Texas Tech football: Dozens of top recruits visit before hiatus

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The Masked Rider leads the Texas Tech Red Raiders onto the field (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

Just prior to the coronavirus shutdown of 2020, the Texas Tech football team had a huge recruiting weekend so let’s look at some of the top players that were on hand.

They say that timing is everything.  In the case of the Texas Tech football program, the timing was on their side as just days before the coronavirus outbreak of 2020 shut down all football activities, Matt Wells and his coaches were able to hold the year’s biggest recruiting weekend.

There was once a time when the top recruiting period of the football calendar was in the summer when prospects had plenty of time to take visits and participate in camps put on by programs they were interested in.  But the implementation of the late December signing window has sped up the process for many of the top players in the nation and now, spring has become a prime window during which Texas Tech likes to bring tons of targets to Lubbock.

It doesn’t hurt that Red Raider basketball is on fire these days because Wells strategically schedules his big junior day recruiting events around home games at the United Supermarkets Arena.  This year, dozens of prospects were on hand for the season’s final game against No. 1 Kansas, which took place less than a week before the college basketball season was shut down.

Though nobody is enjoying the current virus outbreak that has ground out daily lives to a halt and robbed us of all sports, it might be doing Wells and Co. a bit of a favor in that it has forced recruiting to be put on hold indefinitely.  That means that the last impression of any school that the prospects on hand in Lubbock earlier this month have will be that of Texas Tech.

We don’t know if that will give Tech a huge boost but it can’t hurt as players have plenty of time to mull over their experiences in the Hub City without having other recruiting visits also in their mind.  Taking it a step further, we don’t know when life will return to some semblance of normalcy and should schools not be able to host recruits again until late into the summer, Tech might have even more of an edge with the players that were on campus this month.

There were too many prospects on hand to go through the list one-by-one but below is a list of players that have confirmed on social media that they were in Lubbock for this huge weekend.

 LB D’Marion Alexander  

LB Colin Oliver

DE Charles Esters III

DE Landyn Watson

DE Jonathan Jones

DT Solomon Wright

DE Braylon Sugg

OT Ronnie Garza

OT Ty Buchanan

OT Jack Tucker

OT Aidan Kinnaird

OT Jack Leyrer

OL Jacoby Jackson

OL Aaron Session

OL Jackson Anderson

OL Ryan Lengyel

DB Jordan Mukes

TE Mason Tharpe

So let’s go inside this huge weekend and look at some of the biggest fish that Tech was able to host.  Hopefully, many of them will soon join the next class of Red Raider signees.

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