It’s been a pretty big couple of days for Texas Tech’s football program. Following a big win over Texas on Friday that pushed the Red Raiders into bowl eligibility, it was announced that head coach Kliff Kingsbury would be returning to Lubbock for a sixth season. A day later, Texas Tech picked up more huge news, on the recruiting trail, as they landed two of their top targets, and cemented a very solid recruiting class. Last night, wide receivers Myller Royals and Erik Ezukanma both committed to Texas Tech, largely due to the security of at least one more year that Kingsbury can now promise.
@Coopercoogs1 senior wideout @breezethehero has committed to @TexasTechFB. He is the school's all-time leader in receiving catches, yards and touchdowns. Congrats to him on his commitment. pic.twitter.com/UxPdqLbsmu
— WestTexasScoreboard (@WTScoreboard) November 25, 2017
— Eazy-E® (@erikezukanma) November 26, 2017
THE ROYALS FILE
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THE EZUKANMA FILE
Royals and Ezukanma are the 18th and 19th members of Texas Tech’s 2018 class, and the sixth (!!!) receivers in the class, along with Gabriel Douglas, KeSean Carter, Sterling Galban and Corey Fulcher. They join a class filled almost entirely with recruits from the Lonestar state, as just two commits, running backs Devin Brumfield and Garland LaFrance (both from Louisiana) will be leaving their home state to head to Lubbock. With these commitments, Texas Tech’s class now sits at 43rd in the country, and seventh in the Big 12, ahead of Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa State.
As I mentioned, Kirby Hocutt’s commitment to Kliff Kingsbury is a huge part of these recruitments, and contributed largely to the timing as well. A number of recruits that will likely eventually end up in Lubbock were waiting to see if Kingsbury would be fired, and with his job safe for another year, Texas Tech could be in for a very busy month leading up to college football’s brand new early signing period.
On the field, Royals is a long target, with a knack for winning jump balls, and a natural athleticism that sets him up very nicely to shine as a deep ball threat at Texas Tech. He’s not a burner, nor is he a great route runner, but in Texas Tech system, and with some development, Royals should be very good a few years down the road.
Ezukanma will be significantly more game ready as a freshman than Royals, or any other recruit in Tech’s class. He’s the highest rated recruit in the class, and lives up to his lofty rating on the field. He’s not a master route runner either, but he’s got great hands, and tracks the ball as well as any recruit in the country. He’s electric with the ball, and while he pretty much just runs deep and catches screens in high school, he should be very dangerous early on in his career.