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Kingsbury Talks Texas Tech Recruiting

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury discussed Texas Tech recruiting with RaiderPower.com on Monday at Big 12 media day in Dallas, Texas.

Firstly, Coach Kingsbury was asked about the positions left in the class of 2017:

"Really, some defensive linemen. Don't have the commitments there yet, but have been on a bunch of guys that we really like. We're gonna close those gaps. There was an emphasis, we knew we were going to bring in a bunch of DBs and some offensive linemen, and wanted to take our time everywhere else. I think offensively, we still have one more skill-type position to take, but we're pretty much full offensively."

With so many players on the rosters set to be seniors when the 2017 season rolls along, is it fair to say that the class of 2018 will be a large group at receiver?

"It will be. We'll be loading up in 2018 and take a bigger class there at wideout to try and help those numbers out."

What are some other positions that will be hit hard in 2018?

"I think quarterback is one that we've got to hit a home run in 2018. We like the last two that we got in Jett and the one we have committed right now, but every year we feel like we've got to bring in that home run guy at quarterback and then continue with our linebackers, we thought we brought in three really good ones this class, but we've got to create some depth there as well."

Are there any plans to backfill that Director of Player Development role this summer?

"We're still working through that. We don't have an answer yet, but we have an idea of what we'd like to do with it."

Would that idea entail a current Texas high school football head coach?

"Maybe, maybe. We don't know, we wanted to take our time with that. Coach Jones, we felt, was the perfect fit for that role, so we're going to try to figure out who the best answer now would be."

Texas Tech hired a former director of player development coach in DeShaun Foster - what does he bring to the program?

"He had instant credibility. I know our running backs have really enjoyed working with him, a guy who played the position at such a high level. When he talks to them about blocking, seeing this hole, missing this cut, you know, they listen and they believe it because he's done it at that high level. I really enjoy what he's brought to our program."

Foster and the other coaches bring a lot of out-of-state recruiting ties to the football program. However, coach Kingsbury said last year the plan is to go more in-state. How will that dynamic be handled moving forward in recruiting?

"They have a lot of [out-of-state] connections, but they've all recruited this state, outside of coach Foster - and that will be an easy adjustment, he has a name that high school coaches respect automatically. We'll still recruit the state very heavily, and if we have a kid out in LA or somewhere else that we have a great relationship with, we'll pursue it, but for the most part it will be in Texas."

Coach Kingsbury was asked about the rise of social media, and its role in high school recruiting.

"It's huge. They want instant feedback. When I was playing, you just got one phone call and that was it, and you were thrilled with that. They want instant feedback, they want to talk and message all day, so it's huge. If you're not doing that, you're going to miss on players."

What does Coach Kingsbury feel the biggest obstacle to greater recruiting success for the program is?

"We have to win a little bit more. We have to show that we can win Big 12 championships out there at Texas Tech, and I think that's when it will really flip."

Coach Kingsbury expressed some negativity towards the mega satellite camps that have attracted hundreds of kids, but recognizes the value in those camps for schools like Texas Tech.

"I think there's a fine line on those [mega] satellite camps, making it worthwhile for the player and the parent to spend money and participate."

Coach Kingsbury was asked about East Texas and the motivation for continuing to go back there to hold satellite camps.

"I think more than anything, the appreciation they have for us coming out there. They're good kids, they're tough kids there. They don't always get the same exposure that kids in other parts of the state get, so when you're out there, they don't want the camp to end, they want more reps, they want to keep going. They've been coached hard, those high school coaches out in east Texas coach them hard, teach them how to be a good man, so it's a bunch of things."


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