One more open scholarship to fill
The Red Raiders have made the annual scholarship shuffle an obsession for fans during the Chris Beard era. That’s because this program is starting to bring in the type of recruits that we once only dreamed of landing.
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Now that one such recruit has left town, that opens up another scholarship for Beard to fill this offseason. While we can probably expect the team’s only walk-on, Avery Benson, to fill Burnett’s scholarship for the spring semester, look for Beard to try to bring in another impact transfer or high school recruit in the offseason.
Right now, 247Sports lists only three uncommitted players who have an offer from Texas Tech in the 2021 class. The name to watch seems to be guard Jaden Hardy from Nevada who 247Sports lists as “warm” on Texas Tech. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder is a 5-star prospect and the no. 4 player in the entire nation.
Tech already has 4-star forward Jaylon Tyson from the Metroplex signed and ready to arrive next season. Of course, the whole scholarship limit issue is in flux given that the NCAA has voted to give winter sports athletes an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic meaning Santos-Silva may return.
But if senior Marcus Santos-Silva were to end his college career after this season or another player heads to the protal, that would give Beard an extra scholarship to play with. I suspect that he would head back into the transfer pool to add some age to his team but he could try his hand again with an elite high school prospect and hope that it turns out better than the Nimari Burnett chapter of Texas Tech basketball did.