The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.05.01

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Womp. Womp. Well, this isn’t ideal, Texas Tech lost to UTRGV, 6-3 (Box Score). UTRGV jumped all over freshman Mason Montgomery and he didn’t make it out of the 2nd inning and that’s all that the Vaqueros would need as the bats were quiet and UTRGV used up 6 pitchers last night, managing only 5 hits all night.

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Why I Keep Track of Scholarship Numbers. I wanted to address a couple of things here, the first being why I keep track of the current scholarship numbers and when I’ll flip to 2020.

1. I know that the scholarship situation is incredibly fluid. The 2019 class and scholarship numbers are currently set at 12 for the 2020 class, meaning that there are 12 scholarships currently taken, one spot is available, even with Clarence Nadolny’s commitment on Monday. That number of scholarships currently occupied could obviously change. There’s plenty of time between now and when the players report, which is at some point during the summer.

2. I don’t like turning the page on 2019 until the 2020 class actually starts. There’s still going to be transfers most likely that will seek additional playing time and so the roster situation is fluid. Until we know what players will transfer, I like to keep track of those sort of things.

The best way to think about the eligibility chart is that it is a snapshot of the current and actual scholarship situation. It is important to me to keep track of who is here and who is leaving. I wish I could do the same thing with the football team, but I don’t know who is a walk-on and who isn’t.

Hampton Reclassifies, Includes Texas Tech in Final Four. Via SI’s Emily Caron, as you all have already figured out from the comments, RJ Hampton, a high school point guard from Little Elm, has reclassified from a 2020 prospect to a 2019 prospect, which means he’ll graduate in a month, and be included in the 2019 class. Hampton is one of the top players in the nation and on his list of four colleges, it includes Memphis, Kentucky, Kansas, and Texas Tech. Texas Tech replaced Duke in Hampton’s final four list of programs.

“Beard is one of the great minds and he what he’s done with less, and I’m thinking what can he do if he gets more,” Rod added. “Beard was the first to call him when they could call juniors at midnight.”

This is significant because, well, Hampton would be the absolute best player on the roster and would most likely be a one-and-done player. He’s that good. Supposedly Kansas and Memphis are the front-runners so most likely Texas Tech isn’t at the top of the list, but Chris Beard and Texas Tech are included for a reason.

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Scott Released from ICU. Texas Tech and head coach Matt Wells released a statement about the status of freshman defensive lineman John Scott, III:

We were glad to learn John had been released from the ICU yesterday. We told our players during a team meeting, and their faces immediately brightened up as they looked forward to seeing their teammate and friend. Our program will continue to support John and his family as he begins his recovery, and we are thankful for the quality of care he has received since Saturday. We ask all Red Raiders to please keep John and his family in their continued thoughts and prayers.

Players Sign. Congrats to Vaughte Dorsey, Jah’Shawn Johnson, and Tony Jones!

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