If the 10-month stretch Texas Tech endured without a football commit for the 2019 class can be categorized as a recruiting drought then the past month has to be considered a massive flood. The Red Raiders picked up 11 commits in June, including a flurry of nine verbal pledges in one week of recruiting glory.
Texas Tech got off to a promising start in the 2019 cycle with commitments from four-star defensive end Steven Parker out of Dallas South Oak Cliff in May of 2017 and three-star receiver Cameron Cantrell out of Whitehouse (TX) that August. Then… nothing. Not one single commit to the 2019 class for 10 months which combined with a low-rated 2018 class plus head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s perceived blazing hot seat meant many Red Raider die hard fans were more than just a little unhappy for the better part of spring.
In an exclusive interview with InsideTheRedRaiders.com just before the levee broke and Tech picked up the flood of commits Kingsbury said the new NCAA rule allowing juniors to take official visits in the spring and in June had changed the Red Raiders’ timetable in terms of landing commits and then he even predicted the onslaught of commits to come.
“The process overall for a lot of universities has slowed down with these new official visits over the summer because the recruits are seeing more (schools). But for us it’s just slowed down our overall process as far as getting commits, but we feel good after these next two weekends of picking up some steam and kind of being where we want to be.”
Linebacker Bryce Robinson out of Sachse (TX) got Tech off the schnide on Monday, June 11 shortly after taking an official visit to campus. La’Vontae Shenault, a receiver out of DeSoto (TX), announced his commitment to Tech two days after Robinson followed by Magnolia (TX) West tight end Simon Gonzalez two days later. Later that Friday, hours after Gonzalez announced, Wellington offensive lineman Trevor Roberson publicly pledged to Tech.
Just like that, four “booms!” in five days after 10 months of nothing. Yet the Red Raiders were just getting started.
That Sunday, Father’s Day, just two days after Gonzalez and Roberson committed, Texas Tech picked up a trio of pledges. Aldine (TX) Eisenhower linebacker Tyrique Matthews was the first to announce, followed by Arlington (TX) receiver Trey Cleveland and Galena Park (TX) North Shore defensive back Keeyon Stewart.
The Red Raiders would have to endure four whole days before landing their next recruit, defensive end Tony Bradford, who is a Galena Park North Shore teammate of fellow Tech commit Keeyon Stewart. A week later the Red Raiders added kicker Alan Orona out of La Grange to close out a recruiting month worthy of notoriety.
The 2019 class currently ranks 47th in the nation and seventh in the Big 12. The following is more info on all 13 commitments listed in chronological order of when they gave their verbal pledge to the Red Raiders.