As the two Cibolo Steele seniors looked around the campus in Lubbock, they asked each other if they were ready step on the scene and become Red Raiders.
The high school teammates took one step closer to becoming college teammates on Wednesday morning. Cox-Wesley, an outside wide receiver, and Bryson Denley, a running back and slot receiver, each signed with Texas Tech.
Each player committed before their senior year started. Both followed through with their commitment and wore Red Raider regalia during the signing day ceremony inside Steele’s auditorium.
“It’s amazing to have one of my best friends up there with me,” Wesley said. “Hopefully we’re going to room together, so it’s going to a blessing to have him be by my side.”
Wesley is expected to be a member of this year’s signing class, while the situation surrounding Denley could become much more complex. Denley sent a national letter of intent to Lubbock on Wednesday morning but there is a good chance that he ends up taking a grayshirt.
If Denley grayshirts, he would not become eligible until the fall of 2017. Steele coach Scott Lehnhoff said it could end up working on out in Denley’s favor. The running back recently underwent successful surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament that was injured during Steele’s playoff run.
Denley rushed for 990 yards and 17 touchdowns during his senior year, while Cox-Wesley led the Knights with 11 receiving touchdowns and also compiled 670 receiving yards.
The two players are byproducts of the relationship former running backs coach Mike Jinks has with Steele. Jinks was Steele’s head coach before he accepted a job at Tech. Jinks helped Tech sign running back Justin Stockton in 2014 and offensive tackle Terence Steele last year. Denley said the familiarity played a key role in his decision, one that he was all smiles about after a rough end to his last season of high school.
“I’m just glad Texas Tech stuck with me,” Denley said. “It’s a blessing.”