Despite a lot of good news in Big 12 recruiting recently, not every school is on the rise right now. Kansas State still holds no commitments, although that is admittedly by design for Bill Snyder, and Texas Tech’s class just took another hit. Tech hasn’t landed a non-JuCo recruit that’s currently committed since October, and they’ve had three decommitments since that point, Cam’ron Jones, Stanley Hackett, and now, Treveon Johnson. With the loss of Johnson, Texas Tech’s class now sits at 56th in our composite rankings, and eighth in the conference.
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Johnson holds offers from a number of schools, including Houston, Minnesota, Oregon State, TCU, and the new presumed favorite, Oklahoma. He’ll almost surely add more following this decommitment, as players usually do.
If you’re wondering why Texas Tech is struggling so greatly on the recruiting path, look no further than at the seat of their head coach, Kliff Kingsbury. Recruits don’t want to go somewhere when they aren’t sure if who is recruiting them will even be there in a couple of years. Recruits value stability, as everyone does, and right now, Texas Tech can’t offer that. when the Red Raiders aren’t winning, or being led by a coach that will be there for presumably a player’s entire career, Lubbock isn’t a very attractive destination, and that’s what we’re seeing right now.
Wherever Johnson lands (his choice may be made “Sooner” rather than later), that school will be getting a long, athletic, receiver with a very high upside. He has work to do on the technical side of being a receiver, and his route running leaves something to be desired, but he has great instincts, good hands, and just looks natural playing wide receiver. His ceiling comparison is former Bengal Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson.