Tech Snags Blue-Chipper For First '05 Commit

<b>Mike Leach</b> and Gang pick up right where they left off last year by signing another Texas Hot 100 selection. We caught up with <b>Chris Cunigan</b>, a top-15 Texas blue chip-pick, who jumpstarts the Race to Signing Day for the Red Raiders...

Chris Cunigan, the talented wide receiver from Wills Point, Texas, had Texas Tech in his sights for some time now.

"I really like the program at Tech," Cunigan said. "The coaches are great and they run an offense there that I really like. They do a lot of passing and that's something I was looking for..."

But I'm also looking forward to getting a good education," Cunigan continued. "That's something that is important to me, as well."

Head coach Mike Leach and wide receiver coaches Sonny Dykes and Dana Holgorsen definitely added quite a talent.

They gain a pass-catcher who pulled down 47 balls for 650 yards and 10 touchdowns his junior season and is expected to eclipse those numbers this year.

How does Cunigan feel about getting balls thrown to him by the likes of recent Red Raider QB-signees Robert Johnson, Graham Harrell and Phillip Daugherty?

"That's a big reason why I have given Texas Tech so much thought," said the No. 14th-rated prospect in the Texas Hot 100. "They have great quarterbacks there and you get a lot of chances to make plays."

Asked about other schools showing interest, Cunigan only wanted to talk about Texas Tech.

The Wills Point prep looks solid in his oral commitment. Meanwhile, Red Raider fans are high-fiving each other as it appears Texas Tech's ready to build on last year's No. 17 national recruiting ranking after locking down an impressive prospect to kick off the 2005 recruitng class.

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