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Red Raiders land 5-star Stephenville quarterback Jarrett Stidham

Stidham ranked No. 2 dual-threat QB in nation, No. 32 prospect overall

Posted: March 7, 2014 - 8:25pm  |  Updated: March 8, 2014 - 1:28am
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Texas Tech picked up a commitment from five star quarterback Jarrett Stidham on Friday. (247Sports)
Texas Tech picked up a commitment from five star quarterback Jarrett Stidham on Friday. (247Sports)
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Over the years, Texas Tech has received commitments from its fair share of the state’s top talent, but on Friday night they picked up one of their biggest pledges yet.

Stephenville’s Jarrett Stidham, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound quarterback, decided to be a Red Raider. Stidham has a five-star rating in the 247Composite rankings and is ranked the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the nation.

“I’m officially committed to Texas Tech now,” Stidham told WreckEm247 moments after calling Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury personally to deliver the news. “I’m a Red Raider. It feels great.”

It’s been a long time coming for Stidham, who has wanted to end the process for a while now. Over the past few months, he was pretty sure Lubbock was the place for him, but a trip to Lubbock this past weekend solidified those feelings.

“I thought I knew before this weekend, but after taking a visit there on Sunday really made everything clear for me,” Stidham said. “I’d say within the first hour of me being on campus on Sunday I just knew. I was thinking to myself ‘This is it. This is what I want,’ and it was just clear. I knew right away that I wanted to be there.”

In this past season as a junior, Stidham completed 156 of 254 passes for 2,613 yards, 30 touchdowns and five interceptions. He carried the ball 138 times for 821 yards and 14 touchdowns.

In addition to being a five-star prospect and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback, Stidham is ranked the No. 32 prospect in the nation, regardless of position.

Stidham had more than his fair share of options to choose from and had offers from some of college football’s biggest names including Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oregon and more.

None felt like home to Stidham quite like Texas Tech, however.

“Just being comfortable there was such a major deal for me,” he explained. “Having that comfortable level with the school, the town and the coaches was really big.”

“I love Lubbock and I love the school,” Stidham added. “It’s just Texas Tech as a whole, honestly. The entire university from the student body to the campus to the gameday experience is something I really felt at ease with. Everything feels so natural and right there to me. I just get a really good vibe from the place and know that it’s right for me.”

Of course, there were a couple of other factors that played into his decision as well, with the main ones being the coaching staff and the direction that Kingsbury is taking the program.

“Those guys are great,” Stidham said. “The coaching staff is very young and many of them played there, so they know what we’re going through right now, which is very cool to me. They’ve been in my shoes as a recruit, they’ll have been in my shoes as a student and athlete at Texas Tech, and that’s something most coaching staffs can’t say. I think what they’re doing with that program is spectacular, and I want to be a part of it.”

Now, with his decision out of the way, the Stephenville standout will begin to help his future team as much as possible both on and off the field.

“I don’t have to worry about it anymore, which is great in my book,” Stidham said. “I can focus on getting better as a player and working on getting more recruits to Lubbock. I’m definitely ready to help however I can. That’s for sure.”

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Quarterback

Been a one way exit of quarterbacks of late. Glad to get one young man who wants to be a Red Raider. No doubt, he will be welcomed and given a chance to play soon. Happy for the coaching staff and the success of landing a highly sought after player for Texas Tech!

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Awsome!

Would he be our first 5 star recruit, ever? Can you imagine having both Stidham and Mahones on the same team?

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Yes!

Not our first 5 star recruit ever but there haven't been a lot of them. I've seen Jarrett listed as both a 4 and a 5 star but at that level it doesn't really matter. You're a stud either way. I don't think it's settled that Mahomes will even be here given his baseball skills and the prospect of being drafted, so it's great news about Jarrett. We lost a few QB's who had a difficult time dealing with the competiveness of the position. As it turns out, their leaving may have been a blessing in disguise, opening up a great opportunity for a great player like Jarrett!

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needed

Congrats to Coach Kingsbury on a much-needed recruit. Now let's get him through the practice sessions without a disabling injury.

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BoyLor Briles couldn't land this

Yeeeehawwww

And BoyLor getting investigated for NCAA violations

Yeeeehawwww

RaiderPower.com stop begging for people to subscribe to something you can get free from better writers.

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wow

Tech has a commitment from a high school junior who has already won the Heisman Trophy; amazing!!

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wichway

is a TU soccer player.

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wichway

is a TU soccer water boy

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Congratulations

To the TTU Athletics Dept.

You have been unfairly questioned about some decisions of the last 3 years.

Glad to see your plan coming together.

Everyone one of you deserve a standing O.

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And Coach, don't forget

that if the guy gets a bit tired, there are a few equipment sheds around campus that he can rest in...

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Hey Wichita

Your Longhorns are the biggest underachievers in NCAA sports at the moment. All the money and talent and they continue to be Walmart T-Shirts in ugly orange.

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RR3234

They aren't my Longhorns! I could care less if they win, lose, or tie. Sorry you took a shot and missed the target. Take better aim next time.

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witchata and Adam

need to go ahead and come out of the closet and head to the Pearl St. warehouse in Austin.

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Great news!!

This is great news!! I have always wanted a dual-threat QB in the Air Raid system. It makes it that much more dangerous! We really haven't had one, even Mayfield wasn't a true dual-threat, but hopefully Stidham doesn't change his mind! We might lose Mahomes though because he has a similar skillset. If we can Red-shirt Stidham it might still work out. Either way the QB spot is looking up now after all that turmoil. Go Tech!

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