Texas Tech’s aim to have a top 25 recruiting class for 2021 would get some serious help with Carlton “CJ” Guidry, who recently named the Red Raiders in his top three along with Nebraska and Houston. Texas continues to be the battlefield for Texas Tech recruiting, with CJ Guidry’s interest possibly bringing the 2021 class to 8 commits from Texas (out of 9 total, Oklahoma being the remaining athlete). Texas, as a state, produces the highest overall talent level for athletes in the Division I football, and if Texas Tech can continue to carve out real estate they’re going to continue to trend upwards.
Guidry is a track-proven wide receiver from Pearland, Texas with 3-stars hanging over him on his 247 profile. Standing at 5-foot-10, Guidry could be considered undersized as a wide-out which is why some will safely presume Wells and Yost are looking for him to be a slot guy. Fans may remember another “undersized” wide receiver for Texas Tech, Keke Coutee (also 5’10), who managed to become an incredibly valuable piece of the offense. Guidry is currently rated as the no. 133 best wide receiver in the nation.
Something disadvantageous to Guidry at Tech is the amount of athletes struggling over the one slot position in this tight end scheme. We’re looking at a roster that will have Dalton Rigon, Xavier White, Kesean Carter, Myles Price, and probably Dequan Watts vying for the slot, but the challenge hasn’t deterred Guidry’s resolve. “I was ecstatic, super excited. (They) asked me about my transcript the minute we got on the phone,” said Guidry about hearing from Tech. For the Pearland star, Texas Tech has been on his mind since he was a child. “The Red Raiders were a childhood favorite,” Guidry remarked, “the coaches are the best. I have no complaints.”
There’s not a timetable on his final decision, but Guidry expects to visit Texas Tech once the NCAA’s dead period is lifted. Between Tech, Nebraska, and Houston the Texas native said what matters most is playing time, education, and great staff-player relationship.