Stephenville quarterback Jarrett Stidham
"I have officially committed to be a Texas Tech Red Raider! #GunsUp"
Stidham, who chose the Red Raiders over the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Oregon and Texas A&M, is arguably the biggest commitment in Texas Tech recruiting ever and is certainly the biggest commitment thus far in the new millennium.
Currently listed as a four-star prospect, Stidham is the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback, No. 4 QB overall in the nation.
It's no surprise Stidham committed to Texas Tech. The Top 50 prospect has tweeted about the school for months and recently took a trip to Texas Tech costing plenty of time and gas to avoid NCAA violations. Our own Jarret Johnson spoke with Stidham about his visit and received positive reactions regarding his time on campus.
A relief is what Stidham's commitment is. Red Raider fans can sigh and sleep a little easier at night after Tech climbs the recruiting rankings with the official verbal commitment.
There's no doubt Stidham has an arm. He has the perfect combination of strength and accuracy scouts love. At 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Stidham has size.
As previously stated though, Stidham is a dual-threat quarterback and possibly the most impressive part about that is his ability to read a defense. Texas Tech does not run an option very often. Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has implemented an air raid offense. Kingsbury has stated many times that he will adapt to his talent. One can only imagine he plans to utilyze Stidham in a manner similar to the way he did Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M.
Aside from Stidham's ability and rankings are his impressive statistics. Stidham tossed for almost 2,700 yards and hit the 30 touchdown mark in the air. As a quarterback, he was second on the district champion Stephenville Yellow Jackets with 975 rushing yards on 143 attempts. His average per carry as a junior ended at 6.8 yards. In 14 games, Stidham rushed for 16 touchdowns.
While nothing is certain, Stidham's commitment received shoutouts from other 2015 prospects. One tweet from a current Texas Tech recruit called Stidham his "brova". Stidham could be the first of many future top 100 commitments in the Kingsbury era.
Stidham is on pace to graduate in December, which means he would be available for spring ball in 2015.
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