DTN's Top Two:
Wade Signing with Texas Tech
"The last couple of years have been a big growing-up stage for me," Wade said.
He said in addition to his associate's degree he will have another term's worth of credits already on his transcript when he begins at Texas Tech.
"The fight that I have, I got it from my mother," Wade said. "Not one day did my mom complain."
More Recruiting Notes
There are still a few recruiting articles that I found yesterday or this morning. USA Today's Erick Smith looks at the top 25 on signing day and had this to say about Texas Tech:
12. Texas Tech (11-2): With Graham Harrell's career over, Mike Leach added a new quarterback pupil with the signing of Jacob Karam. RB Eric Stephens was one of the top ball carriers in the state of Texas. The Red Raiders were also helped by grabbing Oklahoma commitments WR Eric Ward and LB Brendon Mahoney and Michigan pledge DT Pearlie Graves.
Tech's national success and increased exposure is definitely reflected in this Red Raiders' class, arguably one of the better ones in Mike Leach's tenure. The class lacks an elite prospect -- currently no ESPNU 150 prospects are committed -- but it has its fair share of difference-makers and is very solid top to bottom. Plucking receiver Eric Ward (Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider) and OLB Brandon Mahoney away from Oklahoma down the stretch makes a big statement about where the program is headed both on and off the field. Ward will have ESPN's No. 17-rated signal-caller throwing him balls: Quick-release gunslinger Jacob Karam (Friendswood, Texas) has the look of an ideal player for Tech's system. The Red Raiders added some needed youth upfront with a pair of top-20 tackles in LaAdrian Waddle (Columbus, Texas) and Kyle Clark (Denton, Texas/John H. Guyer). The majority of this class still comes out of the Longhorn State, but Tech is not just picking up residual talent passed over by Texas and Oklahoma anymore.
Baylor Comes to Town
DT's Alex Ybarra previews tomorrow night's game against Baylor and forward Mike Singletary still thinks the Bears are still pretty good:
"Baylor's still a great team in our eyes," he said. "They still have the same parts that they had last year with a few extra parts that they have with the freshmen coming off the bench. They're gonna be a good opponent, so we're just gonna have to come in and get the win."
Freshman center Robert Lewandowski on losing close games:
"It's a little annoying, but at the same time it keeps telling us that we're that close," he said.