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Red Raider Gridiron | Texas Tech Wants All of the Walk-On Quarterbacks

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Texas Tech has offered preferred walk-on status to Midland Christian quarterback Mason McClendon and we have a few more updates on the commitment of Rika Levi and hiring of special teams coordinator Darrin Chiaverini.

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Yesterday, we found out that Texas Tech has offered preferred walk-on status to Midland Christian quarterback Mason McClendon (5-11/180), who helped Midland Christian win their third straight title (I think) (via @LucasMayer).

You can watch McClendon's film (via Hudl) and it's pretty good.  Lots of quick decisions, really nice touch on some of the deep balls and some decent mobility.  I can't find any profiles on McClendon and so I wonder how accurate that height actually is.  You can also check out his stats, but he was 233 for 339, a 68% completion percentage, for 4,053 yards, 59 touchdowns and 6 interceptions (via MaxPreps).  Here's some video of McClendon during that state championship game and McClendon speaking after the game (via YouTube).

As we get further into the spring and summer, if McClendon decides to walk-on, I'll be building up McClendon as the next Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes as the next Colin Kaepernick, Mike Richardson as the next Chris Weinke, and Tanner Tausch as the next Cam Newton.  They will all be properly hyped before the season starts.

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More on Levi Commitment: I'll update newest commitment Rika Levi's profile when I get a bit more time, but Levi speaks about why he chose Texas Tech (via Scout):

"I think it's a perfect fit for me," Levi said. "I can come in and be effective, I'll be playing the shade, I picked up on the package pretty easily when I was watching film. I mean I feel like I have the foundation for that type of defense."

More on Hiring Chiaverini: Also a bit more on the hiring of special teams coordinator Darrin Chiaverini (via LAJ) as Don Williams got a quote from LB Will Smith, who played for Chiaverini while he was at Riverside C.C., as did Sadale Foster and Bruce Jones:

"He’s a real fiery guy," the Red Raiders’ linebacker said. "He’ll blend very well with the staff. He’s young just like they are. He was real fun. You can talk to him about anything."