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Weekly Recruiting Update: 2 running backs, a grad transfer, and football family royalty

A busy recruiting weekend results in a new running back commit.

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Kingsbury and his staff were busy this past week. The coaching staff has made several visits to recruits in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and the Houston area this week. In addition, a large number of recruits were in Lubbock this weekend for their official visit.

Here is a list of recruits who were in Lubbock this weekend:

  • Ta’Zhawn Henry. Henry is a 5-8 175 pound running back out of Houston. He is a 3-star recruit with offers from teams all around the country including Tech, TCU, Nebraska, and Oregon State. He was a one-time TCU verbal commit who decided to look elsewhere recently. He would be a huge get for the Red Raiders and has been one of their main focuses over the past month. He is a very shifty back that is very hard to lay a hand on and I think he would look great in the Scarlett and Black.
  • Jacoby Simpson. Simpson is the other player being targeted by the coaching staff in the Houston area. He is a large linebacker at 6-0 and 225 pounds. He has power 5 offers from all over but it seems like TCU, Kansas State, and Tech make up his final three.
  • Preston Gordon. Gordon is a grad transfer from Rice who plays on the defensive line. Currently, he is considering Kansas and Tech. If he chooses Tech he would hope to step into Big Mych Thomas’ spot.
  • John Stephen Jones. John Stephen Jones is a quarterback prospect out of Highland Park but is best known for being the grandson of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. It seems like a long shot that Jones would attend Tech over Arkansas with all of his family connections but it does appear he has a good relationship with coach Kingsbury.
  • SaRodorick Thompson. After a great weekend on campus, he decided to commit to the Red Raiders. He is a bigger back at 6-0 192 pounds and is a 3-star recruit. Landing Thompson gives needed depth to the running back position.

A few other players that committed to the Red Raiders this week were:

  • Caden Leggett. A tall receiver out of Georgetown who is a 3-star recruit. Check out the first catch on his highlight reel to see the type of hands this kid has.
  • Jake Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick is a local kid out of Lubbock Cooper High School. He is a defensive back prospect who is also a 3rd generation Red Raider. He is a big hitter who could turn out to be a steal given some time to develop.
  • Trey Wolff. Wolff is a kicking commit out of Klein. With all the uncertainty in our kicking game, bringing in people to create competition is a great thing.

Leggett, Kirkpatrick, and Wolff are all preferred walk-ons who will not count against the scholarship numbers but don’t be fooled into thinking they are just filling out the roster. Most of the players had offers from other D1 programs and choose to be Red Raiders instead.