The Texas Tech Red Raiders have added several interesting assets to the versatile 2018 recruiting class. One of those commits is three-star offensive lineman and high school senior from Miner Wells, Troy Bradshaw. Bradshaw has been dreaming of becoming a Red Raider his entire life.
However, before discussing his commitment, Bradshaw took the time to express his condolences to the Tech and Lubbock community regarding the on-campus shooting of Tech police office Floyd East Jr. on Monday, Oct. 9.
“Whenever I read that he was the father of two children and a husband, it really tore at me,” Bradshaw said. “I live about four hours away, but Lubbock has been my home since I was an infant, really. We’ve had season tickets for about 10 years, so you know, it’s a sad deal to have it happen in a place really close to my heart.
Being a highly scouted offensive lineman, Bradshaw received six offers, including his offer from Tech. After being recruited by offensive line coach Brandon Jones, Bradshaw made the official decision to become a Red Raider on June 18.
“So, when I got my offer, both of my parents cried,” Bradshaw said. “My dad graduated from Texas Tech so it was really a done deal once that happened. It was a great moment.”
To say Bradshaw is versatile is an understatement. Not only does he play football, but he plays basketball as well. However, he said he up gave basketball due to his dedication to becoming a collegiate football player.
“Even when I was playing basketball, I was so determined to make it to the Division I football level,” Bradshaw said. “Of course, I gave it my all every game, but I was totally in football mode because I was determined to make it to this level.”
After dropping basketball, Bradshaw was able to hit the weight room more often and went from weighing 230 pounds to approximately 255 pounds.
When Bradshaw heard the news, he said it was a great feeling, especially after the losing season Tech faced last year.
“Oh, I was so excited, especially seeing how far the defense has come from last year,” Bradshaw said. “Tech is playing great right now. The offense is playing really good, even when you lose the No. 10 pick in the draft (Patrick Mahomes II). It was a great moment, especially after the year Tech had last year.”
With his official visit to the university set for Nov. 4 as the Red Raiders host the Kansas State Wildcats, Bradshaw says he is more ready than ever to step onto the field at Jones AT&T stadium and prove he has what it takes at the collegiate level.
“It’s been my dream school forever. I remember we had a playoff game (at the Jones) my sophomore year, and I was overjoyed that I got to play at the stadium where I’ve watched college football for so long. I’ve dreamed to play on that field.”