Texas Tech's recruitment of Josh Webster was fast and furious, but in the end all that matters is the 6-foot-4 point guard signed his letter of intent to play basketball with the Red Raiders.
Webster said he first met with the Red Raider staff when they attended an open gym practice up at South Plains College a couple months back, they started recruiting him heavily in October, he made an official visit to Tech last weekend where he was offered a scholarship and then finally he committed and signed on Wednesday. Though he turned the papers in Wednesday night before the ending of the NCAA basketball fall/early signing period, there will be a signing ceremony 2 p.m. Thursday at SPC to celebrate.
"The coaching staff is really great," Webster said. "Coach Beard, he's really passionate, he's like me. Me and coach Beard have a lot in common. We both come form D2 schools, and we are both very passionate about the game and winning. So,I thought Tech was the best fit for me."
The official visit last weekend sealed the deal for Webster and his family.
"I loved it, man. I loved the campus. The campus was so beautiful," Webster said. "The players were really cool. It felt like family to me, it felt really comfortable."
One of the perks of the official was Webster getting to spend some quality time with his parents, who live in St.Louis so he doesn't see much. Another major perk was the free food.
"I ate a lot. My favorite meal was probably at Walk-Ons or the Hibachi Grill... that was really good."
Webster helped CBC High School to 2014 Class 5A state title as a senior, redshirted at Division II program University of St. Louis-Missouri, then averaged 10 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and a block per game there in 2015-16, before transferring to SPC where he currently averages 11 points, 10.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per contest. Though not heavily recruited out of high school, Webster has developed his game the past two-plus seasons and believes he will be able to help the Red Raiders when he gets on campus
"One thing I bring is the love of the game, I really love it," Webster said. "I love to win and I want to help bring Tech to not only a national tournament, but the Final Four. That's what me and coach Beard talk about is getting to the Final Four. That's our mission once me and Jordan Brangers get there."
Brangers, mentioned in the quote above, is Webster's backcourt mate at SPC and had this to say about Webster joining him at Tech:
"I think it's a good combo. We will be really good a Tech next year, knowing we already have chemistry."
Webster echoed those sentiments about the chemistry the two have developed at SPC.
"It's definitely cool because Jordan and I have developed that chemistry together so especially when we hit Texas Tech, we will already have something in common together. And we really know each other's game, and he's a really good friend."
Webster, who will have two seasons of eligibility when he gets to Tech, and Brangers are two of four 2017 recruits who have inked with Texas Tech during the early signing period, joining Lubbock Coronado guard Jarrett Culver and Trinity Valley junior College point guard Hyron Edwards.