The Texas Tech Red Raiders have never won a Big 12 Championship and their recruiting classes have not pushed them further up the rankings in the conference, but things are starting to look more promising for the team’s 2016 recruiting cycle.
Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury, who is entering his third year with Texas Tech, along with his top recruiters are approaching a number of higher profile prospects in hopes of luring them to Lubbock in 2016.
JALEN HURTS, QUARTERBACK, TEXAS
Hurts is a consensus 4-Star prospect out of Channelview, Texas and is viewed as one of the top dual-threat QBs in the 2016 recruiting class.
He has thrown for over 2’500 yards with 21 touchdowns and also carried the ball for 132 times, running in 950 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground. His dual-threat talents would give Texas Tech a number of options for their offense moving forward and could provide the spark that Kingsbury is hoping for.
Texas Tech recently lost the commitment of Tristen Wallace, considered to be the number 3 dual-threat QB in 2016, and are hoping to persuade Hurts to take his talents to Lubbock to help the team recover from this hugely disappointing de-commitment.
Hurts currently holds 14 offers from colleges across the nation and Texas Tech will need to really push for Hurts to ensure they have a real chance of landed the 4-Star prospect.
MARVIN TERRY, DEFENSIVE END, TEXAS
Texas Tech have been high on Terry for a very long time, being the first college to make an offer to him all the way back in 2013, and they have every reason to want him.
Terry is a consensus 4-Star DE and has made a combined 260 tackles and 42 sacks in the last two years and is expected to have another monster year in high school before taken his immense talent up to the college level.
Terry is credited with having great play-recognition and decision making, which has contributed to his high statistics over the last two seasons.
His speed and coverage ability allows Terry to switch between Defensive End and Outside Linebacker, an asset that Texas Tech would love to have when going up against teams with strong passing games, such as the Baylor Bears and the TCU Horned Frogs.
Texas Tech will be hoping that their long-time interest in Terry can help persuade him to join up next season and give them a legitimate threat on defensive that can cause problems for every team in the Big 12.
These are just two prospects but for Texas Tech, they could be crucial pieces that can lead them to pushing further up the conference table and finally come closer to competing with the very best in the Big 12 once again.