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
|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.|
|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.