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This is good news I think. The rule to bar foreign students from taking online classes only has been reversed. I was initially concerned about the foreign student-athletes (but realize it applies to more than just them) being eligible to compete. I think a ton of players on the tennis and golf teams could have been ineligible and on the basketball team, there is Joel Ntambwe and Clarence Nadolny.
Rivals’ Corey Evans predicts Texas Tech’s 2021 recruiting class and I’m all here for potential prospects.
Either way, the Red Raiders will in all likelihood have more than just one spot to fill. Per the norm, Chris Beard will kill it via the transfer wire in the spring, but that will happen months from now. In the meantime, the Red Raiders already sit with the commitment of four-star wing Jaylon Tyson, who could be the immediate plug-in for Shannon, while Jamarius Burton will hit the floor after sitting out this winter following his transfer from Wichita State.
Burton and Tyson should answer many of Texas Tech’s needs along the perimeter. While Beard’s program have extended a number of offers, none seem to be leaning to the Red Raiders at this point. They could be a sleeper for Jaden Hardy but they have a lot of ground to make up. Texas Tech is also involved with Harrison Ingram, Daimion Collins, K.J. Adams and Tyrese Hunter, with Adams and Hunter being likeliest Texas Tech commits down the line.
CBS Sports’ Ben Kercheval has his top 10 players for the Big 12 and there is no Texas Tech player on the top 10 nor in the honorary mentions. I don’t know how would maybe make this list, but am thinking that Erik Ezukanma would maybe be an option as would SaRodorick Thompson? Possibly Riko Jeffers on the defensive side of the ball and you punter wunderkind, Austin McNamara.
Dallas Morning News’ Chuck Carlton talked with Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby about making decisions on fall sports and he says that it too early to make decisions:
Said Bowlsby: “We’re going to have to be patient and continue to read the tea leaves and see what the next two or three or four weeks bring us. If things get worse, that will inform one set of decisions. If things get better, that will inform another set of decisions.”
I think this is the right way to move forward. We’ve had to be so nimble since this pandemic started and there’s no reason to be making decisions this far out. I’m okay with giving things time.
The Oklahoman’s James Jackson profiles Texas Tech commit Solomon Wright and is named to the Oklahoman’s Super 30, 12th overall:
“I believe … he’s the most explosive that I’ve coached,” Vian coach Gary Willis said. “Not only that but he’s probably the most explosive player that I’ve coached against for those years. When he puts his hand down, it is time to go, whether it is practice, summer team camp, or state championship. He is going to fire off the ball violently.”
OA Online’s Tony Venegas talked to Texas Tech pitcher Connor Queen and his second senior season:
After the NCAA ruled that seniors from spring sports would be eligible to come back and play, Queen decided he had some unfinished business, making the decision to return to the Red Raiders for the 2021 campaign.
“I had all these emotions about not being able to finish,” Queen said. “After we got the word from the NCAA that they were going to allow seniors to come back, it was a no-brainer for me to decide to come back and play one more year.”
Here are some tweets.
— Derek Owings (@owingsderek) July 14, 2020
Strong showings for Louisa and Amy today with two-round totals of 145 and 144, respectively. 💪
— Texas Tech Women’s Golf (@TexasTechWGolf) July 14, 2020
— Lady Raider WBB (@LadyRaiderWBB) July 14, 2020
⭐️Davey O’Brien Award Watch List⭐️
— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) July 14, 2020