Texas Tech, which has had five quarterbacks leave the program since last season, is rebuilding the depth.
Nic Shimonek, a former Texas schoolboy standout at Mildred, said Monday he plans to transfer to Tech from Iowa, where he redshirted last season. Shimonek will join the Red Raiders as a walk-on when the fall semester starts.
“I ran a similar offense to what Texas Tech runs all four years that I was on varsity in high school,” Shimonek said. “I went up to Iowa, and that’s a pro-style offense. It would have taken two or three years to get adjusted to. In college football, you only have five years maximum to play.
“Plus, Texas Tech’s closer to home. My family can make more games. I just feel like Texas Tech, from what I’ve been doing, would be a better fit for me.”
Shimonek, who said he is 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds, must sit out the 2014 season to comply with NCAA transfer rules. He will have three years to play three seasons starting in 2015. He’ll be trying to earn a scholarship.
Shimonek led Mildred, a small community outside Corsicana, to its first playoff victory his sophomore year, to the Class 2A Division II state semifinals his junior year and to the Class 2A Division II state finals his senior year.
In four varsity seasons, he passed for 8,211 yards and 97 touchdowns. He threw for 2,714 yards and 33 TDs as a senior, 2,939 yards and 37 TDs as a junior, 1,885 yards and 21 TDs a sophomore and 673 yards and six TDs as a freshman.
“He’s a kid with a tremendous arm,” Mildred coach Billy Dan Chambliess said. “I mean, the ball exploded out of his hand. Before you know it, it’s in your hands. He’s a kid that works hard, wants to play and will do anything to play.”
Shimonek decided to transfer in early July and returned home. He said he looked at Rice, SMU, Houston and Tech and decided the Red Raiders’ shortage of quarterbacks, coupled with his fit for their offensive scheme, were the deciding factors.
He came to campus in mid-July and had a sitdown with Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.
“I’m looking forward to doing whatever the coaches ask me to do — scout team or whatever — to earn my keep, if you will,” Shimonek said. “I’m just looking forward to getting there, working hard, trying to impress the coaches. I think it’ll be a lot of fun under coach Kingsbury and the young coaching staff they have there.”
Tech returns Davis Webb, a 2,700-yard passer, at quarterback. Since last season, though, the Red Raiders have had Baker Mayfield transfer to Oklahoma, Michael Brewer to Virginia Tech and Clayton Nicholas to Bowling Green.
Freshman signee Patrick Mahomes will be the No. 2 quarterback when the Red Raiders start practice Monday.
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