LUBBOCK, Texas – The efforts of Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells and his staff to build relationships throughout the state of Texas the past 12 months paid dividends Wednesday with the signing of 19 new Red Raiders to start the Early Signing Period.LUBBOCK, Texas – The efforts of Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells and his staff to build relationships throughout the state of Texas the past 12 months paid dividends Wednesday with the signing of 19 new Red Raiders to start the Early Signing Period. Tech signed 15 high-school prospects from the state of Texas, all while adding experienced depth throughout its roster via a mixture of three junior college signees and Brandon Bouyer-Randle, a graduate transfer from Michigan State. The class features five signees who will enroll at Tech this January in time for a full slate of spring practices.
"The high school coaches (in Texas) have helped us out a bunch," Wells said. "The relationships that we had previously and kind of reconnecting over the past year is huge for us and our success here at Texas Tech. We'll always recruit Texas high school kids, and we can't say enough about this class." As part of the class, Tech was able to keep several of the top West Texas prospects at home, landing Midland Lee wide receiver Loic Fouonji, Wellington tight end John Holcomb, Amarillo Tascosa linebacker L.B. Moore and local Frenship quarterback Donovan Smith. Wells and his staff will look to add to the 2020 class Feb. 5 when high school and junior college prospects are again able to sign with prospective universities. Below is a full listing of the class along with a bio on each signee.
NAME POSITION HT / WT HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL)Tahj Brooks RB 5-11 / 215 Manor, Texas (Manor H.S.)Ethan Carde OL 6-8 / 325 Valrico, Fla. (Coffeyville C.C.)Jonathan Davis DB 6-1 / 170 Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff H.S.)Devin Drew DL 6-3 / 260 Kansas City, Mo. (Iowa Western C.C.)Nate Floyd DB 6-0 / 175 College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated H.S.)Loic Fouonji WR 6-4 / 180 Midland, Texas (Midland Lee H.S.)Ryan Frank DB 6-4 / 185 Magnolia, Texas (Magnolia West H.S.)John Holcomb TE 6-5 / 215 Wellington, Texas (Wellington H.S.)Derrick Lewis II LB 6-1 / 215 Schertz, Texas (Samuel Clemens H.S.)Krishon Merriweather LB 6-0 / 230 Hazelwood, Mo. (Garden City C.C.)Kobee Minor DB 5-11 / 160 Lake Dallas, Texas (Lake Dallas H.S.)Larry Moore OL 6-5 / 285 Missouri City, Texas (Fort Bend Marshall H.S.)L.B. Moore OLB 6-3 / 215 Amarillo, Texas (Tascosa H.S.)Ja'Lynn Polk WR 6-2 / 185 Lufkin, Texas (Lufkin H.S.)Myles Price WR 5-9 / 170 The Colony, Texas (The Colony H.S.)Brandon Bouyer-Randle LB 6-2 / 235 Battle Creek, Mich. (Michigan State)Caleb Rogers OL 6-5 / 275 Mansfield, Texas (Lake Ridge H.S.)Donovan Smith QB 6-3 / 190 Las Vegas, Nev. (Frenship H.S.)J.J. Sparkman WR 6-4 / 190 Longview, Texas (Pine Tree H.S.)