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Retrospect: Texas Tech Recruiting Classes 2005

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I've already detailed the 2003 and 2004 Texas Tech Recruiting classes and now it's time to move on to the 2005 recruiting class.

2005 Recruiting Class

Player Pos Stars Ht Wt 40 RR Comment
Edward Britton ATH 3 5-11 160 4.51 5.7 Possible starter, will contribute.
Shawn Byrnes OL 2 6-2 298 5.6 5.1 Possible starter, probably a year away.
Brandon Carter OL 3 6-5 325 5.4 5.6 Should start at center.
Chris Cunigan WR 3 6-3 210 4.5 5.7 Not on roster, left team.
McKinner Dixon DE 4 6-3 240 4.58 5.8 Not on roster.
Ryan Hale LB 3 6-1 210 4.6 5.5 Saw little playing time.
Catron Houston ATH 2 6-0 185 4.41 5.4 Not on roster.
Rashad Hunt DE 2 6-3 245 4.79 5.0 Not on roster.
Victor Hunter TE 2 6-1 230 4.7 5.0 Now at DE, played in 11 games, adds depth.
Andrew Johnson OL 3 6-3 252 5.56 5.5 Possible starter.
Phillip Jones DE 3 6-5 240 4.6 5.5 Played 4 games, still developing.
Kobey Lewis RB 2 5-6 166 4.6 5.4 Only a backup.
Brent Nickerson DB 3 6-0 185 4.5 5.5 Played in 9 games.
Pete Richardson RB 3 5-9 179 4.4 5.5 Now CB, played in 6 games.
Sandy Riley TE 2 6-1 241 4.6 5.3 Now at LB, played in 10 games.
Jordan Thomas LB 2 6-0 210 4.71 5.1 Not on roster.
Chris Todd QB 3 6-2 185 4.8 5.6 Transferred.
Louis Vasquez OL 3 6-5 310 5.1 5.7 Should start at tackle.
LaShawn Vation DB 3 5-11 185 4.5 5.6 No significant playing time.
Todd Walker ATH 3 6-2 185 4.4 5.6 Probable starter at inside WR.
Marlon Winn OL 2 6-5 280 - 5.3 Provides depth at tackle.

So what can we tell from looking at this class?

  • At least 5 players who are no longer with the team.
  • There are 6 players who may start next year (Britton, Byrnes, Carter, Johnson, Vasquez and Walker).
  • 3 offensive recruits were moved to the defensive side of the ball (Hunter, Richardson, and Riley).
  • 1 player transferred (Todd).
  • Average Rivals.com stars: 2.66.

That's not a bad haul, but I wonder if the coaches ever expect a certain number of players to be playing from each class? For instance, the 2004 class should be the backbone of the current Red Raider team. I wonder if internally the coaches break down what they need from each class:

  • From the class 4 years ago (2003) a team needs 2-4 players either starting or contributing heavily to the team.
  • From the class 3 years ago (2004) a team needs 8-10 players either starting or contributing heavily to the team.
  • From the class 2 years ago (2005) a team needs 6-8 players either starting or contributing heavily to the team.
  • From the class 1 year ago (2006) a team needs 4-6 players either starting or contributing heavily to the team.
  • From this year's class (2007) it would be a luxury if 2-4 players either start or contribute heavily to the team.

This is obviously a guestimate, but something that I would think that the coaches might base how a class contributes to a team. Based on this idea, Tech seems to be doing a pretty good job of mixing and matching the classes and getting enough from each and every class.