Boone nixes Tech offer to make last-minute commitment to LSU


New Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville's first signing day with the Red Raiders started off on a down note when prized wide receiver recruit Kadron Boone signed with LSU.

Boone, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound wide receiver from Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Fla., had made a non-binding verbal commitment to the Red Raiders and former coach Mike Leach last August. He was attracted to the school because of the development of players like Michael Crabtree, a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner during his two seasons with the Red Raiders.

But Leach's abrupt firing apparently caused Boone to have second thoughts, leading to his late commitment to LSU.

“They did a great job,” Trinity Catholic coach John Brantley told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal about Tech's commitment with two staffs. “He had built up a great relationship with Coach Leach. It’s not that he lost interest, but [Tech’s passing offense] is what caught his attention. That’s what got him interested in Texas Tech to begin with. Once that happened, he put his thought processes elsewhere.”

It's not really a surprise that he chose to go elsewhere. There's no indication what kind of offense that Tuberville plans to employ or how his receivers will be featured.

In the end, it apparently has cost the Red Raiders one of their top commitments.