Head coach Kliff Kingsbury landed what may be his best recruit since arriving at Texas Tech with the commitment of quarterback Jarrett Stidham, per Dan Meyer of 247Sports:
The star quarterback confirmed on his Twitter account that he'll be a Red Raider:
I have officially committed to be a Texas Tech Red Raider! #GunsUp— Jarrett Stidham (@Jarrett_Stidham) March 8, 2014
This news comes shortly after Stidham traveled to Lubbock for a campus visit. He told Matt Clare of RedRaiderSports.com about his visit:
I watched game film of the Holiday Bowl with coach Kingsbury and coach Morris. They went over some of the plays calls, the various formations, and some of the reads. I would say watching film with coach Kingsbury and getting to interact with him in the film room was one of my favorite parts of the visit.
According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Stidham is the second-best dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2015 and 32nd-best prospect overall. Will McKay of RedRaiderSports.com thinks this could be a transformational player for the school:
Stidham could also be the lightning rod for a top 15-type class for the Red Raiders. Biggest commitment for Tech in more than a decade.— Will McKay (@Will_R_Mckay) March 8, 2014
Kingsbury and the Red Raiders definitely have the attention of everyone else in the Big 12. As much success as Mike Leach had during his time as head coach, he never had a quarterback as good as Stidham could be. Graham Harrell came in with some hype, but not to this extent.
Stidham is a tremendous athlete and a perfect fit for Kingsbury's offense. While you don't want to call him the next Johnny Manziel, Stidham is similar to the former Heisman Trophy winner in that he has a good enough arm, but it's his unpredictability and improvisation in the pocket that will cause opposing defenses problems at the college level.
Following the lackluster reign of Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech no doubt took massive steps forward with Kingsbury.
During the 2013 season, he demonstrated his ability on the sidelines, going 8-5 with a bowl win in his first year. With the commitment of Stidham, the second-year head coach is proving that he's not prepared to lose on the recruiting trail, either.