On Friday evening, head coach Kliff Kingsbury and the Texas Tech Red Raiders added an exclamation mark to the future of the Texas Tech football program.
Jarrett Stidham, a junior from Stephenville Texas and the nation’s top-ranked dual threat quarterback, announced his intentions to to head to Lubbock and play for Kingsbury in 2015.
The five-star commit chose Tech over SEC powerhouses Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M, as well as prestigious programs Ohio State, Oregon, and conference rivals Oklahoma and Texas. Stidham is being called the biggest recruit of the decade for Texas Tech football, and is certainly the best of the young Kingsbury era.
So just how did Kingsbury pry such a prized recruit out of the grasp of Nick Saban and company? His young, energetic coaching style seems to be the refreshing answer.
Stidham explained that Tech’s uptempo style of play, and the small town feeling of Lubbock were important factors, but put emphasis on the role the coaching staff played in his decision.
“The coaching staff is very young and many of them played there, so they know what we’re going through right now which is very cool to me. I think what there doing with program is spectacular and I want to be a part of it.”
In his junior season, Stidham grabbed the attention of college scouts nation wide. He passed for 2,687 yards and 30 touchdowns and rushed for 975 yards and 16 touchdowns. To compliment his numbers, Stidham has size; the junior stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 190 pounds, very similar to current starting Red Raider quarterback Davis Webb.
Stidham still has his senior season at Stephinville and will not suit up for the Red Raiders in 2014. However he plans to graduate early in December in order to make it to Lubbock in time for spring training. When he finally does, Kingsbury will have a quarterback controversy on his hands. Stidman seems the perfect fit for Kingsbury’s explosive offense and should compete for a starting job right away.
Stidham’s dual threat athletic talents have many Raider fans excited for the future. A few years with the man who helped forge Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel, and the possibles seem endless. Kingsbury has shown a knack for developing young quarterback talent and Stidham is his next big project.
The relationship between Kingsbury and Stidham is a new idea, but has the potential to blossom into something Big 12 defensive coordinators loose sleep over.