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Tech commitments react positively to news of Kingsbury's hiring

Most recruits anxious to see what impact Kingsbury makes with offense, staff

Posted: December 12, 2012 - 11:25pm  |  Updated: December 13, 2012 - 1:26am
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When news broke Wednesday night that Kliff Kingsbury agreed to become the next head coach at Texas Tech, the atmosphere surrounding the Red Raiders program and specifically the 2013 recruiting class immediately improved.

“It’s a great hire for Texas Tech,” said Davis Webb, a Tech quarterback commitment from Prosper. “He’s a living legend in Lubbock. Everyone knows he’s done great things with Johnny Manziel (at Texas A&M) and Case Keenum (at the University of Houston).”

Webb said he has stayed committed to Texas Tech, despite the turn of events with the Red Raiders’ coaching staff, while receiving increased interest and contact from other schools. Webb said his commitment to Tech has not wavered and is excited about playing for Kingsbury.

Commitment Caleb Woodward of Leander, who was recruited to Tech as an athlete capable of playing a number of positions, thinks Kingsbury will turn the program around.

“I think he will,” Woodward said. “He’s young. He’s an innovator. He’s not set in his ways, so he will be open to new things and I think he will do a lot of great things at Tech. He’s a guy who knows how to win.”

Woodard said he followed Kingsbury’s offense, led by Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner.

Woodard added Kingsbury was one of the ones he was rooting for to get the job.

“Kliff Kingsbury was a great coordinator at A&M,” Woodard said, “and when they beat Alabama there was a lot of talk that he might get a better job.”

Defensive back commitment Aneas Henricks of Bastrop had also been contacted by other schools since Tommy Tuberville resigned on Saturday, including Wake Forest and Kingsbury’s former school, Houston.

But he said he remains “solid” with Tech and is waiting to see what kind of defensive staff Kingsbury assembles.

“I think it’s a great hire,” Henricks said. He’s young, so he’ll bring in a lot of intensity with play-calling, so I think it’s a great hire.”

Running back commitment Jalen Rhodes of Rowlett was also pleased to hear the news.

“It’s actually really exciting.” Rhodes said. “He runs a really nice offense that’s fun to watch and looks fun to play in.”

Rhodes said he has a few questions once the new staff is installed.

“Just what they plan to do with the incoming recruits,” Rhodes said. “And what they plan to do with me and how they plan to use me.”

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Recruits must be seriously pumped

The recruits must be pumped because they are now going to a school that will be a major player again. When you score at will, you tend to win ballgames. Combine it with a defense, and you are a national title contender. 2008 proved that coaching systems do matter at Texas Tech because we were ranked #2 in the country here.

OU won the National Championship in 2000 because this offensive system was combined with the Bob Stoops defensive system.

THE SWAGGER IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Poor Aggy, wait til we celebrate some more

LMAO, the 70-year-old sports editor of the Bryan Eagle, Robert Cesspool, is crying today about why couldn't Kliff Kingsbury have waited until AggyLand finished celebrating the Heisman. Geez. Aggy. Robert it is time to retire. 70 years old and still a sports writer? That's pitiful. Aggy remember the Leach era when you got wiped up on a yearly basis by poor Tech? We remember. Aggy was our favorite game of the year.

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