A few days ago, Texas tech landed a new commitment, their first on the defensive side of the ball, from Mesquite safety Mekhi Garner. That commitment was supposed to serve as a momentum boost for Texas Tech’s struggling 2018 class. Now, just three days later, the Red Raiders are moving back once again, as wide receiver Jaylon Robinson decommitted earlier today. Kliff Kingsbury had already lost three commitments in the 2018 class, and with this, Texas Tech now has as many commitments as they do decommitments.
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Robinson originally committed to Texas Tech back in October. He was one of four wide receivers in the class, and one of five commitments overall. His offer sheet includes Baylor, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma and Washington State. It’s fair to say that Robinson will likely end up at one of those schools, and that the main reason for his decommitment is one of those schools.
It’s rare for a decommitment to have a pretty obvious cause, but it’s not hard to see why this has happened. Robinson received an offer from Oklahoma two days ago, and his recruitment could start to move very quickly now because of that offer. It certainly doesn’t help that Texas Tech’s program is in a pretty bad place right now, but when Oklahoma offers, most recruits listen. Some listen more than others, and Robinson is definitely listening to new head coach Lincoln Riley.
Robinson will likely visit Oklahoma soon, and a commitment could follow soon after that. If things go as expected, this is a big gain for Oklahoma, and an even bigger loss for Texas Tech. That doesn’t mean his recruitment is over, but Oklahoma certainly leads right now.
On the field, Robinson is a very talented player, especially with the ball in his hands. He runs a 4.5 40 time at 5-foot-10, and has pretty much everything you’d want a prototypical slot receiver to have. He’s electric with the ball in his hands, and a fantastic returner, though he needs some work on fundamental receiver skills. His route running and hands will need developed, and he’ll mostly start his career wherever he ends up on special teams. However, once he develops his route running and hands, he should make for a fantastic slot wide receiver. His ceiling comparison is Jarvis Landry.