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Weekly Recruiting Update: Program instability creates questions

It is rare to see a team who struggles on the field have any type of positive momentum on the recruiting trail. I am afraid that recruiting will be washed up in the ripple effect of the past four weeks. If there ever was a year where stability was needed it would be this year since it is the opening year of the early commitment period for football. This early signing period is expected to change the landscape of how recruiting is done and many expect that most commits will want to sign early rather than wait until national signing day.

I wish I could say I thought this was a good thing for the Red Raiders this year but with the uncertainty of the current coaching staff remaining, I think it will leave a dark cloud over the program. I could see several of our commits being leery of signing with Tech until they are more confident if the coaches who are recruiting them will actually be the coaches they play for. Over this past week one of Tech’s wide receiver commit’s, Corey Fulcher, felt the need to come out and reaffirm his commitment to the play for the Red Raiders.

With that in mind who were some of the recruits on campus this weekend for Tech’s disappointing loss to Kansas State.

- Shabazz Dotson. A 3-star defensive line prospect caught the action on Saturday. He is a highly sought after athlete out of Cedar Hill. With offers from Houston, Kansas State, Michigan, and several others. It can’t help Tech’s cause to lose in the fashion they did to a team that he is also considering.

- Troy Bradshaw. He has already committed to Tech and is an offensive line commit. He is hard to miss on the sidelines at 6’6” and 275 pounds.

- Ben Mason a 6’3” 270 offensive guard prospect out of Lucas Tx. Ben is a 2019 class prospect with an offer from Southern Mississippi.

- Lawton Rikel a QB/WR recruit in the 2019 class. He no doubt had the easiest commute to the game taking a quick stroll down I-27 from Canyon.

Even though the program is on shaky ground I expect a lot of commits to be on hand for the game in Arlington this coming Saturday against Baylor. Hopefully, the Raiders can start building some momentum to close out the football and recruiting season on a high note.