Texas Tech Football Hosts Prized 2019 QB Recruit

LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Willie Sykes
LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders and Willie Sykes /

Just a month after putting the 2018 signing class to paper, the Texas Tech football program is hard at work on the 2019 class hosting one of the state’s most coveted quarterback recruits.

While the eyes of most Texas Tech fans are on the Red Raider basketball team, March could prove to be an important month for the football program as well.  In addition to holding spring practices, Kliff Kingsbury and his coaching staff are hard at work trying to land their top quarterback target, Jacob Zeno from San Antonio.

Unable to make it to Lubbock last weekend when Tech held its junior day for 2019 recruits, Zeno was in town earlier this week and it appears that he received the red carpet treatment.

Fortunately, Zeno seems the be incredibly enthusiastic about what he saw in Lubbock this week.

"I didn’t realize Tech, campus-wise, was that big. They said it was the second-largest campus in the nation. I had no idea.  He told Zach Tanner of 247Sports.com. The different physical therapy facilities they have, they have a hospital on campus, it just blew my mind. On top of that, the weight room, two athletic training rooms, it was just crazy. It blew my mind.”Zeno also told Tanner that he plans to make his decision in April after taking a visit to Baylor.  And when asked if Texas Tech needed to do anything else to sway him he said, “No, sir. They’ve done more than enough.”"

Zeno is believed to be Texas Tech’s top quarterback target in this class and Kingsbury has been forming a relationship with the dual-threat QB for quite some time.  The Red Raiders offered Zeno a scholarship way back in September making them his first Power 5 conference offer.

Since then, the competition has picked up for the three-star prospect.  Schools such as Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Utah have since thrown their hats in the ring.

The 6-foot-2, 181-pound junior is rated as the No. 73 player in Texas by 247Sports.com.  He passed for 1,957 yards and 18 touchdowns on just 226 attempts earning first-team all-district honors in 2017.

Right now, Texas Tech has two verbal commitments in the 2019 class.  4-star linebacker / defensive end Stephen Parker from South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, Texas is one of the top defensive players in Texas and has been committed to the Red Raiders since May of last year.  On the other side of the ball, 3-star receiver Cameron Cantrell (younger brother of Dylan Cantrell) has verbally committed to the Red Raiders as well.

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The 2019 recruiting cycle could soon see an uptick in activity as recruits make visits to campuses during spring practice.  Additionally, the new early signing period in December has moved up the timetable for most high school prospects to make their decisions so there could be some news on the recruiting trail for Texas Tech in the upcoming weeks.  Should that include Jacob Zeno, the 2019 class will be off to a fantastic start.