After slipping into the national rankings for the first time in four years, the No. 24 Texas Tech Red Raiders should grab the attention of the nation’s top college football recruits this coming offseason. Texas Tech recruiting should be on the upswing.
Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury did not mince words when discussing the recent ranking and said he knew this team was capable of achieving this goal, but it’s still just a number. The Red Raiders need to focus on the here and now, which should set them up for future top prospects.
“We’ve sat around for a year being told we’re the worst team on Earth,” Kingsbury said, “so that number hasn’t changed our mentality, and it hasn’t changed anything.”
The Red Raiders have already found success in the 2018 recruiting class with 19 hard commits including one four-star prospect.
On Oct. 5, the Red Raiders landed the No. 40 wide receiver in the state of Texas, Gabriel Douglas. He was a highly scouted recruit with another offer from the Indiana Hoosiers on Jan. 26, according to Armchair All-Americans. When he was just a junior, Douglas shined on the field with 82 receptions for 1,302 yards and 17 touchdowns.
One could say Douglas is a younger version of Red Raider sophomore wide receiver Quan Shorts. Shorts had a stand out performance against the Kansas Jayhawks with 76 total yards and a 37-yard touchdown reception to assist in the 65-19 win.
Shorts stands at 6-2 and weighs 195 in his sophomore collegiate season, which Douglas already mimics as a high school senior at a steady 6-2, 185 pounds.
Another commit Tech fans should embrace is the senior offensive guard from Grand Prairie, Demarcus Marshall. He committed to the Red Raiders after shuffling through 11 additional offers from schools such as Houston, Kansas and Kansas State.
Eventually, Marshall decided to become a Red Raider on Aug. 2 and has yet to receive another offer. The 6-3, 333-pound three-star prospect would be a great addition to the already stacked Red Raider offensive line. He will be standing amongst former four-star recruit Jack Anderson who committed to Tech over top-ranked schools including Oklahoma State, TCU and Georgia.
Both Marshall and Anderson stand around the same height and weight, giving next year’s quarterback some comfort in the pocket behind these two Red Raiders.
One offensive addition fans might not know about but should is wide receiver KeSean Carter from the Woodlands. Carter is the No. 120 receiver in Texas, which should spike up as he continues his senior season.
Standing at just 5-10 and 150 pounds, Carter has some strength to build in order to compete against the big dogs in the Big 12 Conference. However, smaller receivers have been a part of Tech’s offense since the Kingsbury era began.
Former Red Raider and now Oakland Raider Deandre Washington looks a lot like Carter with his lack of size. As a senior at Tech, Washington stood at 5-8 but put on some weight throughout the years at 200 pounds, according to Tech Athletics. Despite his size, Washington will forever be known as one of the greatest Red Raider receivers of all time.
If Carter can manage to keep up with Washington’s success, he will have no problem snagging a starting position as a true freshman.
Now in the AP Top-25 Poll, the Red Raiders have put themselves on the map with seven games remaining on the schedule. If Tech can continue to succeed, Texas Tech recruiting will surely snag more top prospects from around the nation.