Yesterday evening, New Mexico offensive lineman Cade Briggs announced that he would transfer to Texas Tech.
— Ben Golan (@BenjaminGolan) December 20, 2021
Briggs played a ton of tackle at New Mexico and looks like a promising player with at least a couple of years under his belt.
I would like to first start off by thanking the amazing coaching staff and my teammates here at University of New Mexico for an unforgettable three years. I have decided to enter the transfer portal with two years of eligibility plus a red shirt available. pic.twitter.com/F0FZJwvTHX
— Cade Briggs (@cadebriggs55) November 29, 2021
As you’ll note, he’s pretty punishing overall, has a mean streak and does a nice job of finishing plays. He’s got nice quickness and he also seems to be pretty mobile. This appears to be more emphasis on the offensive line and the lines in general and I’m pretty well excited for that.
Red Raider Sports’ Ben Golan has his and Matt Clare’s class superlatives for the 2022 class. I always love writing things like this, but as the Wells’ tenure continued, it became less about high school players and more about transfers. I certainly like McGuire’s method better. The one that I always like to think about the most is who is the player likely to play next year and I’ll quote the defensive side of the ball, but there’s lots over at the link:
Immediate Impact Player – Defense
Ben: Landon Hullaby, DB
Hullaby was a great signing day commitment for Texas Tech. He held 27 offers, 23 of those from P5 programs, and could have gone anywhere in the country. The former Oregon commit had a previous relationship with Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire and decided to stay in state.
I think this is another case of opportunity. With the loss of Eric Monroe and potentially Muddy Waters (he could return), Tech needs safety help. I can see Hullaby making an early impact there.
Matt: Trevon McAlpine, DT
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle was a surprise commitment on signing day for the Red Raiders, and new DL Coach Zarnell Fitch was the main reason. A longtime TCU commitment, McAlpine seemingly flew under the radar of SEC programs this entire cycle and the timing worked out for him to sign with Texas Tech.
He is my impact defensive player, because not only is he very talented, but McAlpine is an early graduate and will have a full semester to get ready to contribute next season.
This is behind the paywall for the Avalanche Journal’s Don Williams where he details the assistant coach and staff salaries:
- Tim DeRuyter (Defensive Coordinator): 1) $900,000; 2) $950,000; $1 million
- Wes Kittley (Offensive Coordinator): 1) $700,000; 2) $730,000; 3) $760,000
- Marcel Yates (Secondary): 1) $500,000; 2) $550,000; $600,000
- Kenny Perry (Special Teams): 1) $500,000 x 3
- Emmett Jones (Receivers): 1) $450,000; 2) $475,000; 3) $500,000
- Zarnell Fitch (Defensive Line): 1) $230,000; 2) $330,000
- DeAndre Smith (Running Backs): 1) $240,000; 2) $260,000
- Josh Cochran (Tight Ends): 1) $220,000
- Josh Bookbinder (Linebackers): 1) $220,000
- Lance Barilow (strength & conditioning): $270,000
- James Blanchard (Dir. Player Personnel): $185,000
- Dave Martin (Dir. Player Development): $140,000
- Quintin Jordan (Dir. Football Operations): $120,000
- Kirk Bryant (Senior Analyst): $70,000
- Cody Bellaire (Dir. of Scouting): $60,000
I think paying nearly $1 million for a coordinator is something we wouldn’t see and am glad that Texas Tech is finally stepping up and doing that.