visit just before a planned verbal commitment.
Daemian Wimberly, the Austin (Texas) Vandegrift defensive lineman who has planned a June 20 commitment for weeks, has made it to Lubbock ahead of said decision.
The in-state star has long been a target for Joey McGuire’s program, and he was recently on campus in April. This weekend’s official visit plans were announced in May, before he went public with the commitment date.
Wimberly took an official visit to the program believed to be Tech’s biggest competition, SMU, just last weekend. TCU and Louisiana offered during the month of June, too.
Texas Tech currently holds the most verbal commitments among Power Five programs in the class of 2023, standing at 20.
JUNE 14, 8:44 a.m. UPDATE:
Texas Tech has offered class of 2024 interior offensive lineman Daniel Akinkunmi from NFL Academy.
The 6-4, 317-pounder has also received offers from Arkansas, Minnesota, North Texas, Washington State, Baylor, Penn State, Temple, and UTSA.
JUNE 6, 5:45 p.m. UPDATE:
After a flurry of verbal commitments across the college football landscape over the weekend, Texas Tech is still the biggest FBS recruiting class in the country.
Cincinnati added eight recruits while Pitt added six, not to mention junior college and transfer portal additions across the board amid a busy official visit season.
The Bearcats now have the third-biggest class, to date, at 16 pledges. Northwestern, which added one new commitment on Monday, has 17. The Red Raiders pace the nation with 20, including 19 from the state of Texas.
While volume is only one element of the college football recruiting rankings process, it will be interesting to see how long Joey McGuire’s staff maintains the biggest group nationally.
JUNE 5, 10 a.m. UPDATE:
Texas Tech offers 2024 Northeast Oklahoma Association of Homeschools edge rusher Danny Okoye, his third D1 offer. The 6-5, 230-pound DE/TE/RB is being recruited as an edge rusher primarily at the next level.
Okoye told 247Sports: “My primary position is at defensive end where I specialize at edge rushing,” Okoye said. “I played a little bit of left tackle last year just because I’m big and we had no one else who could play the position. I also run and catch the ball, but mainly DE.
“Coach Blanchard was the coach who offered me,” Okoye said. “I didn’t really get a chance to talk to him but I woke up in the morning to a DM from my head coach saying I had just been offered by Texas Tech.
“I had to read the message a few times to fully let it sink in to be honest. Then I called the coach but it went to voicemail so I left a message. And then my coach texted me I could go ahead and make the post so I did. I was in a lot of shock to have gotten a Power 5 offer so soon. It still doesn’t feel real.”
JUNE 4, 9 a.m. UPDATE:
The Red Raiders have offered class of 2025 running back Riley Wormley. The 5-10, 170-pounder hails from Colleyville Heritage High School (Colleyville, Texas) and, in addition to Tech, has received offers from Arkansas, Charlotte, Miami (OH), SMU, and UTSA.
JUNE 3, 10:04 a.m. UPDATE:
Defensive lineman Vidal Scott joins the Red Raiders football program after transferring from Arkansas State. Scott has 16 starts in 23 games and 42 tackles in two seasons with the Red Wolves.
Scott will use his final year of eligibility in Lubbock giving coach Joey McGuire and the defensive staff some additional depth along the defensive line. He’s expected to be in Lubbock in the next week to begin summer workouts with the rest of the team.
MAY 25, 10:40 a.m. UPDATE:
Texas Tech is one of 12 schools to offer elite Copperas Cove, Texas class of 2024 offensive tackle Mike Uini. The 6-7, 290-pounder has also received offers from Baylor, Houston, LSU, SMU, Texas A&M, TCU, Arizona, Colorado, North Texas, Tulsa, and UTSA.
MAY 22, 11:30 A.M. UPDATE:
Texas Tech will soon host one of the top 2024 defensive prospects in the country.
In a busy summer swing, IMG Academy defensive lineman David Stone is visiting several programs in the Big 12 footprint.
When pressed for Clarity, Stone told Sports Illustrated‘s John Garcia, Jr., Stone said he would hit the Texas schools on the same part of the swing, though the exact date has yet to be determined. He will begin the tour at Oklahoma, so it could happen in early June or soon thereafter.
Tech offered Stone a scholarship in January, among the first programs to jump into the Oklahoma native’s recruitment.
MAY 20, 3:30 P.M. UPDATE:
One of Texas Tech’s top transfer targets has come off the board.
Jermayne Tauinaola Lole, the Arizona State defensive lineman who was supposed to take an official visit to Lubbock the weekend of May 27, announced a verbal commitment to Louisville on Friday.
It came one week after Lole was on campus with the ACC program, effectively cancelling the trips to UF, Tech and Oregon. There was also chatter he could wind up back at Arizona State, but for now the experienced Pac-12 player will play ball in the ACC.
MAY 17, 2:17 P.M. UPDATE:
Texas Tech has offered 2024 cornerback recruit Bernard Causey from John F. Kennedy High School. The 6-0, 160-pounder is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and has also received offers from UL-Monroe and UTSA.
MAY 17, 9:51 A.M. UPDATE:
The University of Alabama has offered current Texas Tech commit Calvin Simpson Hunt. The Waxahachie, Texas native committed to Tech back in November and is one of the more highly regarded cornerback commits at 6-0, 175-pounds.
Simpson Hunt announced the offer on social media:
Commits are, of course, allowed to change their minds up until signing day, but Simpson Hunt has given no indication that he’s going to move his commitment.
MAY 12, 9:00 am UPDATE:
While McGuire and company are known for hitting the high school recruiting trail hard, the NCAA transfer portal has become a strong supplement for new coaching staffs and long-tenured college coaches alike.
Texas Tech is playing in the mix more and more into the New Year, and an All Pac-12 performer is now on the radar. Defensive lineman Jermayne Tauinaola Lole, who has 28 career starts under his belt at Arizona State, entered the portal just before the May 1 deadline and he’s planning multiple official visits.
Tech is set to receive one, May 27, before a final decision is to be made. Announcing the plans on social media, Lole will also see Louisville, Florida and Oregon on an official bases.
During his last full season of action in 2020, Lole earned the highest grade among defensive interior player in the Pac-12 with a score of 85.9 – 3.3 points more than any other conference player and good for 13th among all FBS interior linemen, according to Pro Football Focus.
Lole is originally from California, prepping at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, one of the most well-known high school football programs in the country.
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