By: Don Williams on February 4, 2009 - 9:55am - Add new comment

Here are the 22 Texas Tech signees that we here at the A-J have confirmed:

Cibolo Steele OL Matt Goetz
Lake Charles, La., Barbe IR E.J. Celestie
Columbus OT LaAdrian Waddle
Mansfield Timberview RB Eric Stephens
Friendswood QB Jacob Karam
Denton Guyer OT Kyle Clark
Keller Fossil Ridge WR Aaron Fisher
Lewisville Hebron OT Joel Gray
Austin St. Stephen’s CB D.J.

By: Don Williams on February 4, 2009 - 9:52am - Add new comment

Here's the Red Raiders' first major news of the day that might have been unexpected. Myles Wade, the big defensive tackle from Oregon, went ahead and signed with Texas Tech this morning. Reports had surfaced late Tuesday that he would keep everyone on hold until he could visit Nebraska this weekend. That won't happen.

And then the Red Raiders landed Pearlie Graves, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive tackle from Tulsa, Okla.

By: Don Williams on February 4, 2009 - 9:31am - Add new comment

I just tried to see how many Ps I could get in the headline.

But seriously, Dallas Carter's Jarvis Phillips is getting ready to sign his letter of intent with Tech. I rang Carter coach Allen Wilson, and he said the college-bound Cowboys were right in the middle of their signing-day ceremony. He said Phillips would be signing shortly ... and it'll be with Tech. So no worries for Red Raider fans on where he is headed.

Phillips, for those who don't follow recruiting that closely, played quarterback for Carter, but figures to move to defensive back when he arrives in Lubbock.

By: Don Williams on February 4, 2009 - 9:08am - Add new comment

As of 9 a.m., I've confirmed that 18 recruits have signed their Texas Tech letters of intent.

To the previous list, add the following:

Killeen Shoemaker WR Derrick Mays
Longview DE Chris Knighton
Garland Naaman Forest S Terrance Bullitt
Abilene Cooper S Will Ford

More to come.

By: Don Williams on February 4, 2009 - 8:48am - Add new comment

It's here. The day college football fans have been waiting for, and a lot of Texas Tech's pledge class has gotten the business of signing out of the way. It's 8:30 a.m., and I've been able to confirm 14 players have signed national letters of intent with Tech.

So without further adieu, the new signees include:

Cibolo Steele OL Matt Goetz
Lake Charles, La., Barbe IR E.J. Celestie
Columbus OT LaAdrian Waddle
Mansfield Timberview RB Eric Stephens
Friendswood QB Jacob Karam
Denton Guyer OT Kyle Clark
Keller Fossil Ridge WR Aaron Fisher
Lewisville Hebron OT Joel Gray
Austin St.

By: Don Williams on January 21, 2009 - 1:10am - Add new comment

When word spread last week that Austin High WR prospect Emory Blake had backed off his Tech commitment in favor of Colorado, one of the questions I asked was this: Is there a concern with Tech or is it simply that Colorado is more appealing? Blake's response: "My only concern that I had is about Coach Leach, but since he's not going to leave anymore, it's not a concern.''

Blake said he had gotten assurances from Tech's staff that Leach is going to remain in place, so the fear that Leach will leave Lubbock was less of a concern in his mind.

By: Don Williams on January 20, 2009 - 6:46pm - Add new comment

A lot of Texas Tech followers seemed underwhelmed Sunday when Killeen Shoemaker's Derrick Mays committed to Tech. Something about him not having enough stars next to his name and not enough schools recruiting him. As for the latter, Darrell Royal's credited with once saying, Don't be afraid to recruit a player no one else is. Make your own evaluation and trust your own judgment.

Mays might not pan out, but his resume reminds me of a few Tech players who turned out to be much better than forecast by those who assign the stars.

By: Don Williams on January 2, 2009 - 3:16pm - Add new comment

Tech players told me this week that they didn't care to pull off another comeback, the likes of which they used to beat Minnesota and Virginia the last two years. They're not that far behind, 24-21at halftime, but the Red Raiders still have their work cut out for them.

There are several sources of concern: Most notably, the Raiders are without two starting DBs -- S Darcel McBath and CB Jamar Wall -- at halftime. Plus, CB L.A. Reed, though not a regular starter, isn't suited up today, as expected. So all that depth that the Raiders have in the secondary? Good thing.

By: Don Williams on January 2, 2009 - 1:04pm - Add new comment

--Before the invocation and national anthem, the Cotton Bowl honored three titans who passed away in the last year: Former Southwest Conference commissioner Fred Jacoby, longtime Cotton Bowl ambassador Hoss Brock and Sammy Baugh, whose team won the first Cotton Bowl.

--Four U.S. Navy fighter jets just conducted a pre-game stadium flyover. The F-5N Tiger and F/A-18 Hornet aircraft came from four locations: Fallon, Nev., Virginia Beach, Va., New Orleans, La., and Key West, Fla.

By: Don Williams on January 2, 2009 - 12:58pm - Add new comment

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach and Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix both talked this week about the challenges such a long layoff present in preparing for bowl games. In a lot of instances, whichever team handles it the best is the one that wins.

I'm not sure what to expect today from Ole Miss. Houston Nutt and the Rebels both talked before and after they got to Dallas about the novelty and fun of the bowl experience for the players. Nutt said his players enjoyed every minute, and I got that same vibe from Rebels players I talked to as well.