If there’s one thing that’s certain about the recruits that sign letters of intent on Wednesday, it’s that not every recruit is going to be a difference maker for the school they sign with. And a larger percentage than anyone would like to admit will wash out completely.
To show you how inexact a science recruiting is, we’re taking a look back at the signing classes of five Texas schools from 2008 to see how they panned out. Today we look at Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders were coming off of a last minute win in the Gator Bowl and were on the verge of its best season under Mike Leach, but the 2008 class was a mere 16 names long. And like the head coach who would be dismissed less than two years later, this class seemed star-crossed as well. Many of the signees made early departures as well, and those that did stay left a legacy many Red Raiders are coming to grips with.
The Red Raiders did appear in four bowl games in the five seasons following NSD in 2008, but the best bowl was the Cotton in 2008 and Tech had a losing season for the first time in 16 years in 2011.
All Americans: None
First Team All Big 12: None
Successes: Cody Davis, Seth Doege, Cornelius Douglas, Donnie Corona, Deveric Gallington, Terry McDaniel
Contributor: Harrison Jeffers, Austin Zouzalik, McKinner Dixon
What might have beens: Omar Castillo, Joey Fowler, Ryan Halliburton, Joe King, Broderick Marshall, Brandon Reid, Brandon Sesay
Seth Doege was the quarterback every Red Raider wanted to see do well, a West Texas product who's backstory screamed for a Hollywood ending. But fans had trouble fully embracing Doege because of a tendency for a turnover at the wrong time. He played himself into the Heisman conversation in 2011 after beating Oklahoma on the road and in 2012 after crushing West Virginia, but late season collapses by the team and uneven play silenced the talk. Doege still finished with 8,646 passing yards and 69 touchdowns in at Tech.
Cody Davis was a four year starter at Texas Tech and was one of the only sources of stability on a defense that saw four different coordinators in the five seasons from 2008-2012. Davis finished his career as the 8th leading tackler in Red Raiders history.
McKinner Dixon is the ultimate what might have been for the Red Raiders. A second team Freshman All American in 2005 for Texas Tech, Dixon was a victim of grades and wound up going to go to Cisco Junior College before re-signing with the Red Raiders in 2008. Dixon had nine sacks in the 2008 season but was suspended again for grades before the 2009 season began.