Texas Tech football lands important defensive recruit for class of 2025

Kaleb Burns, a star linebacker from Houston, Texas has given his verbal commitment to the Texas Tech football program.
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After a month of heavy activity on the recruiting trail, the Texas Tech football program is set to reap the rewards in the class of 2025. Monday, the program landed one of its most high-priority recruits in linebacker Kaleb Burns from Houston, Texas.

Rated a 3-star prospect by 247Sports.com, the 6-foot, 220-pounder is listed as the No. 59 linebacker in America and the No. 81 player in Texas. He's the seventh-highest-rated player currently in the Red Raiders' 2025 recruiting haul.

In addition to Texas Tech, Burns has offers from such programs as Baylor, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, Houston, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Utah, and others. He took an official visit to Lubbock on June 14 and now he's joined the Red Raider family.

This past season, Burns was credited with 73 tackles, including 18.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles, and he had an interception. Burns also runs track, competing in the 100- and 200-meter sprints as well as the shot put.

This is the second linebacker in the Texas Tech recruiting class for the current cycle. Way back in January, 3-star Flower Mound, Texas linebacker Brock Golwas also committed to the Red Raiders.

Of the Red Raiders' current 17 players in Tech's class, only six call the defensive side of the football home. That's why adding a player of Burns' caliber is important.

Currently, the Red Raiders' class ranks No. 29 nationally. In the Big 12, it sits at fourth behind TCU, West Virginia, and Oklahoma State. However, with more commitments expected in the upcoming days and weeks, that ranking is likely going to improve.