Texas Tech football: 5 potential game-changing signees in 2024 class

Sep 16, 2023; Lubbock, Texas, USA;  A Texas Tech Red Raiders helmet on the bench during the game
Sep 16, 2023; Lubbock, Texas, USA; A Texas Tech Red Raiders helmet on the bench during the game / Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
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Wide receiver Micah Hudson is the highest-rated signee to ever ink with Texas Tech

There is no question that Micah Hudson, the five-star wide receiver from Temple, Texas is the star of this recruiting class. In fact, he's the brightest star to ever sign with Tech in any sport.

Rated by the 247Sports composite rankings as the No. 7 player in the nation and the No. 3 WR in his class, he's the top prospect in the Lone Star State. He verbally committed to the Red Raiders days after Tech's loss to Oregon back in September and since then, many outside of the Texas Tech biosphere have expected him to flip to a name-brand program, most likely Texas or A&M, the two other schools he was most closely linked to during his recruitment.

However, Hudson never wavered and his word held true. Now, he's officially a Red Raider.

It will be hard for Red Raider fans to keep a healthy level of perspecitve when it comes to Hudson. Already, some are throwing about the name of Michael Crabtree and that isn't fair to any recruit, no matter how talented he may be.

What Hudson can bring to the Texas Tech offense, though, is explosiveness. That's something that has been missing in recent years.

According to MaxPreps.com, this season, Hudson averaged 19.6 yards per catch on 70 receptions in 11 games. That worked out to 1,370 yards. He also hauled in 18 TD passes. It was his second-straight season with at least 1,100 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.

This player is your next great Texas Tech wide receiver. He is likely to follow in the footsteps of players like Joel Filani, Jarrett Hicks, and Antoine Wesley, all of whom had massive impacts on the program and who provided dominance at outside receiver.

Whether or not we are talking about another Biletnikoff Award trophy coming to Lubbock in the next four years is not fair to project on signing day, though. Still, Red Raider fans should celebrate this signing because, in part, Hudson's arrival signals a shift in the perception of Red Raider recruiting and it is a sign that McGuire is able to bring the bluest of blue-chip talent to Lubbock. That's an important step in the reconstruction of the program.