2015 Prospectus: Quarterbacks

A look at 2015 prospects Texas Tech has offered scholarships to and expressed an interest in. Including one of the top quarterbacks in the country, who visited Lubbock Saturday. RaiderPower.com also gives its opinion on prospects who should get a look.


Kyler Murray (5-11, 175)
School: Allen HS
Rating: | National Position Rank: 5

Jarrett Stidham (6-4, 190)
School: Stephenville HS
Rating: | National Position Rank: 4

There are two highly coveted quarterback prospects who the Red Raiders have zeroed in on; Stephenville's Jarrett Stidham and Allen's Kyler Murray.

I have covered both several times and they are highly recruited for a reason. Each are dual-threat quarterbacks capable of dismantling defenses with either their arms or legs.

Murray, who visited Texas Tech Saturday, has led Allen to back-to-back Texas Class 5A Division I state titles and is expected to win another as a senior.

He gets knocked by people for his lack of size (5-11, 170) and for all of the tremendous talent he has surrounding him at Allen. I am not one of those people.

Murray is a polished player who is an elusive, fast, smart scrambler, who usually gets the yards neccesary to move the chains and gets out of bounds.

He's also an underrated passer, who I saw carve Southlake Carroll up for almost 500 passing yards on long bombs, skinny posts and seam routes. Murray always has a plan, and is as savvy of a high school quarterback as you will ever see. His mechanics are also tremendous, with a high, quick release.

He is exactly what Kingsbury is looking for to run his system and has expressed an interest in playing at Texas Tech.

Stidham has also expressed interest in the Red Raiders and visited Lubbock last season. He's big (6-4), fast (4.4) and has a rocket arm, but he isn't as polished of a quarterback as Murray.

That being said, the sky is the limit for Stidham, who I saw grab a dozen passes for almost 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns against powerhouse Aledo as a sophomore before moving to quarterback last season.

Both of these quarterbacks are national recruits who hold offers from all the big schools.

Murray is expected to sign with Texas A&M, where his father starred in the 1980's, but the Murray's have said that is not necessarily the case.

Stidham recently announced his Top 10: Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

Despite the stiff competition, the Red Raiders have a shot with each due to Kingsbury's success with the likes of Case Keenum, Johnny Manziel and Davis Webb and his quarterback friendly offense.

Worth A Second Look

Justin McMillan (6-2, 180)
School: Cedar Hill HS
Rating: | National Position Rank: N/A

Kody Wilstead (6-5, 195)
School: Pineview HS (UT)
Rating: | National Position Rank: N/A

Two guys who Tech has not offered, but have each expressed an interest for Texas Tech are Cedar Hill's Justin McMillan and Pineview's (UT) Kody Wilstead.

McMillan helped Cedar Hill to the 2013 Texas Class 5A Division II state title and is another intriguing dual-threat quarterback. The lefty shows a nice touch on the deep ball (especially to five-star WR DeMarkus Lodge) and the arm strength to hit receivers in stride from the opposite hash.

He currently holds no offers, but look for schools, including possibly Tech, to aggressively recruit him after losing out on bigger names.

Wilstead is the only pro-style quarterback mentioned here. It's obvious from how Kingsbury has recruited that he wants a dual-threat guy, in the mold of Manziel (good luck), to run his system, but Wilstead is a viable option if things fall through.

The 6-5 gunslinger has a great arm and stands tall in the pocket. Think a heavier Davis Webb.

I haven't heard if Tech has contacted Wilstead, but he told Scout.com he is very interested in Texas Tech and playing for Kingsbury in the Air Raid.

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