Middleton Set on Tech

Tyler Middleton, following a weekend visit to Raiderland, is reaffirming his commitment to Tech and even what number he wants to wear.

This past weekend's visit to Texas Tech for junior college prospect Tyler Middleton was nothing but reaffirming to the Midland native.

"I had a great time. It was real cool. The best part was getting to hang out with the team and other recruits," said Middleton.

The recruits were shown first class treatment from Texas Tech and the coaching staff, which included great meals, tours of the facilities and campus, as well as a trip to the locker room for players to try on their jerseys, gloves and helmets.

"All I could think about, was the next time I put on pads, I'll be a Red Raider," said Middleton, who also indicated that his number of choice would be number 5, which carries a lot of responsibility around Texas Tech.

Middleton also had good things to say about the new helmets that were unveiled to recruits over the weekend and also eluded to the fact that there are more new helmet designs on the way.

The visit also provided some assurance as to what position Middleton will begin his Tech career playing, which will be running back.

"I met with Coach Jinks and Coach Kingsbury and they drew out some plays and showed me how I'd be involved in the offense," said Middleton. "It's going to be some flare routes and stuff out of the backfield. I just want to get out there and compete."

Middleton's host on his visit was his longtime friend Bradley Marquez, whom he competed with in high school, and looking at their stats from their senior year they are very comparable.

Middleton was also called by longtime Midland High Coach Craig Yenzer.  

"The fastest kid who has come through our program since I've been here."

That's bold talk for a program that has sent dozens of kids to Division 1, as well as current Baylor Bear Antoine Goodley and former Red Raider and current Pittsburgh Steeler Baron Batch.

Middleton will report to Texas Tech at the end of May and get right to work learning the offense and starting the first session of summer school in June.

"I can't wait to get there," said Middleton.

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