Most of what happened in the Big 12 over the past week was recruiting related, however both Texas Tech and Texas played in the College World Series. We will look at both teams and their outlook in Omaha, as well as diving into recruiting and taking a look at Baylor basketball commit Jordan Turner.
Texas Tech adds nine 2019 Football Recruits in one week
Prior to last week, it had been over 300 days since Texas Tech had landed a football recruit for the 2019 class. Many people were using the potential lack of success on the recruiting trail as a major negative in keeping Kliff Kingsbury beyond 2018. This week the Red Raiders added a total of nine three star talents, five on offense and four on defense.
It all started last Monday, when Sachse linebacker Bryce Robinson committed. Since then, Tech has added the likes of 6’11 giant Trevor Roberson, TE Simon Gonzalez (the first TE recruit in the Kingsbury era), and most recently added QB Maverick McIvor. The nine recruits brings the class total to eleven for 2019, and raises the Red Raiders’ recruiting class ranking from 70th nationally and last in the Big 12 according to 247 Sports to 36th and 6th respectively. This sudden influx of players should give the Red Raiders some momentum on the recruiting trails, and the players should give new life to what had been a somewhat unenthusiastic offseason.
Texas Tech wins vs. Florida in Omaha as Texas falls to Arkansas
The only two Big 12 schools still playing baseball both played on Sunday in Omaha, with Texas falling to Arkansas 11-5 in the third game of the College World Series, while Texas Tech beat Florida 6-3 late Sunday night in game four.
Texas surrendered six runs to the Razorbacks in a rain delayed sixth inning, while in total allowing a whopping 15 hits. Big 12 Player of the Year Kody Clemens went 1-5 with two strikeouts. The Longhorns will look to rebound today against Florida, in a game that will likely get delayed due to the Omaha storms that have been in the area.
Texas Tech is scheduled to play tonight against Arkansas at 6 p.m. in the winners’ bracket, however with the storms in the Omaha area the game may not get played until late tonight or tomorrow morning. Look for Caleb Killian to start for Tech, as the Red Raiders will look to take control of their side of the bracket.
Recruit of the week: 2019 SF Jordan Turner
Baylor added their first piece to their 2019 basketball recruiting class in Jordan Turner, a 6’6 wing from Sunrise Christian in Wolfforth, Texas. Turner was ranked as the 155th ranked player from 247 Sports (5th in the state of Texas), and received offers from the likes of Texas A&M, Florida, and Texas. The commitment of Turner gives Baylor the 37th ranked class nationally in 2019.
Turner gives the Bears a tall perimeter threat, and his scoring range and versatility stand out. His 3 point shot is extremely strong, and his ball-handling gives him an offensive skill set that is reminiscent of Khavon Moore’s. His addition will give Baylor another versatile Forward to pair with rising Sophomore Mark Vital.