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Texas Tech Recruiting Roundup, 12/2

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How do coaching changes affect recruiting?

As we all know by now Texas Tech has had some coaching changes over the past few days. Coaching changes usually shake up recruiting with teams but so far the 2016 class is holding strong.

There was a little concern with 5-Star 2017 commit Jack Anderson at first.

But he followed it up 20 minutes later with..

So just how do coaching changes affect a team's recruiting efforts? Usually you'll see the biggest impact when a head coach leaves. Example, Georgia fired Mark Richt and now the number 2 quarterback in the nation, Jacob Eason, is second guessing his commitment to the Bulldogs. 4-star quarterback Feleipe Franks had been committed to LSU for quite some time but after the rumors started to whirl about Les Miles possibly being fired, Franks decommitted from LSU and quickly committed to Florida. Now LSU is trying to do some damage control and do everything they can to get Franks back which included an in-home visit from Miles and staffers.

Another way coaching changes can affect recruiting is when a coach who recruited that player is fired or leaves. Mike Smith, Kevin Curtis and Trey Haverty were all key coaches when it came to recruiting. Most notably was Kevin Curtis' efforts in the state of Louisiana.  I'm not sure who will recruit Louisiana now for the Red Raiders. As of now it doesn't seem like any of the commits who the let-go coaches recruited are going anywhere though.

The other way the coaching carousel affects recruiting is that some recruits see this as a stability issue. No one wants to go to a program that constantly has coaching changes year after year. I'm assuming the remaining coaches briefed the recruits on the changes and let them know why the changes were being made.

As of now it doesn't appear that the changes have affected the 2016 class but who knows what might happen in the following months leading up to National Signing Day. Other programs can get in a recruit's ear and get them to start questioning their commitment but I think our recruits have solid heads on their shoulders and will stay strong throughout the process.

2016 Football Commits

Da'Leon Ward: Running Back, Skyline High School (Dallas, TX)
Gio Pancotti: Offensive Line, Episcopal High School (Bellaire, TX)
Neiman Armstrong: Cornerback, DeSoto High School (DeSoto, TX)
Antoine Cox-Wesley: Wide Receiver, Steele High School (Cibolo, TX)
Jett Duffey: Dual-Threat Quarterback, Lake Ridge High School (Mansfield, TX)
Bryson Denley: Athlete (RB, WR), Steele High School (Cibolo, TX)
DeQuan Bowman: Wide Receiver, Hutchinson CC (Hutchinson, KS)
Derrick Willies: Wide Receiver, Trinity Valley CC (Athens, TX)
Mychealon Thomas: Defensive Tackle, Butler CC (El Dorado, KS)
Brayden Stringer: Linebacker, Cypress Ranch High School (Cypress, TX)
Ivory Jackson: Defensive Tackle, Amarillo High School (Amarillo, TX)
T.J. Vasher: Wide Receiver, Rider High School (Wichita Falls, TX)
DaMarcus Fields: Cornerback, Taylor High School (Taylor, TX)
Johnathan Picone: Linebacker, Mandeville High School (Mandeville, LA)
Houston Miller: Defensive End, Keller High School (Keller, TX)
Noah Jones: Defensive End, Southmoore High School (Moore, OK)
Jordyn Brooks: Linebacker, Stratford High School (Houston, TX)
Nick McCann: Defensive Tackle, Arkansas High School (Texarkana, AR)
Austin Deshay: Defensive End, Hendrickson High School (Pflugerville, TX)
Travis Bruffy: Offensive Tackle, Ridge Point High School (Missouri City, TX)
Zach Adams: Offensive Tackle, Riverbend High School (Fredericksburg, VA)
Clarence Henderson: Defensive End, Skyline High School (Dallas, TX)
Joe Wallace: Defensive Tackle, Skyline High School (Dallas, TX)
Kevin Moore: Outside Linebacker, Acadiana High School (Lafayette, LA)
Desmon Smith: Defensive Back, Odessa Permian High School (Odessa, TX)
Bailey Smith: Offensive Line, Lovejoy High School (Lucas, TX)