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Joey McGuire’s Recruiting has Texas Tech Football on the Rise

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Have you ever heard of the old saying, “what you see is what you get?” When Texas Tech hired Joey McGuire to be their new football coach, they got a former Texas High School football coach. 

Those connections McGuire has in the high school ranks have now paid off in a big way for the future of Texas Tech football. 

It’s never too early to talk about the 2023 class because recruiting never takes a break; commitments can happen at any moment and coaches are always trying to find that edge to get players’ attention. 


If you take a look at the Rivals 2023 team rankings, you will find a few familiar programs inside the top ten. Of course, you have schools such as Notre Dame, Georgia, and Texas A&M, but the one school that sticks out like a sore thumb is Texas Tech. What is that Big 12 school from west Texas doing in the top five? You can thank new head coach Joey McGuire for that. 

The Red Raiders have a total of 13 commits for the 2023 class and what is even more shocking is the quality of the class. Texas Tech has a total of five four-star commits in their class which is something you don’t see very often. In fact, Tech hasn’t signed that many four-star prospects since the 2011 class which was headlined by players such as Jace Amaro and Le’Raven Clark. 


Joey has been on the job for just 12 or so weeks and has already made a program-changing impact without coaching a single game. He got his first four-star commit with defensive lineman Isaiah Crawford (Post, Texas) back in November before landing another one with defensive back Calvin Simpson-Hunt out of Waxahachie, Texas just a week later. But the train didn’t stop there just two weeks after that McGuire struck gold again as offensive lineman Daniel Still out of College Station, Texas announced his commitment to the Red Raiders back in December. I mean, taking a player right out of the heart of Aggie Land? That’s impressive. 

While Texas Tech did a nice job in the month of January, it doesn’t compare to what the staff has done this month. We are just a little over two weeks into the month of February and McGuire has already managed to get two more four-star players on board with defensive back Brenden Jordan (Mansfield, Texas) and athlete Jmaury Davis out of Clarendon, Texas. 

It’s no secret that Joey McGuire’s connections in the Lone Star state are paying off. All thirteen commits of the 2023 class are from the state of Texas and I am sure that there will be quite a few more jumping on board sooner rather than later. Texas Tech isn’t a school known to finish in the top 25 recruiting rankings but if Joey McGuire keeps it up, he will finish with the highest class ranking that Texas Tech has had in the last decade. If the man can make this big of an impact off the field, I can’t wait to see what he can do once he hits the sidelines in the fall.

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