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Red Raider Gridiron: Preferred Walk-Ons; McGinnis Chooses Oklahoma

As National Signing Day is in one day, Texas Tech has a handful of commits from preferred walk-ons. Arthur McGinnis chose Oklahoma last night.

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McGinnis Chooses Oklahoma. Warren Easton LB Arthur McGinnis chose Oklahoma last night.  If it makes anyone feel better, I didn't have a good feeling that McGinnis would choose Texas Tech and usually, Mike has a story pre-written and already in the editor if he thinks there's a chance and I don't think I saw one last night from Mike. Good luck for all but one game!

Preferred Walk-Ons. We're keeping a list of the preferred walk-ons (shout-out to Mike) that have chosen Texas Tech and I think Sawyer committed to walking-on last night.  Raider Power has a short Q&A with McHugh when he visited last week.  And in case you were curious, Mike thought that Coleman Dennis would be a good walk-on candidate in . . . August.

  • TE Evan McHugh 6-3/225 Lubbock Cooper (Lubbock, TX)
  • LB Johnny Crow 6-2/230 Azle (Azle, TX)
  • OL Grant Caravelli 6-4/270 Frenship Wolfforth (Lubbock, TX)
  • DE Coleman Dennis 6-3/255 Frenship Wolfforth (Lubbock, TX)
  • WR Landon Sawyer 6-1/175 San Angelo Central (San Angelo, TX)

Biggurs to SMU. Chris Biggurs, whose father played at Texas Tech, committed to SMU last night. Biggurs didn't have a Texas Tech offer and there is some hand-wringing about whether or not Texas Tech should have offered a scholarship that was a legacy player.  I watched the sophomore film on Biggurs (he has his current highlights on private and has for a while) and in my unprofessional opinion, he's definitely a project and he only had 38 tackles as a senior.  It was still sophomore film, so it has to be taken with a grain of salt, but the thing that bothers me is the 38 tackles as that's not a ton of production.  Maybe Biggurs will turn into something more, but he didn't produce at Coppell and I suppose that I don't mind the coaches not offering a scholarship to a player, even if he is a legacy, if they don't think he can compete at this level.  I'd bet that Biggurs had a preferred walk-on available to him.

Miscellaneous. Sunday night or yesterday morning, Oklahoma State lost their offensive line coach, Bob Connelly, to USC and then that meant that an offensive line commit ended up decommitting and going to Houston and now, a day before National Signing Day, Oklahoma State is without an offensive line coach . . . I think the odds are quite long, but Alabama defensive tackle Dee Liner was released from his scholarship at Alabama and by not taking a full class, Texas Tech should have room for players like this without having to cut another player (that's the key here). My guess is that Liner stays in SEC country, but Texas Tech can be opportunistic with transfers . . .