It would only make sense for Tech fans to be worried that his decommitment, which he announced via Twitter on Saturday, would lead to other Red Raider pledges to follow suit.
Early returns show that might not be the case. RaiderPower.com has reached out to several Tech commits (and continue to do so) for their reaction to the news and current standing with the team and for now, it appears as if Stidham's decommitment will not have the domino effect some assumed it would.
RB Corey Dauphine, Port Arthur Memorial
Dauphine was Tech's first commit of the class and his commitment to the Red Raiders has been questioned more than once by many. The four-star running back told RaiderPower.com on Saturday that he received a heads up from other commits about Stidham. He was still shocked by the news though he had this to say about his standing with Tech:
Texas Tech running backs coach Mike Jinks also made a in-home visit with Dauphine on Sunday before the dead period began.
"Yes, I'm still solid."
OL Conner Dyer, Mesquite Poteet
When asked if he was still solid with the Red Raiders following Stidham's announcement the four-star tackle, who pledged to Tech over offers from the likes of Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and LSU, told RaiderPower.com:
IR Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins
"For sure. I committed to Tech for Tech, not another recruit."
Elkins star quarterback, who will transition to inside receiver at Tech, talked with RaiderPower.com less than five minutes after learning of Stidham's decommitment and had this to say about the situation and his standing with Tech:
WR Furquan Shorts, Humble Atascocita
"Aww man, that is a tough loss! Yes I'm still solid with Tech!"
RaiderPower.com contacted Shorts shortly after speaking with Giles. Shorts expressed shock:
"I am solid. I was shocked because he's been committed so long and signed (a financial aid agreement) already."
Dang. ?? our class still good— Quan Shorts1? (@Quann_) December 14, 2014
LB D'Vonta Hinton, Texas City
The all-state linebacker told Scout's Ahmard Vital he spoke with five-star defensive tackle commit Breiden Fehoko about Stidham and Hinton had this to say, "It was a bit of a letdown being this close to signing day, but one monkey don’t stop no show."
Hinton said he told Fehoko he was:
"Texas Tech all the way."
Say bro, I just wanted to wish you good luck in your future football endeavors .Your enthusiasm became addictive. I also...@Jarrett_Stidham— DVONTA HINTON (@HitmanHinton6) December 15, 2014
...wanted to tell you nothing is guaranteed follow your heart not a promise. See you on the battlefield #guns up— DVONTA HINTON (@HitmanHinton6) December 15, 2014
DT Breiden Fehoko, Honolulu Farrington
As mentioned above the five-star defensive tackle has been gung-ho in expressing his loyalty for Texas Tech. In fact, Fehoko and his family were actually hosting Red Raider head coach Kliff Kingsbury, interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith (with whom his family is very close) and offensive line coach Lee Hays in Hawaii for a visit when Stidham made the announcement.
He appears as solid as ever and is the unquestioned leader of the 2015 class at this point.
I'm in it for life, forever bleed scarlet and black. This class is sticking together through thick and thin! #GreatnessEra— Breiden Fehoko (@Fehoko_Era) December 14, 2014
I'm excited about to ball with the rest of the bros in my class! They make this whole thing worth it!— Breiden Fehoko (@Fehoko_Era) December 15, 2014
OL Madison Akamnonu, Arlington Bowie
Though RaiderPower.com has yet to speak with the four-star offensive lineman since Stidham's decommitment, Akamnonu wasted no time in reinforcing his commitment via Twitter. Scout's Gabe Brooks also commented he interviewed Akamnonu on Thursday and said he "seemed very solid to Texas Tech."
Say we still good fam??— Chukwudi Akamnonu (@DreadedDreamz56) December 14, 2014
Stay tuned for more reactions from Texas Tech commits. We will post them here and on the board when we get them.