BASEBALL | I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday, but LAJ's George Watson is reporting (as is quite a few of individuals on the internets) that head coach Tim Tacklock has hired former Oklahoma Sooner pitching coach Ray Hayward. Hayward was the pitching coach from 2000 through 2004 and I think he's been a scout for a MLB team since 2004. Perfect Game's Kendall Rogers (well respected college baseball writer) tweeted that Hayward is a very good pitching coach and a good man.
The Williams and Hyatt Show's Ryan Hyatt had on J-Bob Thomas yesterday afternoon and I'm excited.
Now former Red Raider, Barrett Barnes checks in as a new draftee for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
FOOTBALL | This is actually pretty big news, but Texas Tech commit QB Davis Webb was named as one of the top 24 quarterbacks as determined by ESPN's Elite 11 camp and former NFL'er Trent Dilfer. Somewhat strange in that Webb has gone from about a two-star or three-star type of player to being invited to the elite high school quarterback competition. It appears that offensive coordinator may have swung for the fences in trying to recruit some of the higher level players, but it also appears that right now, Brown may have chose wisely and didn't choose another player just because that player was more highly recruited by other college programs.
There are six quarterbacks that are from the state of Texas that will be competing: Tyrone Swoopes (Texas), Cody Thomas (Oklahoma), T.J. Barrett (Ohio St.), Zach Allen (Syracuse), Devante Kindade (undecided) and Webb.
LAJ's David Just caught up with former Red Raider Sammy Walker, who was legally blind in his right eye. Just is drawing comparisons between Walker and Texas Tech signee DT J.J. Loller, although Loller's situation appears to be a medical condition, while Walker injured his eye in high school. Still, Walker had a terrific college career, was drafted and played in the NFL with that bad eye.