The Stars Are Aligning

We all know the how many "stars" a player receives by the recruiting gurus is not 100% accurate when predicting production at the collegiate level, but it is a good starting point and helps give a rough idea of the quality of players a program is bringing in. We decided it would be a good idea to take a look back, and see how Texas Tech's recruiting has progressed over the years.

If you take a look at most of the programs that are consistently in the top 10, they will all have one thing in common: they recruit very well. Teams like Texas, USC, Ohio State, Penn State, all 3 Florida schools, and a host of others always seem to find themselves in the upper echelon of college football. Year-in and year-out a good portion of these teams will finish the year ranked very high and be heading to a top bowl game. There will be times when these programs will have down years (i.e. Florida State this year, Penn State last year), but for the most part they all are considered the elite of college football.

The big question for all of us is, how does this effect Texas Tech? From a recruiting standpoint, the Red Raiders need to bring in some big time talent to develop the depth and consistency at every position that is needed to compete for the Big 12 and National Title. For example, Texas lost one of the best running backs in college football last year in Cedric Benson. As most teams would be worried about losing a back such as him, Texas just replaced him with the trio of Jamaal Charles, Selvin Young, and Ramonce Taylor. This is the type of situation Tech needs to put themselves in.

We are not all the way there yet, but the talent level at Tech is steadily improving. One of the big losses next year will be Taurean Henderson, but the talent and potential we have waiting the wings is outstanding. We have Shannon Woods, Taurance Rawls, Edward Britton, Kobey Lewis and Baron Batch. Although the loss of a player such as Taurean will be very hard to replace, Tech is beginning to stockpile the talent necessary to replace players such as him and continue to see production.

With all of that being said, below is a summary of the star rankings brought in by Texas Tech the past 4 years. You can see a steady improvement through the years as the Red Raiders are bringing in more talent now then ever before:


2006

High School

Junior College

** 5 ** 0
*** 7 *** 0
**** 6 **** 0
***** 0 ***** 0
Total 18 Total 0

 

2005

High School

Junior College

** 10 ** 0
*** 8 *** 0
**** 3 **** 0
***** 0 ***** 0
Total 21 Total 0

 

2004

High School

Junior College

** 13 ** 0
*** 4 *** 5
**** 1 **** 3
***** 0 ***** 0
Total 18 Total 8

 

2003

High School

Junior College

** 9 ** 0
*** 5 *** 3
**** 2 **** 4
***** 0 ***** 1
Total 16 Total 8


The chart below is a graphical representation of how are high school recruiting has progressed over the last 4 years.  The 2006 class is not even complete, yet we already have twice as many 4 star commits as last year:


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