Yes, it’s early. And no, I’m not predicting Texas Tech will finish the 2023 cycle with the No. 1 recruiting class in America. But the fact that we can even run this headline at any point in a cycle is a testament to what Joey McGuire is building West Texas.
Texas Tech jumped into the No. 1 spot in the nation on Wednesday after the commitment of wide receiver Chris Palfreeman, who made the announcement on Twitter.
Here’s a look at his tweet.
Palfreeman is a three-star prospect from Fort Worth, Texas, who is a Top 100 receiver in the nation, according to 247Sports.
And with his commitment, Tech now has 15 hard commits for 2023, and they have moved into the No. 1 overall spot on the 247Sports national rankings.
I know, the haters will say that this is simply a numbers play. It’s a quantity over quality play this early in the cycle. No doubt, that’s how the rankings work, in part.
But the reality is that Texas Tech football is going on a decade and a half of mediocrity. 7-6, 5-7, 4-8, 6-7. Rinse and repeat. For nearly 15 years.
There’s no reason for Texas Tech to have this kind of success on the 2023 recruiting trail with a track record that’s average, at best, going back to when most of these commits were just being potty-trained, and with a coach who has never been a head coach above the high school level.
The reason they are is because of one man: Joey McGuire.
His enthusiasm, passion and tenacity is a breath of fresh air for a Lubbock community so anxious to get back to winning football. Plus, his deep recruiting ties across the state of Texas, along with his reputation, is already paying dividends before he even coaches one game. This tells you the kind of respect he has around the state.
We still don’t necessarily know what kind of X’s and O’s gameday coach Joey McGuire will be in West Texas, but what he has already done for this program in just four months has been beyond most outsiders’ expectations.
He deserves all the credit for that. And if he’s able to turn this excitement, hype and recruiting into wins, West Texas is going to be bumping again like it’s 2008 (but you can leave the Pirate gear at the door).