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Monday Morning Matador: recruiting and representing

Texas Tech is (mostly) taking a break

Monday, a haiku:

O, dreaded Monday!

Oceans of coffee could not

drown thy suckitude

*golf claps*

Beard and company bag another four star recruit

This past Thursday, Coach Beard and the Texas Tech basketball program added an absolute force at guard in Kevin McCullar. McCullar had been seriously fielding offers from Tech, Kansas State, Houston, Louisville and Virginia Tech for a while - but ultimately decided to follow in the footsteps of his parents and become a Red Raider. The addition of McCullar brings the overall recruiting class of 2018 to five, with two four-star recruits (McCullar & Khavon Moore). McCullar looks to forgo his senior basketball season and enroll at Tech in the spring.

Coach Tadlock earns ABCA/Diamond Regional Coach Of The Year

Following the excellent season, baseball coach Tim Tadlock added another impressive merit to his resume in the form of the American Baseball Coaches Association/Diamond Midwest Regional Coach of the Year award. This marks the second time that Tadlock has earned the accolade, doing so after the program’s first trip to the College World Series in 2014. The 2018 Red Raider team scored the school’s most runs (529), hit the most homers (82) since 2004, recorded its highest hit total since 2001 (695), had the most RBI (492) since 1997 and put together its best batting average (.309) since 2006. The Red Raiders also struck out 565 opponents, the most since a school record 589 in 1997, and tallied five shutouts for the second time in three years. Well done, coach!

Caleb Killian returning for junior season

After being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2018 draft, Caleb Killian (as the lone Tech baseball player with the option to leave) decided to let the decision deadline come and go like a breeze. The decision, or non-decision, was met with great excitement by fellow teammate McMillon. Needless to say, the two are going to make for a dynamic duo on the mound for the 2019 squad.

Zhaire Smith shining in summer league

Stop acting surprised and stop saying “it’s just the summer league.” Obviously! He’ll carve them up in the summer and the fall, just chill and enjoy this Tech-produced nineteen year old playing in the NBA.

drink your coffee.