Red Raiders Star In Recent All-Star Games

The Red Raiders pulled in by all accounts one of their best recruiting classes ever last year. All of the Tech signee's proved themselves during their distinguished highs school careers. Recently, a group of those signee's had another chance to showcase their skills prior to joining the Red Raiders. <p>

The Red Raiders had 6 incoming recruits participate in last week's Oil Bowl. Graham Harrell, Darcel McBath, Josh Aleman, Jake Ratliff, Shannon Woods and Blake Johnston all played in the all-star contest held annually in Wichita Falls.

The group did not disappoint.

Harrell was named the games offensive MVP passing for 2 touchdowns and 260 yards on 17 of 29 passing. Nearly half of Harrell's yardage came at the hands of future Tech teammate Darcel McBath.

"We didn't conspire to try and get the ball to him that much," said Harrell. "He's such a great athlete and runs great routes so he was just always open."

McBath tallied 7 grabs for 133 yards and a touchdown.

"I knew Graham was going to be a talented player before I saw him play, but I was really surprised at how good he is," said McBath. "Actually, I was really surprised with the talent of the incoming Tech recruits."

McBath was sure to point out that despite the eye-popping statistics he put up in the game, he still isn't at full-speed.

"I had a hamstring injury up until a week prior to the game that I have been nursing," said McBath. "It's fully healed now so I've just begun to get back on my workout regimen."

McBath said that he plans on heading to Lubbock on July 6.

Harrell too was encouraged by what he saw in the game from the incoming Tech recruits.

"Whenever you play in an all-star game, it's supposed to be the best of the best, so it was neat to see all of those guys excel," said Harrell. "You can tell that Tech is bringing in a lot of talent and it will show in a couple of years."

Harrell mentioned that he had one more all-star game to prepare for before heading to Lubbock to join the Red Raiders.

"I have to prepare for the North-South game before I head out to Lubbock in early July," said Harrell.

Running back Shannon Woods rushed for 59 yards and added a touchdown. Defensively, Lubbock Monterrey walk-on Blake Johnston intercepted a pass.

Additionally, Texas Top 100 wide receiver Danny Amendola was named offensive MVP of the Bayou Bowl also held on Saturday night.

Amendola recorded a touchdown pass on a trick play and totaled 106 return yards.


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