Stidham Talks Texas Tech, Historic Hoops Run

RaiderPower.com caught up with Jarrett Stidham, the No. 4 rated quarterback in the country, who holds offers from nearly every top football program in the country. This weekend he will visit Lubbock twice: once to help the Stephenville basketball team continue its historic run and again on Sunday to get a better look at what the Texas Tech football team has to offer.

Name any top football program in America - they all want Stephenville quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Stidham, who possesses a rocket arm and has been clocked at 4.56 seconds in the 40, is rated as the No. 4 quarterback of the 2015 class and a top 50 prospect overall by Scout.com.

As one might imagine, Stidham is at the top of Texas Tech's wish list.

Stidham and the Stephenville basketball team is in Lubbock this weekend making school history as the first group to ever reach a regional tournament.

The Yellow Jackets stormed back from an early deficit Friday night to win a double-overtime thriller 75-73 over Abilene Wylie in the Class 3A Region I semifinals. Stidham and his teammates take on Kennedale 7 p.m. Saturday at United Spirit Arena for a chance to become the first boys basketball team in Stephenville history to make it to state.

"We came in yesterday to the game and we didn't play very good in the first half, but in the second half we kicked it in gear," Stidham said earlier Saturday afternoon. "We're in it to win it, so we came back, it went into overtime and ended up winning it. We all feel confident we can beat Kennedale and go on to state."

Stidham described his game on the hardwood as flexible. He said he plays some point guard, wing and in the post for the Yellow Jackets--whatever the team needs.

It is his game on the gridiron, though, that has him in such high demand. Stidham said he plans on visiting Tech in a football capacity on Sunday.

It would be convenient if he could just stay an extra night, get up and go visit with the coach Kliff Kingsbury and the rest of the staff, but that is not the case. NCAA rules prohibit athletes from "visiting" a school while on campus for a high school sporting event. So after the game tonight, Stidham will return to Stephenville with his teammates and then turn around and make the 260-mile drive back to Lubbock on Sunday morning.

The fact that he's willing to do that is a pretty good sign for the Red Raiders' chances. Stidham said he wants to get a closer look at what Texas Tech has to offer.

"I want to talk to Kingsbury more about the offense and where the program's at, what direction it's headed," Stidham said. "I want to talk with the strength and conditioning coach (Chad Dennis), that's a big deal to me. I want to take more of an in-depth visit, because I haven't really done that here at Texas Tech. That's kind of what I'm looking forward to."

Several pundits have already penciled in Stidham as a Tech commit, but Stidham stated Saturday that a handful of other schools are still in the running, including a pair of Tech's in-state rivals.

"There's still a pretty good mix of schools, but Tech is for sure up there," Stidham said. "Baylor's up there, Oregon, A&M and I like Auburn. Those are some, to name a few."

Stidham added he doesn't have any other visits set in stone, that he's just playing it week by week. He was also noncommittal about setting a timetable on his decision.

"I'm just trying to play it by ear," Stidham said. "I think whenever it's the time, when I feel it's right then I'm going to go ahead and do that. Whether that's a week from now OK, if that's two days from now OK, if that's two months from now that's alright. I'm just going to play it by ear and see how it goes."

Ultimately, Stidham said his decision is going to come down to a handful of factors, which on the surface, looks good for the Red Raiders' chances.

"The town is a big thing to me, the coaches-I want to play for some really good coaches that are energetic and can kind of relate to me a little bit better with some younger coaches on staff," Stidham said. "There's quite a few things, but that's kind of just the basics of it."


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